National Small Business Week Virtual Conference| SBA Upstate NY September 2020

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Upstate New York District Office - September 2020

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National Small Business Week

September 22-24, 2020

National Small Business Week Virtual Conference 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration's National Small Business Week conference, rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held virtually September 22-24. National Small Business Week honors the nation’s small businesses, many of which are veteran, women and minority-owned, for their achievements and dedication to their communities. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover toward a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of this year’s National Small Business Person of the Year.

The National Small Business Week event schedule includes three days recognizing America’s outstanding entrepreneurs, shining a spotlight on the nation’s 30 million small businesses across the country.


National Preparedness Month

Small business owners are natural planners. You know exactly how you want your business to look six months or a year from now, and you work hard toward your goals every day. Unfortunately, sometimes things may happen that are out of your control – but there are ways you can prepare your business for disasters.

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote disaster preparedness for communities, individuals, and businesses. This year’s theme is, “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make your Plan Today.”

  •  Week One: Make a Plan
  • Week Two: Build a Kit
  • Week Three: Prepare for Disasters
  • Week Four: Teach Youth about Preparedness

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SBA Program and Initiative Updates

Surety Bonds


Office of Surety Guarantees Virtual Conference

For 50 years, SBA has offered guaranteed surety bonds to help small businesses in the construction, supply, and service sectors compete for contracting and subcontracting jobs. In FY19, the Surety Bond Guarantee Program supported 3,300 final contracts, totaling nearly $1.8B! Join the Surety Bond Guarantee Program's virtual conference September 24-25 to learn about the industry's future and surety bond tips for small businesses in the construction, supply, and service sectors! 



Take Your Business Global Information Session


Take Your Business Global with help from SBA

Are you interested reaching new customers? Discover how SBA’s 2020 Small Business Exporter of the Year found global success! Businesses that trade are more resilient. Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers and two-thirds of all purchasing power are located outside the United States. Nearly 98 percent of American exporters are small businesses accounting for a third of the United States’ $2.2 trillion in export value. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps small business owners and entrepreneurs participate in this $46 trillion global trade economy.




Elevating Rural

Elevating Rural

Rural small businesses are an integral part of local economies and communities. The U.S. Small Business Administration now has a site dedicated to rural entrepreneurs and small businesses. Learn more about SBA resources for rural businesses including COVID-19 resources, financing options, export assistance, and how to partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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National PTAC Day

Happy National PTAC Day, September 16, 2020

TODAY is National PTAC Day! Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) provide local, in-person counseling and training services for small businesses. They are designed to provide technical assistance to businesses that want to sell products and services to federal, state, and/or local governments. PTAC services are available either free of charge, or at a nominal cost. PTACs are part of the Procurement Technical Assistance Program, which is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency.

Find a PTAC


Upcoming Events

Fast Track to Business Startup

SEPTEMBER 22, 24, 29 - Fast Track to Business Startup

Hosted by the Onondaga Small Business Development Center, this intensive 20 hour virtual workshop will be taught over a 3 day period on September 22, 24, and 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. This workshop is taught by a certified New York State Small Business Development Center Business Advisor and includes a variety of presenters, who are experts in all facets of business start-up. Topics will include business plan development, legalities, hiring employees, marketing, social media, financial Management, and business financing options.

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Advanced Facebook and Instagram Marketing Techniques

SEPTEMBER 22 - Advanced Facebook and Instagram Marketing Techniques

Tired of traditional marketing methods with big budgets and difficult to measure results? You may be using Facebook and Instagram for your marketing, but are you getting the most out of them? This hands-on workshop features interactive examples to demonstrate why Facebook and Instagram are two of the best marketing tools available to your business. This webinar is presented by Chris Lorence of Christopher A. Lorence PR & Marketing Services, and hosted by the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center, the Women's Business Center, and the New Hartford Chamber of Commerce.

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SEPTEMBER 22 - Tax Strategies for Small Businesses

Hosted by SCORE Syracuse, this webinar will help you understand Federal and NY State taxes applicable to small businesses and strategies to save on taxes. You will learn that even in a year of a downturn, there are still some tax avenues that you can take to save capital to help you recover for the future. Topics include: Taxation effects of PPP loans taken, accounting choices to reduce taxes, saving for retirement to defer taxes, other elections and deductions you may be missing out on.

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Small Business Startup Class

SEPTEMBER 29 & 30 - Small Business Startup Class

If you're thinking about the possibility of owning your own business or have recently opened a new business, this workshop is for you! Taught by Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center advisors, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of business startup information. Topics include basic startup information, business plan preparation, marketing, funding, and record keeping. Includes opportunity for Q&A.

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Where Can I Get Help?

Resource Partner Lookup



Albany SBDC
University at Albany
6 Executive Park Drive, Entrance B
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 380-5077 | Fax: (518) 380-5071

Binghamton SBDC
Binghamton University
120 Hawley Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 777-4024 | Fax: (607) 777-4029

SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive, French Hall
Canton, NY 13617-1098
(315) 386-7312 | Fax: (315) 379-3814

Watertown SBDC
Jefferson Community College
1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601-1897
(315) 782-9262 | Fax: (315) 782-0901

Onondaga SBDC
Onondaga Community College
4926 Onondaga Road, Mulroy Hall
Syracuse, NY 13215-4585
(315) 498-6070 | Fax: (315) 498-2147

Mohawk Valley SBDC
Mohawk Valley Community College
326 Broad Street
Utica, NY 13501
(315) 731-5884



Find Your Local SCORE Chapter


Resources for Veterans

Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Region 2
44 Dalliba Avenue
Watervliet, NY 12189
(518) 326-6328


Resources for Woman-Owned Businesses

Women’s Business Center (WBC) of NYS
200 Genesee St.
Utica, New York 13502
(315) 733-9848

WISE Women’s Business Center (WISE WBC)
AXA Tower
100 Madison Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
(315) 443-8634



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