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Tuesday February 11, 2014 from 5:45 PM to 8:30 PM EST
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Medaille College 
18 Agaziz Circle
Auditorium in the Main Building
Buffalo, NY 14214

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Buffalo SBA Office 

Straight Talk Series 2014 - all 8 Sessions 

This is your opportunity to learn what you need to know about how to operate a successful business. Each Straight Talk Series small business seminars is presented by SCORE Certified Mentors and other business experts who can help you to start or grow your business. Take your entrepreneurial dreams to the next level.

Session 1 - Business Plans

A business plan provides you with a comprehensive, detailed overview of all the aspects of your business.

 There are three reasons to create a written business plan:

  1. The process of creating a business plan forces you to take an objective, critical, and unemotional look at your business prior to and after its inception.
  2. It is an operating tool that will help you manage your business and ensure its success.
  3. It will communicate your ideas to others and provide the basis for financing proposals.

The importance of planning cannot be overemphasized. Your business plan will help you identify and evaluate areas of strengths and weaknesses


This program is made possible by the by the generous contributions of many local organizations.  It would cost you $ hundreds without that support. Please take advantage of this once-a-year event.

If you have already registered for Straight Talk 2014 (Saturday January 18th) you are registered for this series. You can register for all 8 of these and save $10. Join us for these 8 consecutive Tuesday venings.

Use this form to register for all 8 sessions, or Session 1

Go to Events to register for a sessions 2 thru 8

  1. February 11 Business Plans – Part I / Library Research Resources
  2. February 18 Business Plans – Part II/Elements of a Financial Plan
  3. February 25 Business Ethics/ Risk Management from the Legal Perspective
  4. March 4 Federal Taxes/New York State Taxes 
  5. March 11 Risk Management from the Insurance Perspective/Affordable Care Act/ Home-Based Business
  6. March 18 Marketing Your Small Business
  7. March 25 Social Media & Secrets of Internet Marketing
  8. April 1 Funding Your Small Business/Managing Your Credit Score

April 8 – SNOW DAY

A light snack (typically pizza or subs) will be served mid-way through the event.


$30 for all (8) Sessions (Pre-Paid Only)

Veterans free (with ID only)

FREE ADMISSION with your Straight Talk Attendance on January 18


5:45 PM – 8:30 PM Tuesdays February 11 through April 1, 2014


Medaille College

Buffalo Campus

18 Agaziz Circle


Auditorium in the Main Building


For More Information:

U.S. Small Business Administration at

(716) 551-4301 or e-mail: