SBA Buffalo District Newsletter - November Edition

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November 2012

Buffalo District Office Newsletter

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

Straight Talk 2013


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 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 Taxes & Permits, We Did It!  You Can Too! and Marketing Your Small Business. 

Registration and information can be viewed at: Striaght Talk 2013 

Small Business Week Nominations for 2013

Do you or someone you know have what it takes to become America’s “Small Business Person of the Year” for 2013?  If so, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) wants to hear from you.  

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  As you might know, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. 

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Buffalo District Office will take the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from within one of the counties served by the Buffalo District Office.  Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. *

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Getting Disaster Help from SBA

Sandy Response


SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations

SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.

Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. 

Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property. 

Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or economic injury (financial losses). 

SBA offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loansto small businesses and most private, non-profit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.


You may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses should first apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).   

Apply in person at any Disaster Recovery Center or Business Recovery Center to receive personal, one-on-one help from an SBA Representative. 

For information or to find a location near you, call SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or visit our website at: Individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

Additional Disaster information available at Disaster Assistance


SBDC College at Brockport, November 5 event "Bookkeeping Basics for Small Business Startup"

Pre-registration for this free program is requested.  Register by calling the Central Library at (585) 428-8130 or online at:

SBDC Niagara Presents FREE Business Workshops

November 7

Recordkeeping for Small Business

November 14

Using Facebook and Linkedin to Promote Your Business

click here for info

SCORE Buffalo Niagara


A Pre-Business & Start-up Planning Workshop
designed for those in business or those interested in learning how to start a business will be held from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the North Tonawanda Library, 505 Meadow Drive, North
Tonawanda, 14120 on Tuesday November 27, 2012

The workshop is sponsored by the SBA, SCORE, and North Tonawanda Library. You will learn
about business planning, marketing, market research, legal structures, insurance, taxes
and more. For reservations log on to BuffaloNiagara. Registration is
required. Cost is $30.  Veterans may attend FREE with ID.  If you would like the newest edition of the SCORE Business Plan Workbook, add $15.