Pictured (l to r): Kirk Young, Cheri Krull, and Courtney Curatolo.
 
Courtney started her presentation by showing appreciation for fellow member, Irene Dobies, who was the director of SBDC for over 30 years.  Courtney also gave special thanks to Rotary for being so welcoming to her after moving from Naples to Jamestown.  Her connection to Chautauqua County was that her family came to Chautauqua Institution during the summers.
 
Administered by the US Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Jamestown Community College works with regional businesses to help them succeed.  The region includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties.  
 
Since their start in 1986, advisors have worked with over 11,600 businesses, helping them to invest more than $135,700,000 into the area’s economy and create or save more than 6,100 jobs.
 
The SBDC delivers high quality business counseling and training to clients looking to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business. Services are confidential and free of charge.

SBDC Advisors can assist with:
  • Business plan development
  • Accounting guidance
  • Productivity enhancement advice
  • Export assistance
  • Marketing assistance
  • Small business start-up guidance
  • Financial planning
  • Procurement guidance
  • Cost-analysis assistance
  • Training programs
  • Organizational structure advice
  • Construction management assistance
  • Complying with permit, licensing, and other regulations
  • Loan information and packaging assistance
  • Internet marketing and social media assistance
  • Veteran business planning assistance

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Programs
 
Women in Networking (2nd Thursday of every month, 11:30-1)
Social Media Internship Program (Fall Semester)
 
Some SBDC Courses from 2019 and 2020:
  • Business Basics (Online Course)
  • AgriTourism
  • OSHA
  • Understanding Your Financial Statements
  • Maximizing Your Business Tax Savings Under NY Tax Law
  • Understanding Basic IT
  • Google Your Business
In coming year, the SBDC will be working on a non-credit certificate in entrepreneurship.
 
The SBDC is also the only center in the country that has an online business academy.  A course for each type of unique business experience. Some classes include Intellectual Property, Tax Law Updates, Understanding Your Financials, Zoning Law Basics, Succession Planning, OSHA, Agritourism, and Social Media marketing on different platforms and a full certification.
 
In 2019, the SBDC worked with 635 clients and helped secure more than 4$ million in funding.  The SBDC helped create 96 jobs and save 25 jobs as well.    
 
The SBDC had a very productive 2019.  They want more people to know more about the services they provide and how they can help small businesses start and thrive in the local community.  
 
For more information, please visit www.sbdcjcc.org. 
 
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