FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | OCTOBER 13, 2016
Mayor Madden: City of Troy to Hold First Annual Small Business Summit on October 27
TROY, NY – In recognition of the emerging small business community which has bolstered the Collar City’s recent renaissance, Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy will host the 1st Annual Troy Small Business Summit (#TroySmallBiz) on Thursday, October 27. The summit, presented by the City of Troy, the Office of Economic Development and the Troy Local Development Corporation, will be held at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity, located at 30 Third Street from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., and will bring together local business owners from across the Collar City to discuss job growth, marketing, and other issues pertaining to entrepreneurship.
“Small businesses continue to play a significant role in Troy’s continued rebirth, and my administration is committed to providing entrepreneurs and businesses the support they need to succeed” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “The Troy Small Business Summit presents a unique forum for local business owners to expand their brand through a variety of activities and discussions as part of the summit agenda and build upon the momentum generated by our vibrant business community.”
The formal program includes group breakout sessions from local and regional experts in marketing and workforce development, with Danika Atkins of Excelsior College leading the Digital Marketing Strategy breakout session and Annmarie Lanesey, CEO of Greane Tree Tech Group, and Janet Carmosky, Executive Director of Albany Can Code leading the Workforce Development breakout session. In addition, the summit will feature a keynote address from Social-Entrepreneur, Urban Revitalization Strategist, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster Majora Carter. Co-founder of StartUp Box #SouthBronx and Startup Box #QA (Quality Assurance testing services), Bronx Tech Meetup and New York Mayor de Blasio’s Digital.NYC, Carter has been at the center of the creation & successful development and implantation of green-infrastructure projects, policies and job training programs with a focus on diversity and leveraging investment into communities at all levels.
Registration for this free event is open now with limited seating available. Individuals interested in attending the first annual Troy Small Business Summit can register online by visiting http://troysmallbiz.eventbrite.com
“The economic impact that small business has on local economies is tremendous, with 54% of all U.S. sales attributed to the over 28 million and growing small businesses in America,” said Cheryl Kennedy, City of Troy Economic Development Coordinator. “The Troy Small Business Summit provides our city’s vibrant small business sector a chance to celebrate their successes and engage with city and community representatives on how to foster further growth and development across our city.”
The 1st Annual Troy Small Business Summit is sponsored in part by the City of Troy, the Troy Office of Economic Development, the Troy Local Development Corporation, Saratoga National Bank, the Troy Downtown Business Improvement District, Tech Valley Center of Gravity, Troy Innovation Garage, and the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“Investments made by the Troy LDC have been critically important in the growth and expansion of Troy’s ever-growing business community, both large and small,” said Steven Strichman, Executive Director of the Troy Local Development Corporation. “We are pleased to join the many organizations in support of the first annual Troy Small Business Summit this October to promote continued growth and economic development in the Collar City.”
“Having our 80% of our membership be comprised of businesses with 50 or fewer employees, the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce understands the importance of this driving economic force,” said Kate Ollier, interim president, Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “This is a tremendous opportunity for local businesses to come together, share best practices and inspire each other as the City of Troy continues its transformation as a destination place for businesses to start, grow and thrive.”
“The Tech Valley Center of Gravity (COG) is devoted to the democratization of making, innovation, and building businesses using a community-centric approach. Convening local small business owners at the COG makerspace fulfills our mission of collaboration and creative connection. We take our role in the reimagining of downtown Troy as a vibrant, innovative hub very seriously. To that end, we’re thrilled to host this year’s Small Business Summit,” said Erica Iannotti, Chair of Tech Valley Center of Gravity’s Executive Board.
“Troy Innovation Garage was created to support entrepreneurs and up-and-coming creative businesses. We are proud to support the Troy Small Business Summit, as we believe events like this help foster the growth of our small business community, which contributes so greatly to the life and vibe of our city,” said Tom Nardacci, creator of Troy Innovation Garage.
“As small businesses owners and grassroots entrepreneurs seek to call Downtown Troy home, the Troy BID enjoys working with community members and officials in an effort to provide resources and support that allow these business owners to thrive,” said Katie Hammon, Executive Director of the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District. “We are excited to collaborate on the Small Business Summit in an effort to encourage and promote small business in Troy.”
“Saratoga National Bank is proud to support the Troy Small Business Summit. Every day our Troy team helps small businesses meet their financial goals. We’re excited to play a part in the growth of this strong business community, and we appreciate the city’s efforts to support and encourage entrepreneurship here in Troy,” said Dave DeMarco, President and CEO of Saratoga National Bank.
Immediately following the #TroySmallBiz Summit, participants are invited to attend a special business networking mixer organized by the Troy Business Improvement District being held at the Troy Innovation Garage, located at 24 Fourth Street from 4:30pm – 7:00pm. The mixer will feature food and drink specials provided by local Troy small businesses, including Rare Form Brewing Company and The Ruck.
Businesses interested in sponsoring the Troy Small Business Summit can contact Cheryl Kennedy, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Troy, at [email protected] or (518) 279-7412.
For more information and updated on the Troy Small Business Summit, please visit the City of Troy Office of Economic Development website.
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