When:  Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)

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Buffalo Convention Center

153 Franklin Street

Buffalo, NY  14202


SCORE Buffalo Niagara 



SCORE Presents

Straight Talk Conference Event

The U.S. Small Business Administration Buffalo District Office and the SCORE Buffalo Niagara Chapter will host Straight Talk 2022 on Saturday, June 18th at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. This is the 25th presentation of this program which has attracted thousands of participants from Western New York over the years; Straight Talk exposes entrepreneurs and small business owners to a robust amount of information and resources that can help them start or grow a small business.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The registration fee prior to the day of the conference is $20. Cost on the day of the Conference is $25.00. Students with current/valid identification pay $10.00, and veterans attend for free with proof of veteran status. Registration fees include a continental breakfast and parking.

Conference registrants will automatically be scheduled for the Business Basics introductory seminar to learn about business plans and other foundations of growing a successful business. Participants can select two additional seminars from the following list: 

  • Boost Your Credit Score 
  • Find Opportunities in Government Contracting 
  • Financing Your Business 
  • Social Media Marketing and E-Commerce 
  • Navigating Your Business through Permits and Taxes 
  • “We Did It! You Can Too!” featuring a discussion by successful business owners 
  • Finding the Right Idea 
  • Brand Building and Reputation Management

But there is more to the Straight Talk experience than the June 18th Conference. In the two weeks following the Conference, the Straight Talk Series will begin on June 21 for four sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Buffalo & Erie County Central Public Library in Downtown Buffalo. The Straight Talk Series provides additional information about starting, maintaining, and growing your own business. Those registering for the June 18th Conference are automatically registered for the sessions on the evenings of June 21, 23, 28 and 30. What’s more, those attending the conference and all four evening series sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

NOTE: Those who only wish to attend one or more of the Straight Talk evening series sessions will need to separately register and pay the $5 fee for each of the individual sessions for which they register.

                         Register Now!