White House tries to connect small businesses in Philadelphia

Looking to help generate new jobs, the White House sponsored a small business forum in Philadelphia today.

Dozens of small business owners, including Mario Zacharjasz, flocked to the forum at Temple University. Zacharjasz runs an architectural and construction company and says it pays to reach out to other small firms.

“I believe in partnering with my competition, I call it competition, I partner with them,” said Zacharjasz.  “I think It is a wonderful way to stay in business and a wonderful way to succeed.”

Michael Blake, Deputy Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, says this is the 6th forum designed to energize small businesses.

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“More than half of people employed are coming from small businesses but the only way we can see people grow and expand and during these tough times is to collaborate and have those partnerships,” said Blake.

In addition to networking, a private entrepreneur group is hearing pitches at the forum for 10-thousand dollars in start-up money.

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