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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 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 2019 - Session 3 or all 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.

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 2019 (Saturday January 26) you are registered for this series. You can register for all 8 sessions and save $10. Join us for these 8 consecutive Tuesday evenings.

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Use this form to register for all 8 sessions, or just Session 3

World Class Straight Talk Seminar Series Schedule & Registration Links:

February 5, 2019 Session 1

Business Plans I and Library Resources – A business plan provides you with a comprehensive, detailed overview of all the aspects of your business. It is critical to start, grow and obtain financing for your business. The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library provides a wealth of information for free to business owners. This seminar will teach you the critical inputs to your business plan and about the important services provided by the library and how to access them. 

Cost is only $5.

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February 12, 2019 Session 2

Business Plans II and Elements of a Financial Plan – To successfully operate a business, it is necessary to understand your Balance Sheet, P&L and Cash Flow. This program will provide you an understanding of the most important part of the business, how your cash and money work for you.

Cost is only $5.

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February 19, 2019 Session 3

Business Ethics, Risk Management from the Legal Perspective and Federal Government Contracting– Business Ethics are critical no matter what industry you are in, the wrong move can make or break your business.  Understanding the different organizational types (Sole Proprietor, LLC, Corporations) have a significant impact on your business. Learn about opportunities for small businesses to get involved with Federal Government contracting.

Cost is only $5.

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February 26, 2019 Session 4

Employee Life Cycle: Hiring & firing Employees, New York State Taxes – Learn strategies for success when hiring and firing employees, information on what you need to do for your New York State sales and income tax. 

Cost is only $5. 

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March 5, 2019 Session 5

Risk Management from the Insurance Perspective and Federal Taxes – Protecting yourself, your employees and your business is critical to every business owner. Join us to learn about insurance protections you should take to run your business. The second part of this workshop will focus on Federal Tax strategies and information.

Cost is only $5.

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March 12, 2019 Session 6

Marketing your Small Business and Getting your Business Online – Marketing brings customers through your door to generate sales. Marketing is an ever-evolving and important business process. One important part of Marketing in 2019 is making sure your business is online. This program will teach you strategies and tactics for Marketing your business and how to get your business online.  

Cost is only $5.

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March 19, 2019 Session 7

Social Media & Internet Marketing Secrets, Crowdfunding and How to borrow Money – Social Media and Internet Marketing create significant leads and advantages for small business owners. Attend this program to learn the secrets of social media and internet marketing. Learn the fundamentals of online crowdfunding and best practices for how to borrow money. 

Cost is only $5.

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March 26, 2019 Session 8

Managing your Credit Score and Funding your Small Business Panel– Capital is crucial to the success of a business, whether you are trying to expand or you are trying to start the business. Understanding the process of borrowing money, what lending institutions are looking for and how to prepare to ask for a loan are very important to small business owners. In this panel discussion, you will hear from experts in the lending industry who will help guide you through the process of borrowing money.

Cost is only $5.

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

Cost: $30 for all (8) Sessions (Pre-Paid Only, or $5 per Session) 

Veterans free (with valid ID only such as DD214)

FREE ADMISSION with your Straight Talk Registration on January 26. 


Every Tuesday - 5:45 PM to 8:30 PM

Location:                                                                                                                      Medaille College                                                                                                          Buffalo Campus                                                                                                            18 Agaziz Circle                                                                                                            14214

Auditorium in the Main Building


For More Information:

 U.S. Small Business Administration at                                                                          (716) 551-4301 or e-mail:                                                                                         Buffalo_DO@sba.gov