“When Disaster Strikes, Is Your Business Ready?”
When: Friday, September 19
Time: 8:30 to 9:30 am
Where: Radisson Hotel Conference Room, 200 Genesee St, Utica, NY
Cost: Free

SBA, Women’s Business Center to Host Disaster Planning Event for Business Owners

Every year since 2011, Mohawk Valley small businesses have been impacted by flooding from severe storms, hurricanes and tropical storms. Whether it’s property damage caused by a flood, or the loss of sensitive data thanks to a hacked email account, how you respond within the first few hours of the crisis can make or break your small business. Around 25 percent of businesses do not reopen after being hit by a major disaster, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety. The  U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) wants to help business owners take charge of the well-being of their companies, the safety of their employees, and the future of their local economies by being prepared to rebound quickly from any kind of disaster.

Mohawk Valley business owners are invited to get help with preparedness planning at “When Disaster Strikes, Is Your Business Ready?” on September 19th. This free workshop will be presented by the SBA Syracuse District Office and the Women’s Business Center of New York State from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Utica. SBA and the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley will present tips and techniques to make preparing for a disaster easier and local business owners who survived and thrived after Hurricane Irene will share lessons learned.

“When disaster strikes, it can devastate a business that took years to build. Spending one hour to get your business ready for a crisis could be the most important decision you make all year. We encourage Mohawk Valley business owners to remember the flooding that hit many businesses last summer and take this opportunity to plan ahead during National Preparedness Month,” said SBA Syracuse District Director Bernard J. Paprocki.

Refreshments will be served at the free morning event. For questions about the workshop or to reserve your seat, please contact the Women’s Business Center at 315-733-9848 or

 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