sbdc at the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce
The Onondaga Small Business Development Center (SBDC) works with entrepreneurs and small business owners in Cayuga County out of our satellite office at the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce.
NYSBDC Certified Business Advisor
Offices - Onondaga Community College, Cayuga County & Seneca County
What is your background in business?
I worked in industry, at General Motors and in the brewery industry, which gave me insight into the average workday for an industrial worker. When I left industry, I got into the small business realm by taking SEAP (Self Employment Assistance Program) classes at the Onondaga SBDC. Later, I was hired as an advisor. After leaving for a couple years, I came back on a part-time basis, which eventually turned into a full-time position.
What are your areas of expertise?
Creating business plans, identifying target markets and helping people establish budgets and cash flows.
What drew you to work at SBDC?
Being able to present and break down the information presented through the Fast Track and SEAP Programs; assist people in making their decisions. It’s an achievement in itself to help clients determine whether it’s the right time for a particular business or, whether being a business owner is for them.
What’s your best advice for someone thinking about starting their own small business?
Don’t try to work in a vacuum. You need as much input as you can get. Talk to other people, particularly those who have started their own businesses or attempted to start their own businesses, to identify obstacles that are likely to present a stumbling block for you.
What do you enjoy about the work you do?
Talking with people and hearing new ideas and new ways of looking at old things. I also enjoy encouraging people not to give up and helping them realize they have to do some research. They have to take ownership for every step of starting the business.
What makes you unique?
I’m a good listener and I like listening for the passion, too. If it’s there, it comes through. I also think I’m good at helping people see and identify both their own strengths and their less-developed attributes.
What are your personal interests?
I’ve developed a personal interest in gardening. I’m working toward becoming a master gardener right now.
If you won the lottery tomorrow, what sort of business would you found? Along with staying with the SBDC, of course!
I would start a couple of foundations — for domestic animals and for children who are in orphanages, who never got a sense of inclusion. The foundations would primarily be to educate people about those issues and eradicate those situations.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
To be true to yourself and not doubt yourself because of somebody else’s criticism or opinion. — Past teacher
Onondaga Small Business Development Center. Partnership Program with the SBA, administered by the State University of New York. Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.