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New Hartford Entrepreneur to Keynote 2012 “Operation: Start Up & Grow”

Advisory Date: Thursday, March 1, 2012
Release Number: 12-12
Contact: Rachael Stanton, 315-471-9393 x 244

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. - Successful U.S. Navy veteran entrepreneur Brian Bluff will present the keynote address on entrepreneurship at the March 13th Operation: Start Up & Grow veterans business conference.

Bluff is the President and co-founder of Site-Seeker, Inc., a full service internet marketing firm in New Hartford. After earning his Bachelor’s degree and spending several years in the United States Navy, Brian went on to work for some of the country’s most successful companies including Pfizer, M&T Bank, and PAR Technology. Together with his brother and co-founder Eddie Bluff, vice president of key accounts, Brian has grown the company into a successful source of search engine marketing and social media solutions.

Site-Seeker specializes in search engine optimization and marketing, social media, and web development, with a strong focus on the B2B and manufacturing arena. Site-Seeker used an SBA loan in 2011 to continue its rapid growth, with offices and employees in four states today.

Veterans and active members of the military wanting to start or grow their own business can hear Bluff and other speakers by registering for the 5th Annual Business Conference for the Military Community, Operation: Start Up & Grow. The conference is Tuesday, March 13, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Gordon Student Center of the Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.  The free conference features speakers, workshops, networking and exhibitors, and is open to individuals with prior or current U.S. military service, including veterans, active duty, reservists and National Guard members.

Due to limited seating, registration is required by March 8.  Online registration is available by visiting http://www.sba.gov/operationstartup.  Contact SBA to register by phone at 315-471-9393 ext. 233 or e-mail stephanie.ubowski@sba.gov.

The SBA and the Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College are hosting the event, with support from the Department of Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises at Syracuse University, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, M&T Bank, the New York Business Development Corporation, NY SBDC Veteran Business Outreach Center, Onondaga Community College, the Tech Garden and the WISE Women’s Business Center. 

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