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Utica, NY:   Have you considered starting your own small business, but were unsure of where to begin? The Utica Municipal Housing Authority will sponsor a free workshop on on starting your own business. 

“The Building Blocks for Starting a Business” workshop will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 20at the Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee Street, Utica, Second Floor.  Parking is in the rear of the building off of Park Avenue.  Elevator service is available.  The workshop is free and open to the public.  A light dinner will be served. Free transportation can be provided for local residents, but reservations must be made two days before the event.

The speakers will be Dr. Pat Laino, Executive Director of the Business Training Institute Inc. and Donna Rebisz, Director of The Women’s Business Center of New York State.

Dr. Pat Laino has trained hundreds of entrepreneurs, and over 83% of her students started and continue to operate businesses that are highly successful. She will cover the basic start-up steps that include: how to begin your initial planning, identifying what you want to sell, how to find customers, and other essential points to ensure your business will be a success.

Donna Rebisz will speak about how to become a Certified Woman or Minority Owned Business, and the advantages.

Housing Authority staff and AmeriCorps members will be on site to provide information on the HUD Section 3 Business Certification Program, and to provide information on other service referrals available. Resources on local business assistance programs will be presented. Women, minorities, youth, immigrants, public housing and Section 8 voucher residents, and low-income people are encouraged to participate.

For more information, call (315) 735-5246, ext. 25 or 34, or email The event can be found on Facebook at


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