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

By News Archive

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:

3:00 p.m. session:

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

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Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220

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

By News Archive

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:

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Barbara DeSimone
Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5904