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SUNY Canton SBDC provides Financial & Legal Check-Up at Women’s Business Bootcamp

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Women entrepreneurs can make sure their businesses are in good health by participating in a Financial and Legal Check-Up as part of the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) fall Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 in SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

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The semi-annual event will feature Angela Gray, CPA, and Attorney Cathleen O’Horo who will speak to attendees about the common mistakes and pitfalls experienced by many small businesses at various stages of growth. A question and answer period will follow each speaker.

The day will feature the popular “Mini Marketplace, a display area for attendees to sell their products or educate participants about their business. Those participating in the “Mini Marketplace” will be able to utilize a small trade show table for product displays and materials.

“This is a great chance for women entrepreneurs to learn about potential legal and financial problems and how to avoid them,” said SBDC Director Dale Rice. “For the nominal registration fee, participants will be getting some great advice and insight from an accountant and an attorney.”

Registration is $30 per person, which includes the luncheon, access to presentations, a small table for the “Mini Marketplace” and plenty of networking opportunities. The Women’s Business Bootcamp is open to new, existing and aspiring women entrepreneurs. To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or sbdc@canton.edu.

 

About the Small Business Development Center:

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer resources for industry-specific topics. Business planning services are provided free of charge.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

 

International Summer Program at SUNY Canton Teaches Entrepreneurism and Business Leadership

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Students from Kazan and Moscow, Russia, are learning how to become entrepreneurs at SUNY Canton’s International Summer program.

“We help students augment their education to become entrepreneurs,” said Marela Fiacco, director of international programs. “Many of these students will graduate and become business leaders or create their own start-ups.”

This is the second year that the College has invited students from Kazan Federal University and Moscow State University to attend the business-focused seminar.

International Classroom

SUNY Canton Associate Professor Charles R. Fenner (pictured far right) presents a special class for students in the College’s International Summer program.

The International Summer Program is co-hosted by the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton, an agency that helps provide technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

A representative from the SBDC works with students to create marketing plans, learn budget financing and overall business management. “By the end of the three-week session, students will present a complete business plan,” Fiacco said.

As part of their learning experience, the students visit area businesses such as the St. Lawrence Brewing Company and St. Lawrence Valley Roasters, among others.

Several of the students are enrolled in dual-degree programs at the College and take courses online throughout the year with SUNY Canton faculty and their visit gives them the ability to meet their professors face-to-face. Management program faculty members also presented coursework during the session.

 

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

SBDC Women’s Business Bootcamp Focuses on Marketing

Monday, March 18th, 2013

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center will be giving female entrepreneurs a marketing advantage at the Women’s Business Bootcamp.

The semi-annual event and luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suite.SBDC Bootcamp

“Our Women’s Business Bootcamps have always given women business owners the opportunity to network and market among themselves,” said SBDC Director Dale Rice. “This spring’s panel will provide a forum for the women entrepreneurs in our area to share strategies and ideas for improving the effectiveness of their own marketing.”

The SBDC has invited a panel of area women operating successful businesses for a discussion on successful marketing and will be sharing their best and worst marketing strategies. Panelists include:

  • Elizabeth A. Halpen of Ms. Liz Artist Representative in Ogdensburg.
  • Robin L. Barkley of The Ole Smokehouse in Madrid.
  • Tania J. Sterling of TLC Real Estate in Gouverneur.
  • Carmen Gendebien of Glow Day Skincare and Spa in Canton.
  • Beverly J. Lazore of First Class Seconds in Akwesasne.
  • Carol J. Spadaccini of Coakley’s Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton.

The panel will be followed by a Q&A session and the chance for participants to share their own experiences. There will also be a luncheon and a Mini Marketplace display area where attendees can sell their products or showcase their businesses.

Registration is $30 for the panel discussion, a half table at the Mini Marketplace, and the luncheon. For more information or to register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at 315-386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton SBDC to Host Workshop for Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses

Monday, March 4th, 2013

In support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s goal of increasing minority- and women-owned business participation in state contracting, the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a workshop for local entrepreneurs that will focus on government contracting and certification.

All prospective and current minority- and women-owned businesses are invited to the event, which will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in SUNY Canton’s Wicks Hall (Room 006). A guest panel of representatives from state and regional entities will be available to advise attendees on matters related to funding, purchasing and processing. A workshop portion will include hands-on instruction and assistance to business owners with the initial steps of becoming certified.

“We meet with many minority and women entrepreneurs, but they do not completely understand the opportunity that continues to broaden for them. Government contracting can expand their market, increase revenue and ultimately create jobs in the North Country,” noted SUNY Canton SBDC Procurement Advisor Brooke E. James. “By providing assistance in understanding and completing the minority- and women-owned business certification process, our clients can continue to grow.”

The program is being held in cooperation with North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center. The event is free, however preregistration is required as space is limited. To register, contact the SBDC at (315) 386-7312.

For more information about Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order to help remove barriers for minority- and women-owned businesses in regard to the state government procurement process, visit http://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-issues-executive-order-establishing-minority-and-women-owned-business-enterprise.

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

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.