Winter 2017 SI SBDC Newsletter
2017 Winter Newsletter | SI SBDC

Transitioning Into a New Year
To the Staten Island Business Community:

As we start this New Year, it is imperative to look ahead with optimism. With many changes occurring nationwide keeping a positive outlook for the coming year is key. At the recent annual NYS SBDC Director's Meeting, current legislative changes and overall economic outlook were discussed. I am hopeful that the small business developments on Staten Island will continue to grow in a positive direction. With blossoming partnerships such as the Brooklyn Public Library and CSI Tech Incubator, to mentoring programs with both high school and college students, we here at the SBDC help bring entrepreneurs to the SME community to strive for their goals and successes through our world-class business expertise.

As you will notice, we’ve made some changes to our newsletter to highlight client achievements and become more user-friendly.  Keeping your marketing platforms fresh and modern will help build your outreach to the community. Our blog and social media outlets are also full of current news and are great ways to network with other businesses. Through our Business of the Month initiative, we feature our 1 Year Anniversary of outstanding small businesses throughout the Staten Island community. We are extremely proud of all their success and look forward to featuring other entrepreneurs in the coming months.

One of our major highlights last year was achieving re-accreditation with four commendations under the New York State SBDC, part of the National America's SBDC Network.  More recently, we hosted a number of seminars including Tax Law Updates in the beginning of January and Email & Social Media Seminars in both Brooklyn and Staten Island. These seminars were a huge success and we look forwarding to hosting more in the next several months. Future seminar topics include finance, marketing, business planning, and much more! If there are seminar topics you would like to see featured, please contact us.

Looking ahead, it is also important to keep your goals in mind and focus on consumer trends in 2017. In this edition, you will find some helpful resources to guide you.

As always, we appreciate the support of our clients and resource partners. We look forward to hearing your new ideas for this upcoming year and we hope to see you at an upcoming event!

With warm regards,

Dean L. Balsamini
Director of the SI SBDC
Achieve Your Goals in 2017
Let the SI SBDC help you get started on accomplishing your 2017 goals. Through one-on-one advisement sessions and a variety of workshops, seminars, and networking events, the Small Business Development Center is your go to network! The SI SBDC covers topics from writing your business plan, creating a marketing strategy, developing a financial analysis and cash flow projections, and many more.

Take the first step by clicking here to request an appointment with one of the expert business advisors. You will receive a reply shortly after you submit your request.
January 2017:
Mario's Restaurant

"We are honored to have been chosen by the Small Business Development Center as Business of the Month from such a great organization. Mr. Joe Muller was very professional and went out of his way to help us in every way." 
- Mario Gentile, Chef and Owner of Mario's Restaurant

Celebrating 1 Year of
Client Success!
"We define our success by the success of our clients."

An initiative from the SI SBDC to showcase the success and achievements that result from the hard work and efforts formed from business relationships with our expert advisors.

Watch our recap video and click here to learn about the 2016 honored businesses and the impact SBDC services had on their projects & ventures.

We're not stopping here! Be sure to check back on  this site after the 15th of every month to continue reading the highlights of hard working local entrepreneurs going forward. 
Tip of the Newsletter:
Top 10 Global Consumer Trends of 2017
by Euromonitor International
Daphne Kasriel-Alexander is the Consumer Trends Consultant for Euromonitor International. In this report, you will learn the top consumer trends from around the world including shopping with convenience, the importance of authenticity, post-purchase trends, personal safety, and wellness.  
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, March 1st
Learn How to Build a Successful Business Plan
10:30am - 12:30pm
New Utrecht Brooklyn Public Library
To RSVP, please call 718-982-2560

Thursday, March 3rd
CareerCon 2017 for High School Students
9:00am - 1:00pm
St. John's University - Campus Center Gym
For more information, Call the Chamber @ 718-727-1900

March 22nd, 2017
Recent Seminar Highlights
Tax Guide Seminar 2017

Experts Warren Bergstein, CPA & AEP and Jack Gold, CPA of Adelman, Katz, & Mond LLP presented the 2017 Federal and State tax law updates that you need to know for your small business.
Success Now: Grow Your Email and Social Media Marketing

Susan Wilcox of Constant Contact and E-Dynamic Marketing Turning Clicks Into Customers provided useful information to help entrepreneurs get their marketing strategies in order by using email marketing, content marketing, and social media.
SBA Visit To Staten Island
From left to right:
Christopher Cruz Cullari, Executive Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development; Sylvia Rivera, U.S. SBA NY District Office Economic Development Specialist;  Ken Iwama, Esq., JD, Vice President for Economic Development, Continuing Studies, and Government Relations;  Beth Goldberg, District Director of the U.S. SBA NY District;  Dean Balsamini, SI SBDC Director;  Sam Farag, Museum Of Maritime Navigation and Communication; and Jasmine Cardona, Director of Workforce Development and Administration.

Collaboration At Its Finest

As  District Director of the U.S. SBA NY District, Beth Goldberg came to visit Staten Island, members from the SI SBDC, SBA, and CSI Technology Incubator discussed upcoming strategies for the new year. 

Photo Credit to Bailey Wolff from the U.S. SBA NY District Office.

Clients in the News

SBDC Senior Certified Business Advisor George Telmany had the pleasure of working with Lynda Stroh in developing her plan which unfolded as "The Mustard Seed" - West Brighton's newest coffee shop, known for their delicious lunch items!

SBDC Senior Certified Business Advisor George Telmany proudly worked with these clients to develop Staten Island's 1st and only special needs gym.

The SI SBDC would like to congratulate the following clients on becoming
Honorees of the 2017 Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Awards!

George Zaloom, Zaloom's Auto Repair
Nancy Nix & Carolyn Aston-Reese, Wicked Stitches
Al Gentile, St. George Pharmacy
#SISBDC in Your Neighborhood
Are you a business owner in need of assistance, but can't leave your space?
Let the SBDC come to you!

If you are interested in utilizing our services and to schedule an appointment with one of our business advisors, call us at 718-982-2560 to schedule an appointment in one of our convenient locations or for a "Feet on the Street" visit!

#SISBDC Spotted outside of the College of Staten Island!

The SI SBDC network is constantly growing and supporting our communities. Have you seen us at an event or helping out a nearby business? Tag us in your photos to be featured on Facebook &Twitter.

College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Blvd. SI NY 10314
Building 3A Room 105
Call for an Appointment: 718-982-2560
CSI Technology Incubator
60 Bay Street, SI NY 10301
Suite 902
Call for an Appointment: 718-873-4496
Appointment available in South Brooklyn.
Please call ahead.

Call for an Appointment: 718-619-5603

718-982-2560 | |

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