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North Country Native and Serial Entrepreneur to Speak at Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Canton native Nicole Thew Samolis, founder and president of three successful Syracuse companies, will share her entrepreneurial journey at the Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon, hosted by the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center on Wednesday, October 16. 

Nicole Thew Samolis

Samolis will present “From Accidental Entrepreneur to Serial Entrepreneur: A Woman’s Journey” detailing her business development from leaving a career with a weekly paycheck to becoming a solopreneur and then finally becoming the serial entrepreneur she is today.

Sponsored by NBT Bank, the Women’s Business Bootcamp will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16 at the BOCES Education Services Center, 40 West Main St., Canton. The day will begin with the Mini-Marketplace where attendees showcase and sell their products and services. A fun networking activity will help participants make one-on-one connections and a luncheon buffet will be catered by Soul Waffle of Potsdam.

After nine years in retail management Samolis began her entrepreneurial journey in 1996 when she founded The Events Company, an event planning firm headquartered in Syracuse. Over the years her ability to see opportunities led her to pursue new markets. Samolis along with her husband and business partner developed and opened SKY Armory in 2014, an event venue operating with a next generation mindset. Ever the entrepreneur, her latest venture is Epicuse, an epicurean market and café.

In the past 20 years, the growth rate for women-owned business has dwarfed the national average – increasing by a staggering 141% compared to 44% for all businesses. Recent research suggests that women are as successful as their male counterparts despite not always being on a level playing field.

When making the decision to start a venture – whether full time or as a side hustle – women aren’t only considering the viability of their idea, turning it into a business plan and securing clients. They’re also considering how it will impact their lifestyle and that of their families. They consider factors like who will take care of their kids and aging parents and a myriad of other concerns and challenges. This can be so overwhelming that the dream of entrepreneurship merely stays a dream.

A native of Canton, Samolis has experienced the challenges and doubts that every woman entrepreneur faces. She will share what she believes has led to her continued love of the challenge.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon is held semi-annually by the SUNY Canton SBDC and is sponsored by NBT Bank in cooperation with SBDC resource partners SUNY Canton and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. SBA, administered by the State University of New York. SBDC programs are nondiscriminatory and available to everyone.

Cost is $35 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at 315-386-7312 or sbdc@canton.edu. Please note that Mini-Marketplace display tables are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the SBDC

The New York SBDC, with its network of 22 regional centers provides professional business advisement, education, network resources and advocates for small business and entrepreneurs. As a funded organization through the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York and host campuses, SBDC counseling services are provided at no-cost to clients and are confidential. The SUNY Canton SBDC was established in 1998 and has worked with 3,694 businesses, helping to invest $103,390,707 and creating or saving 2,156 jobs. It also oversees the Clinton County SBDC, which since inception in 1984, has worked directly with 8,567 businesses, helping them to invest $102,374,027 in the area’s economy, resulting in 3,231 jobs being created or saved.

Local Women Share ‘Secrets of Success’ at SBDC Women’s Business Bootcamp

Thursday, April 25th, 2019
SBDC

The Women’s Business Bootcamp, hosted by the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC), will provide an opportunity to hear about the successes of area woman business owners. “Secrets of My Success – and Mistakes I’ve Made Along the Way” will be a panel discussion where woman entrepreneurs will share their experiences. 

The Women’s Business Bootcamp will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the BOCES Education Services Center, 40 West Main St., Canton. The day will begin with the mini-marketplace where attendees showcase and sell their products and services. A speed networking session will help participants make one-on-one connections and a luncheon buffet will be catered by Big Spoon Kitchen in Potsdam. 

The centerpiece of the day will be the panel discussion featuring: Shelby Connelly of Five Elements Living in Colton; Tracy Charleson of Commercial Press in Canton; Donna Lawrence of Lawrence Manor in Gouverneur; Nicole Ouellette of Anchorspace and Breaking Even, Inc. in Potsdam; and Randi Barreiro of Barreiro Communications in Akwesasne. Each of the panelists will share strategies they have used to grow their businesses as well as some “oops” moments and the lessons they have learned. 

The Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon is held semi-annually by the SBDC and is sponsored by SeaComm Federal Credit Union in cooperation with SBDC resource partners and SUNY Canton. The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, administered by the State University of New York. 

Cost is $35 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or sbdc@canton.edu. Mini-Marketplace displays are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center Assistant Director Appointed to North Country Regional Economic Development Council

Friday, April 19th, 2019
Angela Smith stands behind an SBDC promo table.

New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has appointed Assistant Director of the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Angela Smith to the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC). 

The NCREDC is one of 10 regional councils established by Gov. Cuomo in 2011 to develop long-term strategic plans for the region’s economic growth. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. 

Smith is one of 21 members from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. 

“I look forward to sharing my small business perspective with council members, but most importantly I look forward to being part of the conversation that drives decisions on how to build strong communities and how to increase sustainable, economic prosperity for our region,” Smith said.

Smith works at the SBDC office at Clinton Community College, which has been operated and managed by SUNY Canton since last October.

She will serve a two-year term and joins SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, who was appointed to the council in 2015.

About the Regional Economic Development Councils

The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo’s approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources.

After eight rounds of the REDC process, more than $6.1 billion has been awarded to more than 7,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 230,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

About the SBDC

The New York SBDC, with its network of 22 regional centers provides professional business advisement, education, network resources and advocates for small business and entrepreneurs. As a funded organization through the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York and host campuses, SBDC counseling services are provided at no-cost to clients and are confidential. Since inception in 1984, the SBDC in Plattsburgh has worked directly with 8,567 businesses, helping them to invest $102,374,027 in the area’s economy, resulting in 3,231 jobs being created or saved. The SUNY Canton SBDC was established in 1998 and has worked with 3,694 businesses, helping to invest $103,390,707 and creating or saving 2,156 jobs. 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Assumes Operations of Plattsburgh Small Business Development Center

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

SBDCThe Clinton County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has relocated to Clinton Community College.

There will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Ronald B. Stafford Center atrium, followed by tours of the SBDC offices in the Pines Cottage.

The SBDC is now operated and managed by SUNY Canton, who has hosted the St. Lawrence County center for 20 years. Canton’s Dale Rice is the director of both SBDC locations, which will serve the greater Northern New York area.

The new location and partnership will present opportunities for SBDC staff and clients according to Angela Smith, assistant director for the Clinton County branch.

“We are excited about our new joint venture with SUNY Canton and Clinton Community College,” she said. “Both of these institutions have strong commitment to community and workforce development. With our shared vision of community engagement, this is a great fit.”

Clinton Community College President Ray DiPasquale said, “We are honored to be a part of this partnership with SUNY Canton and the SBDC. Having their office as a resource right here on our campus helps expand our position as a hub for economic development in the community and provide future opportunities for our students.”

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said, “The unification of the centers in St. Lawrence and Clinton Counties provides more opportunity for expanded entrepreneurship. It will also increase opportunities to showcase existing small businesses across the North Country region and allow for market expansion.”

About the SBDC

The New York SBDC, with its network of 22 regional centers provides professional business advisement, education, network resources and advocates for small business and entrepreneurs. As a funded organization through the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York and host campuses, SBDC counseling services are provided at no-cost to clients and are confidential.Since inception in 1984, the SBDC in Plattsburgh has worked directly with 8,567 businesses, helping them to invest $102,374,027 in the area’s economy, resulting in 3,231 jobs being created or saved. The SUNY Canton SBDC was established in 1998 and has worked with 3,694 businesses, helping to invest $103,390,707 and creating or saving 2,156 jobs. For more information, visit us online at www.nysbdc.org.

About Clinton Community College

Clinton Community College is a member of the State University of New York system and home of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing. Clinton offers 23 associate degree programs, six certificates, transfer pathways and advisement options, multiple non-credit professional credentials, and many flexible learning options including online and evening courses. As part of the SUNY system, Clinton credits transfer seamlessly. For more information, visit us online at www.clinton.edu.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SBDC Women’s Business Bootcamp Focuses on Management, Leadership and Delegation

Friday, October 5th, 2018

SBDCThe SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer leadership solutions and managerial strategies for area entrepreneurs at their Women’s Business Bootcamp.

“If you’re a business owner, you have likely struggled with finding the help you need to keep your business running smoothly,” said SBDC Director Dale A. Rice. “Whether you have employees, work with family members or enlist interns, honing your leadership skills can help assure that you’re getting the best value from your work and from those who work with you.”

The Bootcamp will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the BOCES Education Services Center, 40 West Main St., Canton. Abrahm DiMarco, of DiMarco Consulting Group, will be the keynote speaker presenting “Balancing Management and Leadership: How to Delegate Effectively.”

“Due to intense competition for the best workers, small business owners often have to grow their own employees,” DiMarco explained. “Although these owners have excellent management and production skills, they now find themselves in leadership situations for which they are not prepared.”

To help with that struggle, DiMarco will explore the difference between leadership and management and why entrepreneurs have to find a balance. Attendees will be able to practice techniques for developing employees by giving intent and delegating responsibility.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon is held semi-annually by the SUNY Canton SBDC. The event features a speed networking session where participants make one-on-one connections and a Mini Marketplace where attendees showcase and sell their products or services. The luncheon is sponsored by OneGroup and Community Bank in cooperation with SBDC resource partners SUNY Canton and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. SBA, administered by the State University of New York. SBDC programs are nondiscriminatory and available to individuals with disabilities.

Cost is $35 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or sbdc@canton.edu.

About the SBDC

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer industry specific resources. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SBDC Matchmaker Teams Up with the Home, Garden & Business Expo

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

America's SBDC New YorkThe SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting a “Buy Local Matchmaker” event from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, April 28, as part of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce’s Home, Garden and Business Expo at Clarkson University’s Cheel Arena.

“Matchmaker events work a lot like speed dating,” said SBDC Business Advisor Michelle A. Collins. “Participants sign up for 10 minute meetings with the contacts of their choice and have that short time to network and share marketing materials. It’s a great way for businesses of all sizes to collaborate and expand their markets.”

The SBDC aims to foster business-to-business connections for exhibitors before the Home, Garden and Business Expo begins, Collins added. “There are benefits for prime agencies, contractors, purchasing officers and for small business participants,” she said.

Agencies wishing to establish subcontract situations with small- and medium-sized companies are offered free attendance. Business participants looking to work with larger companies and purchasing agents will be charged $10.

For more information, or to preregister, visit http://www.canton.edu/sbdc/matchmaker.html. Those interested can also contact the SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu.

 

About the SBDC

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer industry specific resources. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Celebrates Inaugural SBDC Day

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

America's SBDC - New YorkThe SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will join its peer centers across the state and nation to recognize the inaugural SBDC Day, celebrated today, (Wednesday, March 22).

SBDC Day is a national recognition movement to share the small business success stories and notable impact SBDCs have fostered in their respective communities.

“We are pleased to be able to work side by side with our region’s existing and aspiring entrepreneurs,” said SUNY Canton SBDC Director Dale A. Rice. “Their hard work and commitment keep the local, regional and national economy growing every day.”

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses to expand or offer industry specific resources. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide business consulting and training to more than a million small businesses each year.

SBDC Bootcamp booth display

SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed. In 2016, America’s SBDCs provided 1.3 million hours of consulting to 192,205 client businesses, resulting in 100,233 jobs created; $6.9 billion in sales growth; $4.6 billion in capital investments; and helped launch 17,864 new businesses.

“We are thrilled to see SBDCs around the country working together to celebrate their clients and showcase the work they do for America’s small businesses,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, America’s SBDC President and chief executive officer. “SBDC clients see an average job growth of 15.5 percent versus the national job growth average of just 1.9 percent. There is no denying the impact SBDCs have on the success of the small businesses in their communities and their local economies.”

Small Business Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Pictured from left to right are Sarah Purdy, City Manager; Michael Brashaw, Chamber Past President; Jen Stevenson, City Councilmember; Wayne Izzo, Chamber Board Member; Michael Thayer, Chamber Board Member; Dale Rice, Director and Certified Business Advisor; Lenore VanderZee, Executive Director of University Relations at SUNY Canton; Melissa Lalonde, Chamber Board Member; John Wade, Owner of Sherman Inn and Chamber Board Member; Timothy Davis, City Councilmember; Laura Pearson, Executive Director of the Ogdensburg Chamber and James Reagen, Public Affairs Director for Senator Ritchie’s office. Missing from the photo: Carlos Lopez, Owner of Sherman Inn and John Pinkerton, Chamber Board Member.

Since 1984, the New York Small Business Development Center has provided small business assistance to New York small businesses. The NY SBDC has helped more than 430,000 New York entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow and expand their business and local economies by investing $5.9 billion, creating and preserving more than 190,000 jobs.

The SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, New York State, local communities and host campuses.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton SBDC Invites Businesses to Buy Local Matchmaker Event

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

America's SBDC - New YorkPurchasing officers from large businesses, industries, government agencies and prime contractors in St. Lawrence County are invited to see what the area’s small businesses have to offer at the 2016 Buy Local Matchmaker event.

Buy Local Matchmaker will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 16, In SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 212. It will be the third time the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center has hosted a matchmaker event in St. Lawrence County. Previous events have resulted in numerous connections between local small businesses and purchasing agencies.

Matchmaking is like ‘speed-dating.’ Businesses sign up for 10-minute meetings with purchasing officers and have that short time to network and share marketing materials. When time is up, the business moves to the next agency. The hope is that agencies will learn about what is available locally, and a potential match can be made between supplier and purchaser.

Buy Local Matchmaker is co-hosted by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce with generous sponsorship from Alcoa.

“In speaking with some of the larger businesses around the county, we realized that they are purchasing from neighboring cities or online – mostly because they don’t know what is available locally,” said Brooke Rouse, Executive Director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. “We certainly have a tremendous amount of skilled, hard-working businesses right here. This event shines a light on that and creates personal relationships, which is how we like to do business in St. Lawrence County.”

Registration for the Buy Local Matchmaker is free for purchasing officers, but pre-registration is required.

“To attract a wide variety of local vendors it is necessary to have a full slate of purchasing officers committed to attend,” explained SBDC Business Advisor Michelle Collins. “Signing up early not only assures you will get one of the limited slots for purchasing agents, but will also help to attract a good selection of local small businesses for the best possible outcome for purchasers.”

For more information about the event, call the SBDC at (315) 386-7312, email sbdc@canton.edu, or visit www.canton.edu/sbdc.

About the SBDC

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer industry specific resources. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Explore Digital Marketing Trends at the Women’s Business Bootcamp

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

rp_sbdc_logo.jpgWomen entrepreneurs will have the chance to learn about the latest digital technologies for business at the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) Fall Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon.

The Bootcamp will run from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the SUNY Canton Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites.

John Lepore, a digital marketing professional from Ottawa, Ont., is scheduled as the event’s keynote speaker. Lepore will be focusing on the technology changes that permeate all aspects of business. Among other topics, he will help attendants explore latest trends and some simple ideas taking advantage of them, including:

  • Digital marketing and how it can no longer be ignored.
  • Content marketing.
  • Targeting and segmentation for Personalization.
  • Mobile experience and advertising.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon will also feature the popular Mini Marketplace where attendees can showcase and sell their products or services.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp is sponsored by Workforce Development Institute (WDI) and the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship in cooperation with resource partners SUNY Canton, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Cost is $35 per person and pre-registration is required. The fee includes admission for the luncheon and keynote speaker, a table for the Mini Marketplace (on a space-available basis). To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu.

 

About the SBDC

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer industry specific resources. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as nine exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SBDC and ANCA Help Small Businesses Prepare to be Wholesalers

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

America's SBDC - New YorkSmall businesses in the local area have a new opportunity to expand by selling their wares at wholesale to stores and retail outlets around the region.

Following a successful seminar last year, the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) will be presenting “Strategies for a Successful Wholesale Show” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 212.

Since selling wholesale is a new venture for many local artisans, crafts people and food producers, the two agencies are gearing up to help area businesses prepare to sell their goods at Buyer Days North on Sunday, Oct. 23. Buyer Days North is hosted by ANCA and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the chamber’s retail Craft, Food & Wine Show at Clarkson University’s Cheel Arena in Potsdam.

“Many participants in the Craft, Food and Wine show have been successful at the retail event year after year,” said Brooke Rouse, Executive Director for the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. “For the second year in a row, we will also provide them the chance to step into the wholesale market.”

As a wholesale show, Buyer Days North presents a great platform to make contacts and sell to buyers from a number of retail establishments in one place. Those hoping to enter the wholesale market successfully must be prepared in order to avoid costly mistakes and make the most of their wholesale opportunities. Workshop topics will include how to evaluate if wholesaling is right for your business, how to price items for wholesale, setting wholesale policies, how to prepare for a wholesale show and booth design tips.

By partnering with ANCA, the chamber is able to offer a wholesale trade show with a proven track record. “ANCA has been hosting Adirondack Buyer Days for 30 years, drawing buyers from gift shops, restaurants, museum shops, farm stands and other independent retail outlets across Northern New York and New England,” said Lauren Richard, Buyer Days Show Coordinator for ANCA “The show is a great opportunity for vendors to access new markets, and for retailers to buy directly from artisans and learn the stories of their unique wares.”

“Strategies for a Successful Wholesale Show” is targeted to vendors participating in ANCA’s Fall Buyer Days and the chamber’s Craft, Food & Wine Show, but is also open to other businesses that wish to learn about wholesaling. The workshop is free for vendors who are registered and paid for the Craft, Food & Wine Show. Cost is $10 for members of ANCA and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce as well as SBDC clients, and $15 for all others.

For further information on the Fall Buyer’s Day contact ANCA at (518) 891-6200. For information on the Craft, Food & Wine Show, contact the chamber at (315) 386-4000. For information about the wholesale workshop, contact the SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu.

About the Small Business Development Center

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer industry specific resources. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.