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Standing at a Crossroads; Entrepreneur Makes Choice to Start Business


For over 25 years, Aging Well Care Management, LLC, owner and certified care manager, Michelle Spencer has worked for a skilled nursing facilities as a unit social worker and discharge planner.  Eventually, becoming the director of social work.  Though, in December of 2018, Michelle found herself unemployed due to staffing layoffs.

“I found myself at a standing at a crossroads between finding another job within my industry which was very limited or starting my own business, said Michelle Spencer. “Throughout my experiences working in various areas of senior care, what stuck in my mind most was the lack of personalized and independent care management services available to seniors and their families.  Services that would guide them to sustainable solutions and choices to help ease the challenges of aging.”

And so... Read More

Straight Talk and the Series Helps; The Small Business Partners Grow

BUFFALO, NY – Andrea and Jeff Ryan took combined work experience to the next level after attending the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE Buffalo Niagara’s Straight Talk and the Series.

The entrepreneurial couple from Buffalo are the owners of a business strategy and technology firm, built using operations and risk management, financial and marketing expertise while employed out in the workforce for over 25 years each. 

“We were both looking for a long time for what kind of business we could do,” said Jeff.  “We wanted to be self-employed, help others in some way.  We also work a lot, but wanted to work from where we want.”

The dream team attended Straight Talk and the Series in search of small business resources that would guide them on how to start and grow their business.  They met with SCORE Buffalo Niagara, several... Read More

Retired veteran takes “special operations” approach to real world experience

BUFFALO, NY – For Christopher Durkin it was 23 years of experience in the U.S. military that enabled him to open Blackhawk Emergency Management Group LLC. As a former special operations Black Hawk helicopter pilot, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army, Durkin recognized the need for emergency management and disaster preparedness assistance. Upon retiring, he developed a “special operations” approach to developing, implementing and managing comprehensive programs and services to assist organizations with any type of disaster or emergency.

“When you are out in the real world, you realize there are opportunities to improve and greatly enhance safety, security and emergency management; helping others from your own knowledge base,” says Durkin.

When Durkin, a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®), ran into start-up issues, he sought guidance from SBA resource partner, Greater... Read More

Minority-owned business secures contracts after attending Small Business Matchmaker

BUFFALO, NY – For MinoriTech Inc. owners, John, Richard and Patricia Marcaida, entrepreneurship taught them a number of things in life, though a satisfying journey, it took the company a lot of patience and perseverance before finding success at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Buffalo District office annual Small Business Matchmaker.

Emma Briones migrated from the Philippines as a young woman. While raising a family and working with engineers at Kodak, she was encouraged to start her own business.  And in 1988, MinoriTech Inc. was founded.  The name derived from her minority and technology background.

From its humble beginnings, the company has expanded to the point where it now provides sourcing, manufacturing and assembly services for customers in defense-aerospace, business, higher education and government agencies. “MinoriTech is one of few companies in the... Read More