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March 31, 2004


CONTACT: Nancy Bellow, 312-3492


EVENT TO COMMEMORATE BUSINESS CENTERS' 20TH ANNIVERSARY

    OSWEGO -- To commemorate the 20th anniversary of New York State Small Business Development Centers providing entrepreneurs with high-quality training and pro bono counseling, the SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center will host an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at Rich Hall on campus.

    State Sen. James Wright will receive an appreciation award at the event for his continuing support of small business development and his efforts in establishing the SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center, said the center's director, Nancy Bellow. 

    For the past 20 years, the NYS/SBDC has provided direct business advisement to more than 210,000 businesses, helping them invest over $2.4 billion in the state's economy. These businesses have, in turn, created or retained more than 100,000 jobs. Working with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State University of New York, the City University of New York and private colleges, the NYS/SBDC has created an electronically integrated network of 23 regional centers and 26 satellite offices around the state that offer easy access to information, assistance and training necessary to help entrepreneurs succeed in small business.

    Locally, the SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center provides a wide range of management and technical assistance for areas such as business plan development, exploring funding options, business expansion, marketing and training, workshops and seminars, Bellow said. 

    Since May 2000, the SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center has served 738 clients that resulted in more than $14 million in funding for businesses, 274 jobs created and 253 jobs retained, she added.

    For more information about the SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center's services or to RSVP for the open house, call the center at 312-3492.

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