Entrepreneur Works’ Executive Director Leslie Benoliel to Participate in 2nd Annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Conference

June 6, 2012

Executive Director Leslie Benoliel to Participate in Small Business Working Group; Will Join 1,000 Fellow Participants in Working Towards Finding Solutions that Promote Economic Recovery in the U.S.

PHILADELPHIA, PA May 31, 2012 – Leslie Benoliel, Executive Director of Entrepreneur Works, a nonprofit organization that provides loan capital and business support services to microbusinesses in the greater Philadelphia region, announced today that she will be participating in the second annual convening of CGI America, an annual event focused on finding solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States. CGI America will take place in Chicago, Illinois on June 7-8th, 2012.


Formed in 2011 by President Bill Clinton, CGI America addresses the areas of jobs, education, and innovation. The 2012 working meeting will bring together leaders from the business, foundation, NGO, and government sectors to develop solutions that address unemployment, prepare Americans to be competitive global citizens, and rethink current models that shape our economy and society. Each CGI America participant will join one of 12 topic-specific Working Groups, and will make a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable plan that addresses a challenge facing the United States. To date, attendees of the first annual CGI America conference have made over 100 commitments.


Ms. Benoliel will participate in the Small Business Working Group, which will seek to identify the conditions necessary for small and microbusinesses to survive and prosper. Members will discuss how to rebuild confidence and encourage lending to small businesses while also exploring alternative forms of financing, such as the microloan products and other business development services Entrepreneur Works offers to its nearly 300 clients each year.


“I am thrilled to be invited to CGI America to represent Entrepreneur Works and microbusiness owners throughout the Philadelphia region,” said Ms. Benoliel. “At this time of economic recovery, it is imperative that the experiences of our small business owners be shared on a national scale. The ongoing dialogue and forging of partnerships that are central components of the CGI America conference will be crucial in our efforts to further support the Philadelphia area’s small and microbusiness community.”


About Entrepreneur Works

Entrepreneur Works is a non-profit 501(c)(3) microbusiness development organization focused on growing businesses and jobs in our local communities. Our mission is to cultivate and promote successful entrepreneurs in underserved areas of the Greater Philadelphia region – entrepreneurs who then become economic engines in their own neighborhoods. By connecting hundreds of entrepreneurs each year with access to capital, one-on-one technical assistance, business training and networking opportunities, Entrepreneur Works helps promising individuals to develop economic self-sufficiency and create job opportunities through business ownership.


Entrepreneur Works has been a champion for microbusinesses since 1989, upholding the belief that self-employment provides a sustainable pathway toward economic freedom and that the benefits created by successful businesses spread throughout our communities.  Entrepreneur Works serves the five-county Greater Philadelphia region.  For more information, please visit www.MyEntrepreneurWorks.org


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