Help For Small Business In Buffalo

January 26, 2012 Updated Jan 26, 2012 at 9:05 AM EDT

By WKBW News

January 26, 2012 Updated Jan 26, 2012 at 9:05 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) If you're talking small business in Western New York, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center was the place to be recently for the "Straight Talk 2012" conference.

Hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs filled the center with dreams of owning a small business, and learning how to make it happen.

Franklin Sciortino, district director for the Small Business Administration told Eyewitness News, "I think it's great for this area, because it shows that there are a lot of people out there with a dream of going into business...or if they are in business how they want to expand."

Jorge Silva-Puras, regional administrator for the Small Business Association added, "They are excited about starting their business. Some of them are unemployed, some of them are starting that idea that they have had for many years."

Straight Talk organizers from the Small Business Association helps prospective business owners do the math, noting that two out of three jobs in America come from small business development.

Orlander Brown, an aspiring entrepreneur said, "This place is phenomenal. You've got everyone here you need to get started, and run a business successfully."

Frederick Grishen, a small business owner continued, "You can learn a lot and use this information to expand your business, and make it grow in the community."

Ruth Alford is an aspiring business owner who said, "This puts us right with the vendors, where we can do the lending, the banking for the lending, and just information on how to get started and the particulars needed for a new entrepreneur."

If you would like more information about the Small Business Administration in Western New York, you can go to their website at