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New Small Business Risk Education Program Empowers Women and Minority Entrepreneurs to Pursue the American Opportunity

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Local small business owners will be honored at Friday night celebration with keynote speaker Vivica A. Fox</b></i> </p>

Thursday, January 31, 2013

New Small Business Risk Education Program Empowers Women and Minority Entrepreneurs to Pursue the American Opportunity11:39 EST Thursday, January 31, 2013 (Business Wire) -- Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV):     WHO: -Vivica A. Fox, Actress and Small Business Advocate -Roberto Barragan, President and CEO, Valley Economic Development Center -Tara N. Spain, Director of Community Relations, Travelers -Jacqueline Sharp, Owner of Los Angeles based small business, Fort -60 Los Angeles area small business owners   WHAT: Travelers and the Valley Economic Development Center will host a dinner celebration to honor local small business owners who have completed the Small Business Risk Education program.   WHEN: Friday, February 1, 2013 7:00PM *MEDIA INTERVIEWS CAN BE ACCOMMODATED ON SITE OR IN ADVANCE*   WHERE: Sheraton Universal Hotel Starview Room 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, 21st Floor Universal City, CA 91608   IN MORE DETAIL:Designed by the Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV), one of the nation's largest insurers of small businesses, and Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC), the largest non-profit small business lender in California, SBRE leverages the unique expertise of both organizations and provides insurance literacy and risk management training to women and minority entrepreneurs. TravelersAshley Maagero, 860-277-2954amaagero@travelers.comorVEDCLisa Winkle, 818-907-9977lwinkle@vedc.org