Small Business Administration

Salt City Coffee Credits Small Business Development Center for Cafe's Continued Success

Mar 20, 2019
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The owners of a small business in Syracuse says they probably wouldn’t be celebrating their business' second anniversary if it was not for great coaching. Salt City Coffee owners Aaron and Maria Metthe always dreamed of opening a café, but had no business experience.


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The hype of Black Friday deals routinely sends masses of shoppers to malls, but it's not the end of they're buying. The U.S. Small Business Administration says on the day after, 108 million consumers shopped locally during Small Business Saturday in 2017.  In fact, they say local shops and restaurants took in an estimated $12 billion last year.  


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Senator Gillibrand said today that she has visited all of New York’s counties. She said a need she has seen over and over is a way for small businesses to have better access to capital, specifically micro loans, but business that are just starting out often times don’t have the credit to get loans from the bank.

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The U-S Small Business Administration and Congress member John Katko are hoping what’s brewing at Cafe Kubal can be an example to other businesses wanting to expand.  That’s because Owner Matt Godard is one of the graduates of the SBA’s Emerging Leaders program. 

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  People who want to start their own business a little later in life got some financial help and encouragement Tuesday from the Small Business Administration here in Syracuse. 

Marcia Lafave is one of these so-called ‘Encore Entrepreneurs.’  Lafave started a home care business called The Right Care to help people with medical needs at home.   

“…help them out with house cleaning, bathing, maybe there’s a person that has had a stroke, a TBI, and needs help giving insulin to themselves; any help that we can give them to ensure their safety in their home.” 

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More than 250 veterans and active members of the military gathered in Onondga Community College's SRC Arena Wednesday in hopes of networking, learning, and growing as entrepreneurs and business owners.  

  It was part of the Small Business Administration’s 9th annual Operation: Start Up and Grow Conference.

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Onondaga Community College was the place to be Thursday for veterans  hoping to develop their entrepreneurial knowledge.  The college hosted the Small Business Administration's 7th annual “Operation: Start Up & Grow” conference for veterans and other members of the military looking to start or expand their own businesses.  Keynote speaker and Marine Corps veteran Lee Buttolph ended up buying his family’s lumber company in 2010.  He says resources from the SBA and his military experience in Iraq prepared him for this new battle.