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Congressman Higgins to Hold Special Congress on Your Corner Event For Small Business

7/28/2011- Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) will be hosting a special Congress on Your Corner titled: “Expanding Your Market: A Small Business Outreach Event” where local business owners are invited to hear from experts in the business development field. 

The event to be held at Buffalo State College on August 17 is free and open to Western New York businesses of any size.  

“There are a number of resources available to help businesses grow and create jobs and this event is aimed at providing local business owners with the tools to help make that happen,” said Congressman Higgins.

Expanding Your Market: A Small Business Outreach Event Hosted by Congressman Brian Higgins

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Buffalo State College Student Union, Fireside Lounge
1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo

The first half of the event will feature special presentations including first-hand accounts from local business owners Melissa Balbach of LS&S LLC and Rick Smith from Rigidized Metals.  Following the formal program, the following agencies will be on-hand to provide information and one-on-one consulting opportunities: U.S. Department of CommerceU.S. Small Business AssociationNYS Small Business Development CenterBuffalo State College Small Business Development CenterWorld Trade Center Buffalo-NiagaraErie County Industrial Development Agency,Jamestown Community College Small Business Development CenterCanisius College Women’s Business CenterUB Center for Entrepreneurial  Leadership and NYS Empire State Development

Speakers and partner organizations will be able to provide advice and details on:

  • Targeting emerging and high-growth markets
  • E-Commerce, search engine optimization and social media marketing
  • Attracting and retaining international customers
  • Product and service modification for exportation
  • Opportunities for international partners
  • Free market-research and trade statistics
  • U.S. government and international government procurement

Congress on Your Corner provides constituents access to the Congressman’s staff and services at locations outside the traditional fixed office sites.  Congressman Higgins’ office has held more than 600 Congress on Your Corner events over the last five years and another 135 outreach events are scheduled for 2011.