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Upcoming Webinars


All workshops listed below are free, hosted live, and available online. These webinars are organized and facilitated by WEDI as well as other partner organizations in Western NY's small business ecosystem.


Wednesday, April 26, 2023: 12:00 - 1:00PM (ET)

Contracts and Leases -  Legal considerations

In this Lunch and learn Join us as Neha M Karambelkar, Esq., the Managing Attorney of the Western New York Law Center’s Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) discusses “Contracts and Leases- Legal considerations”.


Neha M. Karambelkar, Esq. is the Clinic’s Managing Attorney. Neha is licensed to practice law in New York State and focuses her practice on business formation and contracts. Neha’s work has been recognized by Super Lawyers, which named her to their Upstate New York Rising Stars List in 2020 and 2021, an honor limited to no more than 2.5% of attorneys within the state. Before joining SBLC, she practiced consumer defense work and bankruptcy. Her consumer advocacy was noticed by Superintendent Lacewell of the New York State Department of Financial Services, who appointed her to their Consumer Protection Task Force for a 3 year-term. Neha is also a member of the New Yorkers for Responsible Lending (NYRL), a statewide coalition of more than 160 non-profit organizations, where she lobbies with other advocates across the state on consumer rights issues. She is the co-chair of NYRL’s Insurance Working Group. She brings prior legal clinic experience to SBLC as well as a deep passion for helping her clients and looks forward to helping entrepreneurs across WNY. She received her B.A. from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from New York Law School.


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Wednesday, May 17, 2023: 4:00 - 5:00PM (ET)

Cost effectively creating a website

This workshop will discuss how to cost-effectively create a website. Josh Bagnall our

presenter is the CEO of Hourglass Media.


Josh Bagnall's professional experience is in programming, computer hardware and computer software. He also has many years experience with customer service. He owns Hourglass Media which offers many web and mobile solutions such as website design, development, and social media management as well as, graphic design.


His programming foundation is JAVA with over 15 years experience. He currently specializes in PHP and MySql with professional experience in application development, web design, web development, business logistics, and effectiveness.


What drives him is helping his community thrive, and helping others solve problems. He is doing this by running a business to help local businesses grow and be successful, all while creating jobs, and bringing revenue back to the area.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2023    8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (ET)


The Art of Recruiting & Interviewing


The Art of Recruiting & Interviewing Seminar focuses on the talent acquisition cycle. 

Finding the right candidates to hire is imperative for any successful business. In this challenging labor market, the seminar examines both internal and external sources of recruitment, legal and illegal aspects of interviewing and hiring, and behavioral-based interview questioning strategies.


Wednesday, May 3, 2023 from 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)


Matchmaker 2023 - Registration for Small Business


Is your small business interested in selling to Federal, State, or local Government agencies and prime contractors? Would you like to have the opportunity to meet with the procurement officers of many of these organizations in one place on a single day? 


Well, the SBA Buffalo District office and SCORE Buffalo Niagara have exciting news for you! 


The annual Small Business Matchmaker event has returned to Buffalo after a three-year hiatus. From 8 AM until 11 AM on May 3, you will be able to meet one-on-one, in person, with dozens of procurement representatives from government agencies and prime contractors. The format allows for scheduling short “Speed Dating” meetings with buyers (sign-ups for appointments begin at 7 AM on the day of the event) so that small businesses can introduce themselves, their products/services, and interests in doing business. 


Government agencies and prime contractors are required by law to buy from small businesses. They are looking for qualified, reputable firms to buy the products and services they need to fulfill government procurement needs as well as build their supply chains. This can be your ticket to small business success! Don’t miss this once-a-year chance to pitch your business to interested buyers. 

FEE: $50.00 per person


Once you register for Matchmaker, you will receive information and be invited to reserve your seat at the SBA’s Small Mentor-Protégé Program Roundtable that will be offered from 10:00 AM to 11 AM during Matchmaker. This roundtable will be a unique opportunity for your federal contracting business by providing a dynamic Question and Answer session with successful Mentors and Proteges that utilized SBA’s Mentor Protégé Program


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