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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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Canton Cake Shop Owner Recognized by SBA and SUNY Canton SBDC

Monday, May 10th, 2010

People in the North Country have relied on Cindy Murdie, owner of Cindy’s Cake Shop in Canton, to brighten their celebrations with baked treats for more than a decade. Her cakes have been the centerpiece of innumerable birthdays, anniversaries, retirements and weddings.

Today, (Friday, May 7, 2010) Murdie herself was the center of a celebration at the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) annual luncheon in Syracuse. She received the Small Business Excellence Award presented by the SBA and the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton.

“Cindy is a perfect example of the type of successful business owners who drive the country’s economy,” states Dale Rice, Director of the SUNY Canton SBDC. “We are delighted to be able to recognize Cindy for all of her hard work and success.”

Murdie was already well on her way to success when she contacted the SBDC in 2000 for assistance in expanding her business, according to Rice. With the help of the SBDC Murdie was able to secure funding to construct a building on Route 68 and move the business from her original location on Miner Street. She was able to add additional kitchen space and hire new staffing. She also expanded her product line with a variety of cookies sold at area stores and cafes. Cindy’s Cake Shop also keeps an inventory of ready-made cakes for those last-minute events, and carries an inventory of candy- and cake-making supplies.

Murdie began doing business as Cindy’s Cake Shop in 1998 in a tiny rental property on Miner Street.

The shop now employs two people and is considering further expansion opportunities.

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


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St. Lawrence County Clerk Featured at Women’s Business Bootcamp

Friday, February 26th, 2010

The luncheon will feature a keynote from St. Lawrence County Clerk Patricia Ritchie.

St. Lawrence County Clerk Patricia Ritchie will be the keynote speaker at the Small Business Development Center’s Women’s Business Bootcamp and Resource Expo.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in the SUNY Canton Richard W. Miller Campus Center. Ritchie will be addressing the conference during the luncheon and will be discussing how positive leadership can impact businesses of all sizes.

“This event is a valuable resource for north country women in business,” says Dale A. Rice, SBDC Director. “It provides both educational opportunities and extremely valuable networking experiences that have proven value for our area entrepreneurs.”

Other conference presentations include a marketing through social networking section by Jeff Yette of Slic Network Solutions and a commercial financing presentation with Charles Beach of Key Bank One “We will also be hosting a panel of women business owners who will share their best practices and personal experiences as entrepreneurs,” Rice added.

The Women’s Resource Expo portion features area businesses and organizations and showcases their products and services.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp is $45 per person. Registration as a Resource Expo exhibitor is $30 and includes lunch and the keynote lecture. Registration for both the Bootcamp and exhibit in the Expo is $65.

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

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SUNY Canton SBDC to Present Solutions to Energy Challenges, July 28

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

The SBDC Seminar will outline adoptable renewable energy systems and energy efficient business models.

The SBDC Seminar will outline adoptable renewable energy systems and energy efficient business models.

Tax incentives and low-cost loans are available for business owners

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Canton will be helping business owners adapt to a completely new set of energy demands through their upcoming seminar “Energy Challenges and Solutions for Business in the 21st Century.”

The seminar will be held in conjunction with the North Country SBDC in Plattsburgh at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, at ComLinks located at 343 West Main Street in Malone. Seminar speakers will outline the opportunities to adopt renewable energy systems and creating energy efficient business models. The event is free and open to the public.

The New York State SBDC, in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC), has formulated an Energy Savings Program that will encourage business owners to implement energy efficiencies that will allow their firms to compete on a favorable basis in a global economy.

Seminar speakers Anthony Presti, Program Coordinator for the SBDC’s Energy Savings Program, and NYSERDA representatives will detail measures which, when implemented, will produce maximum savings for the business owner.

Business owners will learn how they can work with NYSERDA and SBDC Advisors to: implement energy efficiency projects; secure the financing to achieve energy efficiency or even to build green buildings; evaluate other renewable energy sources such as solar and wind; improve environmental performance by being greener; evaluate energy efficiency opportunities in all areas; and improve their bottom line.

Under the Energy Savings Program, an SBDC advisor reviews the NYSERDA suggested efficiencies with the business owner to analyze the potential savings of implementing the changes. Eligibility is open to small and medium-sized businesses, as well as industrial and commercial facilities and the New York State SBDC will subsidize one half of the cost of the NYSERDA review for the first 100 statewide clients of the program.

There is no charge for the program, but pre-registration is required. Contact the Canton Small Business Development Center at: 315-386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu to register and to obtain up-to-date information.

The Canton and North Country SBDCs work one-on-one in a confidential setting with emerging, existing, and expanding entrepreneurs. SBDC staff members provide these services at no cost to clients in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren, and St. Lawrence counties. The Canton and North Country SBDCs are part of a statewide program funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of New York. Visit the North Country SBDC online at www.NorthCountrySBDC.org or the Canton SBDC online at www.canton.edu/sbdc.

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 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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

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SBDC Offices Moving Back on Campus

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be moving its base of operations back on campus next month. The College also announced it will be closing its Massena Education Center located in Massena’s St. Lawrence Centre Mall. The two satellite offices are located in the same area in the mall.

“When we opened the Massena Education Center ten years ago, it was to provide residents in that area a convenient option to take college courses,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We are now doing that online with more than 100 courses per semester offered through SUNY Canton OL. As a result, we’ve seen enrollments decline in Massena enough where it didn’t make fiscal sense to continue our operations there, particularly in light of the massive state budget cuts we’ve experienced.”

SUNY Canton’s overall enrollment continues to experience extraordinary growth. The College surpassed 3,000 students for the first time this past fall. It marks a growth of nearly 50 percent from 15 years ago. Kennedy noted the two full-time employees at the Massena Education Center will be relocated back to the main campus.

The SBDC Offices are expected to relocate back on the SUNY Canton campus next month. They will be located in Wicks Hall.

“The SBDC will continue to provide tremendous support to the small businesses and entrepreneurs of North Country,” said SBDC Director Dale Rice. “We are also currently looking into options to locate a satellite office in Massena so we can maintain a presence here.”

The SBDC has been helping small businesses through all phases of growth for over 20 years. Advisors also provide free individual counseling on business planning, marketing strategies, tax requirements, financial analysis, government procurement, compliance issues, and record keeping in addition to periodic training sessions on a variety of business related topics.

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 100 courses online each semester. The College offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to 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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