6:10 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

CNY Veterans Can "Start Up and Grow" at OCC

Veterans and active members of the military will gather for workshops and networking next week in hopes of getting tools they need to start their own business.  The Small Business Administration’s 7th Annual "Operation: Start Up and Grow" conference will be held March 20th at Onondaga Community College.   


Cathy Pokines is Deputy District Director at the SBA.

The SBA's Cathy Pokines says the survival rate for these businesses is close to 90%.

Pokines says that foundation is designed to help veterans who already seem to be a natural fit for starting a business.   

The free conference will also feature exhibitors and speakers.  The keynote address will come from Lee Buttolph, a Marine Corps. veteran and third generation owner of Buttolph Lumber Co.  in Phoenix, NY. The deadline to register for Operation: Start Up and Grow is Friday March 14th.   The conference takes place March 20th at OCC.  More information is at