SBA Syracuse July Newsletter | Lavender Business Is Blooming For WBC Client | 2012 Albany Matchmaker & Expo

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July 2, 2012

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Syracuse District Office Newsletter

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Lavender Business Is Blooming For WBC Client

Lavender fields on Lockwood Farm in Skaneateles, New York.
When Karen Wheeler-Lockwood wanted to grow some lavender for her wedding bouquet in 2003, she never knew it would turn into a business idea. Her long-time dreams of owning her own business found the perfect match in lavandula and the fertile fields along Skaneateles Lake.

Karen’s husband Gary Lockwood is a fifth-generation farmer, with crops of wheat, rye, corn and soy beans as well as wool from Corriedale sheep on 120-acres of bucolic pastureland. In 2004, the Lockwoods went to Sequim, Washington to attend the city’s world famous lavender festival and returned to the farm inspired by the versatility of lavender and the idea of agri-tourism. More than just a pretty plant to pick, lavender buds are filled with essential oils that can be extracted for soaps, lotions, candles and cosmetic uses or dried for everlasting sachets, garlands and wreaths.

“We thought “Why couldn’t we do this?” and the next year, we ordered the first 200 plants, a variety called grosso. After planting more and more, in 2005 we started to add u-picking to help harvest all the lavender,” explained Karen.


2012 Albany Matchmaker & Expo image

September 11, 2012 - Albany Matchmaker & Expo  

At the Albany Matchmaker & Expo, small business owners can discuss potential contracting opportunities face-to-face with representatives from colleges and universities, large corporations and federal, state and local agencies. This annual sellout event is a valuable networking opportunity with dozens of exhibitors and government contracting resources.
 
Small businesses can participate in either the morning session or the afternoon session and send up to two representatives at a cost of $45 per person. Small businesses will schedule individual appointments with participating buyers prior to the event during the online registration and payment process.

Join our mailing list for the 2012 Albany Matchmaker & Expo by emailing stephanie.ubowski@sba.gov


Free Webinar on Top Five Disaster Risks to Small Businesses

Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to losses caused by natural disaster, cyberattacks, and – on a smaller scale – structural failure due to random events like faulty sprinkler systems or localized fires.
 
One of the first steps in creating a business continuity plan involves assessing risk.  Join Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration in a live online discussion on Tuesday, July 10 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST for a discussion on how to protect your business from the risks that could force you to close your doors for good.   

SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies at its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access past webinars and get additional preparedness tips.

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

Space for the webinar is limited. Register online here.

UPCOMING EVENT

Business Startup Workshop

Elmira, NY

July 18, 2012

8:30-9:30 a.m.

If you're thinking about starting a business, this free workshop is designed with you in mind. Register with the Corning SBDC at 607-937-6861 or sbdc@corning-cc.edu by July 16.

UPCOMING EVENT

Free Government Contracting Event

Syracuse, NY

July 20, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join the WISE Women's Business Center, North Country PTAC, SBA, Empire State Development and other experts to learn how to sell your products and services to state and federal agencies. Register online.