Rochester Area Small Business Information, Seminars and Training for October 26 - 30, 2020

Rochester Branch Office - October 2020

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"Powering the American Dream"

SBA can help your business start, grow, expand or recover through our lending programs, government contracting programs and network of Resource Partners.   Whether you want to prepare a business plan, are interested in doing business with the federal government, or are looking to finance your business, SBA is here to help!


Rochester Area Small Business Information, Seminars and Trainings For The Week

Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes  

The Office of Inspector General recognizes that we are facing unprecedented times and is alerting the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the largest financial assistance bill to date, includes provisions to help small businesses. Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times.  Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing.

 Report Fraud

Report any suspected fraud to OIG’s Hotline at 800-767-0385 or online at,



Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Is Still Available


COVID-19 EIDL Loan Application


Small businesses, private non-profits and agricultural businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, can still apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. EIDL proceeds can be used to cover a wide array of working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation to health care benefits, rent, utilities and fixed debt payments.

To learn more about the relief options available for your business, click here.


The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

Learn more



Preparing your Small Business for a Disaster Situation

Preparing your Small Business for a Disaster Situation

Small businesses need to be prepared for disasters of all shapes and sizes. Disasters can be more than hurricanes, floods and fires, like we’ve learned through COVID-19. Attend this presentation to learn how business owners should prepare for a disaster and what they should do in the event a disaster does happen.

When:  Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Time:  10:00 am - 11:00 am

Where:  Webinar

Click here to register:


Strategies for Safe Outdoor Winter Dining

     *Safety best - practices & requirements during COVID

     *How to make outside dining working during the winter

     *Products & equipment to support winter outdoor dining strategies

     *Funding sources to help implement your winter plan

When:  Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Time:  9:00 am - 11:00 am

Where:  Webinar

Check-In at 8:30 am

Click here to register:


SBA Partner; PTAC Monroe County Finger Lakes Procurement Technical Assistance Center presents


Cybercrime is a High-Tech Con Game - Protect American Manufacturing

Contrary to popular belief... Cyber-attacks aren’t stopped by just plugging in a device or installing software. Don’t be Cyber-conned! 

Protect American Manufacturing

Imagine this... a professional, polite person strikes up a conversation and opens the door for you as you head into work. Would you stop and question him or her? 

  • Most often, cybercrime is a high-tech con game where criminals prey on the trusting, generous, and friendly nature of humankind. 
  • America loses billions each year to nation-state hackers, and they aren’t all miles away.  

When:  Thursday, October 29 2020

Time:   11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where:  Webinar

Click here to register:


Upcoming Events


Finding the Right Idea - Starting your Veteran Owned Small Business

Please join us as we will discuss how to find opportunities and act when starting your own small business and how the Veterans Business Outreach Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration can assist.

When:  Monday, November 2, 2020

Time:   10:00 am - 11:30 am

Where:  Webinar

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Veteran-Owned Contracting Programs

Federal and New York State certifications for Veteran-Owned businesses

Learn about the Federal and New York State programs focused on assisting Veteran-Owned businesses in selling their products and services to the government.

When:  Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Time:  10:00 - 11:00 am

Where:  Webinar

Click to register:

For questions or more information:


SBDC Workshop - Advanced Technology Funding

Please join us as you can find out the Where, Who, How and What NYS Programs can help you.

When:  Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Time:  11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Where:  Webinar

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Veteran Owned Small Business Resources Session

Please join us for a FREE information session about specific business resources available to veteran, service disable veteran and veteran owned businesses.  Presenters from the U.S. Small Business Administration and Greater Rochester SCORE will detail free programs and services targeted to this unique set of business owners.  Current and future veteran business owners are welcome to attend.

When:  Thursday, November 5, 2020

Time:  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Where:  Veterans Outreach Center, 447 South Avenue, Rochester, NY  14620

To register, please contact Robin Gore at 585-295-7804 or

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions, space is limited, so please register early


SBA Partner; PTAC Monroe County Finger Lakes Procurement Technical Assistance Center presents:


Limited Engagement / Live Event:  Government Contracting Industry Roundtable - Manufacturing

 Government Contracting Industry Roundtable - Manufacturing           

  • The PTAC and SBA are cohosting a limited engagement live round table discussions.
  • The series kicks-off with manufacturing. 
  • The focus will be on latest trends and updates in government contracting.

Date: November 10, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Location: Watts Conference Center, 47 S. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY 14614

Capacity: 25 Total

LIMITED Seating to comply with COVID requirements.


  • Kodak
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Ultralife Corporation
  • Monroe County Economic Development

To register and check availability, call:

Anna Vulaj Fitzsimmons          Virginia Smith

MCFL PTAC                               U.S. Small Business Administration

(585)753-2017                            (585) 264-6711


How to Market to the Federal Government Webinar Series

The SBA Buffalo District Office presents a series of free online courses to provide useful tips for marketing to the federal government.

Webinars are from 10:00am - 11:00am

Monday, November 16th - Creating a Winning Capability Statement

Tuesday, November 17th - Finding Contracting Opportunities

Wednesday, November 18th - Building Winning Relationships

Thursday, November 19th - SBA’s All Small Mentor Protégé Program

To register:

Please contact Jennifer Talarico with questions


Export Compliance - Part 2:  Incoterms

Are you exporting or planning to export?  Are you familiar with Incoterms?

Learn to decode the secret language of Incoterms and how to make them work to your advantage in sales contracts during this international trade training seminar.

You will learn:

     *What has changed and what is NEW

     *How to choose the correct Incoterms rule

     *Best rules for global purchasing and sales

     *Apply Incoterms to domestic transactions 

     *Which rules require insurance and why

This is part 2 of a part 5 part export information series.

Where:  Via Microsoft TEAMS platform (link to be sent upon registration)

When:   Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Time:     9:00 am to 10:30 am


Phone:     585-263-6700, Tammi Parsons, SBA

 5 Part Series Includes:

Part 1:  September 16,2020:  Understanding Your Export Controls and Sanctions Regulations

Part 2:  November 17:  Incoterms

Part 3:  February 9, 2021:  Export Sales Contracts and Agent Agreements -

                                                     Practitioners Panel Discussion

Part 4:  May 11, 2021:  USMCA Part 1

Part 5:  May 18, 2021:  USMCA Part 2


Get Free Local Business Assistance 

Times are tough for small businesses but SBA is here to help no matter where you are. 

SBA's District Offices and Resource Partners like SCORE offices, Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers and Veterans Business Outreach Centers have trained experts who can help you craft a plan specific to your situation and navigate rapid changes in the marketplace.

Find Local Business Assistance near you  




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