Launch your business this weekend!

January 18, 2012 Updated Jan 18, 2012 at 8:31 AM EDT

By WKBW News

January 18, 2012 Updated Jan 18, 2012 at 8:31 AM EDT

If you think you might have the next big idea for a business, you can get that idea off the ground this weekend. The 16th annual Straight Talk will be held Saturday, from 8am to 1pm, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. It was designed by the Small Business Administration as a one stop shop for new business ideas or for existing businesses that want to expand. Entrepreneurs will learn about business basics, credit, taxes and more. Frank Sciortino is the regional director for the SBA. He says successful business owners will also be on hand to share their stories on how Straight Talk was vital to their success. "We've seen food trucks. We've seen people go into the construction business and be very successful. One of the programs at the seminar is called we did it you can too."

The event is $20 to attend. It is free for veterans and students get a discount. That also includes eight follow up sessions to get your business going. You can find a link to register with more information at, under News Links.

Business First is hosting a Power Breakfast on economic development on Thursday, January 19th at 7:30 a.m. at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. Simply call 541-1631 for more information or go to or News Links at for more information.

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