A series of round-table discussions for lenders on federal and state programs to help small business will be sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Philadelphia District Office.

The free sessions will be held over the next few weeks in East Norriton, Exton and Philadelphia, in collaboration with the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Thrift Supervision, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the state of Pennsylvania.

"In this type of an economic climate, small business owners need access to capital to start their businesses, keep them growing, and sometimes even to keep them operating," David Dickson, district director of the SBA's Philadelphia District Office, said in a release. "These lender round tables will provide lenders with the information and tools that are so vital to linking their small business customers with the federal and/or state capital access programs that are right for them."

The sessions will be:

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1-3 p.m., Associated Builders and Contractors Offices, 430 W. Germantown Pike in East Norriton;

Friday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-noon, Seedco, 737 Constitution Dr. in Exton.

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-noon, at the SBA's Philadelphia District Office, 900 Market St., fifth floor.

Registration is requested but not required. To register for one of the sessions, contact Donald Jefferson, SBA business development specialist, at 215-580-2726 or donald.jefferson@sba.gov.