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06-15-2017

Second Mixer to Help Current & Prospective Entrepreneurs Advance Their Businesses, June 21 in Canton

The St. Lawrence Country Industrial Development Agency (IDA), Clarkson University, the New York Power Authority, St. Lawrence University and the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton will co-sponsor a "St. Lawrence County Business Resource Mixer" on Wednesday, June 21, at the Best Western University Inn in Canton, N.Y.

Jeff Proulx of Save-A-Lot Stores speaks at the March St. Lawrence County Business Resource mixer.The event is targeted at promoting the many resources that are available to local businesses as they work to advance their companies or grow into new markets. It is also aimed at entrepreneurs who are looking to start a new company.

This is the second event in a series and has a specific focus on retaining employees. The first gathering in March brought together more than100 attendees, made up of over 60 local business representatives and 40 regional resource partners.

Attendees will hear from local businesses that have made the most of local resources, learn about their challenges and meet the people who can help them advance their businesses.

The mixer will start with registration and networking from 4-5 p.m., followed by stories from five St. Lawrence County business owners from 5-6, and a networking and cocktail hour from 6-7.

Business people attending the event will meet the many resource partners who can help answer questions about the needs of each business. Most of these partners offer free services to businesses, including low-interest loans, energy efficiency programs, assistance with business plans, prototyping support and grants for upgrading manufacturing equipment.

Attendees will also be able to network with other regional business owners and employees, learn what they are doing to increase their profitability and discover new connections that could help keep dollars in St. Lawrence County.

St. Lawrence County business owners will share how they have overcome significant challenges by taking advantage of some of the services presented. Those presenting currently include Lynne Blevins of Blevins Motors, Mike Frazer of Frazer Computing, Robert Ashley of Triple A Building Center and Angela Gray of Hoffman Eells & Gray CPAs P.C.

Staff from the New York Power Authority, the St. Lawrence County IDA, Clarkson's Shipley Center for Innovation, St. Lawrence University, and the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton will be on hand to help connect business owners / leaders with the resource partners who are best equipped to assist them.

In addition, representatives from a number of local, county, regional and statewide development organizations will be available to answer questions about the services they provide in support of business.

RSVP to lsibley@slcida.com or 315-379-9806.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: The St. Lawrence Country Industrial Development Agency, Clarkson University, the New York Power Authority, St. Lawrence University and the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton will co-sponsor a "St. Lawrence County Business Resource Mixer" on Wednesday, June 21. Above, Jeff Proulx of Save-A-Lot Stores speaks at the March mixer.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/business-resource-mixer-3-2017.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Kelly Chezum, VP for External Relations, at 315-268-4483 or kchezum@clarkson.edu.]

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