OCC to host business conference

— Onondaga Community College is more than just an asset for students seeking an associate’s degree in one of the numerous programs they offer. OCC is home to the NYS Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SBDC provides one-on-one advisement to start up and existing businesses. OCC staff at the SBDC consists of small business advisors who can advise an entrepreneur on making their business a success. The SBDC works with businesses of all varieties; home based, e-commerce, manufacturing firms — small to large. Services provided by the SBDC are free and confidential. Additionally, the SBDC partners with statewide agencies which provide a strong network of support. Some of the support the SBDC can assist with is business plan development, small business start-ups, organizational structures, exporting, cost analysis, marketing, financial management, financing strategies, training programs, business expansion, selling a business and research.

Each year, the Small Business Development Center sponsors a veteran business conference called Operation: Start Up & Grow. Operation: Start Up & Grow is the premier business conference in Upstate New York for veterans and members of the military community who want to start or expand their own small business. The conference is free to attend and includes more than thirty exhibitors, networking sessions, and marketing, website, financing, and government contracting workshops. Lee Buttolph, owner of Buttolph Lumber in Phoenix, will be the keynote speaker. Local broadcasting and communications professional Media One Communications President Mike Otis will serve as emcee of the event.

This year’s event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20,. at the Gordon Student Center on Onondaga Community College’s campus. If you have questions regarding the Small Business Development Center, or the Operation: Start Up & Grow event, please contact their offices at sbdc@sunyocc.edu or by phone at 498-6070.

Jim Corl represents the third district, which includes the town of Cicero and portions of the town of Manlius. Jim welcomes constituent feedback; he can be reached by email at, jcorl1@twcny.rr.com or at 699-9585.

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cicerocitizen 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks for the article. We too often pigeonhole OCC as just a two-year school, yet it serves our community in other ways. My appreciation to Mr. Corl for sharing this.


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