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SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center to Offer Free Business Counseling Sessions in Star Lake

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

SUNY Canton’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with Clifton Fine Economic Development Corporation, will be offering free advice for future entrepreneurs and individuals interested in starting their own businesses at a series of special outreach sessions in Star Lake.

One-on-one sessions with SBDC Advisor Brooke E. James will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday during the month of October at the Municipal Building in Star Lake. The sessions are held free of charge. Space is limited, so those who wish to participate are asked to make an appointment by contacting Ms. James at (315) 386-7312 or at jamesb@canton.edu.

The SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services, from helping start-ups develop a business plan and assist existing businesses prepare to expand, to offering resources for industry-specific companies.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

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SBDC Workshops Help Entrepreneurs Energetically Build their Businesses Efficiently

Monday, June 11th, 2012

SBDC: Small Business Development CenterThe Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Canton is offering a new program for entrepreneurs who want to save money and expand their brick-and-mortar businesses.

The SBDC has partnered with the agencies Renew St. Lawrence County and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to link business owners with the best resources to build new or renovate existing businesses.

The agencies will be presenting two free workshops at:

  • 9 a.m. Monday, June 18, at the Potsdam Civic Center; and
  • 4 p.m. Monday, June 18, at Ogdensburg’s Dobisky Center.

“NYSERDA provides free energy audits for existing businesses to help existing businesses plan energy efficient renovations,” said SBDC Director Dale A. Rice. “They will be able to provide free information and recommendations about energy efficient heating and lighting solutions. Business owners may also be eligible for economic incentives to renovate or build new brick-and-mortar businesses or storefronts.”

NYSERDA

A NYSERDA Outreach Specialist will be presenting the workshops as a means to help business owners gain access to funding available from a wide range of state resources. The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center is available to assist business owners with all of the necessary steps and assessing the cost-benefit of implementing new energy efficiency measures.

For more information, or to secure a seat at either of the two free workshops, please contact the SBDC Office at SUNY Canton, 315-386-7312, sbdc@canton.edu.

 

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SUNY Canton SBDC Launches E-Commerce Training Series March 9

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Local businesses can become more successful and competitive in a larger digital-driven economy by implementing e-commerce strategies.

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering a series of lectures for employees and owners of small businesses to learn about the many aspects of e-commerce and how to successfully incorporate effective strategies into their business model.

The E-Commerce Training Series will include several sessions focused on specific strategies and many will include hands-on training allowing participants to try out various tools and resources under the direction of area experts.

“We hope that small businesses will use this training to get up to speed on all aspects of e-commerce so they can implement or update their e-commerce strategies,” said SBDC Director, Dale Rice. “By utilizing web-based tools in today’s marketplace, small businesses have an opportunity to increase sales, create brand recognition and form unique connections with their customer base.”

The E-Commerce Training Series will continue with the following sessions:

 

Information Security and PCI Compliance

9 to 11 a.m.

Friday, March 9

Wicks Hall Room 008

Presented by: Jill VanHoesen, CIO, Johnson Newspaper Corp.

When your customers make purchases with plastic, they are handing over their personal information. What sort of information security program does your company maintain?  If you accept credit cards, you need to ask “are we PCI Compliant”?  Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) is the standard businesses worldwide are actively adopting to protect the personal data of their customers. Join us to learn how to help protect your business from cyber crime.

 

QR Codes

9 to 11 a.m.

Friday, March 16

Wicks Hall Room 008

Presented by: Jill VanHoesen, CIO, Johnson Newspaper Corp.

Quick Response Code, or mobile barcodes, will greatly assist you in marketing. Where could you be using QR codes to market your business and expand your reach to your consumers in the digital age? Your business’s success with QR codes is dependent on the seamless interaction between the code and the online destination.  Learn this and more when you attend this hands-on, interactive seminar including a webinar from Proforma Products. Leave the seminar ready to use QR codes in your marketing campaign.

 

Social Networking

9 to 11 a.m. (class)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (hands on instruction)

Friday, March 23

Wicks Hall Room 006

Presented by: Matt Corey, North Country Library System

Do you understand how and why people use sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to promote their business? This class will cover the popular social networking sites. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to create an account at the social network site of your choice or seek help on an account you already have with our instructor.

 

Internet Marketing 101

Wednesday, March 28

1 to 3:30 p.m.

Convocation, Athletic & Recreation Center (CARC), Mezzanine Area

Presented by: Kevin P. Schaffner, Site-Seeker.com

Topics include best practices for website design to encourage visitor conversion, search engine marketing, pay-per-click advertising, search engine optimization, what to measure and the convergence of search and social media.

 

Introduction to Facebook for Small Business

Friday, March 30

9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (class)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (hands on instruction)

Wicks Hall Room 008

Presented by: Matt Corey, North Country Library System

This class will focus primarily on Facebook, one of the more popular social networking sites, where users create a business profile and build an online community among customers and potential customers.

 

All sessions will be held at SUNY Canton. Cost is $10 per session or $50 for all six sessions. Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, call (315) 386-7312.

 

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SBDC Back in Business at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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

The SBDC briefly relocated their operations at the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) until buildings were reopened following the Feb. 10 fire in Cook Hall.

“We express the most sincere thanks to the IDA for accommodating our staff during our displacement,” said SBDC Director Dale Rice. “It is because of their generosity and support that the SBDC was able to continue serving small businesses in the county without interruption.”

The SUNY Canton SBDC provides free, individual advisement and counseling services for new and existing small businesses in areas such as business planning, financial analysis, marketing, human resources, government contracting, and much more. To learn more about the SBDC’s services, visit http://www.canton.edu/sbdc/ or call (315) 386-7312.

 

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SUNY Canton SBDC Temporarily Relocates Operations

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has temporarily relocated operations within the offices of the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) as of Monday, Feb. 13.

“I would like to thank IDA for their quick action in securing space so that the SUNY Canton SBDC can continue to serve the small businesses of the county with minimal interruption,” said SBDC Director Dale Rice.

Any clients who have scheduled meetings with the SBDC staff in the coming days should report for their appointment at the IDA offices within the St. Lawrence County Human Services Building at 80 State Highway 310, Suite 6, Canton, NY, 13617. SBDC staff can be reached at 315-386-7312 or by email: sbdc@canton.edu.

SBDC clients who already have an advisor assigned to them may use that advisor’s email to contact them directly.

The SBDC helps business owners with free counseling on a wide range of management and technical issues. This includes helping start-ups develop a business plan, assisting existing businesses prepare to expand, and offering resources for industry-specific topics.

 

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SUNY Canton SBDC Helps Businesses Save Energy and Money

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

SBDCThe SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will hold a free session to help small businesses receive a free NYSERDA energy efficiency study valued at $1500.

The 90-minute application session will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at SUNY Canton in Wicks Hall 006. The hands-on workshop will allow participants to complete the online Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) during the session with assistance from SBDC business advisors.

The NYSERDA study provides a comprehensive evaluation to identify cost-effective methods to reduce energy use and cost and to identify economically viable improvements that will yield substantial energy savings. The study is available to business owners who either own or lease their facility and is free if the building’s average electric demand is less than 100 kilowatts a year.

Small businesses and not-for-profits can also obtain generous financial incentives to implement the recommended energy-efficiency measures.

Attendees should bring the following information: estimated annual electric expenses and consumption (in kilowatt hours), estimated annual natural gas expenses and consumption (in therms) and square footage of the building(s). An email address is also needed to complete the online application.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at 315-386-7312.

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SUNY Canton SBDC Hosts Government Contracting Workshop, Dec. 1

Friday, November 18th, 2011

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) wants to help area entrepreneurs secure some of the nearly $98 billion available through government contracts.

The SBDC will be hosting a Government Contracting Workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center Woodcock Conference Suite Room 212. The event is sponsored by the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) and will be run by Roxanne Mutchler from the Mohawk Valley SBDC Procurement Assistance Center.

The workshop is being held in conjunction with a new bid-matching service that helps area firms find leads on government contracts. The web-based program, called BidLinx, monitors thousands of bid sources and automatically sends email alerts about opportunities tailored to match a firm’s products, services, and capabilities. The no-cost service is available to all SBDC clients.

In 2010, the Federal government awarded government contracts exclusively to small businesses for services and goods including: boat building and marine repair, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, real estate appraisal, construction work and supplies, medical assistance and equipment, printing and design, machine and auto parts and repair, paint and wallpaper, bottled water, as well as professional development training.

Potential bid sources include:

  • Federal government agencies and military branches
  • State agencies and authorities
  • County and local governments
  • All 50 states and U.S. territories
  • International government websites

The SUNY Canton SBDC is the area’s government contracting resource center. Since its start in 1998 SBDC advisors have worked directly with 4,435 businesses, helping them to invest $62,320,721 in the area’s economy, and create or save 1,469 jobs. Certified Business Advisors are available Monday through Friday.

To register for the workshop or to make an appointment, call 315-386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu. More information is also available at www.canton.edu/sbdc.

The New York Sate SBDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration and is administered by the State University of New York.

 

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

Monday, May 23rd, 2011
Tony O'Geen

Tony O’Geen, owner of Tony’s Canvas and Leather in Massena and 1984 SUNY Canton graduate, mends a hockey glove in his shop. O’Geen won the SBDC’s Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year award.

If you rip it, Tony O’Geen can stitch it.

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. He will receive his award at a recognition dinner on May 24 as part of the SBDC’s Annual Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid.

The 1984 SUNY Canton graduate started Tony’s Canvas and Leather from his home in 2001 after realizing the demand for local sports equipment repair services. He traveled to Montreal, Canada, to learn the art of re-palming hockey gloves from Eagle Hockey and began posting flyers in the local hockey arenas and sports facilities. His grass roots efforts paid off and he quickly expanded his offerings to manufacturing and repair of all variety of sports bags and equipment. He soon began repairing hockey equipment for local colleges, including SUNY Canton.

“Tony represents the idea of a true American entrepreneur,” Dale Rice, SUNY Canton SBDC director said. “He saw a need in the market and found a way to fulfill it, beginning as a part-time, home-based business and growing gradually to become a force in the global marketplace.”

O’Geen began working with the SBDC in 2008 on a variety of business development initiatives. Over time, he amassed an impressive menu of services worthy of his slogan, “You Rip It, I’ll Stitch It.”

He gradually expanded to work on leather saddlebags, boat and trailer covers, tack repair and shoe repair. He also began creating custom printed and embroidered apparel, fire bags, hunting bags, signs and banners.

Several years ago O’Geen worked with the Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative to develop his website, www.tonyscanvas.com. It immediately gave him access to a global market and in recent years he has attracted customers from as far away as Australia.His success is even more notable considering that up until this year the business was a part-time venture in addition to his full-time employment as a New York State Corrections Officer.

Upon retirement earlier this year, Tony set out to further expand his company by seeking grant and loan funding through the St. Lawrence County IDA. The funds allowed him to purchase new equipment that will greatly expand his printing logos and sign services.

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


 

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SUNY Canton SBDC to Host Women’s Business Boot Camp & Resource Expo

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Local women entrepreneurs will have the chance to learn about the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) newly launched Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract program next week.

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host the 5th Annual Women’s Business Boot Camp from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 in the College’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The program will feature Cathy Pokines, director of marketing and communications from the SBA’s Syracuse District office, who will discuss the new federal contracting program.

“This year more than ever, it’s important for women-owned businesses to take advantage of training and networking opportunities such as the boot camp because of both the economic climate and the launch of this new program,” said Dale Rice, director of the SUNY Canton SBDC.
Women-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, according to a statement released by the SBA. The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program will provide greater access to federal contracting opportunities for both WOSBs and economically-disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs) to help them take their businesses to the next level.

The day-long event will also include training sessions on credit issues and energy efficiency programs for small business throughout the morning. Following lunch and Pokines’ discussion, the event will conclude with a financing panel where lenders will share information on funding programs and requirements for funding approval.

In addition to the Boot Camp, the event will feature a Resource Expo where area businesses and organizations can showcase products and services. The Expo will be open throughout the day with special networking sessions scheduled for conference participants to explore local resources.

The SBDC received sponsorship from the Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University and the SeaComm Federal Credit Union in order to bring the Boot Camp to the area this year. Last year’s conference was attended by nearly 50 women from the North Country region.

“We are pleased these sponsors are supporting the SBDC and see the benefits of bringing this valuable training to our local entrepreneurs once again,” Rice said.

The cost to attend the Boot Camp is $45 per person, while registration as an Expo exhibitor is $30 (which includes the lunch program). The cost is $65 for those wishing to attend the Boot Camp and exhibit in the Expo.

For more information or to register for the event, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at (315) 386-7312.

 

 

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SUNY Canton SBDC Offering Free Business Sessions in Gouverneur

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

SUNY Canton’s Small Business Development Center is arming local entrepreneurs and business owners with information and resources to help them succeed despite the country’s recent economic difficulties.

The Center (SBDC) has teamed up with the Gouverneur Chamber of Commerce, the Gouverneur Area Development Corporation and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce to host a series of informational breakfast sessions on a variety of business-related topics throughout June and early July.

The program is designed for current business owners and people thinking about starting a business in Gouverneur and the surrounding North Country communities.

“Gouverneur’s Chamber of Commerce approached us and wanted to find a way to help local businesses,” said Michelle Collins, the SBDC’s business advisor. “They want local business owners and entrepreneurs to be aware of the multitude of local resources we have here in the North Country, and this gives them a starting point.”

With topics such as business resources, energy, and cost saving strategies headlining the series so far, it has already attracted 25 people at the first two sessions, which were held on June 10 and June 17.

The final two sessions, which will focus on financing and funding opportunities, as well as employee relations and compliance issues, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 24 and Thursday, July 1, respectively. Both sessions will be located at the Methodist Church, 34 Grove Street, Gouverneur.

Panelists for the financial session on June 24 titled, “Show Me the Money,” include employees and business leaders from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Small Business Association, Gouverneur Area Development Corporation, Community Bank, Gouverneur Savings and Loan, Key Bank, St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, New York Business Development Corporation, and PathStone’s Enterprise Center.

On July 1, the focus will move towards handling employees, with representatives from One Stop Career Center and the New York State Department of Labor presenting, along with a local accountant and local lawyer, in the session, “Keeping out of Hot Water.”

“For our organization, this has been a great way to reach out to different communities and business leaders around the county,” Collins said. “Businesses shouldn’t have to come see us in Canton to benefit from our knowledge and services. We are accessible to businesses everywhere because we go into the communities and provide the pertinent training and resources businesses need.”

The cost of attending the sessions is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information on attending any of the remaining sessions, contact Donna Lawrence at Gouverneur’s Chamber of Commerce at (315) 287-0331.

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


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