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.