News & Press Releases

29 February 2016

Entrepreneurs explore "blue economy" opportunities

The Entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy certificate program at SUNY Buffalo State was designed to help entrepreneurs capitalize on water resources to create jobs and expand businesses. The six-week program began February 25, and officials expect to offer another series of seminars in late summer or early fall.

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28 January 2015

Affirming Values of Living Wage

A story summarizing efforts in the Buffalo community to promote the importance of a living wage. Andrew Delmonte, the social enterprise coordinator with the Buffalo State SBDC, is quoted.

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25 July 2014

Buffalo State helps firms be socially responsible

Buffalo State SBDC's Andrew Delmonte's job "is to encourage the 'triple bottom line,' a popular concept that encourages businesses to incorporate sustainability into their social, environmental and financial processes."

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1 March 2014

What is Start-Up NY? Who is eligible? What are the benefits?

Buffalo SBDC Director Susan McCartney discusses how SUNY Buffalo State plans to embrace the START-UP NY program and integrate local businesses into the college's community.

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7 November 2013

Rockabilly Cats and Pinup Kittens

“'The Small Business Development Center has been an extremely valuable resource for having ongoing discussions about how to grow our business,' Andrew said. 'Andrea suggested that it was time to hire an employee to work the retail side so that Julie Ann and I could be freed up to spend more time on marketing and inventory. That’s been a great decision for us.'

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22 April 2013

In restaurant industry, high turnover and intense competition

"'There’s not a whole lot of room for error in the restaurant business,' said Cindi Thomason, a senior business adviser for SUNY Buffalo State’s Small Business Development Center and coordinator of the center’s Restaurant Institute."

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14 September 2012

5 questions about writing a business plan

Susan McCartney, directory of the Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State, discusses strategies for business plan writing. (Full text available to subscribers only.)

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25 July 2012

Bookstore owner finds business a page turner

(No longer available online) Kim Krug and Kathleen Skoogtook opened the Monkey See, Monkey Do children's bookstore in Clarence, NY in 2009 with the assistance of the Buffalo Small Business Development Center.

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3 April 2012

Buffalo plant to make radiant heat panels

John McKeone, a business adviser at the Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center helped Modular Radiant Technologies write a business plan. The company is opening a manufacturing plant on Buffalo's East Side.

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22 January 2012

Pick of the pizzerias

According to the Buffalo SBDC's Cindi Thomason, lots of pizza restauranteurs know what they want their restaurant to look like and what they want to serve, but haven't thought through the business end

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7 January 2012

Sound Advice: Local business experts offer resolutions that companies and individuals can make for a prosperous new year

Small businesses that want to save money in 2012 might consider reducing their energy usage. Susan A. McCartney, director of the Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State College, suggests taking advantage of free energy audits.

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22 August 2011

Rick Johnson: Climate is changing in Western New York’s economy

"There’s something going on in Buffalo. Change is in the air. While its origins are diffuse, there is a growing intensity of focus and purpose that has been absent around here for many years. In the face of a dramatically unsettled global economic climate, Western New York, with Buffalo as its nucleus, is carrying on, busily recapturing its entrepreneurial mojo..."

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1 July 2011

In The Spotlight - William Grieshober

Bill Grieshober received the 2011 SBDC Advisor of the Year Award in May in Lake Placid. It's the second time the Buffalo SBDC Advisor has taken home this award.

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23 June 2011

NYS SBDC Announces US-China Business & Trade Development Conference

"The New York State Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the United States Small Business Administration, the United States Department of Commerce, and Empire State Development will host the US-China Business & Trade Development Conference at the Conference Center in Niagara Falls, NY on September 20-21, 2011. "

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17 June 2011

Students' entrepreneurial skills boosted

"To meet the changing needs of educators and students, the Office of Entrepreneurial Education has released a new version of its online EntreSkills program." (Full text available to subscribers only.)

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28 April 2011

Hey Kids! Run a business this summer!

On May 7, the Buffalo State College SBDC will run it's annual KidBiz program, preparing 40-50 local children to operate their own outdoor market.

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2 March 2011

Bump in the Head Turns Into Big Idea

With the help of the Buffalo SBDC, Timothy and Ewelina Panicali invented and brought to market the "Cool 'n Gel Cap," a hat designed to hold an ice pack to a child's head.

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28 February 2011

For a small number of businesses, cash is king

Cindi Thomason, senior business adviser at the Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center comments on the challenges of accepting credit cards and the processing charges that go with them for small businesses.

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30 January 2011

Entrepreneurs can't afford to ignore new communications tools

"It's virtually impossible to be in business these days without a virtual presence on the Internet. As such, the various social media created for that virtual world has become a vital space for businesses to inhabit, though the navigation of it might be daunting for novices. For the hundreds of local small businesses seeking to remain competitive, as well as the start-ups attempting to gain a foothold, the Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State College provides a road map for navigating the ever burgeoning information highway, and Tony Maggiotto Jr. is the guide. "

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1 September 2010

How to Deliver Great Customer Service

Sue McCartney and Tony Maggiotto, of the Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center, offer strategies for providing great customer service.

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1 August 2010

SBDC’s John McKeone receives Erie County Veteran Advocacy Award



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23 July 2010

Pros give tips to entrepreneurs

Clifford Bell, Tom Bruss, Irene Dobies, Bill Grieshober, Rochelle Layman, Andrea Lizak, Tony Maggioto, Susan McCartney, John McKeone and Scott Miller, SBDC advisors serving Western New York offer advice to local entrepreneurs.

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4 May 2010

Getting set for success in small business

"Budding entrepreneurs may think they have a can’t-miss business idea. But a great concept isn’t enough. Someone launching or expanding a business still needs to think about credit scores, getting financing and laying out a plan, experts say. "

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