News & Press Releases

3 April 2017

Top 5 reasons new businesses fail

Stony Brook SBDC Advisor Ritu Wackett provides insights into why many small businesses fail, and what entrepreneurs can do to make their start-ups successful. (Full text for subscribers only.)

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31 March 2017

Staten Island SBDC awarded SBA New York's Small Business Development Center for Excellence and Innovation award

The New York District Office of the SBA awarded it's 2017 Small Business Development Center for Excellence and Innovation to the Staten Island SBDC.

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21 March 2017

Join SBA Administrator Linda McMahon in celebrating #SBDCDay on Wednesday, March 22

(Video) SBA Administrator Linda McMahon invites viewers to celebrate the first SBDC day on March 22, 2017.

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21 March 2017

New York Small Business Development Center Joins National Celebration of First-Ever SBDC Day

The New York Small Business Development Center today announced its recognition and celebration of the first-ever “SBDC Day,” honoring Small Business Development Centers. SBDCs are the nation’s largest business assistance network committed to helping aspiring and emerging small business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship.

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20 February 2017

What Small Businesses Need to Know in 2017

Central New York Business Journal Onondaga SBDC advisor Frank Cetera highlights changing rules, regulations, laws and cultural trends that will affect small businesses in 2017.

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15 February 2017

7 reasons why Staten Island small businesses fail

Staten Island Advance By Tracey Porpora Staten Island SBDC Director Dean Balsamini Sr. discusses the importance of planning before opening a business.

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5 December 2016

What to Expect When Applying for a Business Bank Loan

CNY Business Journal Onondaga SBDC advisor Michael Cartini describes how to prepare a business plan and financial projections in order to obtain a bank business loan.

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21 November 2016

From Air Force Veteran to Small Business Owner

Kevin Yaw’s story of going from a U.S. Air Force Veteran to founding Kevin’s Plumbing and Heating included assistance from the Buffalo SBDC.

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16 November 2016

New York SBDC Receives National Accreditation from Association of Small Business Development Centers

State University of New York Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright today announced that the New York Small Business Development Center (NY SBDC) has earned full accreditation from the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC).

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11 October 2016

Lehman and the Bronx: A Common Purpose

José Luis Cruz, President of Lehman College, highlights the role of the college's SBDC to the local economic landscape.

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5 October 2016

New York Small Business Development Center Advisor Wins 2016 State Star Award

The New York Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is pleased to announce Christina Loggia, Business Advisor with the Farmingdale State College SBDC, has been awarded the 2016 State Star for New York.

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23 September 2016

Success is Just the Right Topping for Dairy Queen Franchisees

With the help of Watertown SBDC advisor, Robin Stephenson, Sonja and Damon Draught are “living the dream” and own two Dairy Queen franchises.

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2 August 2016

Making Augmented Reality Work for Your Business - Capitalizing on the Pokémon GO Craze

From the Rockland SBDC, a video discussion of how small business owners can market to Pokémon GO players, use lures to bring players to their business locations and pros and cons of engaging with the game.

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3 July 2016

Heidelberg earns Entrepreneur of the Year award

Heidelberg Bread, client of the Mohawk Valley SBDC at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, was named NYS SBDC Manufacturer of the Year. The company makes bread and baked goods whose ingredients are free of preservatives and sourced from local farms. Owner Boyd Bissell consulted the SBDC for assistance with financing to build a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The building expansion project of $5.7 million enables the firm to dramatically increase capacity and expand their market.

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1 July 2016

Top SBDC honors for three LI entrepreneurs

Three Long Island small-business owners were among nine statewide earning NY SBDC Entrepreneur of the Year honors this week.

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28 June 2016

New York SBDC Honors Entrepreneurs of the Year

he New York Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced its statewide Entrepreneur of the Year award winners from over 20,000 clients during the past year.

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24 June 2016

Sabrina Samuel wins business award

From Caribbean Life (www.caribbeanlifenews.com): Sabrina Samuel, owner of Sabrina's Play Studio, was honored as the NY SBDC Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in May of 2016.

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22 June 2016

A Unique Wine Store in a Changing Greenpoint

When Robert Dec wanted to open a wine shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, he met with the Pace Small Business Development Center’s advisor Rawle Brown. Brown guided him in writing a business plan, which helped him qualify for an SBA-guaranteed business loan in the amount of $50,000.

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12 June 2016

Gillinder Glass gets state small-business award

"Charles Gillinder, president of Gillinder Glass, and Fred Harding, CFO, accepted the New York State Small Business Exporter of the Year award on behalf of Gillinder Glass by the New York Small Business Development Center at its annual awards ceremony in Lake George."

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26 May 2016

Questions to ask yourself when starting a business

Onondaga SBDC advisor Frank Cetera poses three questions aspiring entrepreneurs should ask themselves before starting a business.

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19 May 2016

Topical BioMedics, Inc. Wins New York State Small Business Biomedical Company of the Year Award

Lou and Aurora Paradise, founders of Topical BioMedics (Topricin), were honored Monday 5/16/2016 in Lake George, NY as the 2016 Outstanding Biomedical Company of the Year from New York State.

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13 May 2016

New York SBDC Clients Win New York State and National Small Business Awards

The New York Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced its client honorees of the New York State and National Small Business Week Awards, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Green Goddess Natural Market, FreshySites and Majestic Vending.

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5 May 2016

New York Small Business Development Center Announces National Award

The New York Small Business Development Center (SBDC) today announced that one of its clients, Majestic Vending and Services, Inc. of Staten Island, is the winner of the National Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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10 April 2016

Sherwood Florist owner helped by Small Business Development Center

Niagara Gazette: Niagara SBDC Director Lynn Oswald assisted florist Amy Sileo with her business plan and connected her with a local lender who approved Amy for funding to complete renovations to her flower shop, Sherwood Florist in North Tonawanda.

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23 March 2016

MV Small Business Development announces workshop opportunities

Judy Wolf from the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development at SUNY Poly describes the services of the SBDC and announces some upcoming workshops that will help local business owners put themselves on the map (video).

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14 March 2016

Green Goddess founders honored

Nominated by the North Country SBDC, the founders of Green Goddess Natural Market have earned the New York State Small Business Person of the Year award.

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29 February 2016

Entrepreneurs explore "blue economy" opportunities

The Entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy certificate program at SUNY Buffalo State was designed to help entrepreneurs capitalize on water resources to create jobs and expand businesses. The six-week program began February 25, and officials expect to offer another series of seminars in late summer or early fall.

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24 February 2016

Gazing at a bright horizon

Mohawk Valley SBDC Director, Roxanne Mutchler, sees increasing optimism in the small business community of Utica, NY.

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24 February 2016

The NYC Small Business Climate: Weathering Every Challenge

"Yet despite its challenges, New York City offers self-starting entrepreneurs an inviting market for moving forward on a business plan. NYC has become a destination for small business owners, especially as the only metropolitan area in the state to add private sector jobs over the past decade."

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4 February 2016

America's SBDC Network Clients Are Job Creators

"The 63 state and regional Small Business Development Center Networks provide free one-on-one consulting to small businesses through nearly 1,000 locations. In 2015 SBDC clients reported a 17.6% in job growth versus the national average of 1.8%. According to data provided by the SBA, every federal dollar spent on the SBDC network helped small businesses access $43.26 in new capital. The SBDC program is a public-private partnership in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration."

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25 January 2016

New Year's Resolution - Business Goals for a Better Year in 2016

Suggestions on setting goals for your small business in the new year from Onondaga SBDC advisor Melissa Zomro Davis.

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11 December 2015

Center will help when you want to start a business

"I don’t know how you’d say it but some of my concepts were based on kind of misguided information, I think, and [the Binghmaton SBDC] helped me work through that. They helped me understand the market a little better,” [Ben Giordano of Freshy Sites] said.

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9 December 2015

Brooklyn Public Library’s 12th Annual PowerUP! Business Plan Competition Awards More Than $30,000 to Borough Entrepreneurs

Brooklyn SBDC client, Shelly Marshall, "claimed a $15,000 prize for Island Pops, a frozen dessert company that will sell hand-crafted ice cream, ice pops and shaved ice in flavors rooted in Caribbean culture."

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3 December 2015

2015 Boots to Business Instructor of the Year lauded for helping Soldiers, Families

"This year, the SBA recognized five instructors from across the nation as “Boots to Business” Instructors of the Year, including Robin Stephenson, an advanced certified business adviser for the New York Small Business Development Center at Jefferson Community College, Watertown."

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25 November 2015

GUEST VIEW: It's important to remember small businesses, too

Mohawk Valley SBDC Director, Roxanne Mutchler, shares how and why to support local small businesses.

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23 November 2015

SBDC Advisor at JCC receives national award

Robin Stephenson, a business advisor at the Watertown SBDC at Jefferson Community College, was named the recipient of a 2015 Boots to Business Instructor of the Year Award by the SBA.

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12 November 2015

Brooklyn SBDC Director Attends NYC Veterans Day Breakfast

Brooklyn SBDC and Veterans Business Outreach Center Director, Rob Piechota, attended the 2015 NYC Veterans Day Breakfast.

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5 November 2015

SBA Thanks Boots to Business Instructors of the Year

Watertown SBDC's Robin Stephenson is honored as one of SBA's four "Boots to Business" instructors of the year. "Before the Boots to Business program began, Robin Stephenson and the New York Small Business Development Center (SBDC) had already been offering a three-hour entrepreneurship training seminar on a quarterly basis at Fort Drum. When the Boots to Business program was rolled out in 2013, Robin was able to make the transition go smoothly, allowing Fort Drum to have the new program “go live” more than a full year ahead of many other locations. Robin currently spends several days a month at Fort Drum working with the Soldier for Life/Transition Assistance Program. "

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27 October 2015

SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit, Austin, TX

The SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit will take place December 1-3 at the JW Marriott, in the heart of downtown Austin, TX (defenseinnovation.us/sbir.html). Attendees will learn from and network with SBIR/STTR leaders and program experts on how to gain access to the $2.5 Billion of non-diluted annual capital, the largest early stage seed funding in the world. Register online at your earliest convenience at defenseinnovation.us/register.html.

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13 October 2015

Procurement Updates - Matchmaker Events & Other News

Information regarding three upcoming matchmaker events and procurement-related updates.

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11 October 2015

6 Steps To Writing An Award Winning Business Plan

Autumn Adeigbo, a client of the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center, shares advice on writing an award-winning business plan.

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9 October 2015

Ubicarse en el mapa digital, crucial para pequeños negocios

“Estar en el mapa digital es importante también para las tiendas“, explica Glamis Haro, consultora que trabaja con el SBDC en Columbia University. “No importa cuan pequeño sea el negocio, aún así se necesita presencia en la Red porque abrazar la tecnología es la forma de crecer”.

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17 September 2015

Growing A Small Business, Creating Jobs, And Leveraging Resources Like SBDCs

SBDCs around the country help entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level.

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25 August 2015

Get Your Business Ready For Any Kind of Disaster at Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

Free webinar series on disaster planning: September 9: “The Keystone to Disaster Recovery: Communications” September 16: “Recover from the Most Likely Disaster: Power Outage” September 23: “Protect Your Most Valuable Asset: Prepare Your Employees” September 30: “If You Do Nothing Else this Year…” Simple tips to build your organization’s resilience.

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14 July 2015

Q&A with Erica Chase

"Erica Chase is in the business of helping small businesses grow. Chase is acting director of the Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale State College, a cooperative between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of New York. Chase and her experienced staff advise entrepreneurs on everything from developing marketing strategies to locating appropriate funding. She talked with Long Island Business News about an array of issues, including Internet-based business, regulatory hurdles and doing what you love versus something you’re great at doing."

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29 June 2015

Lowville vineyard to expand processing facility

Tug Hill Vineyards, an award winning business working with the Watertown SBDC, was awarded a US Department of Agriculture grant to will help increase their capacity from 2,500 to 5,000 cases of wine.

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29 June 2015

‘Rooted in partnership,’ Pop-Up program plants seeds

The Queen City Pop-Up program provides retailers two months of free storefront space along Main Street in Buffalo. The goal is for business owners to gain the experience and knowledge of what it takes to run a brick-and-mortar operation downtown. The program brings together a variety of organizations, including the Buffalo State Small Business Development Center.

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28 June 2015

The place to start when you start a new business

"The Niagara Small Business Development Center gives small-business owners and those who want to start one a leg up in the competition – and best of all, it’s free. Lynn Oswald, director of the center, said many people don’t even know this service is available and often ask, 'What’s the catch?'"

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19 June 2015

Operation Oswego County Recognizes Larry Perras’ ‘Exceptionalism’

Larry Perras, director of the Oswego SBDC until his death in 2014, was honored posthumously with the 2015 Martin Rose Economic Developer Merit Award by Operation Oswego County.

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17 June 2015

SUNY Small Business Development Center Receives $100,000 Award to Support Technology Entrepreneurs



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4 June 2015

¿Quieres convertirte en una exitosa empresaria?

¿Cómo conseguir un préstamo de negocios? Es la pregunta que muchos se hacen a la hora de abrir una pequeña empresa o si necesitan capital para ampliar su negocio. La Organización de Latinos Empresarios, OLE, es una unidad del Centro de Desarrollo Empresarial del estado de Nueva York y te dice cómo hacerlo, de manera gratuita y en español.

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22 May 2015

Arnaldo Sehwerert - Disaster Preparedness

Radio program - interview begins at 1:10:30. Arnaldo Sehwerert, director of the Mid-Hudson SBDC, discusses disaster preparedness and recovery for small business.

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14 May 2015

Lively Run Wins 2015 NYS Ag. Business of the Year

"Lively Run was recognized for their 2012-2014 expansions of their cheese facility, products, and cheese shop, growth of their agritourism business, and 450% increase in net income."

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5 May 2015

New York SBDC Client Rebuilds After Hurricane Sandy & Wins National SBA Award

"Moriches Boat & Motor is a full service boat yard, marina, and new and used boat and motor dealer located in East Moriches, New York. It has operated under its current name for 51 years. During Super Storm Sandy the building and property received record flood damage with over three and one-half feet of water affecting the inside of the building which houses a retail parts showroom, general offices and motor repair shops."

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1 May 2015

Big Week For NYC Daylighting

Mike and Susan Shea, owners of NYC Daylighting were named the NY SBDC's “Innovative Entrepreneurs of the Year” Award and learned they were winners of the Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy (RISE : NYC) competition in the same week.

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28 April 2015

SBA to Recognize Mission Lenders during National Small Business Week

NY SBDC Advisory Board member, Empire State CDC President and CEO Pat MacKrell will accept the SBA's National Small Business Week Community Advantage Lender of the Year Award. "A subsidiary of the New York Business Development Corporation, Empire State CDC is New York’s largest SBA 504 lender and consistently ranks in the top five among the 242 certified development companies nationwide. In FY 2014, Empire State CDC led the nation in approving $8.6 million of Community Advantage (CA) Loans to 66 different small businesses. Empire State CDC President and CEO Patrick J. MacKrell will accept the award."

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28 April 2015

Wellsburg Diner owner receives Senate award

Nominated by Sherri Arnold, regional director of the Corning Community College Small Business Development Center, Wellsburg Diner owner Linda Thomas has been selected to represent the 58th Senate District as a 2015 “Woman of Distinction.”

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27 April 2015

Disabled Iraq War Veteran Receives SBDC Veteran Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

Propel Bikes, the nationally know electric assisted bicycle shop, announced that Owner Chris Nolte, has been named 2015 Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year by the New York Small Business Development Center at its annual Entrepreneur Award Ceremony held in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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5 April 2015

When a disaster like the East Village explosion visits your block

Baruch SBDC director Ulas Neftci explains how keeping small business documentation is critical to surviving disasters and disruptions of all kinds.

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30 March 2015

Vets train to transition back to civilian life

The Boots to Business class at the Watervliet Arsenal teaches veterans how to start a small business.

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27 March 2015

SBA rolls out business competition for products to assist women

The SBA has launched, "InnovateHER: 2015", a nationwide competition for entrepreneurs focusing on products and services that will benefit women and their families. The Onondaga SBDC hosted a competition in Syracuse on March 26. (Full text for subscribers only.)

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17 March 2015

America's #1 Trusted Small Business Development Network Celebrates 35 Years



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2 February 2015

With Help from BU and NYS, Minority and Women Run Businesses Get Fast-Tracked for Contracts

Starting later this month, Binghamton University will be helping minority- and women-run business contractors navigate their competitive industry.

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28 January 2015

Program Aims to Help Veterans Re-Enter the Business World

A new type of conference debuted this week at the Watervliet Arsenal, educating veterans on how to break into the business world. About 35 local veterans, young and old, attended the free, first-time program entitled The McNulty Business Conference for Veterans. Attendees participated in an accelerated program called Boots to Business: Reboot.

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28 January 2015

Affirming Values of Living Wage

A story summarizing efforts in the Buffalo community to promote the importance of a living wage. Andrew Delmonte, the social enterprise coordinator with the Buffalo State SBDC, is quoted.

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26 January 2015

Award Winning Business Plan

The author of this blog post writes about her recent winning of the 4th Annual New York Public Library & CitiBank Foundation business plan competition. Ms. Adeigbo is a client of the Columbia-Harlem SBDC.

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25 January 2015

SBDC Gives Life, or Lifeline, to Businesses

“Financial literacy would solve many problems,” says Arnaldo Sehwerert, who directs the Mid-Hudson office of the Small Business Development Center. The Kingston location is one of 24 in the state that has helped individuals aspiring to go into business or to expand their business operations. The center has satellite offices in Fishkill, New Windsor, Poughkeepsie, Loch Sheldrake, Stone Ridge, Margaretville and Monticello. Its state headquarters is in Albany.

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9 January 2015

Velázquez Kicks Off New Congress with Small Business Bills

“From securing financing to designing a business plan, Small Business Development Centers provide critical guidance and assistance to growing small firms and prospective business owners,” Velázquez said. “With many New Yorkers turning to entrepreneurship as a new source of income, we need these initiatives performing at the highest level possible.”

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7 January 2015

Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity Announces Boots To Business: Reboot

Peter Gannon, President of the Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership and Col. Lee Schiller, Commander of the Watervliet Arsenal announced today, the Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity will host Boots to Business: Reboot. This is a weeklong entrepreneurial training program, being offered at no cost, to veterans who want to start, expand or purchase a small business.

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7 January 2015

Veterans Get Down To Business



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9 October 2014

SUNY Canton to hold second annual business matchmaker

"SUNY Canton’s Small Business Development Center will hold its second annual St. Lawrence County matchmaker event Oct. 28 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites. The event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, helps spur economic growth by connecting local businesses with agencies interested in purchasing goods and services."

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1 October 2014

Island’s Small Business Development Center Leader To Be Brooklyn ‘King of Kings County’ Honoree

Dean Balsamini, the director of the Staten Island Small Business Development Center (SI SBDC), an Island business leader, will be recognized on Oct. 8 for his contributions to Brooklyn.

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29 September 2014

Small Business Success: Trust me, it’s not me, it’s really you

Watertown SBDC advisor Sarah O'Connell explains how online marketing requires businesses to think about the needs of their customers and to make online content answer customer questions.

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23 September 2014

Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center selected for fellowship program

"The Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center has been selected for an international fellowship program through the Small Business Network of the Americas. It will partner with a Venezuelan institution to exchange best pracices in counseling small businesses."

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20 August 2014

36 Central New York projects recommended for $27 million in state funding

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council recommended a $1.6 million grant to help Onondaga SBDC client Corso's Cookies build an $8 million manufacturing plant on the Onondaga Community College campus as part of the START-UP NY program.

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25 July 2014

Senator, SBA head visit Corning for small business event

"Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet came to the area for a roundtable on small businesses at Corning Community College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on Denison Parkway."

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25 July 2014

Buffalo State helps firms be socially responsible

Buffalo State SBDC's Andrew Delmonte's job "is to encourage the 'triple bottom line,' a popular concept that encourages businesses to incorporate sustainability into their social, environmental and financial processes."

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29 June 2014

Capitalizing on market demand

Mid-Hudson SBDC Director, Arnaldo Sehwerert, discusses the importance of understanding market demand when introducing a new product.

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4 June 2014

Pawelski Farms receives Small Business Recovery Program grant

"Chris and Eve Pawelski, owners of the fourth-generation Pawelski Farms in Goshen, experienced significant losses as a result of Irene and Lee. They contacted Vanessa Primus, storm recovery regional coordinator for the Mid-Hudson, who operates out of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce Business Center in Montgomery. Primus is also a certified business advisor and procurement specialist for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC)."

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30 May 2014

Business heats up for The Spciy Wench

A profile of Christine Hoffman and her pepper jellies business, The Spicy Wench. Hoffman worked with the advisors at the Watertown SBDC and was the 2014 New York SBDC Female Entrepreneur of the Year. (Full text available to subscribers only.)

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27 May 2014

SBDC Business Forum: Disaster grants program helps small businesses

"With the help of the Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center, storm-affected business owners are receiving grants from this program to assist in their recovery effort."

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21 May 2014

President's push for tourism also seen in New York State

Bill Brigham, director of the Albany Small Business Development Center, discusses the role of small business in New York's tourism economy.

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18 May 2014

Social Media Star

The NY SBDC presented the Social Media Entrepreneur of the Year award to Tammy Snyder, president of International Ordnance Technologies in Jamestown (Full text available to subscribers only.)

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15 May 2014

Former Xerox exec buys a gravel pit

Profile of Kaye Stone-Gansz, the NY SBDC 2013 Female Entrepreneur of the Year.

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14 May 2014

McNulty Center helps veterans

"Bill Brigham, director of UAlbany's Small Business Development Center, speaks during a ceremonial groundbreaking on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Erie Canal Side Cut Park in Watervliet, N.Y. The event announced the establishment of The Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity at the Watervliet Arsenal."

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14 May 2014

SUNY, New York Small Business Development Center Announce Entrepreneurs of the Year



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14 May 2014

Vet business center in Watervliet named after McNulty

Albany SBDC Director Bill Brigham appears at the opening of The Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity in Watervliet.

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12 May 2014

Staten Island SBDC Event - “Go to Higher Ground: Vulnerable Population Emergency Preparedness Annual Special Needs Fair”

On April 4, 2014, 300 people attended “Go to Higher Ground: Vulnerable Population Emergency Preparedness Annual Special Needs Fair,” a collaboration of the Staten Island Small Business Development Center, NY State Senator Andrew J. Lanza and the Jewish Community Center on Staten Island. At the event, people with special needs, their families and local community organizations learned about preparedness in the event of major storms and other emergencies on Staten Island.

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5 May 2014

Open for business? The answer is not that simple

William Brigham, director of the Albany SBDC, highlights the collaborations between business and academia and the growth of high tech jobs in the Capital Region.

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21 April 2014

Learn how to secure your business at Tuesday seminar

"Presented by the Staten Island Small Business Development Center, the free seminar, "Security and How to Protect Your Business," will feature prominent experts from the fields of law enforcement, banking, and high-tech security systems."

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8 April 2014

Governor Cuomo Launches Immigrant Entrepreneurship Training Series

A training program run jointly by the New York State Office for New Americans, Empire State Development (ESD) and the New York Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) will offer more than 100 immigrant entrepreneurship seminars throughout New York State in coming year.

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25 March 2014

Grant funding available to the scientific, inventor and small business R&D community

Jan Pisanczyn, Director of the Brockport SBDC, discusses SBIR grant funding, designed to encourage innovation and the commercialization of that innovation in small businesses.

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21 March 2014

Velazquez says her legislation will help would-be entrepreneurs

“The Small Business Administration’s network of Small Business Development Centers provides valuable guidance and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and those considering launching a new venture,” Velazquez said. “With many New Yorkers turning to entrepreneurship as a new source of income, we need these initiatives performing at the highest level possible.”

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15 March 2014

Where Shops Multitask



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4 March 2014

Binghamton Small Business Development Center helps 764 local clients

"The Binghamton University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) aims to expand the student appeal of local enterprises. Regional Director Rochelle Layman has been working for the SBDC since 2008, providing free and confidential services to clients across Broome, Cortland, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga and Tompkins Counties."

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3 March 2014

R&D grants topic of workshop

The Brockport SBDC will co-host a conference and workshop April 2 about federal and state money available to inventors and the small business R&D community.

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1 March 2014

What is Start-Up NY? Who is eligible? What are the benefits?

Buffalo SBDC Director Susan McCartney discusses how SUNY Buffalo State plans to embrace the START-UP NY program and integrate local businesses into the college's community.

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20 February 2014

Small business seminar Feb. 27 for Staten Island bankers

"Bankers and local small-business owners will obtain an understanding of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) guaranteed-loan process during a presentation on Feb. 27. 'Affordable, cost-effective funding is a core service of the banking industry that is vital to all businesses,' said Dean L. Balsamini, director of the Staten Island SBDC. "

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19 February 2014

Start-Up NY committee developing tax-free zone within 3-mile radius of JCC

"Vacant properties and office space within 3 miles of Jefferson Community College are being identified by a committee of economic development officials, who hope to launch a Start-Up NY tax-free zone here to attract new businesses and create jobs."

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16 February 2014

What Brain Drain? A Regional Business Success Story

With the the help of Curt Anderson, e-commerce and Internet marketing consultant at the Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College, WE Electric Motors grew its sales 19% by entering the e-commerce market.

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13 February 2014

Counselors logging lots of hours

"Bill Brigham isn't quite ready to declare the economy recovered. Brigham, director of the Capital Region's Small Business Development Center , says client demographics 'flipped' during the recession. Whereas work with startups occupied the center prior to the downturn, it was established businesses that sought help during the Great Recession. And the 60-40 ratio of existing-to-startup clients hasn't returned to the pre-recession 55-45 startup-to-existing split, he said."

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13 February 2014

Business Basics Workshop Held At JCC

"According to [Beth] Reed, four components make up any good business plan: feasibility, potential of business, financial expectations and financial projections. By keeping these components in mind, businesses can keep on the golden brick road and a solid business plan gives investors and creditors reason to consider providing money to the business."

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3 February 2014

SBDC Business Forum: Need storm aid? Be prepared

SBDC Advisor Sam Kandel advises that small business owners prepare a "survival" box with important business documents in case of emergencies.

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31 January 2014

A Big Help To Small Business

Podcast: Business Advisor Melissa Zomro talks about the services available at the Onondaga Small Business Development Center.

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17 January 2014

Seeking Direction: Cornell Cooperative Hosts Affordable Health Care Act Forum For Farmers

Curt Anderson and Nick Ferrara, business advisers at the SBDC at Jamestown Community College, discuss the New York State of Health Marketplace and Affordable Care Act options for farm businesses and families.

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12 December 2013

Small Business Saturday 2013 - Canton SBDC Success Stories

Profiles of several Canton SBDC client success stories celebrating 2013 Small Business Saturday.

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11 December 2013

SUNY Canton SBDC Event Provides Link Between Small Businesses and Purchasers



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11 December 2013

20 Under 40 - Brooke E. Rouse: SUNY Canton SBDC

A profile of Brooke E. Rouse, of the Canton SBDC, was honored as one of NNY Business magazine’s 20 Under 40.

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10 December 2013

Corning Community College program to help jobless learn business basics

"Corning Community College’s Small Business Development Center is launching a new fast-tracked program aimed at those who have been laid off but are looking to establish a small business."

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8 December 2013

Keeping a tight rein on quality control

"When outsourcing a product, quality control can be problematic," says Walter Reid, a business adviser with the Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale State College. "The manufacturer might not comply with all quality control agreements in the contract and may make changes to make the manufacturing easier."

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5 December 2013

Business owners learn about new healthcare law

"New York state's Small Business Development Center held a forum with SUNY BEST to clear up misconceptions about the Affordable Care Act's effect on small businesses."

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19 November 2013

NYS VBOC Program is the Best in the Nation

The NYS VBOC was recognized at the SBA National Business Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC on June 21, 2013 as the 2013 Veterans' Business Outreach Center of the Year.

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15 November 2013

“OORAH!”- “Opening Opportunities Resources and Access for Heroes” – to help veteran-owned businesses



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7 November 2013

Rockabilly Cats and Pinup Kittens

“'The Small Business Development Center has been an extremely valuable resource for having ongoing discussions about how to grow our business,' Andrew said. 'Andrea suggested that it was time to hire an employee to work the retail side so that Julie Ann and I could be freed up to spend more time on marketing and inventory. That’s been a great decision for us.'

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1 November 2013

Partnerships: Picking the Right Partner for Your Business

"Do you and your best friend have a great idea for a business? Are you talking about being partners?" Full text available to subscribers only.

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31 October 2013

Lehman’s Clarence Stanley Appointed to Board of Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation

"Clarence Stanley, Director of the Bronx Small Business Development Center at Lehman College, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation."

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30 October 2013

Solages: New York must be business friendly

"Solages told business owners to take advantage of the state’s Small Business Development Center. On its website, she said, there are numbers for owners to call if they have questions on a variety of issues, such as workers compensation, insurance and work place safety."

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16 October 2013

SUNY Canton SBDC Seeks Agencies, Prime Contractors and Small Businesses for Matchmaking Event



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9 October 2013

James King Re-elected Chairman of the Association of Small Business Development Centers



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2 October 2013

Staten Island SBDC celebrates 20 years of service

"Having worked directly with over 6,300 businesses and created or saved over 4,300 jobs, the Staten Island Small Business Development Center (SBDC) marked two decades of service to the local business community on Wednesday at the Grand Oaks Country Club in Huguenot."

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20 September 2013

Managing Your Cash Flow

"Managing cash flow is very important for any company, including a small business. Here are some strategies you may want to consider." (Full text available to subscribers only.)

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19 September 2013

SBDC Breaks Down Impact Of Affordable Care Act On Small Businesses

"Area small business owners came away from Jamestown Community College with a better understanding of the ways in which the Affordable Care Act will impact them."

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17 September 2013

Storm center to help businesses, farms

"A New York State Storm Recovery Center has been established at the Orange County Chamber of Commerce to administer the New York State Small Business Storm Recovery Program. “The NY Rising storm relief effort is open for business,” said Dr. Arnaldo Sehwerert, Regional Director of the Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center, on Monday, noting that $65 billion is available for businesses affected by the storms. Also participating in the announcement were Sen. William Larkin, Assemblyman James Skoufis, County Legislator Roxanne Donnery, Chamber President Dr. John D’Ambrosio and Mid-Hudson SBDC Business Advisor Vanessa Primus."

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16 September 2013

SBDC Forum: Energy review can save money

"The Small Business Development Centers around New York state can help you grow your business and improve your bottom line. One sure way to put money back in your pocket is to reduce your energy costs. Existing businesses (for-profit or not-for-profit) whose electric use is less than 100 kilowatts can qualify for a free energy assessment through NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority."

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20 August 2013

Registration open for SBDC fall entrepreneurial training courses

"The New York State Small Business Development Center will offer its entrepreneurial training course in classroom and online formats this fall. The classroom course will be held Thursday nights over seven weeks from Sept. 5 to Oct. 17 at Jefferson Community College."

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19 August 2013

SBDC Forum: Procurement opportunities await

"Does buying and selling local make sense? Of course it does! If you have a small business and would like to learn more about selling in the government marketplace, then the best place to start looking is right in your community."

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19 August 2013

MicroKnowledge founder Coco steps into new role at UAlbany

"Beth Coco, the founder of MicroKnowledge Inc. who left the 27-year-old company in July to pursue other endeavors, has a new job at the University at Albany. Coco is an entrepreneur in residence for the University at Albany’s Small Business Development Center, a no-cost counseling service for startups and existing businesses."

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5 August 2013

Surge of new businesses being felt across Staten Island

"'There has been a tremendous amount of new business growth, especially restaurants, on the South Shore in the areas of Charleston, Pleasant Plains and Tottenville,' said Dean L. Balsamini, director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which helps young entrepreneurs upstart their businesses."

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5 August 2013

Business development center expands to help Sandy victims

"Working on the theory that it’s important to help people right in their own backyard, the Brooklyn Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at City Tech has opened four new offices in neighborhoods that are still trying to recover the devastation brought by Superstorm Sandy last October."

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28 June 2013

2013 Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award - John A. Narciso

John A. Narciso, Farmingdale SBDC advisor and NYS Program Coordinator of the Veterans Business Outreach Center, was awarded the SBA's 2013 Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award.

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20 June 2013

Microloan program passes $1 million in character-based lending

"The Small Enterprise Economic Development (SEED) program, which makes character-based microloans to entrepreneurs in the Albany, NY area, has passed the $1 million mark."

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17 June 2013

Bouchard wins state honor as top business adviser

"The Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center, hosted by SUNY Ulster, announced that Myriam Bouchard, certified business adviser at the center, has been named 2013 Business Advisor of the Year by the New York State SBDC."

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9 June 2013

Black Willow Winery owner finds a rewarding ‘wine’ of work

The article profiles Cynthia West-Chamberlain of Black Willow Winery, NYS SBDC Agricultural Entrepreneur of the Year.

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20 May 2013

Second Small Business Center Opens On Staten Island

"Small businesses on Staten Island now have a second location to seek superstorm Sandy-related help and address their storm-related issues."

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14 May 2013

Clarence Stanley on Open

On May 22nd the Lehman College Small Business Development Center will hold an event focusing on Marketing and Sales. Director Clarence Stanley sat down with Doctor Bob Lee to discuss the upcoming event and the work they do.

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8 May 2013

Need Cash? Your Biggest Competitor Is Offering--For A Price

Albany SBDC Director, Bill Brigham, discusses the benefits of industry mentoring, but advises care in accepting financing terms.

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2 May 2013

State Opens Sandy Help Centers in Town of Babylon

"A New York State Small Business Development Center Disaster Recovery Center is now open at 19 West Hoffman Avenue in Lindenhurst for small business owners seeking assistance."

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29 April 2013

SBDC Business Forum: Persistence paves way to success

"In business, as in life, fortune favors the bold and the persistent. Larry Maddaloni is both a bold and persistent man. He owns F.A. Alpine Window Manufacturing Corp., a multimillion-dollar company headquartered in Chester."

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22 April 2013

In restaurant industry, high turnover and intense competition

"'There’s not a whole lot of room for error in the restaurant business,' said Cindi Thomason, a senior business adviser for SUNY Buffalo State’s Small Business Development Center and coordinator of the center’s Restaurant Institute."

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20 April 2013

Advance preparation key when starting your own business

"David Mallen, director of the Small Business Development Center at SUNYIT, said while there is a certain degree of risk that goes into starting a business, its fate lies in the details..."

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18 April 2013

Glen Cove Café Owner Receives Hispanic Business Owner of the Year Award

In ceremonies this week at the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Central Islip branch, Marlene Flores, Owner of Mar le Café in Glen Cove, received the 2012-2013 Hispanic Business Owner of the Year Award.

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3 April 2013

Many 'retirees' still work after retirement

"In order to help other retirees who are looking to start a business, Corning Community College’s Small Business Development Center is holding an information session for adults over 50 who are choosing new careers or are interested in becoming business owners."

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1 April 2013

Fusion Health & Fitness gym in Long Beach opens after Sandy

Highlighting Farmingdale SBDC client Fusion Health & Fitness gym in Long Beach, NY, the article discusses the impact of Hurricane Sandy on local small businesses.

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20 March 2013

Bronx saw greatest small business growth in New York City from 1991-2011

Lehman College SBDC Director, Clarence Stanley, comments on the growth of small businesses in the Bronx (video).

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8 March 2013

Small Business Development Center opens new office at Niagara USA Chamber

"The Niagara County Community College Small Business Development Center has opened a new office at the Niagara USA Chamber in Sanborn. The SBDC satellite office will help entrepreneurs meet the challenges of owning and operating small businesses in Niagara County while promoting economic growth and stability throughout Western New York."

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6 March 2013

Lending a Hand: JCC SBDC Consultants Help Sandy Victims

"Consultants from the Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College don't just help store owners, but also victims of tragedy. Curt Anderson and Nick Ferrara, SBDC consultants, each spent two weeks in Rockaway Beach to help victims of Superstorm Sandy apply for business loans and grants."

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1 March 2013

Small Business Development Centers: Assistance for Entrepreneurs

“Starting and running your own business is tough, but fortunately for prospective and current small business owners, SBDCs (Small Business Development Centers, asbdc-us.org) dispense with the clichés and offer training, counseling, and other assistance to help you craft you vision into a real-world success.”

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1 March 2013

Don't Mention the 'Curse'

Can a business location be cursed? Pace SBDC Director Ira Davidson comments on the phenomenon.

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24 February 2013

Nalbone Opens Southern Tier Appliance

Tom Nalbone, owner of Southern Tier Appliance, thanks Nick Ferrara from the Jamestown SBDC for his assistance in opening the business.

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23 February 2013

Crowdfunding sites offer a different way to raise money

"'You can equate crowdfunding to throwing a Hail Mary pass,' said David Griffith, a business adviser with the Small Business Development Center at SUNYIT. 'The chances of success are probably slim, but if you’ve got the right conditions, you might make it.'”

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1 February 2013

RDRC Helping Sandy Victims

Advisors from the NYS Small Business Development Center are now working with the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) to assist Rockaway small businesses that were affected by Superstorm Sandy.

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1 February 2013

Credit Scores, Cash Flow and Collateral: Upping the Odds on Your Business's First Bank Loan



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19 January 2013

Experts say entrepreneurs need standout business plans to succeed in commercial real estate market

"One of the main aspects of starting a business is developing quality business plans that lenders are seeking, said F. Eric Constance, regional director for the Small Business Development Center in Watertown. The center, which counsels entrepreneurs seeking to start businesses, is recommended as the first stop for new investors in the community to form business plans."

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16 January 2013

Tips to Becoming an Entrepreneur

"For those of you thinking of starting a business-- thinking ahead can be the key to success. Business advisor Ginny Thompson of the Small Business Development Center says planning is one of the most important things in developing a businesses plan."

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3 January 2013

CCC’s Small Business Development Center releases new Entreskills™ programs

"Corning, NY — Corning Community College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has released two new online versions of its EntreSkills programs: EntreSkills for Veterans and EntreSkills for Entrepreneurs, providing new interactive educational tools for future entrepreneurs."

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21 December 2012

Revolving loan fund to aid rural small businesses

"A federal grant will help support a revolving loan fund for businesses in the rural parts of the greater Syracuse area. Some money will go toward technical support for loan recipients from the Onondaga SBDC." - Full text available to subscribers only

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14 December 2012

Frederick named entrepreneur-in-residence in Albany

"Richard Frederick, the former leader of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s incubator program, is now a technology entrepreneur-in-residence at the University at Albany’s Small Business Development Center."

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13 December 2012

Q&A: Gloria Glowacki, New York SBDC

"Gloria Glowacki, regional associate director for the New York State Small Business Development Center at SBU, doesn’t just talk about lending." Full text available to subscribers only.

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30 November 2012

In the Spotlight: John Skrobela

"John Skrobela, a business adviser with the Small Business Development Center at the University at Albany, is the New York winner of the Association of Small Business Development Centers’ State Star Award."

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26 November 2012

Small Business Development Center Advisors Available

"Advisors from the Mid-Hudson Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC), hosted by SUNY Ulster, are available to assist local small businesses affected by Storm Sandy with emergency loans."

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26 November 2012

SBDC Business Forum: A local entrepreneur's saga

"In the Hudson Valley, fascinating entrepreneurs abound. As a business adviser with the Small Business Development Center, I meet people with exciting ideas regularly. I sat down recently with Carine Elen, founder of Hybrid Revolution Gear, to explore the process of bringing a new invention to market."

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19 November 2012

Business owners get help after Sandy

"Harry Wells, director of CUNY York’s Small Business Development Center and the panel’s moderator, told owners that, while things may seem bad right now, there are possibilities and there is promise down the road."

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15 November 2012

SBA encourages Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York to apply for assistance before insurance settlement

ATLANTA – Survivors should not wait to settle with their insurance companies before applying for SBA disaster loan assistance. The SBA encourages survivors of Hurricane Sandy in eligible New York counties to return their completed applications, even if they have not settled with their insurance company.

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13 November 2012

Beware of scams after disaster strikes

"Mega disasters like 9/11, Irene and now Sandy, bring out the best in the American people. Solidarity, volunteerism, donations, support, and compassion, are all terms that become familiar to the community; and that defines a lot of the American character."

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12 November 2012

SBA Opens More Business Recovery Centers in NY

"The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today the opening of several Business Recovery Centers in New York. Businesses with physical damages or loss of revenue caused by Hurricane Sandy should consider visiting the Centers and applying for an SBA disaster business loan."

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5 November 2012

Sandy's small business victims: We don't want loans!

"More than 100 business owners jammed into a standing-room-only meeting Thursday afternoon in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn to hear New York City officials describe the relief assistance available to entrepreneurs who saw their restaurants, stores, warehouses and other businesses devastated this week by Sandy's flooding... "

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1 November 2012

SUNY Small Business Development Center Offers Assistance for Businesses Affected by Storm



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30 October 2012

Networking opportunities and resources for women-owned businesses

"Networking is a very effective marketing tool because it gives you the opportunity to meet and talk with potential customers one-on-one to explain your business and answer any questions they may have."

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22 October 2012

Lehman College - Corporate Leadership Award (Video)

(Video) - TD Bank is honored by Lehman College for it's work with the Bronx Small Business Development Center, providing financial support to local small businesses.

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17 October 2012

Burrito Jonz owner seeks loan to open restaurant in Herkimer

"...David Griffith, of the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center, attended Monday night’s meeting of the Herkimer village board with John Winter, who, along with his wife Amy, owns Burrito Jonz in Utica, to ask what is needed to move the process forward."

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9 October 2012

Why 'green' is more than a color on the surface

"It’s great that so many people are passionate about a green business community. But there’s a risk of getting caught up in the euphoria of “recycled content,” “kilowatt-hours saved” or “carbon-emissions prevented.”"

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3 October 2012

James King Named Chairman of National Association of Small Business Development Centers



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18 September 2012

New York's Best Kept Secret for Entrepreneurs

"Within the publicly funded City University of New York's (CUNY) Baruch College is one of New York's best kept secrets: The Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship, along with its Small Business Development Center (SBDC)."

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14 September 2012

5 questions about writing a business plan

Susan McCartney, directory of the Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State, discusses strategies for business plan writing. (Full text available to subscribers only.)

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9 September 2012

How is new tech helping your biz?

"How is technology helping you operate your small business? What can you do, or add, to make you more efficient and better able to serve your customers or clients?"

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11 August 2012

Follow passions to find success

"Aspiring entrepreneurs often have difficulty zeroing in on one business venture. Those who are truly entrepreneurial see potential and have interest in a number of ventures but, short of cloning, it’s impossible to pursue them all."

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25 July 2012

Bookstore owner finds business a page turner

(No longer available online) Kim Krug and Kathleen Skoogtook opened the Monkey See, Monkey Do children's bookstore in Clarence, NY in 2009 with the assistance of the Buffalo Small Business Development Center.

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16 July 2012

Verizon funds new entrepreneurship effort for domestic violence victims

(No longer available online) Monroe Community College, Alternatives for Battered Women and the Small Business Development Center at The College at Brockport announced an entrepreneurship program to provide Rochester-area domestic violence survivors with the skills and know-how to start small businesses and to become successful entrepreneurs.

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13 July 2012

CNY Vets Expo promotes options for veterans

"MARCY — While being honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) with a Small Business Excellence Award was gratifying, the real benefit for the CNY Vet Expo is the additional exposure the award has given the annual event held in the Mohawk Valley." (Full text for subscribers only.)

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9 July 2012

SBDC Business Forum: Should small biz certify or not?

"Should you certify or not? This is a question that small businesses grapple with quite often, because obtaining a certification doesn't guarantee you any government contract work. But if it's used as a marketing tool, it can generate more opportunities to bid for government business."

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5 July 2012

Columbia Business School to Host Columbia University-Harlem SBDC

Effective July 1, the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center will move to Columbia Business School from the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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19 June 2012

Speed Lending Coming to Jamestown



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18 June 2012

Make competitors your biz partners

"In strategy development and business planning a business owner should always identify competitors, their strengths and weaknesses and unique selling points. This information helps a business determine how they are going to stand out and succeed. Just because other businesses exist who are selling the same or similar product/service does not mean that more business is not required in that area. It does mean that strategy and high performance are required. Identifying competitors helps a business to determine its own products and services as well as mission, vision and goals."

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18 June 2012

New Web tool grades banks on their small-business help



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16 May 2012

Deadline to Apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans in New York is June 13



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13 May 2012

Conley’s Rental Management wins small business award

"Conley’s Rental Management, Watertown, was honored May 4 with an SBA Small Business Excellence Award in East Syracuse. Owned by Michael J. Siptrott, the business was nominated by state Small Business Development Center."

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13 May 2012

Westchester Business Center Now at Manhattanville

The Westchester/Rockland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) now has offices at Manhattanville College.

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27 April 2012

Lisbon business owner is among those to be honored by Clarkson’s Reh Center

Dale A. Rice, director of the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center, received the Entrepreneur’s Hero Award from the Clarkson University Reh Center for Entrepreneurship.

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23 April 2012

Online, Interactive Tools Support Veterans and Entrepreneurs in Today's Job Market



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19 April 2012

Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance - Small Businesses Unite



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19 April 2012

Business Owners Get Advice on Finding Loans

Financing options for small businesses in a Forum hosted by the Columbia-Harlem SBDC

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19 April 2012

Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance - print local biz guide



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17 April 2012

Do your homework before biz buy

"There are many benefits to buying a business. If the business has been operating for several years, you are aware of the risks associated with it, and so is your lending agency. Accounts are available outlining the sales and expenses of the business throughout its history. As the seller, you will be required to provide the last three years of tax information to the buyer and lender. For this reason, it’s a good idea to sell your business when it is still profitable; if you are not making a profit when you sell, your perceived “value” of the business’s goodwill is zero, and your selling price will be based on tangible assets."

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16 April 2012

SBA announces award winners

The SBA Buffalo District honors SBDC client Fayyaz Hussain, of United Biochemical, as Exporter of the Year, and Niagara SBDC advisors Pauline Soeffing and Maureen Henderson as Women in Business Champions of the Year.

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16 April 2012

Bootstrapping It: Growing number of ‘vetrepreneur’ programs help soldiers create start-ups

Robert Piechota, Veterans Business Advisor, discusses how the skills veterans learn while in the military are particularly useful when starting a business.

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12 April 2012

LI winemakers eye sales in China

"About a dozen local winemakers learned about selling wines in China at a session in Riverhead Wednesday hosted by the New York State Small Business Development Center. Jinshui Zhang, director of the center's international business development, told the winemakers of a new program that could bring them quick and inexpensive entrée to the Chinese market."

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10 April 2012

Wineries cash in on cachet

"Jinshui Zhang, director of international business development for the New York State Small Business Development Center, instructs winemakers on the finer points of marketing their wares to Chinese consumers Monday during a wine expo in Kingston."

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6 April 2012

NEW YORK STATE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER RELEASES NEW ENTRESKILLS™ PROGRAMS



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5 April 2012

SUNY Announces New China Partnership for Business Education

"Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Jiangsu Development and Reform Commission to create a SUNY-operated executive education program for service industry executives from Jiangsu Province. Programs will be developed in partnership with SUNY campuses and take place at campus locations throughout New York."

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5 April 2012

N.Y. wines get royal treatment in China

"'New York is the equivalent of quality," said Jinshui Zhang, business director for International Business Development with the New York State Small Business Development Center. He said that's one reason wine made in New York won out over wine from other states, including California, when it came to selecting those to be showcased at the new wine outlet center in Shanghai opening in June."

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3 April 2012

Buffalo plant to make radiant heat panels

John McKeone, a business adviser at the Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center helped Modular Radiant Technologies write a business plan. The company is opening a manufacturing plant on Buffalo's East Side.

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3 April 2012

New York wineries eye Chinese market

"Jinshui Zhang of the state’s Small Business Development Center tells winery representatives about opportunities in China. His presentation Monday was at The College at Brockport’s small business center in Rochester."

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3 April 2012

Female business owners standing strong despite challenges

"Women start businesses twice as much as men and stay in business longer, said Sharon St. John, a retired senior business adviser for the Small Business Development Center at SUNYIT. 'Women really are coming into their own,' she said. “We have come a long way.'"

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2 April 2012

China Wants New York Wine

"Members of New York's Small Business Development Center and Chinese delegates are meeting with dozens of representatives of wineries from throughout the Finger Lakes this week. They're trying to get those wineries to sell their wines in China."

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30 March 2012

Putting stock in small business a wise investment

A workshop with state officials on starting a small business in Utica on April 3 and the on-going free services of the Mohawk Valley SBDC offer valuable tools for entrepreneurs.

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27 March 2012

Small business event uses best of speed dating and 'Shark Tank'

"Most anyone who's started up a small business knows how hard it can be if you don't know the right people. Sometimes it's impossible to get your product past the office assistant. But small business owners in the North Country are trying out a pretty unique way to bridge the gap. As our Brian Dwyer tells us, think Shark Tank and speed dating."

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21 March 2012

Velazquez on "How Entrepreneurs Can Lead Our Recovery"

Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY), the Ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Small Business, discusses the role of small businesses in the economic recovery.

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19 March 2012

Arnaldo Sehwerert: Exports can boost profits for small businesses, too

Mid-Hudson SBDC Director Arnaldo Sehwerert discusses how exporting can help small businesses make more money.

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29 February 2012

SBDC Back in Business at SUNY Canton

"The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center has resumed operations in their permanent offices in Wicks Hall at SUNY Canton."

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27 February 2012

SBDC to help small wineries export products to China

"...The SBDC in Albany has made an agreement with Chinese agencies to launch a New York state wine outlet at the free trade zone in Shanghai, giving the state’s 300 wineries a chance to export their wines to a booming marketplace overseas, said Jinshui Zhang, director of international development for SBDC."

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27 February 2012

MWBEs getting bonded to help win more state contracts

As part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiatives in support of minority and women-owned businesses, NYS SBDC centers will provide additional training programs. “‘Following the completion of the course work,’ King said, ‘we will be issuing them a certificate that provides them assurance to anyone who looks at them in the future in the state.’”

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27 January 2012

Jobs, Dreams Fulfilled in Public/Private Partnership

VIDEO - "In just six months, UAlbany's Small Enterprise Economic Development (SEED) program has invested $385,000 in the Capital District and created 52 new jobs in a unique partnership between the university, SEFCU, and Empire State Development."

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22 January 2012

Pick of the pizzerias

According to the Buffalo SBDC's Cindi Thomason, lots of pizza restauranteurs know what they want their restaurant to look like and what they want to serve, but haven't thought through the business end

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19 January 2012

Ask The Experts: Growing Green Industry on LI

VIDEO - Gloria Glowacki, Associate Director of Stony Brook SBDC, joins in a panel discussion on growing green industry on Long Island.

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18 January 2012

UAlbany's Small Business Development Center and NYSERDA Offer No-Cost Energy Savings Reviews

"ALBANY, N.Y. (January 18, 2012) -- The New York State Small Business Development Center at the University at Albany (SBDC, UA), in partnership with the New York State Energy Development Authority (NYSERDA), is starting the new year by providing no-charge energy audits for small business owners to improve their operating efficiency."

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12 January 2012

Opt for health insurance

Barbara Voerg, business advisor for the Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center, discusses why small business owners need health insurance, and some options for affordable coverage.

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11 January 2012

SEPA Mujer firma acuerdo de asistencia técnica empresarial con SBDC de Stony Brook

SEPA Mujer Inc, an organization serving Latina women on Long Island, has signed an agreement to work with the Stony Brook SBDC.

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10 January 2012

Lowey Visits Elevation Burger in Rye Brook

"RYE BROOK, N.Y. - Politicians and state officials visited the recently opened Elevation Burger restaurant at the Rye Ridge Shopping Center. Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester) was there along with representatives from the state's Small Business Development Center. "

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7 January 2012

Sound Advice: Local business experts offer resolutions that companies and individuals can make for a prosperous new year

Small businesses that want to save money in 2012 might consider reducing their energy usage. Susan A. McCartney, director of the Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State College, suggests taking advantage of free energy audits.

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30 December 2011

SBDC at SUNY Oswego aims to help grow online businesses

The SUNY Oswego SBDC's temporary office in Fulton, NY houses an e-commerce incubator, designed to help start online businesses. (Full text available to subscribers only.)

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30 December 2011

SBA Grant Funds New Outreach Site in Fulton

"FULTON- On December 13, SBA District Director Bernard J. Paprocki, Oswego Small Business Development Center staff and other small business organizations cut the ribbon for a new small business outreach site in Fulton, NY... "

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29 December 2011

Steps to doing business with the government

"Are your sales down? Is your market drying up? Consider this: Local, state, and federal governments must provide goods and services to taxpayers — in good and bad economic times. Selling to the government is called procurement, and there is a lot of purchasing money available."

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11 December 2011

Unemployed invited to learn new skills at business center in Fulton

"Displaced workers in Oswego County interested in starting a small online business can learn how at a new office in Fulton. The State University College at Oswego’s Small Business Development Center is opening a new Fulton site and new e-Commerce Incubator at 34 S. First St., Fulton. A grand opening is planned for 9 a.m. Tuesday."

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2 December 2011

November Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.6 Percent

(Video clip) - Rockland SBDC client Elevation Burger, is profiled. Owner Daniel Magnus plans to open additional locations, and is hiring new workers.

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25 November 2011

Watertown’s SBDC sees strong client numbers, increasing workshop attendance

"When Chuck and Lynette Fowler have ideas for their business, they weigh them with their adviser at the Small Business Development Center at Jefferson Community College, Watertown..."

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21 November 2011

Small Business Saturday

A press release from the SBA Associate Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development promoting Small Business Saturday (www.SmallBusinessSaturday.com) on November 26th.

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21 November 2011

Suffolk county program helps develop Hispanic business

"The Hispanic Initiative," a joint venture between the Stony Brook SBDC and Suffolk County, is designed to help Hispanic-owned businesses in the county gain confidence and succeed.

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18 November 2011

SUNY Canton SBDC to Host Government Contracting Workshop

Brief article announcing an upcoming workshop for small businesses in the Canton area that are interested in government procurement. Hosted by the SBDC at SUNY Canton.

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17 November 2011

Free Services to Help Small Businesses Succeed: Stony Brook Small Business Development Center in Focus

"Tamani Wooley examines the work of the Stony Brook Small Business Development Center, which offers free business services to entrepreneurs across the island. The center's associate director Gloria Glowacki discusses the various resources provided to small businesses, including help with business plans, marketing and financial advice."

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11 November 2011

NYC veterans defend their financial futures by starting own businesses

John Narciso, program coordinator for New York State’s Veterans’ Business Outreach Center, comments on the skills possessed by veterans which make them likely to be successful business owners.

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11 November 2011

NYC Veterans Defend Their Financial Futures by Starting Own Businesses

Article discussing experiences of veterans starting their own businesses, including John Rainey a client of the Westchester SBDC. The article also features comments of John Narciso of the Farmingdale SBDC, the SBDC's Veterans Business Outreach coordinator.

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11 November 2011

How to cope if rents are rising in your neighborhood



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7 November 2011

Colleges show off trademark offerings

With SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher on hand Thursday, seven regional colleges showcased their special programs.

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3 November 2011

SBDC Column: Agencies Can Help Returning Vets

"There are a number of programs offering technical and/or financial assistance specifically targeted toward veterans who left their businesses to serve, or those returning from active duty who are considering starting a new business."

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3 November 2011

SBDC Column: Agencies can help returning vets

"There are a number of programs offering technical and/or financial assistance specifically targeted toward veterans who left their businesses to serve, or those returning from active duty who are considering starting a new business. These programs, federal, state and local, can provide assistance with basic start-up issues, funding and ongoing technical support..."

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1 November 2011

Sports Center to Open in Former Lowville Catholic School

An article that discusses the imminent opening of a sports center in Lowville. The business plan for this center was created with help from the Watertown SBDC.

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28 October 2011

SUNY Oswego to Open Outreach Center in Fulton Because of Job Losses

A brief article discussing the creation of a new, temporary office in Fulton to help its citizens develop their entrepreneurial ideas.

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26 October 2011

Small Business Development Centers Are Open

A reminder from State Assemblyman Michael DenDekker to the business owners in his district about the two Small Business Development Centers in Queens: one at York College, the other at LaGuardia Community College.

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11 October 2011

Event Puts Women in Focus

“A lot of small businesses are represented here,” said organizer Sarah C. O’Connell, business adviser for the Small Business Development Center at Jefferson Community College. “Small businesses can be somewhat isolated, so this is a chance to really find support from each other and find valuable connections.”

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6 October 2011

Make The World's Largest Buyer Your Customer

"The SBDC and the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) are hosting a full day of programs aimed at assisting local small businesses sell their products and services to the government. Roxanne Mutchler, SBDC's Government Contracting Coordinator from Utica, will be the guest speaker. This series will feature three programs discussing Government Opportunities and the steps needed to take advantage of these opportunities."

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1 October 2011

Help offered to Hispanic entrepreneurs

The Stony Brook SBDC's new program, The Hispanic Initiative, provides business support services in both English and Spanish to Long Island entrepreneurs.

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28 September 2011

Mentors prove valuable in a down economy

"When Marci Miller first called Gloria Glowacki, associate director of the Stony Brook Small Business Development Center, she said she was exasperated, frustrated and about to throw in the towel..."

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26 September 2011

Small Business Development Center: We Mean Business

Article provides a profile of the services offered by the SUNY Oswego SBDC.

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22 September 2011

Oswego State Creates Job to Help Companies Survive and Thrive

"In July, Chena Tucker took a part-time job that had never existed before, but one for which she was especially qualified. Tucker started working in the new position of business programs assistant for the Small Business Development Center at State University College at Oswego. The office, with Tucker on point, has started a public outreach campaign throughout Oswego County to promote its business services. "

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13 September 2011

SBA Disaster Loans Available in New York for Businesses and Individuals

"ATLANTA – Survivors affected by Hurricane Irene throughout New York are being encouraged by Jorge Silva-Puras, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Region II regional administrator for New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S.Virgin Islands to register immediately for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and to return their completed disaster loan applications to the SBA in order to receive much needed help in their affected areas."

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8 September 2011

Strategies: Small business centers help in tragedies

The author describes the work of the SBDC network, and the support they offer small businesses during times of crisis, like the 9/11 attacks.

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7 September 2011

Disaster relief for small businesses

Small businesses in the Hudson Valley affected by Hurricane Irene should contact the Mid-Hudson SBDC for assistance with FEMA and SBA relief programs.

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6 September 2011

Bringing America Back: How a Man Went From Being Unemployed to Owning a Small Business

Television news segment highlights the story of Farmingdale SBDC client and NYS SBDC Phoenix Award Winners Robert and Danielle Rosenberg of Moolala.

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5 September 2011

Signage company expanding Freeport facility

NYS SBDC Hall of Famer and Veterans Business Program Client Bill Levine continues to expand his signage, graphics and visual display company, WL Concepts and Production.

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25 August 2011

SBDC Column: Commercial loan tips

"Credit availability remains an issue for businesses, as lenders are understandably cautious not to repeat past mistakes. To think that banks don't want to lend money, however, is erroneous. Banks, like any other profit-motivated businesses, must generate sales in order to make money, and commercial loans tend to be a very important part of their product line. If banks don't lend money, they don't make money..."

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23 August 2011

Rumpelstiltskin Yarns Opens in Stony Brook

Prior to opening the second location of their yarn store, Rumpelstiltskin Yarns, Vincent and Angela D'Aguanno attended classes at the Stony Brook Small Business Development Center.

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22 August 2011

Rick Johnson: Climate is changing in Western New York’s economy

"There’s something going on in Buffalo. Change is in the air. While its origins are diffuse, there is a growing intensity of focus and purpose that has been absent around here for many years. In the face of a dramatically unsettled global economic climate, Western New York, with Buffalo as its nucleus, is carrying on, busily recapturing its entrepreneurial mojo..."

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15 August 2011

NY Top State for Entrepreneurship

New York State is ranked at the top of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's State Entrepreneurship Index.

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10 August 2011

Family-owned businesses: 'It's in your blood'

David Mallen, director of the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center at SUNYIT, comments on the advantages of continuity in family-owned businesses.

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3 August 2011

Marketing website now available

"PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Small-Business Development Center has launched a new website to promote locally owned business to area residents and Canadians."

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29 July 2011

Karen Stehlin Takes Interim Director Position at SBDC



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28 July 2011

SBDC Column: Be leery of free money

Mid-Hudson SBDC Advisor, Sam Kandel, advises business owners not to depend on "free money" or grants to support their businesses, and to be skeptical of companies that claim they can give access to "free money."

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24 July 2011

Tony's Canvas in Massena keeps customer service at top of business, developers say

Canton SBDC client Tony O’Geen, of Tony’s Canvas and Leather, was selected as Manufacturer of the Year by the New York State Small Business Development Center.

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20 July 2011

Show Boat To Paradise, Saling The Summer Wind

Jamestown-area entrepreneur Marilyn Brainard owns a yacht cruise line, touring Chautauqua Lake. She recommends aspiring business owners visit the Jamestown SBDC.

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11 July 2011

Good Business: Built on Service and Good People

Martha Peterson, President of Southern Tier Supply in Jamestown, NY credits the Jamestown Small Business Development Center, and business advisor Beth Reed, for acting as "a 'phenomenal' resource for learning how to set up and grow a new enterprise."

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6 July 2011

Farmingdale SBDC Honors Merrick Business

"The Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale State College recently presented the Merrick-based business Moolala with the Phoenix Award."

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1 July 2011

In The Spotlight - William Grieshober

Bill Grieshober received the 2011 SBDC Advisor of the Year Award in May in Lake Placid. It's the second time the Buffalo SBDC Advisor has taken home this award.

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1 July 2011

East meets West at networking event

"New York state’s Small Business Development Center and several state and Ulster County agencies widened their economic viewshed in a big way June 24, meeting representatives of China’s Shandong province at a business matchmaking event held at SUNY New Paltz."

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29 June 2011

UAlbany, SEFCU, Empire State Development team on microloan effort

"The University at Albany, SEFCU and Empire State Development have teamed up to launch a $2.5 million 'character-based' microloan program."

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28 June 2011

SBDC to host conference on trade with China

"The state Small Business Development Center, with the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce and state Empire State Development Corp., will host the U.S.-China Business & Trade Development Conference on Sept. 20 and 21 at the Conference Center in Niagara Falls."

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25 June 2011

NY, China scout for business

A delegation from China's Shandong province met with businesspeople on June 24th at SUNY New Paltz for a networking session sponsored by the Mid-Hudson SBDC. The event helped local businesspeople build contacts with Chinese counterparts.

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23 June 2011

NYS SBDC Announces US-China Business & Trade Development Conference

"The New York State Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the United States Small Business Administration, the United States Department of Commerce, and Empire State Development will host the US-China Business & Trade Development Conference at the Conference Center in Niagara Falls, NY on September 20-21, 2011. "

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23 June 2011

Carbino’s Jewelry and Diamond Center in Ogdensburg wins SBA Small Business Excellence Award

Nominated by the Canton SBDC, Carbino’s Jewelry and Diamond Center was honored with a Small Business Excellence Award from the SBA.

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22 June 2011

Brooklyn tops boroughs in immigrant entrepreneurs

"...Catalina Castano, director of the New York state Small Business Development Center at the City University of New York's City Tech campus, said that small businesses have always been 'an important piece of the economic development of our country.' And immigrants, Ms. Castano noted, may best exemplify the commitment and dedication necessary to run a successful enterprise. "

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17 June 2011

Students' entrepreneurial skills boosted

"To meet the changing needs of educators and students, the Office of Entrepreneurial Education has released a new version of its online EntreSkills program." (Full text available to subscribers only.)

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3 June 2011

Uncle Sam Offers Help to Small Businesses

The Staten Island SBDC celebrated the opening of an outreach office at the Sovereign Bank at 9516 Third Ave. in South Brooklyn.

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19 May 2011

Tony's Canvas and Leather Wins Manufacturer of the Year from SBDC

Tony O'Geen, owner of Tony's Canvas and Leather in Massena, has been selected by the New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year after working with the SBDC office at SUNY Canton.

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19 May 2011

Columbia-Harlem SBDC Guest Blog for Congressman Rangel's Site In Honor of Small Business Week 2011

The Columbia-Harlem SBDC is the guest blog entry for Congressman Rangel's blog site for Small Business Week 2011.

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19 May 2011

Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business Awards

Lucille Wesnofske, Director of the Farmingdale Small Business Development Center, was honored as one of the Long Island Business News' 2011 Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business Award winners.

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18 May 2011

SBDC Receives Grant to Stimulate Entrepreneurship

The U.S. SBA recently awarded a $53,000 grant to SUNY Plattsburgh’s North Country Small Business Development Center. The grant is designed to assist local entrepreneurs affected by regional layoffs at Pfizer.

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18 May 2011

Mohawk Fabric Company, Inc. Wins SBA Small Business Excellence Award

AMSTERDAM- Local business Mohawk Fabric Company, Inc. was honored last Monday with an SBA Small Business Excellence Award at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. The U.S. Small Business Administration and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) hosted the 13th annual luncheon to recognize the achievements of local small businesses. The NYS Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at University of Albany nominated Mohawk Fabric Company, Inc. for the award.

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16 May 2011

Small Business Development Center Honored at National Conference

"The Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale State College has won a regional award as part of National Small Business Week, which began today in Washington D.C."

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16 May 2011

Farmingdale center wins Small Business Week award

"The Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale State College has won a top award as part of National Small Business Week, which began today."

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9 May 2011

CSI’s Small Business Development Center Expands to Brooklyn

"The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the College of Staten Island launched its first satellite office on May 2 in the Brooklyn community of Bay Ridge. The new office expands outreach in Brooklyn, and is located in the Sovereign Bank building at 9512 3rd Ave."

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28 April 2011

Hey Kids! Run a business this summer!

On May 7, the Buffalo State College SBDC will run it's annual KidBiz program, preparing 40-50 local children to operate their own outdoor market.

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27 April 2011

Farmingdale small biz center gets accolades

The Farmingdale SBDC received the SBA's "Excellence and Innovation Award," after the center exceeded goals for helping long-term and start-up clients.

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19 April 2011

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Challenge the Barriers

Catalina Castano, director of the Brooklyn SBDC, discusses the challenges faced by immigrant entrepreneurs in accessing capital.

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6 April 2011

Director's Message: Ask us before you buy!

"We had two clients in the past week tell us they were approached by aggressive sales people telling them they needed to immediately pay $189 for U.S. Department of Labor posters to remain in compliance with new regulations. The DOL provides posters at no charge..."

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3 April 2011

SBDC Can Help Small Restaurants

"If you have a 'Recipe For Success' the Small Business Development Center may be able to help you. That is the title of the business planning guide the center has available for those looking to start a food product retail company or for someone already in the business. Irene Dobies, Small Business Development Center director, said the guide is designed for both new and established business owners."

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1 April 2011

Developing Business

Video from the SUNY Oswego 2010 Annual Report on the Oswego Small Business Development Center. Larry Perras and John Halleron in Oswego advise hundreds of entrepreneurs a year aiming to start, expand or keep small businesses.

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28 March 2011

BronxNet Television Appearance

Clarence Stanley of the Bronx Small Business Development Center discusses SBDC services with Dr. Bob Lee (Video segment begins at 11:40)

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28 March 2011

Are you ready to be an entrepreneur?

Gloria Glowacki, associate director of the Stony Brook SBDC suggests that potential entrepreneurs examine their emotional, financial and mental fitness before starting a business.

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25 March 2011

Stony Brook SBDC boosts Latino-owned biz

"Encouraging Latino-owned businesses to expand beyond their own communities won’t be easy, but that doesn’t mean Gloria Glowacki won’t try. Glowacki, operations director at Stony Brook’s Small Business Development Center, will unveil a new program called “Bridge to Hispania” in the coming weeks. The goal of the program is to encourage the approximately 16,250 Latino-owned firms in Suffolk County to do business beyond the borders of their own communities..."

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25 March 2011

SBDC develops local green-certification program

The Green Core Company Business Certification Program, developed at the Onondaga Small Business Development Center, provides clarification to businesses trying to be "green." According to Business Advisor Frank Cetera, the program combats "greenwashing" or false claims about environmentally friendly business activities. (Full text available to subscribers only.)

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23 March 2011

Sellers, agencies to gather

The seventh annual Selling to the Government and Matchmaking Event will be held Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Jefferson Community College. The Watertown Small Business Development Center and the North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center are presenting the event. Twenty one agencies and prime contractors have signed up for the event, along with a dozen corporate sponsors, allowing valuable networking opportunities for small business owners.

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10 March 2011

SBDC Column: Aid for small business

"Once that entrepreneurial bug bites, there's no turning back. You've got the fever, and the only way to treat it is to face it head on..."

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3 March 2011

Annual women's business expo is 1-stop shopping

The Canton SBDC's fifth annual Women's Business Boot Camp and Resource Expo was a success, with approximately 40 entrepreneurs or aspiring business owners learning about what it takes to run a business.

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2 March 2011

Bump in the Head Turns Into Big Idea

With the help of the Buffalo SBDC, Timothy and Ewelina Panicali invented and brought to market the "Cool 'n Gel Cap," a hat designed to hold an ice pack to a child's head.

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1 March 2011

New Resources for East End Small Businesses

A new Small Business Development Center office is now available to serve businesses on the eastern end of Long Island. The new Southampton site is operated by the Stony Brook SBDC and headed up by Dan O'Connell, former SBA Project Officer for the NYS SBDC.

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28 February 2011

For a small number of businesses, cash is king

Cindi Thomason, senior business adviser at the Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center comments on the challenges of accepting credit cards and the processing charges that go with them for small businesses.

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25 February 2011

College-based centers get biz off the ground

The Niagara, Buffalo and Jamestown Small Business Development Centers have found that more small businesses in Western New York are looking for financing to expand their facilities or enter a new market in recent months. (Full text available to subscribers only.)

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24 February 2011

BX Marks the Spot

Highlighting the vibrancy of the Bronx, this video shows Bronx SBDC Director Clarence Stanley accepting an award.

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3 February 2011

Q&A: Jeff Saelens, small biz guru

Jeff Saelens, director of the Stony Brook Small Business Development Center, discusses the needs of high tech clients and long term goals of the SBDC. (Full text available to subscribers only.)

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2 February 2011

Credit Ready Fair Encourages Businesses To Seek Loans

"The Credit Ready New York City Fair sponsored by the city and two groups in business and banking, was held on January 26 at the Bulova Corporate Center, home of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. Despite winter weather, attendees crowded the space provided by the Queens Chamber to confer on lending and finance with banking and business people."

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30 January 2011

Entrepreneurs can't afford to ignore new communications tools

"It's virtually impossible to be in business these days without a virtual presence on the Internet. As such, the various social media created for that virtual world has become a vital space for businesses to inhabit, though the navigation of it might be daunting for novices. For the hundreds of local small businesses seeking to remain competitive, as well as the start-ups attempting to gain a foothold, the Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State College provides a road map for navigating the ever burgeoning information highway, and Tony Maggiotto Jr. is the guide. "

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27 January 2011

Kate Baker, Dawn McCurdy join Colonie Chamber of Commerce board of directors

Albany SBDC Advisor Kate Baker was recently elected to the Colonie Chamber of Commerce board. Baker "hopes to shed some insight as to what is relevant to businesses, what they need in order to grow and flourish and how the Chamber of Commerce can help them achieve their goals in order to succeed."

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27 December 2010

JCC To Offer Course For Entrepreneurs In Spring

"A pathway to small business ownership and success now passes through Jamestown Community College. Both the New York State Education Department and the State University of New York have granted approval for JCC to offer a new 30-credit hour certificate in entrepreneurship."

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23 December 2010

NYS Small Business Development Center Program is Finalist for National Economic Development Award

The New York State Small Business Development Center's (SBDC) Olé Program at the New York City College of Technology was named a finalist by the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) for its Awards of Excellence in the category of Community Development.

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23 December 2010

Recognition for Work of Bronx SBDC

Bronx Small Business Development Center Director Clarence Stanley was recognized on December 22 for the Center's work in helping to drive economic success in the borough. Since 2000, the Center, which is located on the Lehman campus, has counseled 7,413 clients and conducted 419 workshops or seminars with 9,495 attendees, helping to invest over $80 million in the area's economy, which has resulted in 2,489 jobs being saved or created.

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17 December 2010

Young Entrepreneurs Academy Is Under Way at UAlbany's School of Business

"An organic candy line, a snowboard shop, and a jewelry business are among the business ideas being developed by area students in grades 6-12 at the University at Albany's School of Business chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)."

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1 December 2010

Success Story: Sturges Manufacturing Turns 101

“...We contacted the SBDC to learn what we needed to do to obtain government contracts and how to expand our presence,' said Tyler Griffith, vice president. 'We continue to turn to the SBDC when we run into a roadblock.”

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16 November 2010

Businesswomen learn, share at conference



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3 November 2010

New York Breaks Ground On First Bronx Business Incubator

The Baruch Small Business Development Center will partner with the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator, providing coaching and training to up to 400 entrepreneurs located at the incubator.

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2 November 2010

Small-business loans ascend

With the help of the Niagara SBDC, Partners Packaging, a industrial packaging supplier in North Tonawanda was able to obtain a $200,000 loan, and double its customer base.

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12 October 2010

SBDC Helps Minorities, Women Receive Money

"Business owners need to know how to get their hands on the billions being spent by the government on goods and services each year. That is why the Small Business Development Center assisted minorities and women business owners with a class on the certification process to enhance their chances Thursday."

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10 October 2010

Sticky business? Get unstuck by asking for help

"Your small business consumes a great deal of your time especially in today’s difficult economy. You don’t have time to step back to think about and plan what is truly best for your business today and for tomorrow — but you must!"

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2 October 2010

Small Business Development Center at JCC has moved across campus

"Calling all entrepreneurs, business owners, bankers, agencies, and residents; The New York State Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College moved across campus and is now occupying space alongside the Continuing Education Department in the Carnahan building."

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20 September 2010

Why can't these companies get a bank loan?

When Anu Prestonia needed a business loan to support her hair salon she turned to JM De Jesus at the Brooklyn SBDC. After a year of searching, they were able to secure a loan.

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17 September 2010

SBA program a shot in the arm for region

William Brigham, director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Albany, discusses the impact of SBA guaranteed loans on local small business lending.

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17 September 2010

LIPA, NYSBDC team on energy audits

"The Long Island Power Authority and the New York State Small Business Development Center are teaming up to provide small businesses with free energy audits and financing for energy-efficiency measures. LIPA already offers free audits to companies, but the SBDC partnership goes beyond that by providing additional energy advice and connecting companies with lenders to finance improvements."

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14 September 2010

Hundreds turn out for business matchmaker event

"Speed dating" for small businesses, 320 attendees met with 62 buyers (federal and state agencies, universities and prime contractors) at the SBDC co-sponsored Matchmaker & Expo in Albany.

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3 September 2010

22 New Firms are Welcomed into 2010-2011 MWL Certificate/Mentorship Program

"Columbia University Facilities and the University's School of Continuing Education, in partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center (SBDC), welcomed 22 new minority-, women-, and locally-owned (MWL) businesses to its 2010-2011 Construction Trades Management Certificate/Mentorship Program, during a kick-off orientation and networking reception. "

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1 September 2010

How to Deliver Great Customer Service

Sue McCartney and Tony Maggiotto, of the Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center, offer strategies for providing great customer service.

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1 September 2010

Breaking into the Corporate Supply Chain

Catalina Castano, director of the Brooklyn SBDC, Ira Davidson, director of the Pace SBDC, and Lucille Wesnofske, director of the Farmindgale SBDC are all quoted in this report which "explores the opportunities and challenges for small businesses to increase their participation in corporate supply chains".

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29 August 2010

Firms are profiting from group think: Business owners say crowd-pleasing coupons pay off in added traffic

Ulas Neftci, regional director of Baruch College's Small Business Development Center, discusses the pros and cons of marketing with online group deals.

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25 August 2010

Hurricane Katrina: 5 Years Later

David Mallen and Sam Russo of the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center recall their trip to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

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23 August 2010

A helping hand: Small Business Development Centers try to help entrepreneurs flourish

Profile of New York City Small Business Development Centers and their successful entrepreneur clients.

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19 August 2010

SUNY Small Business Development Center Partners with Con Edison to Help Small Businesses Gain Energy Savings

"ALBANY, N.Y. (August 19, 2010) -- The State University of New York’s State Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the state's leading provider of small business management and technical services, will partner with energy giant Con Edison to provide reviews for client small business owners to improve the energy efficiency of their operations. "

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1 August 2010

SBDC’s John McKeone receives Erie County Veteran Advocacy Award



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26 July 2010

Gardiner Restaurant Example of Private, Public Partnership, Ulster County Officials Say

A profile of the creation of Tuthill House at the Mill, a restaurant/inn in Gardiner, New York. The article touts this as an example of the cooperative efforts possible between local entrepreneurs, the Small Business Development Center, and the Ulster County Development Corporation (UCDC).

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23 July 2010

Pros give tips to entrepreneurs

Clifford Bell, Tom Bruss, Irene Dobies, Bill Grieshober, Rochelle Layman, Andrea Lizak, Tony Maggioto, Susan McCartney, John McKeone and Scott Miller, SBDC advisors serving Western New York offer advice to local entrepreneurs.

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10 July 2010

Businesswomen learn of government services, funding

"In an effort to provide female entrepreneurs with the information they need regarding federal, state, and county business services as well as funding options and incentives available for woman-owned small businesses and female veterans the Mid-Hudson Region Small Business Development Center and Ulster Development Corporation hosted a workshop to detail those opportunities Friday morning at the SUNY Ulster Business Resource Center in Kingston."

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29 June 2010

Business earns statewide award

"Pine Camp Contracting LLC epitomizes quick growth: from three employees when it was founded in 2007 to 42 employees now. The flooring and painting contractor has grown so fast that it was recognized by the state Small Business Development Center system with the Growth Company of the Year Award."

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28 June 2010

How to Open a Business in Brooklyn

Catalina Castano, director of the Brooklyn Small Business Development Center offers insight into successful marketing strategies used by small businesses in Brooklyn.

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4 June 2010

Painter climbs ladder to success

A profile of NYS SBDC Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Patti Heins.

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3 June 2010

SBDC at CSI Has Helped Thousands of Businesses to Start-Up or Expand

"Staten Islanders who want to start a business or expand an existing one have an expert friend at CSI–the Small Business Development Center (SBDC)."

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2 June 2010

SUNY ULSTER Announces SBDC Counselors Awards

"Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center Regional Director Dr. Arnaldo Sehwerert announced that Sam Kandel, Certified Business Counselor at the center, has been selected the 2010 Counselor of the Year of the New York State SBDC Network."

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24 May 2010

SBA Honors Counseling Champions for Contributions to the Nation's Small Businesses

"The Small Business Development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award honors a SBDC Service Center for providing value to small businesses and advancing program delivery and management through innovation. The Watertown SBDC has a proven record of helping small businesses create jobs in rural upstate New York..."

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14 May 2010

Why is credit crunched?

Louis D. Scamardella, advisor at the the New York State Small Business Development Center in White Plains, discusses the state of small business lending, and offers tips for borrowers.

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10 May 2010

Turner Construction Company Establishes Accredited Construction Management Academy at York College in Queens, N.Y

"NEW YORK, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Turner Construction Company, in partnership with the York College School of Business and the Small Business Development Center, have developed the first undergraduate accredited program based on the Turner School of Construction Management training program curriculum for York College students and area small businesses. The course offering will begin on June 1 at the York College School of Business in Queens, N.Y."

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5 May 2010

NYS SBDC International Business Program recognized as co-sponsor of the 6th APEC Small & Medium Enterprises Technology Conferences and Fair, in Fuzhou City, China



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4 May 2010

Getting set for success in small business

"Budding entrepreneurs may think they have a can’t-miss business idea. But a great concept isn’t enough. Someone launching or expanding a business still needs to think about credit scores, getting financing and laying out a plan, experts say. "

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30 April 2010

SBA awards funding for small business energy efficiency

"The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the State University of New York (SUNY) is among seven centers receiving a grant of $125,000 to help small businesses become more energy efficient."

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28 April 2010

New York State SBDC Supports Veteran Small Business Owners with $150,000 Federal Grant

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 28, 2010) -- The New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC), administered by the University at Albany, received a $150,000 U.S. Small Business Administration grant to provide entrepreneurial assistance to veterans. The SBDC, one of 10 center across the country to receive the competitive award, will use the funds toward its Veteran’s Business Outreach Program (VBOP), which assists veterans and promotes business ownership and services to small businesses affected by the deployment of key personnel overseas.

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26 April 2010

SUNY Oswego Small-Business Advisers Share in National SBA Award

"OSWEGO – Small-business advisers based at SUNY Oswego and Jefferson Community College have won a national award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center, as part of the Watertown Regional SBDC, will receive the Service Excellence and Innovation Award May 23-25 in Washington, D.C., during the National Small Business Week observance."

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23 April 2010

McMahon Hails SBA's 2010 Small Business Advovates

"New York District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration honored six of the area’s top small business advocates in celebration of National Small Business Week. Rep. Michael E. McMahon is pleased to commend Bart Horowitz and Linda Baran, both from Staten Island, for being named in this year’s group of honorees."

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21 April 2010

NYS SBDC highlighted at IEEPA 2010 World Environmental Conference



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20 April 2010

Setting sights on small-business exports

Small businesses play an important role in U.S. efforts to increase exports. Lynn Oswald, Director of the Niagara SBDC, advises potential exporters to consider how international trade will affect their cash flow.

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6 April 2010

Watertown SBDC Selected 2010 National SBDC Center of the Year



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5 April 2010

Business center receives top honor

The Small Business Development Center at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY will receive the SBA's Service Excellence and Innovation Award, honoring it as the top center in the nation.

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31 March 2010

The New York State SBDC Wins Federal Grant to Support Veteran Small Business Owners

WASHINGTON – The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the State University of New York is among 10 centers to receive a grant award to increase entrepreneurial assistance to veterans. The grants will provide funding for programs to veterans that promote business ownership and provide services to small businesses dealing with the deployment of key personnel overseas.

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26 March 2010

Edible Arrangement Fruit Bouquets a Fresh Idea for Larry & Gail Gephardt

The Niagara SBDC helped entrepreneurs Larry and Gail Gephardt successfully launch their Edible Arragements franchise.

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23 March 2010

NYS Small Business Development Center Announces Advisory Board Appointments



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23 February 2010

9 more Central New Yorkers who dared to start a business

The Oswego SBDC helped Matt and Mandy Gutchess open their business, The River Rat, a bait, tackle and gun shop and 40-slip marina, in Brewerton.

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23 February 2010

Small Business Development Center Helps Rockland Unemployed Gain Job Skills

"SUFFERN - Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) today commended the New York State Small Business Development Center at Rockland Community College for helping unemployed Rockland County residents find new jobs or start their own businesses."

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22 February 2010

NYC turns to universities to foster businesses

"The answer to the city’s suffering economy might be tucked somewhere in the basement of Pupin Hall, according to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer..."

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19 February 2010

New center provides assistance to Lake Champlain business owners

"About four months since the Lake Champlain Bridge closed and two months after it was demolished, many business owners on both sides of the lake are still having a tough time. As our North Country reporter Matt Hunter explains, many believe a new Small Business Assistance Center in the area will finally provide some relief..."

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16 February 2010

Small Business Development Center Establishes Champlain Bridge Business Assistance Center



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1 February 2010

“Cut Your Energy Costs” - Energy Efficiency Programs for Business Customers



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8 January 2010

Bertola, David
Buffalo State steps ups online resources

After 16 years as the director of the Niagara Small Business Development Center, Rick Gorko now oversees training and education programs at Buffalo State, including the NYS SBDC entrepreneurial education program, EntreSkills.

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7 January 2010

Heath, Dan
North Country Small Business Development Center here to help

"The North Country Small Business Development Center is holding an open house today at its 194 U.S. Oval offices. Regional Director Rick Leibowitz said they want to help people understand the free services available at the center."

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28 December 2009

Papineau, Jeremiah S.
North Country SBDC celebrating 25 years helping small businesses

Since 1984, the North Country Small Business Development Center has provided information, technical assistance and training to help small business owners grow their existing businesses and prospective small business owners to start a new business.

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25 December 2009

Spicer, Velvet
Recession is good time to start venture

Jan Pisanczyn, director of the Small Business Development Center ant SUNY Brockport, discusses how today's economic climate might be the best time to start a small business. According to Pisanczyn, "There's less competition out there. Your established businesses that you would have been competing against are starting to cut back. Some of them are starting to neglect their client outreach."

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1 December 2009

Cruz, Claudia
Business incubators aid new businesses

Brian Gurski of the LaGuardia SBDC describes how the center works with business incubators, helping small businesses to get "over that first hump from being home-based with limited capacity, space, equipment and resources” and to become more formalized.

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24 November 2009

Guiding Small Businesses - Brooklyn SBDC

(VIDEO) Catalina Castano, director of the Brooklyn Small Business Development Center discusses the free services offered by the center for local entrepreneurs on Sector B: The Business of Brooklyn, a program of Brooklyn Independent Television.

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16 November 2009

Tech Valley Global Business Network honors NYS SBDC 2009 with Trade Partner Award

(VIDEO) A profile of the NYS SBDC's International Business Program, the 2009 Tech Valley Global Business Network Trade Partner of the Year award winner.

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12 November 2009

Buffalo State Small Business Adviser Wins National Award



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30 October 2009

Pickney, Barbara
Come prepared - Small businesses can improve the chances of getting a bank loan by laying the groundwork

Bill Brigham, director of the Albany Small Business Development Center, reminds business owners to do their homework and write a business plan before approaching banks for a loan.

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28 October 2009

Women attend Binghamton business roundtable

Women business owners attending the Binghamton Small Business Development Center's monthly roundtable learned the importance of networking.

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27 October 2009

Backbone of recovery: Small biz

SBA Administrator Karen Mills, Pace SBDC advisor Greg Callender and SBDC client discuss small businesses and the tight credit market in this CNNMoney video.

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19 October 2009

Petrecca, Laura
Entrepreneurs turn to small business centers for free help

A profile of the entrepreneurs and advisors of the Rockland Community College Small Business Development Center.

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2 October 2009

Clancy, Ambrose
The cash is nice, but the advice is priceless

As part of the "Plan! Write! Succeed!" business plan competition run by the Miller Business Resource Center at the Middle Country Public Library, the Farmingdale and Stony Brook Small Business Development Centers will offer special workshops for entrepreneurs.

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26 September 2009

SUNY Geneseo given $2.5 million

Charles L. “Bud” VanArsdale, former director of the SUNY Geneseo Small Business Development Center, has donated $2.5 million to fund the Charles L. “Bud” VanArsdale Endowed Chair for Entrepreneurship and Small Business in the School of Business at Geneseo.

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25 September 2009

Pinckney, Barbara
Company owners make contacts, do business at fast-paced SBA events

The successful SBA match-making event held at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center brought together large government and private sector buyers and small business owners. According to Albany SBDC Director Bill Brigham, "The buzz in that room is just what you want to hear...It's the sound of relationships being made."

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18 September 2009

Clifford, Catherine
When the CEO heads back to the mail room

When small businesses are forced to let employees go, even CEO's have to pitch in and perform duties at all levels of the organization. Jim King, State Director of the New York State Small Business Development Center, highlights the importance of being a hands-on owner, and staying familiar with many aspects of business operation.

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3 September 2009

Clifford, Catherine
Staff cuts: 'This was the last resort'

Lucille Wesnofske, Director of the Farmingdale Small Business Development Center discusses the efforts of small business owners to avoid staff cuts during difficult economic periods. Small business owners invest time and money into training their employees, and come to look at employees as members of the family.

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1 September 2009

Glowacki, Gloria H.
State of Long Island - Today & Tomorrow

Gloria Glowacki, Director of Operations at the Stony Brook Small Business Development Center, discusses steps entrepreneurs can take to maintain their business success through difficult economic changes. Keeping realistic expectations and maintaining client relationships are critical.

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