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October 2012

Buffalo District Office Newsletter

Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration

Thomas Saia Named Regional Minority Small Business Person of the Year

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President, Iroquois Bar Corporation, Buffalo, N.Y.
(Buffalo) – Mr. Thomas Saia, President of Iroquois Bar Corporation in Buffalo, New York has been named the Regional Minority Small Business Person of the Year for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Region II.  He has been acknowledged for this award for his outstanding contributions and personal achievements to our economy.

Iroquois Bar Corporation located at 155 Commerce Drive in Buffalo, NY, provides a complete set of construction-related services, such as trucking services for hauling construction materials, supplying redi-mix concrete, rebar installation and general contracting to its customer base.  Saia established his company in 1999 conquering obstacles in the development of quality products, competition, and employee recruitment.  Today, the company has over 60 employees.  Saia was able to grow his business with the assistance of SBA’s 8(a) Business >Read more

Buffalo District Small Business Community Forum

Small Business Community Forum

The SBA Buffalo District Small Business Community Forum met on Wednesday, October 10.  The meeting was held at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce in Williamsville, N.Y.  The event was hosted by Colleen DiPirro, president, Amherst Chamber of Commerce.  SBA District Director Franklin J. Sciortino opened the meeting and introduced members and guests.

The council heard from Victoria Reynolds, deputy district director who discussed district office year in review highlights to include: fiscal year-end lending activity, district staffing and contracting.  Sciortino announced and reported on Straight Talk 2013 and the 8th Annual SBA Business Matchmaker, Awards Luncheon & Exposition. 

Small business leaders attending represented a balance of industries and associations, along with federal, state, and local agencies to offer unique small business perspectives and report on issues facing small businesses. 

Next semi-annual meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10.


Straight Talk 2013 - SAVE THE DATE

Aspiring or existing entrepreneurs are invited to attend Straight Talk 2013, a small business assistance conference, on Saturday, January 26 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center located at 153 Franklin Street in Buffalo, New York.  Representatives from over 20 local organizations will assist small businesses and will be available to counsel and educate small business owners or potential owners.

Small business owners will attend the introductory session “Business Basics” and choose from two additional seminars throughout the day.  Topics at this event include:  Make Yourself Credit Worthy, Accessing Business Opportunities through SBA 8(a), DBE and MWBE Certification, Show Me the Money, Business Assistance for Veterans, Navigating Your Business Through Permits & Taxes, We Did It!  You Can Too! and Marketing Your Small Business. 

Registration can be made online at www.WNYStraightTalk.org


Want to Go Green? Check out a new training tool to help small businesses retrofit their businesses.  To learn more about the training, read Michael Chodos’ blog.


Want to identify new customers?  Or compare yourself to other businesses?  Check out Size Up, a free, new tool on SBA.gov to help you manage and grow your business by mapping your customers, competitors and suppliers, and locating the best places to advertise.