SBA Buffalo District JANUARY Newsletter | SBA Success Story | SBA Ignite Tour Comes to Buffalo | Straight Talk the Series January/February Line Up 2018

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SBA Buffalo District Office


Local Boutique Owner Gets Business Start-up Assistance

Janie’s Emporium named after grand-mother who was pioneer

Start-up owner and fashion curator  Alisha Taggart-Powell always knew she wanted to settle down and start her own business, but was constantly occupied with other projects and working a full-time job. 

“Starting a boutique has been on my mind since I was a little girl,” says Alisha.  “My grand-mother started several businesses and was a pioneer who started all on her own.” 

With a diverse educational background, Alisha had the will all to get started but knew she needed additional assistance in business planning, building contacts and finding resources to help her business grow.

And so, when it came to start-up assistance, Alisha had to seek help.  She found it at the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Buffalo Niagara’s Annual Straight Talk conference where the read more....


SBA Ignite Tour Comes to Buffalo

made in america


On Friday, January 19, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon stopped in Buffalo, New York as part of her SBA Ignite Tour—a national outreach campaign aimed at fueling small businesses with tools and resources to grow their companies and create more American jobs.  Administrator McMahon includes Buffalo as her 32nd stop of her tour.

During her visit, she toured and visited the Made in America Store in Elma, New York.  This is the first and only general merchandise store in the Country to exclusively sell 100% American made products.  The visit must have impressed her….commenting; “the President would love this place!” 

Store owner, Mark Andol also welcomed Administrator McMahon to his second business, General Welding and Fabricating, Inc., also of Elma, New York.  

The Administrator then visited Chef’s Restaurant, a family-owned business for over 40 years. The restaurant also has two menu items named after SBA District Director Franklin Sciortino entitled, the Veal Sciortino and Chicken Sciortino. 

She also attended a district hosted small business roundtable, discussing topics such as tax reform, workforce development and financing.  Following her roundtable visit, Administrator McMahon toured the SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center and then visited with Buffalo district staff. 

On Saturday, January 20, SBA Administrator was to deliver opening remarks at the District’s 22nd Annual Straight Talk Conference, however, due to the government shut-down, the Administrator and district staff were unable to attend, facilitate and present at this year’s annual event.  The district staff are hopeful the Administrator will return in 2019’ for the 23rd annual conference.

Straight Talk

Straight Talk the Series Starts Tonight

January/February Line Up, REGISTER TODAY!

January 30th, 6 - 8:30pm: Straight Talk Series Week #1 - Business Plans I and Library Resources, Medaille College, Buffalo, NY

Session 1: Business Plans 1 and Library Research Resources. This is your opportunity to learn what you need to know about how to operate a successful business. Take your entrepreneurial dreams to the next level. 

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February 6th, 6 - 8:30pm: Straight Talk Series Week #2 - Business Plans II and Elements of a Financial Plan, Medaille College, Buffalo, NY

Business Plans II and Elements of a Financial Plan. Each Straight Talk Series small business seminars is presented by SCORE Certified Mentors and other business experts who can help you to start or grow your business. 

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February 13th, 6 - 8:30pm: Straight Talk Series Week #3 - Business Ethics, Federal Government Contracting and Risk Management from the Legal Perspective, Medaille College, Buffalo, NY

Business Ethics are critical no matter what industry you are in, the wrong move can make or break your business. Understanding the different organizational types (Sole Proprietor, LLC, Corporations) have a significant impact on your business.  Learn what to think about when setting up your legal structure.  You'll also get a bonus introduction to Federal Government Contracting in this seminar.

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February 20th, 6 - 8:30pm: Straight Talk Series Week #4 - Employee Life Cycle: Hiring & Firing Employees and New York State Taxes, Medaille College, Buffalo, NY

Learn strategies for success when hiring and firing employees, information on what you need to do for your New York State sales and income tax presented by CPA's.

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February 27th, 6 - 8:30pm: Straight Talk Series Week #5 - Risk Management from the Insurance Perspective and Federal Taxes, Medaille College, Buffalo, NY

Protecting yourself, your employees and your business is critical to every business owner. Join us to learn about insurance protections you should take to run your business. The second part of this workshop will focus on Federal Tax strategies and information.

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All Series events held at Medaille College from 5:45 pm to 8:30 pm.  FREE with your Straight Talk January 20 admission or $5.00 each.

For March Series dates and topics, please click here.

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: