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SUNY Niagara TO OFFER FREE WEBINAR ON OSHA – WORKING TO STAY SAFE

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December 3, 2020

The SUNY Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present Nick Donofrio, Compliance Assistance Specialist with the New York State Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA, to speak on the topic of “Working to Stay Safe,” on a free webinar on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, from 9:00 – 10:30 am.

The webinar’s goals are to present the fundamental OSHA requirements for all employers, OSHA compliance assistance, review the three parts of a basic safety program, and explain an OSHA inspection.

To register for the webinar and more information, please call SUNY Niagara SBDC at (716) 210-2515 or visit the website: http://www.NiagaraSBDC.org.


Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

Individual participates in free webinar offered by the Niagara SBDC

Learn about the potential of LinkedIn with the Niagara SBDC

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November 9, 2020

The Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a free webinar titled, “Stop Ignoring LinkedIn’s Potential” on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, from 9:00-10:30 a.m.  This session will be moderated by speaker Curt Anderson, B2Btail founder, and e-commerce expert, and features a 1-hour live program followed by a question and answer period.

LinkedIn is an online employment service that aims to develop and nurture vibrant business relationships.  Participants in the webinar will learn how to create an inviting LinkedIn profile, effectively showcase experience and expertise, connect and engage with a specific target market, deliver valuable and impactful content.  The training is provided at no charge thanks to a grant provided by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

To register for this webinar, or find out more about other services offered by the SBDC, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/sbdc/ or call 716-210-2515.  The Niagara SBDC remains open remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting clients over the phone, via email, and in online meetings.


Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

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SBDC Hosts Free Webinar To Assist With Video Marketing

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August 17, 2020

The Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday, August 20th at 9:00 a.m. titled “Lights! Cameras! Sales!”  This interactive session will provide clients with information on the importance of video and illustrate ways to create engaging content that translates into increased sales.  According to polls done by video company Wyzowl, 74% of people who see a product in action via a demo video will buy it.

To register for this webinar, or find out more about other services offered by the SBDC, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/sbdc/ or call (716) 210-2515.  The Niagara SBDC remains open remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting clients over the phone, via email, and in online meetings.


Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

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SBDC offers free eCommerce webinar

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July 21, 2020

On Wednesday, July 29th, the Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present two live webinars focusing on eCommerce for small business success.  Attendees will learn how to capture first page rankings on Google, create effective landing pages that convert into sales, target customers with Google Ads, Google Shopping, and Google Local and explore online marketplaces including Amazon.  The webinar will explore a step-by-step eCommerce success story with Falconer Electronics, and a question and answer period will be provided.

Those interested in learning more may sign up to participate in one of two webinars to be held live via the links below:

9:00 a.m. session: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6477394931430441485

1:00 p.m. session: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1475120601375342349

This programming is provided free of charge through a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

The Niagara SBDC remains open remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting clients over the phone, via email, and in online meetings.  For more information on the webinars or how the Niagara SBDC can assist you, and to get details on the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund, call 716-210-2515 or visit http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/sbdc/


Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

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Niagara SBDC Hosting “PPP Forgiveness Review” Webinars on July 1st.

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June 23, 2020

On Wednesday, July 1st, the Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and speaker Shieke Sharpe, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), will present two live webinars covering the recent changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. These webinars will also include an overview of the revised Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness application and the new short form. Ms. Sharpe will review both forms, step by step, and help you determine which form is right for your business. There will be time for Q & A.

Ms. Sharpe has over 12 years of experience in accounting and tax. She is a graduate of Canisius College with a Master’s degree in Forensic Accounting. She worked at Ernst and Young before starting her own business Shieke Sharpe Consulting.

Those interested in learning more may sign up to participate in one of two webinars to be held live via the links below:

9:00 a.m. session: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6873300480694537743

3:00 p.m. session: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/546209197169452559

The webinars are free of charge through a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

 

The Niagara SBDC remains open remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting clients over the phone, via email and in online meetings.  For more information on the webinars or how the Niagara SBDC can assist you, and to get details on the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund, call 716-210-2515 or visit http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/sbdc/


Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

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SUNY Niagara to Offer Free Webinar on Training for Re-opening Restaurants

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June 1, 2020

The SUNY Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with Workforce Development, will hold training for Western New York restaurants to help them prepare for reopening. The SBDC training will focus on restaurant businesses that will be reopening during the New York Phase-in process. Businesses will be responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of their operations as well as providing relevant Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and establishing proper social distancing. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is sponsoring is webinar – so there is no cost to participate.

The objective of this course is to provide accurate information relating to COVID-19 and simple steps that businesses can take to avoid spreading the disease within the workplace. This interactive web-based training provides opportunities for attendees to engage in informative Q&A’s.  “This is a great training for businesses who are unsure of the current standards and who want to prepare their plan for reopening their business”, states Lynn Oswald, Director of the SUNY Niagara SBDC.  The instructor is a safety certified trainer and is up-to-date on regulatory changes issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and New York State.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 9am -11:30am. The presentation will be repeated live later the same day from 1-3:30pm.  To register for the webinar and for more information, please call SUNY Niagara SBDC at 716-210-2515 or visit the website: http://www.niagarasbdc.org click on the “Training” tab for more details.


Media Contact Information

Barbara DeSimone
Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: desimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

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SUNY Niagara to Offer Free Webinar on Re-opening for Retail and Service Businesses

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May 18, 2020

The SUNY Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with SUNY Niagara Workforce Development, will hold a free online training workshop for Western New York businesses to help them prepare for reopening. The SBDC training will focus on retail and service businesses that will be reopening during the New York Phase-in process. Businesses will be responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of their operations as well as providing relevant Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and establishing proper social distancing. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is sponsoring this webinar – so there is no cost to participate.

The objective of this course is to provide accurate information relating to COVID-19 and simple steps that businesses can take to avoid spreading the disease within the workplace. This interactive web-based training provides opportunities for attendees to engage in informative Q&A’s.  “This is a great training for businesses who are unsure of the current standards and who want to prepare their plan for reopening their business”, states Lynn Oswald, Director of the SUNY Niagara SBDC. The instructor is a safety certified trainer and is up-to-date on regulatory changes issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and New York State.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 27 from 9am -11:30am. The presentation will be repeated later the same day from 1-3:30pm. You must register for the webinar by calling 716-210-2515.

SUNY Niagara Workforce Development is hosting a similar training program aimed at helping manufacturers. For a small fee, WNY manufacturers will receive expert instruction on re-opening issues specific to a production facility. Additional training will be announced in the near future for restaurant and hospitality operations.

For more information, please call SUNY Niagara SBDC at 716-210-2515 or visit the website: http://www.NiagaraSBDC.org


Media Contact Information

Barbara DeSimone
Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: desimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

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SUNY Niagara to Offer PPE Training for Manufacturing Industry

By News Archive

May 15, 2020

The SUNY Niagara Workforce Development Department in conjunction with the SUNY Niagara Small Business Development Center will offer virtual training classes for businesses throughout Western New York to prepare for reopening. This awareness level training is geared for employees that will be returning to the workplace and may be responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of their workspace. The objective of this course is to raise the awareness of COVID-19 with information and simple steps that employees can take to avoid spreading the disease within the workplace or at home. This interactive web-based training provides many opportunities for students to engage in informative Q&A’s.   “This is a great training for businesses who are unsure of the current standards and who want to be prepared with a plan for how to reopen their business”, according to Karen Kwandrans, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. “The instructors are all safety-certified trainers and are up-to-date on regulatory changes issued by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).”

Presentations are industry-specific and the first set of courses will be focused on the manufacturing industry. The online classes for the manufacturing industry will be offered on the following days and times:

May 27th 8-10:30am
May 27th 1-3:30pm
May 28th 8-10:30am
May 28th 1-3:30pm

SUNY Niagara Workforce Development is committed to education and the advancement of our local economy. “I think it is important to keep the costs low for our area employers as they begin to reopen, so the cost of training is $40 per person for the two and half-hour class”, said Kwandrans.

Additional training will be announced in other areas including training for the retail industry and the hospitality industry.  For more information, please call SUNY Niagara Workforce Development at 716-614-6236 or visit the website www.niagaracc.suny.edu/wd/.


Media Contact Information

Barbara DeSimone
Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: desimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

Small Business Association (SBA) representatives with SBDC Director Lynn Oswald (center)

Niagara SBDC receives grant as part of Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund

By News Archive

April 29, 2020

On Monday, April 27, 2020, the SUNY Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was awarded a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. The grant award total was $36,300.00, part of the Foundation’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund. Thanks to this timely funding award, the Niagara SBDC will be able to offer Niagara County businesses emergency relief services. These services include expert consultation on E-Commerce development, free participation in a multiple-part small business crisis management webinar series, and individual advisement on enhanced marketing sales techniques. Through this project, the Niagara SBDC anticipates supporting as many as 120 local small businesses.

The Niagara SBDC remains open remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting clients over the phone, via email, and in online meetings.  For more information on how the Niagara SBDC can assist you, and to get details on the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund, call 716-210-2515 or visit http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/sbdc/


Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

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Entrepreneur Series at SUNY Niagara SBDC

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March 5, 2020

For those looking to enhance their business skills or strengthen an existing business, the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Niagara will be offering an Entrepreneur Series this spring.  The event is presented in collaboration with community partners from the Greater Lockport Development Center, the Niagara County Center for Economic Development, and the Lumber City Development Corporation.

The series kicks off on Wednesday, March 25th, and runs every Wednesday until May 20th from 6-9:00 p.m. in room C-161 on the Sanborn Campus of SUNY Niagara located at 3111 Saunders Settlement Road.  The topics covered include: Entrepreneurship, Social Media for Small Business, Budget and Recordkeeping, Marketing for Small Business, Human Resource Management, Understanding your Financial Picture, Business Owner’s Insurance, Taxes and the Small Business, and Leadership: Employee and Self-Motivation.  A certificate is provided upon the completion of all 9 classes.

There is no cost to attend, but individuals must register by calling 716-210-2515 or via email at sbdc@niagaracc.suny.edu. For more information on these workshops and other training offered by the Niagara Small Business Development Center, visit niagarasbdc.org/


Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu