SBA Syracuse September Newsletter | Encore Entrepreneur Expo

National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day

Encore Entrepreneur Expo in Syracuse on Oct. 2

The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP will team up Oct. 2 to host the first National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day.  The event is targeted at entrepreneurs over the age of 50 to match these “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business owners and community leaders for advice and assistance. 

The SBA Syracuse District Office and local AARP chapter will host the Encore Entrepreneur Expo at The Tech Garden in downtown Syracuse from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Individuals over the age of 50 are invited to network with business counselors from SBA Resource Partners, hear a panel of successful encore entrepreneurs, and learn how to write a business plan.

With one in four individuals ages 44 to 70 interested in becoming entrepreneurs, and 63 percent of Americans planning to work during retirement, small business ownership is a good option. Entrepreneurs with long-term business counselors see bigger sales, hire more workers and last longer. 

     FREE Encore Entrepreneur Expo

  Tuesday, October 2, 2012

            @ The Tech Garden

                  235 Harrison Street

                  Syracuse, NY 13202

      9:00 a.m.    Coffee & Networking
      9:30 - 11:30 a.m.     Presentations
      11:30 a.m.   Networking with Mentors

Participating Organizations: AARP, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Onondaga Small Business Development Center, SBA Syracuse District Office, Syracuse SCORE, The Tech Garden, and the WISE Women’s Business Center.

For more information or to register in advance, contact SBA at 315-471-9393 ext. 233 or email

New SBA Web Tool Helps with Market Research

Small business owners and start-ups across the country can now take advantage of a new business tool to help them compete and grow.  The free tool, called SizeUp, helps businesses identify new customers and compare their performance against other businesses in their industry with data collected from hundreds of private and public sources.  The tool can be found at

SizeUp works by analyzing a business in comparison to other similar businesses in the same trade and provides geographic information on the marketplace, areas recommended for advertising, and prospective customers.  This useful tech tool delivers market data directly to business owners to help them make better business decisions based on competitive research analysis.

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