SBA Buffalo District May Newsletter | Annual District Small Business Week and Matchmaker

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SBA Buffalo District Office

2017 Small Business Week Award Winners

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The U.S. Small Business Administration Buffalo district honored its 2017 small business owners and champions on Friday, May 12. 

"SBA is proud to honor the men and women whose entrepreneurial spirit, dedication and hard work have helped create jobs and fuel the economy," said SBA Buffalo District Director Franklin J. Sciortino.  "We also send special thanks to Buddy Shula, President and Owner of WECK 1230 AM and FM for presenting the awards.

Small Business Week recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal achievements and contributions to the nation's economy.

Photo:  all award recipients not shown.  Companies honored at the May 12 SBA Small Business Week awards luncheon include:  Orazio's Inc. Dpost, Alex's Place at the Edge of Town, Inc., Christiano Machining, Radio One, LLC, Broadway Driving Range & Green Acres Ice Cream, Lilac Disposal Inc., Lakeward Spirits, Rheumatology Wellness Care of WNY PLLC, Tolman Engineering, Architecture & Surveying, PLLC, Wojtek's Gymnastics, Dashnaw Agency, Webster Precision Products, Inc., Riverside Men's Shop/S&E Jewelers, Chadwick Bay Marina, LLC, Amherst Memorial Chapel, Midcity Office Furniture, Bright Organizing Solutions, LLC, Lighthouse Financial Asset Management LLC, Worldwide Protective Products, Instant Monogramming, WIN Chautauqua, Platters Chocolates, Grand Island Waste Management, interactiveX, Sport Nation, Whimsy Confections.  SBA Award winners include:  Laurie Widmaier, Presentation Source, Inc., Brian Smith, Greater Lockport Development Corporation, Dhannayia Johnson, General Wires, Inc., Tooties Transporation, Zandra Azariah Cunningham, Sherry Ann Bradford, Andrew P. Fleming, Buffalo Wheelchair, Harris Corporation, Communication Systems, Steve Weathers and Linda Pellegrino.

District Director Receives Historic Award

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On May 12 at the SBA's Small Business Week award luncheon, and to the surprise of District Director Franklin J. Sciortino, SCORE Buffalo Niagara Chapter Chair John Vitale presented him with a most prestigious honor; “The 10 Presidents Award – Presented to “Franklin J. Sciortino; In honor of his years of service in the SBA  under 10 different Presidents.

Annual Small Business Matchmaker a Success


With a new venue and over 250 entrepreneurs, matchmakers and resources, this year's annual Small Business Matchmaker was a huge success.  Business Matchmaking allows small companies to meet with government agencies and national businesses in an effort to make a match.

The event was held at Salvatore's Italian Gardens on Wednesday, May 10. 

"I'm thrilled about this year's turnout and venue," said Sciortino.  "Also, I want to thank all of our participating matchmakers and resource partners for joining us; we can't wait till next year!"

"SCORE Buffalo Niagara proudly supports this vital opportunity to help small businesses reach new corporate and government markets," said John Vitale, SCORE Chairman. 

SBA Buffalo District Office, 540 Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY Office Directory

FranklinJ. Sciortino, District Director

Phone: 716-551-4305 Email:

Victoria Reynolds, Deputy District Director

Phone: 716-551-5668 Email:

Paul Hoffman, Lender Relations Specialist

Phone: 716-551-3242 Email:

Mollie B. Gaughan, District Counsel

Phone: 716-551-4690 E-mail:

Kelly LoTempio, Economic Development Specialist/Public Information Officer

Phone: 716-551-3249 E-mail:

Gregory Lindberg, Economic Development Specialist

Phone: 716-551-5670 E-mail:

Jennifer Talarico, Business Opportunity Specialist

Phone: 716-551-3240 Email:

Scot Thompson, Administrative Officer

Phone: 716-604-0015 E-mail:

Virginia Smith, Rochester Branch Manager

Phone: 585-263-6700 E-mail:

Tammi Bennett, Program Support Assistant

Phone: 585-263-6700 E-mail: