Big Ideas For Small Businesses

December 7, 2011 Updated Dec 7, 2011 at 1:22 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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December 7, 2011 Updated Dec 7, 2011 at 1:22 PM EDT

Lackawanna, N.Y. - Whether it's starting a salon or consulting firm, small business owners met in Lackawanna to get advice on how to make their business grow.

"My idea was to bring a youth social club to Lackawanna," Small Business Owner Maurice Burse said.

Burse has big plans for his small business but he said he has a lot to learn.

"We're trying to get a business plan set up and coming here really helps us get our business plan set up," Burse said.

It was a small business symposium set up by Senator Tim Kennedy who was called to a special legislative session so could not attend the meeting.

"It's a networking event for businesses in the Western New York area. We have a lot of government and non-government agency here to help businesses," Experience Business Owner David Sullivan said.

Mike Lucarelli owns Lucarelli's Banquet facility in Lackawanna where the symposium took place he said he's a perfect example of building something from nothing.

"I've been doing business for 30 years. I started in my mom's basement. I didn't own anything so I know what it takes to grow a business from nothing. I've really been blessed with this facility," Lucarelli said.

"Starting a business is tough. It's really tough but when you first start you're on pins and needles I need that sale, I need that employee," Lucarelli said.

Lucarelli has one piece of advice.

"Find your passion, find your love. Don't take no for an answer because if there is will there is a way," Lucarelli said.