Small Business Resource Center Announces First Seminar

(Hamilton, NY – April 2012) As its first event, the Partnership for Community Development’s new Small Business Resource Center is pleased to announce a free seminar for all current and prospective small business owners and entrepreneurs in Hamilton.

Dr. Patricia Laino, founder of the Entrepreneur Center of the Mohawk Valley and executive director of the Women’s Business Center of New York State, will lead a workshop on “Entrepreneurship and Business Success” Tuesday April 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Colgate Inn.

The event is free.

Laino holds a Ph.D. in business administration, research and policy from SUNY Buffalo and founded the Entrepreneur Center in 1988 after receiving a grant from New York State to establish one of the 24 Entrepreneurial Assistance Centers in the state.

She has published several texts on starting and growing small businesses, including her most recent, “Women and Wealth.” In addition to receiving awards and recognition from SUNY-IT and Biz, Laino was named a “Women in Business Advocate of the Year” by the Small Business Administration.

The seminar will open with Laino leading participants in a brief analysis and assessment of their own business or planned business. After examining each business’ strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, Laino will outline 11 fundamental principles for achieving success.

The goal of the seminar is to equip participants with the information and tools they need to develop individualized business action plans.

“Anyone who wants to really succeed or expand in their business venture will walk away with a wealth of information on how to accomplish this,” Laino said.

“I am thrilled to be able to bring Dr. Laino to Hamilton,” said PCD Managing Director Shannon Mantaro. “Her insights and experience should provide our local business owners with an actionable plan to establish and grow their business, to the betterment of our entire community.”

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