T he Staten Island 
Small Business Development Center
Summer 2016 Edition Newsletter

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Upcoming Seminars


Oktoberfest - Help Us Help the Vets
Saturday, October 15 th
12:00pm - 7:00pm
Marine Corp League 
46 Ontario Ave
Staten Island, NY 10301

ONA Growing Your Business
Tuesday, October  18 th
9:00am - 11:00am
285 Vanderbilt Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10304

ONA Growing Your Business
Monday, November  14 th
6:00pm - 8:30pm
285 Vanderbilt Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10304

Stay tuned for upcoming seminars on social media, marketing, Veterans support, cyber security, and more!

  Looking for a particular workshop topic? Let us know!
For additional information,
Please contact
Megan at 718-982-2560
Business of the Month
"We define our success by the success of our clients."

An initiative from the SI SBDC to showcase the success and achievements that result from the hard work and efforts formed from business relationships with our expert advisors.

Recent Selected Businesses:

August 2016:

"Doug of Hy-Deli takes pride in providing each customer with an excellent customer experience! It is reflected in his loyal customer base." - SI SBDC Business Advisor Joe Bottega

July 2016:
Pinnacle Sports Equipment, Inc.

  "It has been a great experience to work with the folks at Pinnacle. They are driven to make a difference and they are succeeding."
-SI SBDC Senior Certified Business Advisor Edward Piszko
June 2016:
The Tax Doctor

"Steven Lombardo finds a tax and credit cure and solution for all his clients."
 - SI SBDC Business Advisor Joe Bottega 

May 2016: 
Flagship Brewery

"Flagship has proven that 'you can make it on Staten Island.' Great tasting beers and a very successful business!" - SI SBDC Senior Certified Business Advisor Edward Piszko

Contact Us At Our Various Locations

College of Staten Island
Main Office:
College Of Staten Island
2800 Victory Blvd.
Building 3A Rm. 105
Staten Island, NY 10314
Center: 718-982-2560
Fax: 718-982-2323

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 9AM - 5PM

CSI Technology Incubator:

60 Bay Street, Suite 902
Staten Island, NY 10301
  Phone: 718-873-4496
Brooklyn Bay Ridge Area  
Brooklyn Outreach Office:

Bay Ridge Satellite Office
Sovereign Bank Bldg.
9512-Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209  
Phone: 718-619-5603
Staff Directory
Dean L. Balsamini
Staten Island SBDC Director

Edward Piszko
Edward Piszko
Certified Senior Business Advisor
Start-Up New York

George Telmany
George Telmany
Certified Senior  Business Advisor
Brooklyn Satellite 

Joseph Bottega
Joseph Bottega
Business Advisor
CSI Technology Incubator
New Dorp Satellite 

Christine Purelis
Business Advisor
Start-Up New York/Speical Projects

 Joseph Muller
 Business Advisor
South Shore Territory 

Megan Ernst
Office Manager
Through a network of 24 regional centers, the New York Small Business Development Center delivers high quality business counseling and training to New Yorkers who want to  start a business or  improve the performance of an existing business.

Since our start in 1993 , the experienced advisors of the Staten Island  SBDC located at the College of Staten Island, have worked directly with 7,722 businesses, assisting them to invest over $168,412,648 in the area's economy, and creating or saving 5,081 jobs.
In This Issue
Upcoming Seminars
Business of the Month
Director's Message
Seminar Highlights
What's Happening in Your Community
Business Tip
What's Trending
Clients in the News
Feet on the Street
Director's Message
Summer is Here, Let's Give a Big Cheer!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful and safe summer. It has been pretty busy here at the Staten Island Small Business Development Center despite the summer vacation months, as clients are coming in and taking time to have one-on-one counseling with our advisors. Our SBDC business counselors continue to assist new and existing clients, giving clients the freedom to grow.
To kick off the summer, in the month of June our Staten Island SBDC Staff participated in various events including webinars, seminars, and workshops. The Boost Your Business: Facebook Marketing and Networking Event provided the best practices to build your business and your brand.  This was an excellent way to show business owners how to build an action plan and how to save money within your business. 
Our staff has been very active in participating and coordinating events for our Veterans. From the Veteran's Resource Fair at Staten Island Borough Hall this past July to the upcoming Oktoberfest on October 15th, we have been providing information for our Veterans in regards to our special services and opportunities to get their feet back on the ground. 
Stay tuned for our "Boots to Business" Program kick-off with the SBA this fall! 
The SBDC re-accreditation team visited the College of Staten Island SBDC office on August 3rd. The SBDC staff reviewed our policies and procedures with the re-accreditation team. I'm proud of our team and all the effort involved in preparing for the visit and reviews.
We have much to celebrate and look forward to as we continue to work with the Staten Island and Brooklyn communities. 
We look forward to bringing you more informative and resourceful seminars and workshops in the upcoming months. 
Congratulations and well done to all! 

Dean L. Balsamini  
Dean L. Balsamini 
Director of SI SBDC
Seminar Highlights:
Check the sidebar for our upcoming events!

Beyond the Ferry: B2B Expo 
On June 23 rd , Staten Island SBDC Director Dean Bals amini,  B us iness Advisor Christine Purelis, and Senior Certified Business Advisor Ed Piszko a tten ded the Beyond the Ferry: B2B Expo at the Teleport on Staten Island. This event was  co-hosted by Telehouse America and the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of this was to promote the economic growth and vitality of the technology sector on Staten Island.

NYPL Business Financing Fair

On August 17th, Staten Island SBDC Business Advisor Joe Bottega joined business advisors from SBDC Pace and SBDC Columbia-Harlem at the NYPL Business Financing Fair. This event was packed with information and resources for start up or established businesses looking for financing opportunities.

Financial Literacy Workshops
Growing Your Business Seminars

The SI SBDC in partnership with the Y NAWC - Office for New Americans began two types of informative sessions for the community. Financial Literacy Workshops focus on Learning the Basics. Whether you need to learn how to open a bank account, check (or fix) your credit score, or manage a budget, these workshops are a perfect fit for you. Growing Your Business Seminars will begin this October - Stay tuned for more information!
For more information on the next workshop/seminar, please contact our main office at 718-982-2560 and be sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date!
What's Happening in Your Community

Business Recycling Rules Changing August 1, 2016

Effective August  1 st  2016 , all businesses in New York City are required to separate recyclables from garbage. It is never, under any circumstances, permitted for recyclable material to be collected in the same bag with garbage, or be placed in the same compartment of a truck or container with garbage.

Overtime Rules Changing December 1, 2016

This past May, the Federal Department of Labor (DOL) issued new rules related to overtime regulations and laws. The Salary Level test for overtime exemption has changed, raising the threshold from $675 per week (in NYS) to $913 per week, or $47,476 per year. Employees making below this weekly wage (with few exceptions) will no longer be exempt from collecting overtime.
Tip of the Newsletter

"A dream without a plan is just a wish."
Big dreams require big goals.  Set goals along the way of your plans to reach your ultimate dream. Have the motivation and desire to achieve your goals and stay focused. Read the article from Business Insider below for 7 tips to help you set and achieve your goals.

What's Trending: 
Using Pokemon Go as a Marketing Tool for your Business

People of all ages, even those who never played a Pokemon game before, are walking, biking, and driving around town to 'Catch 'Em All'. As a business owner, what does this mean to you? 

Some 82% of Pokémon Go players say they have visited a business while using the game
according to  recent research from  Slant MarketingNearly three-quarters (71%) of players say they have visited a business because there was a PokeStop or Gym nearby.

Clients in the News:

Grand Opening!
On Friday June  17 th SBDC Business Advisor Joe Muller's client, Wicked  Florist, celebrated their grand opening.  Wicked Florist is located at 4916 Arthur Kill Road, SI NY. They have great flowers and arrangements for all occasions. 
Congratulations and best of luck! 


Super-Kudos to our client Everything Entertainment!
Specializing in "everything" from weddings and parties to corporate events and launches, this Staten Island based company "pulled out all the stops...expected for a high-profile movie launch" when recruited for 'Batman v Superman': Dawn of Justice movie premier  in New York City. 

Defying the Stereotype:
These 21 Millennials found success as Business Owners

The SI SBDC works with a variety of demographics, including young entrepreneurs aged from middle school through those who are known as "millennials." While the stereotype defines millennials as lazy and glued to social media, these 21 individuals challenged the negativity and proved that attributes of ambition and hard work are still alive and thriving. 
The SI SBDC would like to particularly congratulate the following clients for not only making the list, but making a striving success at such a young age!
Jeremy Nieves, Richmond Tattoo & Vintage
Jamie & Frank Melisi, Cheech A. Cini's Italian Grill
Donny Brandefine & John Lamberti, DJ Got Me Fit
Ed Jorge / Saul Martinez, Cleaner Days
Peter Bostros, The Stone House

Staten Island's 50 Most Influential People

Congratulations to Staten Island's 50 Most Influential People by City & State NY! The SI SBDC is proud to work with many of these individuals who help us grow and support the local business community.
A special recognition to President William Fritz, College of Staten Island and Linda Baran, CEO/President of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. 

  Click Here For The Full List of Candidates
"Feet on the Street"
Are you a business owner in need of assistance, but can't leave your space? Let the SBDC come to you!
If you are interested in utilizing our services and to schedule an appointment with one of our business advisors, call us at 718-982-2560 to schedule an appointment in one of our convenient locations or for a "Feet on the Street" visit!
Have You Seen The SBDC? 

The SI SBDC network is constantly growing and supporting our communities. Have you seen us at an event or helping out a nearby business? Tag us in your photos to be featured on Facebook &Twitter.

SI SBDC Spotted on the Staten Island Ferry
Stay Connected!
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