News & Press Releases

7 May 2018

SBA Selects Albany SBDC as Regional SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award Winner

The U.S. Small Business Administration has selected the Albany Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as the Region II winner of the 2018 SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award.

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30 March 2015

Vets train to transition back to civilian life

The Boots to Business class at the Watervliet Arsenal teaches veterans how to start a small business.

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7 January 2015

Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity Announces Boots To Business: Reboot

Peter Gannon, President of the Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership and Col. Lee Schiller, Commander of the Watervliet Arsenal announced today, the Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity will host Boots to Business: Reboot. This is a weeklong entrepreneurial training program, being offered at no cost, to veterans who want to start, expand or purchase a small business.

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7 January 2015

Veterans Get Down To Business



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14 May 2014

Vet business center in Watervliet named after McNulty

Albany SBDC Director Bill Brigham appears at the opening of The Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity in Watervliet.

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14 May 2014

McNulty Center helps veterans

"Bill Brigham, director of UAlbany's Small Business Development Center, speaks during a ceremonial groundbreaking on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Erie Canal Side Cut Park in Watervliet, N.Y. The event announced the establishment of The Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity at the Watervliet Arsenal."

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5 May 2014

Open for business? The answer is not that simple

William Brigham, director of the Albany SBDC, highlights the collaborations between business and academia and the growth of high tech jobs in the Capital Region.

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13 February 2014

Counselors logging lots of hours

"Bill Brigham isn't quite ready to declare the economy recovered. Brigham, director of the Capital Region's Small Business Development Center , says client demographics 'flipped' during the recession. Whereas work with startups occupied the center prior to the downturn, it was established businesses that sought help during the Great Recession. And the 60-40 ratio of existing-to-startup clients hasn't returned to the pre-recession 55-45 startup-to-existing split, he said."

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19 August 2013

MicroKnowledge founder Coco steps into new role at UAlbany

"Beth Coco, the founder of MicroKnowledge Inc. who left the 27-year-old company in July to pursue other endeavors, has a new job at the University at Albany. Coco is an entrepreneur in residence for the University at Albany’s Small Business Development Center, a no-cost counseling service for startups and existing businesses."

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20 June 2013

Microloan program passes $1 million in character-based lending

"The Small Enterprise Economic Development (SEED) program, which makes character-based microloans to entrepreneurs in the Albany, NY area, has passed the $1 million mark."

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8 May 2013

Need Cash? Your Biggest Competitor Is Offering--For A Price

Albany SBDC Director, Bill Brigham, discusses the benefits of industry mentoring, but advises care in accepting financing terms.

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14 December 2012

Frederick named entrepreneur-in-residence in Albany

"Richard Frederick, the former leader of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s incubator program, is now a technology entrepreneur-in-residence at the University at Albany’s Small Business Development Center."

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30 November 2012

In the Spotlight: John Skrobela

"John Skrobela, a business adviser with the Small Business Development Center at the University at Albany, is the New York winner of the Association of Small Business Development Centers’ State Star Award."

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27 January 2012

Jobs, Dreams Fulfilled in Public/Private Partnership

VIDEO - "In just six months, UAlbany's Small Enterprise Economic Development (SEED) program has invested $385,000 in the Capital District and created 52 new jobs in a unique partnership between the university, SEFCU, and Empire State Development."

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18 January 2012

UAlbany's Small Business Development Center and NYSERDA Offer No-Cost Energy Savings Reviews

"ALBANY, N.Y. (January 18, 2012) -- The New York State Small Business Development Center at the University at Albany (SBDC, UA), in partnership with the New York State Energy Development Authority (NYSERDA), is starting the new year by providing no-charge energy audits for small business owners to improve their operating efficiency."

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29 June 2011

UAlbany, SEFCU, Empire State Development team on microloan effort

"The University at Albany, SEFCU and Empire State Development have teamed up to launch a $2.5 million 'character-based' microloan program."

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18 May 2011

Mohawk Fabric Company, Inc. Wins SBA Small Business Excellence Award

AMSTERDAM- Local business Mohawk Fabric Company, Inc. was honored last Monday with an SBA Small Business Excellence Award at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. The U.S. Small Business Administration and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) hosted the 13th annual luncheon to recognize the achievements of local small businesses. The NYS Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at University of Albany nominated Mohawk Fabric Company, Inc. for the award.

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27 January 2011

Kate Baker, Dawn McCurdy join Colonie Chamber of Commerce board of directors

Albany SBDC Advisor Kate Baker was recently elected to the Colonie Chamber of Commerce board. Baker "hopes to shed some insight as to what is relevant to businesses, what they need in order to grow and flourish and how the Chamber of Commerce can help them achieve their goals in order to succeed."

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17 December 2010

Young Entrepreneurs Academy Is Under Way at UAlbany's School of Business

"An organic candy line, a snowboard shop, and a jewelry business are among the business ideas being developed by area students in grades 6-12 at the University at Albany's School of Business chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)."

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17 September 2010

SBA program a shot in the arm for region

William Brigham, director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Albany, discusses the impact of SBA guaranteed loans on local small business lending.

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14 September 2010

Hundreds turn out for business matchmaker event

"Speed dating" for small businesses, 320 attendees met with 62 buyers (federal and state agencies, universities and prime contractors) at the SBDC co-sponsored Matchmaker & Expo in Albany.

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19 February 2010

New center provides assistance to Lake Champlain business owners

"About four months since the Lake Champlain Bridge closed and two months after it was demolished, many business owners on both sides of the lake are still having a tough time. As our North Country reporter Matt Hunter explains, many believe a new Small Business Assistance Center in the area will finally provide some relief..."

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