Made in Rural America Regional Export and International Investment Forum:
Cortland, NY

When:    September 5, 2014
Time:     8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where:   Corey Union Function Room , SUNY -Cortland
103 Prospect Terrace, Cortland, NY

As part of the White House Rural Councils Made in Rural America Export and Investment Initiative, ARC, the U.S. Dept. Of Agriculture and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce will co-host a regional forum in Cortland, NY on September 5 on expanding international market opportunities for rural businesses and value-added agricultural producers. One of a series of events taking place across the county to help boost exports and rural economies, the Cortland forum will help upstate New York firms lean ways to grow their business by finding new customers abroad and expanding sales to their existing international customers. It will also help rural community leaders learn how to position their regions to attract and prepare for foreign investment.

Held at the invitation of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the forum feature a keynote address from U.S. Dept. of Commerce Deputy Secretary Bruce H. Andrews and remarks from ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl.  Attendees will also hear from experienced exporters and from local, state and federal organizations about resources and opportunities that can help rural businesses and community leaders access new markets and customers abroad. Speakers will include international business professionals from Empire State Development, the Export-Import Bank of the Unites States, the NY Small Business Development Center network, and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce.

A detailed agenda will be available soon. This forum will take place on the campus of SUNY-Cortland from 8 am to 3 pm, lunch will be provided. The event is free of charge, but advanced registration is required. to register go to:

 Fall 2014 Small Business Training Program – Preparing for Nano

When:  Tuesday evenings starting September 23, 2014
Time:  6:00 to 9:00 pm
Where: Radisson Hotel Conference Room, 200 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502

Registration Required:  Email: or call (315) 733-9848

Have you always wondered if starting your own small business was something that you wanted to do?  Are you already in your own small business but need to brush up your Business Plan?  Do you want to be part of the Nano Tech Movement?  Then you need to attend this Small Business Training Program.  Things are changing in the Mohawk Valley with the Nano Tech Park bringing in tons of jobs, people and new businesses into this area.  It is the opportune time to start your own small business or expand your existing business.  This Small Business Training Program will provide you with the tools to start your small business and the necessary tools to update your existing business. At the completion of the Small Business Training Program you will have a complete or updated business plan.  Sign up today, space is limited to the first 25.  There is no charge, it is FREE!

You are invited to a day long event:
6th Annual “Inspiring Success: The Women TIES Retreat”

When: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: 8 am to 5 pm
Where: The Lodge at Welch Allyn, Skaneateles, NY

Women TIES is hoeing its 6th full day regional conference to gather New York  State women entrepreneurs together for an empowering, educational, and enriching entrepreneurial experience. women gather annually to invest time away from their hectic entrepreneurial lives to bond with other engaging women so they can return to their businesses empowered and enriched from the information, insight and inspiration of the day.

2014 Inspiring Success: The Women TIES Retreat  Registration Information

To register for the event, complete the detailed information at and pay for the event online through the security of PayPal. Early reservations are highly recommended since we can only accept 220 registrants. We expect to sell out of this event due to the high caliber of speakers, program content and extensive networking opportunities.

Registrations received by September 10th are guaranteed promotion in our signature sales tool being distributed to all event attendees. Don’t miss this fantastic sales benefit! Registrations received after that date are not guaranteed placement in this valuable advertising book.

Event Fee

This all-day event features a continental breakfast, beverages throughout the day, large buffet luncheon, 10 exceptional speakers, a special networking exercise and a sales contact list of all attendees for an early bird price of $99 if the registration is on or before September 19th. The fee is $120 after September 19th. Registration ends officially on September 22nd. Please note: We do not accept walk-in reservations for this event.

For more information and see program and speaker listing go to















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Contact: Donna L. Rebisz,
WBC Project Director,
200 Genesee Street, Utica, NY