GCC, Hawley host entrepreneurship program for veterans on Feb. 4

Staff Reports Posted 25 January 2016 at 12:00 am

BATAVIA – Genesee Community College and State Assemblyman Steve Hawley will host Operation Entrepreneurship, which provides free business start-up training for veterans and military family members.

The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at GCC in Batavia, room T119.
“As a veteran and small-business owner, I know firsthand the challenges and dedication it takes to succeed in both of these fields,” Hawley said. “I built my business from the ground up and am constantly evolving, evaluating and challenging myself to succeed in New York’s lackluster and competitive business climate. I look forward to meeting and working with veterans and their families who have an interest in starting and owning their own business because the American dream is alive and well, and I want to help people realize it.”

The event is being sponsored by the Small Business Association (SBA) and topics covered will include introduction to business ownership, finding the right idea, introduction to business planning, understanding market research, choosing the correct legal entity and other issues.

SBA Buffalo District Office Director, Franklin J. Sciortino, praised the event’s merits.

“The SBA supports our veterans, service members and military families through a number of initiatives,” said Sciortino. “The Operation Entrepreneurship program creates an opportunity for our veterans to learn how to start up in a day, discover resources available to support their business success, and network with other like-minded entrepreneurs.”

To register, contact Greg Lindberg at 716-551-5670 or visit www.events.sba.gov.