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December 2012

Buffalo District Office Newsletter

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

It's Not Just for Summer Grilling; it's also Good for Winter Chilling

Business Planning Advice Best Value at Straight Talk

Bubble's Q Sauce

Bubble’s Q Sauce owners Marion and Linda Simmons might just have the best slogan for extending their brand and living the American dream.  With over 25 years of experience cooking their favorite barbeque dishes and sauce, the couple now markets in over 80 stores throughout western New York. 

For many years, Linda Simmons had a vision from God telling her to start a small business and sell Marion’s ribs and BBQ sauce.  It was during her search that she came across a business exposition looking for vendors to sell their products.  “We attended and before we knew it, less than three hours into the expo, we were sold out of our sauce,” Linda recalled. “After testing the market for 10-years, I guess we were on to doing something right.”

As their initial success continued, when it came to expanding their product the Simmons needed help.  They found the assistance they needed at the annual U.S. Small Business Administration’s Straight Talk conference, ...

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SBA Hosts Resource Forum

Franklin Sciortino

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Buffalo District office played host to more than 100 prospective and existing small businesses who attended the SBA's Resource Forum  for those looking for small business resources.  Held at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library on December 14, the forum included "Resources Available to Help Your Business" and "Engaging in New Markets & Opportunities".  In addition to SBA, the forum welcomed resources from SCORE Buffalo

Niagara, the Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State College, Canisius College Women's Business Center, PathStone Enterprise Center, Inc., Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Empire State Development and New York Business Development Center.

Participants received valuable information for their small businesses in need of capital, counseling, and training. 

"Our message has reinforced the strength of SBA's resource network and support for small business growth" said Franklin J. Sciortino, SBA Buffalo District Director.

Resource Forum

New Administrative Officer joins SBA Buffalo District

Scot Thompson

SBA Buffalo is pleased to announce that Scot A. Thompson has joined the SBA staff as Administrative Officer starting December 3, 2012.

Scot comes to SBA from the Department of Defense, Army Civilian at the Amherst USAR Center,

Amherst N.Y. where he was the Unit Administrator for Detachment 1 ,     7-80th Transportation Battalion.

"I was drawn to SBA both by the mission of helping small businesses both grow and succeed and by the quality of how SBA creates opportunity and economic growth," said Scot. "I'm delighted to join the SBA Buffalo District office."

Scot brings to SBA a dedicated background that matches the SBA phenotype well. He has a few years of college, but graduated from steam technology school with a license in Stationary Engineering. He has 12 years of civilian government and 24 years of military service in the U.S. Army Reserves with two deployments during that time. 




a Pre-Business & Start-up Planning Workshop
designed for those in business or 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 Thursday January 10, 2013.

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 is required. Current pricing is Veterans, FREE and all others $30. If you would like the
newest edition of the SCORE Business Plan Workbook, add $15.


The SBA Buffalo District International Trade Task Force met on Friday, December 7.  The meeting was held at M&T Bank and hosted by Vice President International Trade Finance, John Vilardo and CFA, Chris Kania of M&T Bank.

Committee members listened to Gary Keith, Vice President and M&T Economist who presented on Upstate NY and the Global Economy.