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NCCC SBDC to Offer Business Workshops

Business Workshops

Business Workshops

March 27, 2014

The Small Business Development Center at Niagara County Community College is co-sponsoring two workshops in April: How to Draw Crowds to Your Farmer’s Market Booth on April 9 and Is Crowdfunding Right for Your Business? on April 10.

Martin Butts, a local food advocate, entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and owner of Small Potatoes, a boutique-consulting firm, will present both workshops.  Butts has presented at conferences and summits around the country, including at TEDxUtica in October 2013 and has worked with food producers, farmers, restaurants, retailers, distributors, and more.  His work focuses on developing fair and sustainable food practices that support independent businesses and healthier communities.  In 2011, he ran a successful crowdfund campaign that allowed him to expand his business. Since then, he has helped dozens of people raise a total of over $250,000 on their own campaigns.

How to Draw Crowds to Your Farmer’s Market Booth

Wednesday, April 9, 2014      6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County
4487 Lake Ave. Lockport, NY 14094
Cost: $10 Advance $15 at the door (Please pre-register)

Farmer’s Markets are a great way to build your business whether you are a farmer, a food entrepreneur or other vendor.  This workshop will teach you how to get noticed, have the busiest booth at the market, create effective and affordable displays, show off your products, improve your customer service skills, how to get to know your customers, build relationships and develop your message in the marketplace.

Is Crowdfunding Right For Your Business?

Thursday, April 10, 2014    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
28 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Cost: $10 Advance $15 at the door (Please pre-register)

Crowdfunding can be a great source of money for many entrepreneurs but you need to learn how to successfully run your campaign!  This workshop will teach you how to determine if crowdfunding is a good fit for your business, how to manage and promote your online funding campaign, how to find the right platform for your business, how to build the team you need to succeed and how crowdfunding fits into the new economy.

To register for the workshops, call 716-210-2515 or email sbdc@niagaracc.suny.edu.  Visit the NCCC Small Business Development Center website at www.niagarasbdc.org for more information. The workshops are co-sponsored by the NCCC Small Business Development Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County, the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce and

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