At the chamber’s November membership meeting (11/16), Erica Chase-Gregory, the director of the Small Business Development Center for our region, spoke to attendees about how their myriad services can assist small businesses — at no cost. Erica was the featured speaker and two Spotlight Speakers also shed light on two very different topics: Heidi Loiacono from GymGuyz and Jen Biren from American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
There are 22 SBDCs across New York Sate; Farmingdale State College is home to the one in our area. “We worked with over 2,500 businesses last year,” Erica noted. The organization has six librarians in Albany to handle research and it offers many trainings and workshops addressing different needs. “Since Covid many of our business workshops are done virtually. All trainings are recorded and available on our website under the training link,” she said. (Visit their website)
The chamber thanks Erica for taking the time to come enlighten its members!
From the SBDC homepage:
The Farmingdale Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is located on the campus of Farmingdale State College and provides free, one-on-one business advising. This free technical assistance is available to anyone who wants to start a business or who already owns a business. Services range from answering startup and business structure questions to assisting with business plans, cash flow projections, marketing plans, and loan information.
The mission of the SBDC is to provide professional business advisement, education, network resources and to advocate for small business and entrepreneurs.
The SBDC at Farmingdale State College plays a key role in economic development by providing free, high-quality, technical and management assistance to start-up and existing small businesses. Talented, certified SBDC business advisors are ready to counsel and train you to make your business succeed.
Through direct, one-on-one counseling, the SBDC provides a range of management and technical assistance services and information, including:
- Small Business
- Business Plan Development
- Organizational Structures
- Financial Planning
- Cost Analysis
- Loan Information
- Marketing Assistance