Niagara County Community College Small Business Development Center Director Lynn Oswald and her team were selected as the recipient of the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Impact Niagara award. The accolade was to be presented to the SBDC during a special virtual event hosted by the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce and M&T Bank.
The Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce said Oswald and the SBDC staff have worked tirelessly through the COVID-19 pandemic, transitioning their services to an online format and continuing to provide one-on-one counseling as well as public workshops that focused on creating, operating and growing small businesses. In addition, the NCCC SBDC staff facilitated information sessions covering COVID-19-related topics such as: safety protocols, New York state mandates, Federal Paycheck Protection Program, and reopening training.
Oswald said, “I’d like to thank the Niagara USA Chamber for recognizing the efforts of my team. We, at the Niagara SBDC, are proud of our collaboration with all the business resource partners in the county during the COVID-19 crisis. Since mid-March, the Niagara SBDC has assisted over 371 clients with 74 receiving disaster funding totaling over $16.6 million and saving/creating 1,609 jobs.”
Following the award ceremony, M&T Bank Vice President and Regional Economist Gary Keith was slated to discuss how current events will impact the future of the Western New York economy. Other scheduled guest speakers included Speaking of Strategy founder Larry Mietus and U.S. Small Business Administration Director Franklin Sciortino.
The Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce is a premier business advocacy organization that serves the interest of its members and the business community of Niagara County and beyond. This nonprofit organization is a voice for business that fosters leadership, advocates on behalf of its members, and promotes the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Region.