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Growing Your Knowledge & Network for Small Businesses

Our most recent installment of the breakfast series for entrepreneurs, sponsored by First Niagara, at the Innovation Center was a great success! The Growing Your Knowledge & Network for Small Businesses series built upon the Breakfast Briefings presentations by industry experts, sharing need-to-know information with small business owners and entrepreneurs.

The interactive sessions are designed to encourage dialogue and questions among entrepreneurs, small business owners, researchers, scientists, and other members of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus community. Congratulations to Serene Lazaro from Imagine Staffing who won an iPad  and Jason Hou from Mobile Pharmacy Solutions who won 2 packs of parking passes! Both were entered into a raffle for attending the series.

Join us as we continue to provide interesting and important information that will help to grow your business. To receive updates and announcements, join our email list.

  • Location: Innovation Center at 640 Ellicott Street, 4th floor on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
  • Questions: suggestions@bnmc.org

2012 – 2013 Growing Your Knowledge & Network for Small Businesses Sponsored by First Niagara

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012: Do Taxes Matter? – Daniel Tirone, Daniel Tirone, CPA

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013: Basic 101 HR Information – Holly Nowak, Alcott HR Group

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013: Business Development Incentives in New York: Maximizing Your Benefits – Courtland “Cory” Van Deusen V, Lumsden & McCormick, LLP

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013: Social Media and Your Business – Robin Wilson, The Wilson Edge

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013: Branding Consistency – Rob Wynne, Wynne Creative Group

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013: First Niagara: Five Key Areas Where Businesses Suffer Losses – Karen Fenzl, First Niagara Bank


2012 Featured Sessions

Tuesday, February 14: Information to Grow Your Business! – Diane Schwartz, Director of Libraries, Kaleida Health

Tuesday, February 28: Web Strategies – Mary Owusu, The PCA Group

*Wednesday, March 7: “Thinking You Need Risk Capital to Grow?: What Are the Key Characteristics of a Fundable Company in 2012?” – George Simmons, Derby Management

Tuesday, March 27: Make the Most of Your Next Trade Show – Wynne Creative Group

Tuesday, April 10: Business Continuity/Asset Protection – Dean Correia, Correia Security Resources

Tuesday, April 24: Social Media 101: Get in the Game – Nicole Schuman, Social Media Club of Buffalo

Tuesday, May 15: HR & Social Media – Barb Babij, InSync4

Tuesday, May 29: Special Tax Credit for Start-up Investors – Mike Grimaldi, The Kane Firm

Tuesday, June 12: How to Prevent Personal and Business Identity Theft – Patricia Herberger, SPHR, LegalShield

Tuesday, June 26: Navigating the Maze: Relationships Between Physicians and Pharmaceutical/Device Manufacturers – Scott Carroll, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP

2011 Featured Sessions

Tuesday, March 1: It’s Not Too Late: Refundable Tax Credits are Available in New York State – Mike Grimaldi, The Kane Firm CPA

Tuesday, March 15: Trademark, Copyright, Patent: What Do You Need to Protect Your Ideas? – John DelVecchio & Rebecca Stadler, DelVecchio & Stadler

Tuesday,  March 29: Talent Acquisition: What You Need To Know – Brian Manley, Imagine Staffing

Tuesday, April 12: Market Analysis: How Are You Going To Compete? – Steve Leous, New World Trade

Tuesday, April 26: How Are You Going to Sell Your Product? – Steve Hays, Be Relevant


Tuesday, June 14: Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus 101: What You Should Know – Patrick J. Whalen, BNMC

Tuesday, June 28: Why Companies like BNMC, AndroBioSys, AllPro Parking & Ciminelli Development Outsource HR, Payroll, and Benefits – John Bradley, The Alcott Group

Tuesday, July 12: Angel Investors – Who Are They & What Are They Looking For? – Jack McGowan, Insyte Consulting

Tuesday, July 26: HSBC Presents Financing Options for Small Businesses – William Witzleben & Trina Burruss, HSBC


Tuesday, September 13: Is Simplexity Thinking a Way of Life in Your Company? – Tom Ulbrich, UB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Tuesday, September 27: SBA: What It Is & How It Can Help You? – Franklin Sciortino, U.S. Small Business Administration, Buffalo Director

Tuesday, October 11: Exporting Products & Technology and Cross-Border Agreements – A Legal Perspective – Jon Yormick, Yormick & Associates

Tuesday, October 25: 3 Powerful Ways to Turn Your Website into a Revenue Generator – Mary Owusu, The PCA Group

Tuesday, November 8: HSBC Presents Financing Options for Small Businesses – Deborah Fetto, VP of Small Business Lending, HSBC

Tuesday, November 22: Vitality in the Workplace: Creating a Collaborative Culture – Barb Babij, Founder, InSync4