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SBDC Internet Marketing Seminar, March 4

Friday, February 27th, 2009

CANTON – The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center will be holding an Internet marketing seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suite Room 212.

“Many businesses have augmented their regional sales by selling online,” noted SBDC Director Dale Rice. “We see it as a viable low-cost way to increase business and have several innovative ways for area entrepreneurs to utilize web-based resources.”

Among the topics covered during the day-long seminar will be:

· The uniqueness of Internet marketing using both creative and technical elements

· How the Internet has changed the buying process

· Expectations of Internet shoppers

· Determining a business’ online marketing potential

· Internet marketing in a recession

· Search engine optimization

· Web analytics

· Social Media marketing

The event costs $20 per person and includes breakfast and lunch. For more information, or to register, contact the SBDC at 315-764-0683, or email sbdc@canton.edu.

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.

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

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SBDC Women’s Business Boot Camp and Resource Expo, Feb 19

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

SBDCThe Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host the Women’s Business Boot Camp from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, at SUNY Canton.

“This is the third year that we’ve held a business conference specifically for women business owners and entrepreneurs,” said SBDC Director Dale Rice. “This year we have given the event a new name that reflects all of the hard work and dedication of women business owners.”

The SBDC teamed up with Key Bank to bring the Women’s Business Boot Camp to the area this year. The St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency and the Women’s Business Entrepreneurial Center at ComLinks are cosponsoring the event. “We are pleased that Key Bank and the Key for Women program are helping us bring this valuable training to our local entrepreneurs,” Rice said.

Boot Camp Attendees will attend mini training sessions on business topics including bookkeeping, going green, and protecting digital information. Key Bank staff will be on hand to discuss credit and banking issues. Motivational Speaker Barbara Walker of Cope Consulting Services will be presenting an inspirational keynote address.

The conference will also feature a Resource Expo where area businesses and organizations can showcase their products and services. The Resource Expo will be open from noon to 4 p.m. with special networking sessions scheduled so conference participants can spend exclusive time with Expo vendors.

Cost to attend the Women’s Business Boot Camp is $45 per person. Registration as a Resource Expo exhibitor is $35, which includes lunch and access to the keynote address. Registration for both the Bootcamp and exhibit in the Expo is $70.

For further information, or to register as an exhibitor, please call the SBDC at (315) 764-0683, or email sbdc@canton.edu.

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.

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

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SUNY Canton Entrepreneur Recognized for Business Success

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
Sarah and Lucas Manning

CAFE SUCCESS – Pictured are Sarah and Lucas Manning, proprietors of The Partridge Cafe in Downtown Canton. Lucas recently won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award through the Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

A twenty-something SUNY Canton alumnus was recently honored by both the New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Lucas Manning, owner of The Partridge Café in Canton, received with the SBDC award at the organization’s annual staff training conference at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson. Manning was again recognized at the SBA’s Syracuse District Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon in Syracuse.

“In just three years, Lucas has made his business a successful venture and important part of the Canton community,” noted Canton SBDC Director Dale Rice. “His ‘just do it’ attitude and his ability to make wise business decisions will assure that The Partridge Café will continue to thrive.”

In 2005, after receiving a Business Administration degree from SUNY Canton, Manning purchased the Partridge Café in downtown Canton. The café features an inexpensive and unique menu of coffees, sandwiches, wraps, and locally-made bagels. Lucas said he is focused on providing an excellent atmosphere with good food, great coffee, and plenty of reading material.

While maintaining the café’s original ambiance, Manning has partnered with other businesses to increase services in accordance to his market. He is an agent for Trailways bus service, has partnered with The Birchbark Book Shop, and recently began selling microbrew beer and locally produced wines to compliment a slate of live entertainment on the weekends.

Manning worked with Canton SBDC Business Advisor Michelle Collins when he purchased the business and again later when it was time to expand. Collins, who is also an adjunct business instructor at the college, taught Manning during his college studies.

“From the very beginning, Lucas exuded confidence and determination,” Collins noted. “Lucas is the model entrepreneur, doing everything the ‘right’ way and works hard while keeping a smile on his face.”

At age 26, Lucas continues to take college courses while operating the business with his wife, Sarah.

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

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SBDC Ribbon Cutting at St. Lawrence Centre, April 23

Monday, April 7th, 2008

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be holding an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at their new location in the St. Lawrence Centre Mall in Massena.

Representatives from the Massena Chamber, SUNY Canton, New York State SBDC Central Offices, Small Business Administration, and Federal, State, County and Local politicians will be on hand for the ceremony and to provide brief statements in support of the SBDC program and the small business community that it serves.

“Our grand opening falls during National Small Business Week,”Dale Rice, Director of the SBDC said. “It seemed an appropriate time to invite the community in which we serve to an event that also recognizes the small business owner and aspiring entrepreneurs.”

The SBDC Open House is open to the public, refreshments will be provided throughout the day. The office is located in the Saint Lawrence Centre Mall next to the SUNY Canton Education Center.

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

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

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

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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SUNY Canton SBDC Has Record Impact on Local Economy

Friday, October 19th, 2007

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Canton has had the best year ever, according to Director Dale Rice.

“The economic impact of the businesses that received our assistance in the past year has almost equaled the total economic impact for our past seven years of operation,” Rice said.

From Jan. 1, 2006 through September 30, the Canton SBDC’s clients recorded more than $24 million in economic impact as compared to the more than $25 million of economic impact reported from 1998 to 2005. The economic impact figure is tabulated by combining investments by entrepreneurs, financial institutions, and economic development agencies which resulted in the opening or expansion of a business.

In addition to economic impact, the SBDC also tracks the creation and retention of jobs by new and existing businesses. These figures show marked improvement with 752 jobs recorded from October 1998 to December 2005, and 284 jobs being created in the past 21 months.

“A key factor contributing to this increased investment by SBDC-assisted businesses is our effort to strengthen our strategic partnerships with local lenders and economic developers,” Rice said. “We have worked closely with several agencies to increase client funding, but Raymond Fountain (St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency Director of Economic Development) and Patrick Kelly (Deputy Director) have been particularly supportive of our center’s efforts to assist the business community.”

Rice also said Senator James Wright and SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph Kennedy contributed continuing support to the SBDC program. “Senator Wright and Dr. Kennedy worked diligently to have the SBDC at SUNY Canton,” Rice said. “If it weren’t for them we wouldn’t be here to offer our assistance to the area’s small businesses.”

The New York State SBDC recently underwent a state-wide accreditation review and was recertified without limitations or restrictions for the next four years. Accreditation without conditions is a level only attained by about 10 percent of all programs nationally.

The SBDC has been helping start-up and existing small businesses through all phases of growth for over 20 years. Advisors also provide free individual counseling on business planning, tax requirements, financial analysis, government procurement, compliance issues, and record keeping in addition to periodic training sessions on a variety of business related topics. To schedule an appointment with the SUNY Canton SBDC, call 315-386-7312.

 

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SBDC Brings Women Entrepreneurs to SUNY Canton

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Networking was the key topic for new business owners attending the Small Business Development Center’s Women in Entrepreneurship and Business Conference.

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HELPING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS - Pictured are (l to r) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director Dale Rice, Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, Cathy Pokines of the U.S. Small Business Administration and SBDC Business Advisor Michelle Collins at the recent Women in Entrepreneurship and Business Conference at SUNY Canton.

“Many new and potential business owners spoke with their peers or other professionals who have gone through the same process of starting a business,” noted SBDC Business Advisor Michelle Collins. “Conversation between new and veteran business owners instills a sense of confidence and camaraderie that can soften the challenges and help others share in success.”

Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava was one of the keynote speakers at the conference. She emphasized the importance of building strong client relationships in business.

Scozzafava was involved in her family’s business for 37 years and noted the role of other women in her personal business education. “Every step along the way there has been a woman to help me,” she said.

Kim Otis, owner of the Black Lake-based Echoes on the Lake grocery store inspired her peers and described her own experience working with the SBDC to startup her business. SBDC business advisors helped her evaluate the costs and risks of her business ventures including the purchase of her highly-profitable pizza ovens. Otis said the business advisors were equally valuable as she negotiated with governing agencies.

SUNY Canton Chief of Staff Carli Schiffner, Ph.D. spoke about women’s role in business from a historical perspective during one of the sessions of the conference. Attorney Roger Linden of Cappello Linden and Ladouceur of Potsdam was on hand to provide legal advice to prospective entrepreneurs. Absolutely Business magazine was the major media sponsor of the conference.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy helped bring the SBDC’s Women in Entrepreneurship and Business Conference to SUNY Canton this year. The SBDC also offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Business advisors can help start-ups develop a business plan, assist existing businesses preparing to expand, and offer resources for industry-specific topics. For more information, e-mail sbdc@canton.edu.

 

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