December 2, 2010 – Turning Your Profession into Your Business, Bob Stezzi

Speaker:
Bob Stezzi, Stezzi Training and Consulting

Description:
Stezzi offered his perspective on how to develop and start a business. He shared his impressions and feelings about entrepreneurship and the joys and challenges of being self-employed as an entrepreneur.

PowerPoint:
“Turning Your Profession into Your Business”  (N/A)

Location:
Binghamton University Downtown Center

Present:
Presenter - Bob Stezzi (Stezzi Training and Consulting)
Attendees - Darcy Fauci (Broome County Economic Development), Glenda Robert(SUNY Delhi), Janet Herzog (Broome Community College), John Gutenberger (Cornell University), John Hayek (Southern Tier HealthLink), Merry Harris (Binghamton Local Development Corporation), Peggy Benz (Potential Investor), Roni O’Geen (Empire State College), Scott Bowen (Binghamton University), Scott Hancock (Binghamton University), Thomas Kowalik  (Binghamton University), Tim Grippen (New York State Department of Labor (DOL).

Reports/Discussion: 

  • T. Kowalik welcomed members and participants and provided an overview about SUNY BEST. He reminded members of the meeting schedule, meeting locations and topics for 2011.
  • Bob Stezzi presentation offered his perspective on how to develop and start a business. He shared his impressions and feelings about entrepreneurship and the joys and challenges of being self-employed as an entrepreneur. He began his presentation by indicating that to succeed as an entrepreneur; an individual must possess a special psychological makeup.  He noted that it’s very easy to start a business in New York State, yet hard to succeed and hard to sustain a successful business. Bob offered a brief glimpse of his personal history and career path that led to his current business operations. He mentioned several pointers for anyone interested in starting their own business.
  • T. Grippen reported that 11,000 people within the nine counties his office represents will be receiving notices that their unemployment payments will discontinue at the end of this month and that more than 200,000 in NYS will be receiving notices. This could further negative affect the sluggish economic recovery in the State.
  • J. Herzog reported that BCC will be offering its entrepreneurial program starting in February. She felt the current program has been successful.
  • D. Fauci suggested that her office partner with BCC and Bob Stezzi to offer a workshop to tenants of the county’s incubator. Kowalik reminded the group of an earlier initiative that was being explored, i.e., to coordinate student discounts for services and products from regional businesses. He asked campus representatives to determine if their campus and/or student associations had relationships with local businesses to encourage students to use the services/products of local businesses for a discounted price. J. Gutenberger suggested that the concept be explored further because Cornell attempted similar initiative years ago and found considerable opposition from local residents who felt the discounts were inappropriate and perhaps should have been available for residents and those who patronize local businesses on a regular basis. R. O’Geen will contact the group in Central NY that has established this type of regional program to determine strengths and weaknesses of the program.

Next Meeting:
The next meeting is Thursday, January 6, 2011 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, Binghamton University Downtown Center, Binghamton, NY