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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.

Registration can be completed with ANCA online at http://bit.ly/2clIZx0.

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.

SUNY Canton SBDC Event Provides Link Between Small Businesses and Purchasers

Monday, December 9th, 2013

SBDCThe Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Canton hosted its first Matchmaker event in October to connect local small businesses with large purchasers in Northern New York, such as hospitals and colleges.

According to organizer and SBDC Business Advisor Brooke Rouse, each of the purchasing agencies that attended the event plan to work with at least one local business.

Matchmaking is similar to “speed-dating” — businesses signed up for 10-minute meetings with purchasing officers and had a short time to network and share marketing materials.

“The purchasing officers were very open to sharing information, and everyone was there with the purpose to help small businesses grow in the region,” Rouse said. “Some of the business participants have not even opened officially; others have been in business for many years. This type of event helps to bridge the gap and open conversation between supplier and purchaser.”

In all, nine agency purchasing offices, three resource partners and nineteen small business representatives attended the event.

In addition to the opportunity for business owners to pitch their product, Rouse said participants learned about the requirements for contracting with state, federal and private corporations.

The SUNY Canton SBDC plans to host the event again next fall. To learn more, call (315) 386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

SUNY Canton SBDC Seeks Agencies, Prime Contractors and Small Businesses for Matchmaking Event

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The 2013 St. Lawrence County Matchmaker event will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, at SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center. Hosted by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center and St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, the event provides a great opportunity for agencies and prime contractors to support regional economic development by giving local businesses the opportunity to expand their client base and grow their businesses.

Matchmaker events are held around the country, but this is a first for St. Lawrence County. Matchmaking is like “speed-dating” — businesses will sign up for 10-minute meetings with purchasing officers and have a short time to network and share marketing materials. When the bell rings, 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.

Small Business Development Center

Agencies currently signed up include New York Power Authority, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, St. Lawrence County Purchasing Department, the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. and the Village of Canton. Registration is free for prime agencies, contractors and purchasing officers, and is needed by Friday, Oct. 25.

Registration and meeting sign-up begins at 8 a.m., and the Matchmaker will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Businesses looking to expand their markets and have one-on-one contact with purchasing officers can register for $10 by calling the SBDC office or through the event website registration form http://www.canton.edu/sbdc/matchmaker.html.

Pre-registration by Oct. 25 is encouraged. Pre-registered business participants will be given priority scheduling with purchasing officers at 8 a.m. Those who register the day of the event can enter the scheduling room at 8:20 a.m.

Please call SBDC Business Advisor Brooke Rouse at (315) 386-7312 for more information, to determine whether or not the event will be beneficial to you, and to sign up.

More information can be found at http://www.canton.edu/sbdc/matchmaker.html.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.