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SUNY Canton SBDC Joins Nationwide ‘Start Your Business’ Social Media Campaign to Help New Companies

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

rp_sbdc_logo.jpgThe SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is partnering with its national affiliates to help would-be entrepreneurs through a six-week social media campaign.

America’s SBDC and small business expert Rhonda Abrams launched the Start-Up Campaign on Monday, March 17. Through social media outlets Twitter and Facebook, the campaign will provide entrepreneurs with information, advice, and resources they need to get started with their new businesses.

Local efforts by the New York SBDC, including SUNY Canton’s SBDC, will support entrepreneurs participating in the national campaign by offering no cost one-on-one consulting and startup trainings.

James King, NY SBDC state director said, “Social media has become such an important factor in today’s business climate that campaigns such as this are a natural extension of the services provided by the SBDC.”

The Six-Week Start-Up Campaign was inspired by the recently released third edition of Abrams’ bestselling book, Six-Week Start-Up. This edition includes dozens of free startup resources as well as step-by-step guidance to start a business in just six weeks.

“SBDCs are the best-kept secret weapon for small businesses,” Abrams said, referring to her own experience as a former SBDC client. “I know how valuable their expertise is and it’s free. SBDCs continue to make a huge economic impact in this country every year – they really are on the front lines helping entrepreneurs create jobs and access desperately-needed capital to start and grow.”

Throughout the six-week period, anyone who hopes to start, run, or grow a business receives daily guidance, worksheets, and links to free resources. Through Twitter and Facebook, they’ll be encouraged to tell their own story and become an inspiration to others.

Those who are interested in beginning their entrepreneurial journey can follow @RhondaAbrams and @cantonsbdc on Twitter, or search the hashtags #6wkstartup and #ASBDC. On Facebook, see www.Facebook.com/RhondaAbramsSmallBusiness, www.facebook.com/ASBDC, and https://www.facebook.com/suny.sbdc

For more information or to set up a no-cost counseling session, please contact the SUNY Canton SBDC by email, sbdc@canton.edu, or call 315-386-7312. For more information on PlanningShop and the Six-Week Start-Up Campaign, visit www.PlanningShop.com/SixWeekStartUp.

 

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. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs. More information is available at www.canton.edu/sbdc.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Learn to Make the Most of Facebook at the SBDC’s Women’s Business Bootcamp

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) spring Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon will feature a panel of local businesswomen who will be presenting “Best Practices for Facebook.”

The Business Bootcamp will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the SUNY Canton Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites.

Business Bootcamp Display

“Over the years we’ve found that our women entrepreneurs enjoy the opportunity to learn from one another at this event,” said SBDC Business Advisor and event organizer Michelle Collins. “The panel discussion will facilitate the sharing of ideas and strategies that will help develop or expand social media for businesses.”

Panelists will include: Jane C. Rue, of CJ Custom Creations; Patricia S. Kelley of Farrand’s Flowers and Event Planning; Erin E. Lassial of Coco Lassial Apron Co.; and Carol S. Pynchon of Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY).

The panel will share the Facebook strategies that have worked for them as well as challenges they’ve encountered with using social media to promote their business. The panel will be followed by a question and answer session and the chance for participants to share their own experiences.

The event will feature a delicious luncheon and the popular Mini Marketplace, a display area where attendees can sell their products or educate participants about their business in a small and intimate forum. Exhibitors in the Mini Marketplace will have a table for product displays and materials.

The event cost is $30 per person. Pre-registration is required. This includes the luncheon and panel discussion as well as a table for the Mini Marketplace and plenty of networking opportunities. 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 is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton SBDC Event Provides Link Between Small Businesses and Purchasers

Monday, December 9th, 2013

SBDCThe Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Canton hosted its first Matchmaker event in October to connect local small businesses with large purchasers in Northern New York, such as hospitals and colleges.

According to organizer and SBDC Business Advisor Brooke Rouse, each of the purchasing agencies that attended the event plan to work with at least one local business.

Matchmaking is similar to “speed-dating” — businesses signed up for 10-minute meetings with purchasing officers and had a short time to network and share marketing materials.

“The purchasing officers were very open to sharing information, and everyone was there with the purpose to help small businesses grow in the region,” Rouse said. “Some of the business participants have not even opened officially; others have been in business for many years. This type of event helps to bridge the gap and open conversation between supplier and purchaser.”

In all, nine agency purchasing offices, three resource partners and nineteen small business representatives attended the event.

In addition to the opportunity for business owners to pitch their product, Rouse said participants learned about the requirements for contracting with state, federal and private corporations.

The SUNY Canton SBDC plans to host the event again next fall. To learn more, call (315) 386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

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

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The 2013 St. Lawrence County Matchmaker event will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, at SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center. Hosted by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center and St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, the event provides a great opportunity for agencies and prime contractors to support regional economic development by giving local businesses the opportunity to expand their client base and grow their businesses.

Matchmaker events are held around the country, but this is a first for St. Lawrence County. Matchmaking is like “speed-dating” — businesses will sign up for 10-minute meetings with purchasing officers and have a short time to network and share marketing materials. When the bell rings, the business moves to the next agency. The hope is that agencies will learn about what is available locally, and a potential match can be made between supplier and purchaser.

Small Business Development Center

Agencies currently signed up include New York Power Authority, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, St. Lawrence County Purchasing Department, the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. and the Village of Canton. Registration is free for prime agencies, contractors and purchasing officers, and is needed by Friday, Oct. 25.

Registration and meeting sign-up begins at 8 a.m., and the Matchmaker will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Businesses looking to expand their markets and have one-on-one contact with purchasing officers can register for $10 by calling the SBDC office or through the event website registration form http://www.canton.edu/sbdc/matchmaker.html.

Pre-registration by Oct. 25 is encouraged. Pre-registered business participants will be given priority scheduling with purchasing officers at 8 a.m. Those who register the day of the event can enter the scheduling room at 8:20 a.m.

Please call SBDC Business Advisor Brooke Rouse at (315) 386-7312 for more information, to determine whether or not the event will be beneficial to you, and to sign up.

More information can be found at http://www.canton.edu/sbdc/matchmaker.html.

 

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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/press/021711minority-women-ownedbusiness.

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

 

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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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