News & Press Releases- New York SBDC

News & Press Releases

21 August 2023

Olean Times Herald: Gardner Chiropractic feted as NY Family Owned Business of the Year

OLEAN — Gardner Chiropractic in Olean was honored with the New York Small Business Development Center's Family Owned Business of the Year Award. Founders Emily and Sam Gardner launched their business in December 2021, just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite challenges, the firm expanded its services, with Emily Gardner acknowledging the critical support from the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and the Jamestown Community College SBDC's Dan Hickman. The ceremony also saw Sonya Smith, the NY SBDC director, and state Sen. George Borrello applauding the Gardners' entrepreneurial spirit and the importance of SBDC programs.

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2 January 2023

The Post-Journal: Advisers Forecast ‘Great Year’ For Small Businesses

The Post-Journal in Jamestown, NY, interviewed NYS Small Business Development Center at JCC Regional Director Dr. Courtney Curatolo on the increase in small business startups and regional developments throughout 2022. Curatolo highlights numerous factors that have contributed to the rise and SBDC resources available to assist."As small businesses increase in the region, Curatolo said the SBDC is available to help small business owners become successful. She explained the SBDC is a free service for any small business with less than 500 employees."

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5 May 2022

Area officials, groups mark Small Business Week

During National Small Business Week, Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel attended a special event hosted by Ashville General Store. Organized by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center at JCC, the celebration was designed to highlight the importance of small businesses to our local economy, pay tribute to the many small business owners and employees countywide, and also as a way to kick off the Chamber's spring membership drive.

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4 May 2022

JCC Small Business Development Center Gives Mark Geise Phoenix Award

The Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College has recognized Mark Geise with the U.S. Small Business Administration Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery. JCC SBDC said that Geise, as the Deputy County Executive for Economic Development and CEO of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA), helped many small businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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3 May 2022

Local leaders observe National Small Business Week

"Several local elected and business leaders gathered on Monday to kick off National Small Business Week in Chautauqua County. Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel and a representative from State Senator George Borrello's Office presented proclamations during the event held at the Ashville General Store. Chautauqua County IDA President and CEO Mark Geise was among the speakers participating. He spoke about courage it takes to start up a small business..." Chautauqua Today

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3 May 2022

Two Chautauqua County Business Owners Recognized as Statewide Entrepreneurs of the Year

"In Jamestown, Hot Spot Cafe owner Hector Alverio has been honored with the New York State Minority Entrepreneur of the Year award. Alverio opened the cafe on Valentine’s Day 2020, just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the shut-down, he implemented take out service. The NYSBDC said since restrictions have been lifted, his restaurant has become a real “hot spot” for city officials, police officers, and other downtown business owners for breakfast and lunch. He is now expanding into catering events. In Ashville, Ashville General Store owner Jackie Francis has been honored with the New York State Community Business of the Year award. Francis opened The Ashville General Store in 1991. NYSBDC said it quickly became a place for locals and tourists to visit." WRFA LP 107.9 FM

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9 September 2021

Downtown Jamestown Café Presented With The Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

The Hotspot Café at 101 E 3rd St. was presented with the new JCC Entrepreneur of the Year Award during a ceremony on Thursday morning. The Small Business Development Center at SUNY JCC launched the effort to recognize area small businesses who have adapted to pandemic challenges, something owner Hector Alverio is all too familiar with.

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