Small businesses focus of talks
NEW PALTZ - Ways to promote economic development and the growth of small business will be the subject of a half-day conference at SUNY New Paltz on Jan. 31.

Rae Rosen, a senior economist and officer with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which is sponsoring the event with the college, said small business owners as well as people thinking of going into business should attend.

Rosen said that non-profit agencies, academics and legislators also should attend. "We invite the state legislator and county executives as well, so that they're aware of the needs of their small businesses."

Invitations went out through local chambers of commerce and other channels.

The program, which begins at 7 a.m. with registration and coffee, will include an overview of the national economy by Richard Peach, vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and an overview of the regional economy by Rosen.

James Parrott, deputy director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, will present "Small-Scale Entrepreneurship: Growth and Change in a New Era."

Yacov Shamash, dean of engineering at SUNY Stony Brook, will talk about how states augment the capabilities of small pioneering technology firms.

James King, state director of the state Small Business Development Center, will address access to capital.

The role of education in the success of the self-employed will be the subject of a presentation by Ron Deutsch, executive director of the Statewide Emergency Network for Social and Economic Security.

A panel discussion will be held from 12:25 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., followed by a buffet lunch until 2 p.m.

The fee to attend is $45, and payment must accompany registration by Jan. 24. Checks, made payable to College Auxiliary Services, Economic Conference, or credit card information including expiration date should be sent to Professor Simin Mozayeni, Chair, Economics Department, 814A Jacobson Faculty Tower, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY 12561

Faxes can be sent to Tricia Pedi at (845) 778-0395.

For more information call Krista Dente, at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, at (212) 720-6149.

©Daily Freeman 2003

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