SBDC to Host Conference for Women in Entrepreneurship and Business at SUNY Canton

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host its second annual women’s conference, Women in Entrepreneurship and Business, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 212.

“We have planned another great conference and will be adding some new features that we think this year’s attendees will love,” said SBDC Director Dale Rice. Last year’s conference was attended by approximately 40 women from across the north country region.

One addition to the WEB Conference this year is a Resource Expo where area businesses and organizations will showcase their products and services. The Resource Expo will be set up from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Intramural Gym, with special networking sessions scheduled so conference participants can spend exclusive time with Expo vendors. The Resource Expo will also be open to the general public free of charge.

The conference will feature Melanie Upson-Rafferty of Cortel Improvement and Cathy Pokines of the U.S. Small Business Administration as the day’s keynote speakers. Upson-Rafferty will discuss how women can establish credibility in the professional world and will include pointers on “power talk,” confidence, and how to present yourself and your ideas. Pokines will speak about the state of women-owned business in the economy.

The conference features a variety of mini-workshops on topics such as online marketing, credit issues, financing and accounting. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend a panel discussion by successful business owners to gain insight into their best practices.

Cost to attend the conference is $45 per person. Admission to the Resource Expo only is free to the general public. For further information, or to register for the conference, contact the Canton SBDC at (315) 386-7312.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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