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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.

Online registration is now open: REGISTER HERE .

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


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Sponsor this great veterans event! Contact Cathy Pokines at 315-471-9393 ext. 241 or at cathy.pokines@sba.gov.
Interested in exhibiting at the conference? Contact Dan Rickman at 315-471-9393 ext. 250 or daniel.rickman@sba.gov.



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 ~

  • Connections Central with Guest Experts
  • Networking with Exhibitors
  • The Black Box of Small Business Financing Workshop
  • Tools to Increase Market Share Workshop
  • Selling to Fortune 500 Companies Workshop
  • Franchising Workshop
  • Connections Central with Guest 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


  Barbara Carson Barbara Carson is the Associate Administrator for the SBA Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD). At SBA, Ms. Carson develops, promotes and employs policies and programs that support veteran owned small business. Ms. Carson graduated from the University of Iowa in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. A Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, she was commissioned as an active duty U.S. Air Force officer and has served in multiple assignments in the nuclear and public affairs career fields. Initially, she served on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) crew, achieving the position of Senior Missile Combat Crew Evaluator for the Peacekeeper ICBM force. In 1998, she joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve, earning another specialty code as a military public affairs officer. She is currently a Colonel and assigned to the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs. During a family military assignment to Japan in 2006, Ms. Carson embarked on her first entrepreneurial adventure where she co-developed an outdoor personal training business with another military veteran. The business prospered and ignited her passion for and personal understanding of veteran-owned businesses... Read more.
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Herbert Dwyer is president and CEO of ASI Energy, an Ithaca, NY-based company providing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) for commercial and industrial buildings. ASI Energy is backed by $150 million in project investment capital in order to offer the most reliable, efficient and affordable energy solutions. Prior to pursuing his Bachelors of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, Herb enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as an Intelligence Operator and Platoon Sergeant.


  • Allgaier Law Firm
  • Bellevue University
  • Binghamton Vet Center
  • Cayuga Chamber of Commerce
  • CEDA
  • Clear Path for Veterans
  • Columbia College
  • Easter Seals New York
  • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
  • Honor Flight Syracuse
  • Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Syracuse University
  • Keller Williams Realty Syracuse
  • Launch NY
  • M&T Bank
  • N.Y.S. SBDC Veteran Business Outreach Program
  • New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC)
  • New York State Division of Veterans Affairs
  • North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
  • NTTS
  • NYS Department of Labor
  • NYS OGS Procurement Services
  • NYS OGS, Division of Service-Disabled Veterans' Business Development
  • Office of the NYS Comptroller
  • Onondaga Community College Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Onondaga County Office of Economic Development
  • Onondaga Employee Leasing Services, Inc.
  • SCSD Literacy Zone
  • Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College
  • South Side Innovation Center
  • Syracuse SCORE
  • T. Gschwender and Associates
  • The Tech Garden
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • University College of Syracuse University
  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • USDA Rural Development
  • WISE Women's Business Center

Cosponsorship Authorization # 16-0248-42. 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: Tania Hanouille at 315-498-6076.

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