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Seedcopa + SeedcoDE Promotes Marie Shires

Her New Title is Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager

Seedcopa + SeedcoDE, the lending affiliate of the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) serving all of Pennsylvania and Delaware, is pleased to announce the promotion of Marie Shires to Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager for the #1 SBA 504 Lender in Eastern Pennsylvania as designated by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for a fourth consecutive year.

Shires joined Seedcopa in 2018 with more than a decade of SBA 504 experience providing commercial real estate and equipment financing to the region’s small to mid-sized businesses. Since then, Seedcopa has expanded to include SeedcoDE serving Delaware, and Shires has played a key role in securing Seedcopa’s record loan volume in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 with significant growth in SBA 504 borrowers and lending partners, as well as Seedcopa’s team of loan specialists.

“As a leading Certified Development Company, our daily goal is to ensure the best customer service possible to all borrowers and lenders,” said Sherwood Robbins, Managing Director of Seedcopa + SeedcoDE. “Marie has worked tirelessly to help hundreds of businesses – small and large – to achieve below-market interest rates while facilitating the government loan process with numerous local lenders. Her commitment to personalized service and support is unparalleled, drawing on enduring relationships with local banks, professional partners and community-based organizations to facilitate the loan process.”

A certified Economic Development Financial Professional, Shires has completed rigorous training in business credit, loan packaging procedures, real estate finance analysis and deal structuring. During her 16 years in the industry, she has been responsible for all phases of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans, including business development, processing, closing and servicing. She is a regular speaker at community and industry events highlighting access to capital for small business owners, including round table discussions and group training sessions. Shires holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Widener University.

About Seedcopa + SeedcoDE

Celebrating more than 40 years, in the last decade Seedcopa + SeedcoDE has provided more than $200 million in financing for small- to mid-sized businesses and created and retained more than 3,300 jobs. Through its flagship SBA 504 loan program, Seedcopa + SeedcoDE helps businesses obtain government loans at below-market, fixed-interest rates for buying, building or improving commercial property or to purchase machinery and equipment.