Operation: Start Up & Grow

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Do you want to start a business? Expand your existing business? Find all the resources in one location at this FREE conference for veteran entrepreneurs! Operation: Start Up & Grow is the premier veterans business conference in Upstate New York for our veterans and members of the military community who want to start or expand their own small business. The half-day event includes breakout workshops, networking sessions with guest experts and exhibitors, award ceremony, free breakfast and lunch.

Questions? Interested in information for the 2017 conference? Please contact SBA at 315-471-9393 ext. 233.
Location: SRC Arena and Events Center,
4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215-4585 (Free parking in Lot # 13)


The 2017 ONLINE REGISTRATION for attendees is now open! 


Interested in sponsoring this conference for veterans and the military community? Please contact Cathy Pokines at cathy.pokines@sba.gov or 315-471-9393 ext. 241. For complete details, please view the event sponsorship flyer PDF.

Interested in exhibiting at this great conference? Please contact Dan Rickman at daniel.rickman@sba.gov or 315-471-9393 ext. 250.


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2016 AGENDA .......2017 AGENDA coming soon!
8:30-8:55 Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking with Exhibitors
8:55-9:05 Opening Ceremonies
9:10-9:15 Welcome Remarks ~ Barbara Carson, Colonel USAF Reserve, Associate Administrator of SBA Office of Veterans Business Development

Keynote Address ~ Gordon Logan, USAF veteran, Founder & CEO of Sport Clips Haircuts

9:45 Remarks ~ Georgia Marsh, Chief Development Officer of Women's Business Development Center
  • Connections Central with Business Experts
  • Networking with Exhibitors
  • The Black Box of Small Business Financing Workshop
  • Tools to Increase Market Share Workshop
  • The Next Mission: Fortune 500 Supplier Workshop
  • Franchising Workshop
  • Connections Central with Business Experts
  • Networking with Exhibitors
  • Alternative Small Business Financing Workshop
  • Defining Your Marketing Mix Workshop
  • Federal, State & Local Contracting Workshop
  • Ask the Attorneys Workshop
12:00 Networking Session with Exhibitors

Lunch Buffet & Award Presentation: 2016 Veteran-Owned Business Achievement Award

1:00 Emcee Interview with Herbert Dwyer, USMC Veteran, President & CEO, ASI Energy

Closing Remarks

2017 SPEAKERS...Coming soon!































 SBA's participation in this cosponsored activity in not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs or cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact SBA at 315-471-9393.


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