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The Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy is inviting small business owners to share their opinions about federal regulations at a series of forums scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday. • Agribusiness and small business forum, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Niagara County Department of Economic Development, Sanborn. • Innovation and technology small business…

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JPMorgan Chase is investing $500,000 in Upstate Capital Connect, a program designed to make it easier for small businesses in Buffalo and Lockport to gain access to capital. Upstate Capital Connect was developed by the bank in collaboration with Launch New York, Excelsior Growth Fund, PathStone Enterprise Center and the Westminster Economic Development Initiative. Th…

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The story goes like this: Zandra Cunningham was obsessed with lip balm. When her dad stopped bankrolling her habit, the 9-year-old had to learn to make her own. Nine years later, that's turned into a $500,000 skin care company with products sold nationwide in such stores as Costco and Target. There is more to the story, of course, but maybe not what you think. Cyn…

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The Small Business Administration Buffalo district office's Straight Talk event will go on Jan. 26, even if the federal government's partial shutdown is still underway. Volunteers with SCORE Buffalo Niagara, which mentors small businesses and collaborates with the SBA on the conference, are prepared to run it if necessary. That's because SBA employees wouldn't be allowe…

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Jason Barrett of Black Button Distilling was honored as small business person of the year, by the Small Business Administration's Buffalo district office. Black Button has locations in Rochester and Buffalo. Barrett received his recognition as part of the SBA's celebration of Small Business Week. The SBA and Buffalo Niagara SCORE held an awards ceremony on Friday, honor…

Small Business Administration administrator Linda McMahon, who gained fame as a pro wrestling executive, is scheduled to speak in Buffalo next week. McMahon will give the opening remarks at "Straight Talk" on Jan. 20 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The annual event, hosted by the SBA's Buffalo district office and SCORE's Buffalo Niagara chapter, is geared towa…