News & Press Releases- New York SBDC

News & Press Releases

1 April 2022

Local Leaders Visit New Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center on Manhattanville Campus – Columbia

April 1st was an exciting day for our Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Local leaders were invited to tour their new space on Columbia Business School's Manhattanville campus in Geffen Hall. Columbia-Harlem SBDC Director, Kaaryn Nailor Simmons, was joined by Columbia representatives to highlight Geffen Hall's Innovation Lab (I-Lab), SBDC offices, Café, and Kravis Hall's dining and commercial space. Geffen Hall's Café is open to the public and features local products from the Harlem Local Vendor Program.

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5 October 2020

Empire State Digital

New York State has partnered for a first-in-the-nation program with leading global e-commerce partners— Shopify, Square, Clearbanc, and Etsy—to accelerate New York Statebased small businesses’ ability to grow their online presence.

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3 October 2020

Jamestown SBDC Named State Center Of Excellence Of The Year

The Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College was recently recognized as the US Small Business Administration Atlantic Region SBDC Center of Excellence of the Year during Small Business Week.

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16 May 2019

NYSBDC Entrepreneurs of the Year

The New York Small Business Development Center is pleased to recognize the boldest, brightest, and best small companies and enterprising individuals in New York State.

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3 May 2019

National Small Business Week is May 5-11, 2019

During the week the SBA and SBDC will recognize the contributions of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and organizations that support America's small businesses. Join the celebration and follow along on our social channels!

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25 April 2019

How to Get Banks to Say Yes to Your Small Business Loan

"Business plans are critically important for startups, high-growth companies or buyers seeking to finance the purchase of a business. In fact, they are a useful planning tool for any business, but especially for startups since they have no financial track record for a bank to examine." Small Business Development Centers provide valuable business plan assistance at no cost.

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8 February 2019

NYSBDC 2018 Annual Report is now available

Learn about NYSBDC activities in 2018 and discover small business success stories from all around New York State.

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18 September 2018

SBA awards NY SBDCs FAST grant to support small business “innovation,” R&D commercialization

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded a FAST grant to the New York State Small Business Development Center (NYS SBDC) network. As a FAST partner, the New York State SBDCs will provide financial and technical assistance to small, “next-generation” technology businesses so that they can compete for federally funded small-business innovation research and small-business technology transfer (SBIR/STTR) awards.

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13 April 2018

Start, Grow, Succeed: Insider’s Secrets from America’s Leading Small Business Guru and America’s SBDC Network

In honor of National Small Business Week, America's SBDC Network will be hosting a very special live event for small businesses and entrepreneurs looking for free advice from industry experts. The Facebook Live event will feature the expertise and experience of author, speaker, entrepreneur and USA Today columnist Rhonda Abrams AND tips and tricks from America’s #1 small business resources, America’s SBDC Advisors.

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11 April 2018

NYSBDC 2017 Annual Report is now available

Learn about NYSBDC activities in 2017 and discover small business success stories from all around New York State.

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19 March 2018

#SBDCDay is Wednesday, March 21, 2018

SBDC Day unites the nearly 1,000 SBDC centers across the country and the hundreds of thousands of clients they serve by sharing, in real time, the success stories and notable impacts SBDCs collectively have on the small business community at large. Learn more about the special events at several NYSBDC locations.

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12 February 2018

A seat at the table

Highlighting successful female restaurateurs in Harlem, Kaaryn Simmons, director of the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center, also discusses the challenges faced by businesses in the neighborhood.

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30 January 2018

Harlem Buyer Fair

The Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center hosted a Harlem Buyer Fair to connect local food, body care and gift vendors with buyers from Whole Foods, FreshDirect, Columbia Dining and more.

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8 January 2018

This hot sauce company started in a 100-year-old Harlem brownstone, now the product flies off the shelves at Whole Foods

As part of the Harlem Local Vendor Partner Program, the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center helps Harlem-made products like Mama's One Sauce get onto the shelves of big retailers.

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23 October 2017

NY SBDC Advisor Awarded 2017 State Star for New York

Farmingdale State College Advisor Recognized for Business Counseling and Economic Development

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20 September 2017

Aisle Allies: Connecting small vendors with large retail chains

With its participation in The Harlem Local Vendor Program, the Columbia-Harlem SBDC has helped 20 businesses from the neighborhood get their product on the shelves of Whole Foods Harlem.

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14 September 2017

New York Small Business Development Center Launches Online Course on How to Start a Business

NY SBDC Releases New Version of Entreskills, online entrepreneurial education course.

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13 July 2017

America’s SBDC survey spotlights needs and challenges to small business

The results of a national survey by America’s SBDC have been released by the New York Small Business Development Center. The survey highlights key aspirations and obstacles facing American entrepreneurs across various age generations. America’s SBDC studied different generations’ views of entrepreneurship. The research looked at millennials (born between 1977 and 1995), Generation Xers (born between 1965 and 1976) and Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964). The organization also wanted to find out how familiar millennials are with available resources in general and SBDCs in particular.

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5 May 2017

New York SBDC Clients Sweep 2017 SBA Syracuse District Awards

Albany – The New York Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced three of its clients, Rommel Fence, Saving Face Barber Shop, and Susan Jablon Mosaics, as 2017 Syracuse District Small Business Week Award winners, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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4 May 2017

NYSBDC Clients Sweep SBA Syracuse District Small Business Week awards

SBA has selected Mary Rommel, owner of Rommel Fence, LLC based in Poland, N.Y., as the Syracuse District winner of 2017 Small Business Person of the Year Award (Nominated by the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center), Susan Jablon Mosaics, LLC based in Binghamton, N.Y., is the New York State winner of 2017 Small Business Exporter of the Year Award (Nominated by the Binghamton Small Business Development Center) and Anthony Nappa, owner of Saving Face Barber Shop based in Camillus, N.Y., was awarded the 2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. (Nominated by the SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center)

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20 April 2017

NYSBDC Events for National Small Business Week

Information on NYSBDC-hosted events in recognition of National Small Business Week, April 30 - May 6, 2017.

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21 March 2017

Join SBA Administrator Linda McMahon in celebrating #SBDCDay on Wednesday, March 22

(Video) SBA Administrator Linda McMahon invites viewers to celebrate the first SBDC day on March 22, 2017.

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21 March 2017

New York Small Business Development Center Joins National Celebration of First-Ever SBDC Day

The New York Small Business Development Center today announced its recognition and celebration of the first-ever “SBDC Day,” honoring Small Business Development Centers. SBDCs are the nation’s largest business assistance network committed to helping aspiring and emerging small business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship.

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21 November 2016

From Air Force Veteran to Small Business Owner

Kevin Yaw’s story of going from a U.S. Air Force Veteran to founding Kevin’s Plumbing and Heating included assistance from the Buffalo SBDC.

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16 November 2016

New York SBDC Receives National Accreditation from Association of Small Business Development Centers

State University of New York Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright today announced that the New York Small Business Development Center (NY SBDC) has earned full accreditation from the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC).

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28 June 2016

New York SBDC Honors Entrepreneurs of the Year

he New York Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced its statewide Entrepreneur of the Year award winners from over 20,000 clients during the past year.

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12 June 2016

Gillinder Glass gets state small-business award

"Charles Gillinder, president of Gillinder Glass, and Fred Harding, CFO, accepted the New York State Small Business Exporter of the Year award on behalf of Gillinder Glass by the New York Small Business Development Center at its annual awards ceremony in Lake George."

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19 May 2016

Topical BioMedics, Inc. Wins New York State Small Business Biomedical Company of the Year Award

Lou and Aurora Paradise, founders of Topical BioMedics (Topricin), were honored Monday 5/16/2016 in Lake George, NY as the 2016 Outstanding Biomedical Company of the Year from New York State.

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27 October 2015

SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit, Austin, TX

The SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit will take place December 1-3 at the JW Marriott, in the heart of downtown Austin, TX ( Attendees will learn from and network with SBIR/STTR leaders and program experts on how to gain access to the $2.5 Billion of non-diluted annual capital, the largest early stage seed funding in the world. Register online at your earliest convenience at

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13 October 2015

Procurement Updates - Matchmaker Events & Other News

Information regarding three upcoming matchmaker events and procurement-related updates.

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11 October 2015

6 Steps To Writing An Award Winning Business Plan

Autumn Adeigbo, a client of the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center, shares advice on writing an award-winning business plan.

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9 October 2015

Ubicarse en el mapa digital, crucial para pequeños negocios

“Estar en el mapa digital es importante también para las tiendas“, explica Glamis Haro, consultora que trabaja con el SBDC en Columbia University. “No importa cuan pequeño sea el negocio, aún así se necesita presencia en la Red porque abrazar la tecnología es la forma de crecer”.

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17 September 2015

Growing A Small Business, Creating Jobs, And Leveraging Resources Like SBDCs

SBDCs around the country help entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level.

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25 August 2015

Get Your Business Ready For Any Kind of Disaster at Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

Free webinar series on disaster planning: September 9: “The Keystone to Disaster Recovery: Communications” September 16: “Recover from the Most Likely Disaster: Power Outage” September 23: “Protect Your Most Valuable Asset: Prepare Your Employees” September 30: “If You Do Nothing Else this Year…” Simple tips to build your organization’s resilience.

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29 June 2015

‘Rooted in partnership,’ Pop-Up program plants seeds

The Queen City Pop-Up program provides retailers two months of free storefront space along Main Street in Buffalo. The goal is for business owners to gain the experience and knowledge of what it takes to run a brick-and-mortar operation downtown. The program brings together a variety of organizations, including the Buffalo State Small Business Development Center.

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17 June 2015

SUNY Small Business Development Center Receives $100,000 Award to Support Technology Entrepreneurs

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27 April 2015

Disabled Iraq War Veteran Receives SBDC Veteran Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

Propel Bikes, the nationally know electric assisted bicycle shop, announced that Owner Chris Nolte, has been named 2015 Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year by the New York Small Business Development Center at its annual Entrepreneur Award Ceremony held in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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28 January 2015

Program Aims to Help Veterans Re-Enter the Business World

A new type of conference debuted this week at the Watervliet Arsenal, educating veterans on how to break into the business world. About 35 local veterans, young and old, attended the free, first-time program entitled The McNulty Business Conference for Veterans. Attendees participated in an accelerated program called Boots to Business: Reboot.

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26 January 2015

Award Winning Business Plan

The author of this blog post writes about her recent winning of the 4th Annual New York Public Library & CitiBank Foundation business plan competition. Ms. Adeigbo is a client of the Columbia-Harlem SBDC.

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9 January 2015

Velázquez Kicks Off New Congress with Small Business Bills

“From securing financing to designing a business plan, Small Business Development Centers provide critical guidance and assistance to growing small firms and prospective business owners,” Velázquez said. “With many New Yorkers turning to entrepreneurship as a new source of income, we need these initiatives performing at the highest level possible.”

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21 May 2014

President's push for tourism also seen in New York State

Bill Brigham, director of the Albany Small Business Development Center, discusses the role of small business in New York's tourism economy.

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15 November 2013

“OORAH!”- “Opening Opportunities Resources and Access for Heroes” – to help veteran-owned businesses

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30 October 2013

Solages: New York must be business friendly

"Solages told business owners to take advantage of the state’s Small Business Development Center. On its website, she said, there are numbers for owners to call if they have questions on a variety of issues, such as workers compensation, insurance and work place safety."

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20 May 2013

Second Small Business Center Opens On Staten Island

"Small businesses on Staten Island now have a second location to seek superstorm Sandy-related help and address their storm-related issues."

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1 February 2013

RDRC Helping Sandy Victims

Advisors from the NYS Small Business Development Center are now working with the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) to assist Rockaway small businesses that were affected by Superstorm Sandy.

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15 November 2012

SBA encourages Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York to apply for assistance before insurance settlement

ATLANTA – Survivors should not wait to settle with their insurance companies before applying for SBA disaster loan assistance. The SBA encourages survivors of Hurricane Sandy in eligible New York counties to return their completed applications, even if they have not settled with their insurance company.

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12 November 2012

SBA Opens More Business Recovery Centers in NY

"The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today the opening of several Business Recovery Centers in New York. Businesses with physical damages or loss of revenue caused by Hurricane Sandy should consider visiting the Centers and applying for an SBA disaster business loan."

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5 July 2012

Columbia Business School to Host Columbia University-Harlem SBDC

Effective July 1, the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center will move to Columbia Business School from the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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16 May 2012

Deadline to Apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans in New York is June 13

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19 April 2012

Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance - Small Businesses Unite

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19 April 2012

Business Owners Get Advice on Finding Loans

Financing options for small businesses in a Forum hosted by the Columbia-Harlem SBDC

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19 April 2012

Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance - print local biz guide

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10 April 2012

Wineries cash in on cachet

"Jinshui Zhang, director of international business development for the New York State Small Business Development Center, instructs winemakers on the finer points of marketing their wares to Chinese consumers Monday during a wine expo in Kingston."

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7 November 2011

Colleges show off trademark offerings

With SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher on hand Thursday, seven regional colleges showcased their special programs.

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3 November 2011

SBDC Column: Agencies can help returning vets

"There are a number of programs offering technical and/or financial assistance specifically targeted toward veterans who left their businesses to serve, or those returning from active duty who are considering starting a new business. These programs, federal, state and local, can provide assistance with basic start-up issues, funding and ongoing technical support..."

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28 June 2011

SBDC to host conference on trade with China

"The state Small Business Development Center, with the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce and state Empire State Development Corp., will host the U.S.-China Business & Trade Development Conference on Sept. 20 and 21 at the Conference Center in Niagara Falls."

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19 May 2011

Columbia-Harlem SBDC Guest Blog for Congressman Rangel's Site In Honor of Small Business Week 2011

The Columbia-Harlem SBDC is the guest blog entry for Congressman Rangel's blog site for Small Business Week 2011.

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3 September 2010

22 New Firms are Welcomed into 2010-2011 MWL Certificate/Mentorship Program

"Columbia University Facilities and the University's School of Continuing Education, in partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center (SBDC), welcomed 22 new minority-, women-, and locally-owned (MWL) businesses to its 2010-2011 Construction Trades Management Certificate/Mentorship Program, during a kick-off orientation and networking reception. "

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23 August 2010

A helping hand: Small Business Development Centers try to help entrepreneurs flourish

Profile of New York City Small Business Development Centers and their successful entrepreneur clients.

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19 August 2010

SUNY Small Business Development Center Partners with Con Edison to Help Small Businesses Gain Energy Savings

"ALBANY, N.Y. (August 19, 2010) -- The State University of New York’s State Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the state's leading provider of small business management and technical services, will partner with energy giant Con Edison to provide reviews for client small business owners to improve the energy efficiency of their operations. "

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5 May 2010

NYS SBDC International Business Program recognized as co-sponsor of the 6th APEC Small & Medium Enterprises Technology Conferences and Fair, in Fuzhou City, China

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30 April 2010

SBA awards funding for small business energy efficiency

"The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the State University of New York (SUNY) is among seven centers receiving a grant of $125,000 to help small businesses become more energy efficient."

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28 April 2010

New York State SBDC Supports Veteran Small Business Owners with $150,000 Federal Grant

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 28, 2010) -- The New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC), administered by the University at Albany, received a $150,000 U.S. Small Business Administration grant to provide entrepreneurial assistance to veterans. The SBDC, one of 10 center across the country to receive the competitive award, will use the funds toward its Veteran’s Business Outreach Program (VBOP), which assists veterans and promotes business ownership and services to small businesses affected by the deployment of key personnel overseas.

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21 April 2010

NYS SBDC highlighted at IEEPA 2010 World Environmental Conference

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31 March 2010

The New York State SBDC Wins Federal Grant to Support Veteran Small Business Owners

WASHINGTON – The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the State University of New York is among 10 centers to receive a grant award to increase entrepreneurial assistance to veterans. The grants will provide funding for programs to veterans that promote business ownership and provide services to small businesses dealing with the deployment of key personnel overseas.

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22 February 2010

NYC turns to universities to foster businesses

"The answer to the city’s suffering economy might be tucked somewhere in the basement of Pupin Hall, according to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer..."

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