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Technology Incubator to host Small Business Forum series
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator and Chadwick Bay Properties, LLC, will host the first in a series of educational events for new and emerging small businesses.

The Small Business Forum will be held on June 21 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the incubator, located at 214 Central Avenue in Dunkirk. It will feature specialists in the areas of small business administration, small business development, industrial development, taxation and finance, the Department of Labor, and workers compensation.

The forum will be led by Senior Liaison Steve Ingraham from the Internal Revenue Service. It is free, although pre-registration is required, as lunch will be provided.

The workshop topics vary from a general overview of taxes to more specific topics such as financial assistance, government contracting programs and recordkeeping.

“Warren Buffett once said, ‘In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield,’” said Incubator Director Bob Fritzinger. “This is why we continue to foster a social atmosphere among entrepreneurs. Businesses that overcame challenges can be of great value to other businesses facing those same challenges.”

Fritzinger says entrepreneurs are faced with many challenges, including understanding and fulfilling their federal tax responsibilities, raising money and networking to find the resources they need to be successful. However, being a successful small business owner requires research-based information, technology, educational preparation, and business skills. This forum will bring together industry specialists and professionals to actively address these concerns.

“To succeed as a business owner, you have to have the right tools. This series of workshops is aimed at giving new and emerging businesses the right tools, knowledge and direction to succeed right here in Chautauqua County,” said Tracie Haskin, president of Chadwick Bay Properties, which provides commercial office space to a number of businesses in downtown Dunkirk. “The workshops will also provide a networking opportunity for like-minded entrepreneurs to share ideas, successes, struggles, questions and solutions with others in the same position.”

For registration or to learn more, please contact the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator: (716) 680-6009, or e-mail Jennifer Colon at colon@fredonia.edu.

The SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator is a university-sponsored economic development initiative that supports entrepreneurs and business start-ups in the technology sector and related industries. Since its launch in December 2009, the Incubator is ahead of its initial growth projections and currently houses 16 start-up companies.

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