December 1, 2011 – Small Business Administration: e200 Emerging Leaders in Training Initiative, Cathy Rae Pokines

Speaker:
Cathy Rae Pokines, Director of Marketing and Communications for the US Small Business Administration (SBA) in Syracuse, NY

Description:
Pokines will discuss planning and start-ups, as well as best practices and lessons learned by the SBA.  In addition, participants will find out how the e200 Emerging Leaders program, an intensive training initiative to accelerate growth of high potential small business, will bolster entrepreneurial success and provide a more sustainable economic base in distressed areas of upstate New York.  The training is open to small businesses that have annual revenues of $400,000 to $10 Million and have been in business for at least three years.

PowerPoint:
“Small Business Administration – e200 Emerging Leaders in Training Initiative” (N/A)

Location:
Binghamton University

Present:
Speaker - Cathy Pokines (U.S. Small Business Administration)
Attendees - Brian J. Qualey (U.S. Small Business Administration),  Casey Smith (Binghamton University), Debra Morello (Broome Community College), Doug Boyce (Binghamton University), Janet Hertzog (Broome Community College), Jennifer Lawson (Binghamton University), John Hayek (STOC), Leah Ferentinos (Binghamton University), Mark Vaughn (Corning Incorporated), Natalie Mercer (Binghamton University), Omar Sanders (Binghamton Office of Economic Development), Roni O’Geen(Empire State College), Scott Bowen (Binghamton University), Thomas Kowalik (Binghamton University), Warren Wong (Binghamton University)

Reports/Discussion

  • R. O’Geen welcomed members and participants and provided an overview about SUNY BEST. Attendees introduced themselves.
  • The SUNY Business and Education Cooperative of the Southern Tier (SUNY BEST) hosted Cathy Rae Pokines, Director of Marketing and Communications for the U.S Small Business Administration in Syracuse, NY with a presentation titled, “Small Business Administration – e200 Emerging Leaders Training Initiative”. Syracuse is one of 14 cities in the US selected for the E200 Emerging Leaders program, an intensive training initiative to accelerate growth of high potential small businesses throughout the U.S. Qualified business owners obtain powerful benefits for free, including innovative strategies to grow, acquire financing, access new markets and leverage networking. The intention is that bolstering entrepreneurial success in these areas will generate new jobs, attract investment, and provide a more sustainable economic base in distressed areas. Participants in the SBA Emerging 200 initiative engaged in an intensive curriculum focused on developing a winning, expansion strategy for their business, including options for capital access and contracting. Ms. Pokines talked about the program planning and start up in the US, and in Syracuse, what the SBA has learned about intense efforts such as this, as well as best practices and lessons learned by both the SBA and the participants.
  • Handouts: e200 Syracuse Graduation Ceremony Brochure, Article by Seltzer, Rick “SBA graduates e200 class, will hold program in Syracuse next year” from The Central New York Business Journal, November 18, 2011, page 3

Next Meeting:
The next meeting is Thursday, January 5, 2012 from 10:00am – 12:00 pm, Binghamton University, Room LN 1324C, Binghamton, NY