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SUNY Broome Entrepreneurship Networking Series

Title: So, You Want to Own a Restaurant?

DATE:  Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019

Location:  Koffman Southern Tier Incubator

Time:  2 to 5:30 p.m.

This is the first in a series of entrepreneur networking events sponsored by SUNY Broome.  The event begins with speakers who will provide insight into the business of restaurant ownership.  The breakout session offers attendees another opportunity to meet with the speakers one-on-one to answer questions, brainstorm, and allow attendees to push their thinking to the next level.

RSVP:  Seating is Limited. Please RSVP to SUNY Broome Continuing Education at 778-5012, course number EX900

The event is free, but reservations are required.


2 – 2:30 p.m. — Network/Arrival (Event Center, 1st Floor)

Meet our guest speakers and network with other attendees.

2:30 to 2:45 p.m. — Getting Started:  Becoming a Restaurateur

Victoria Giarratano is the executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County.  As a previous restaurant owner, Vicki will share some tips on what worked and some of the challenges during her restaurant venture.

2:45 – 3 p.m. Evaluating the Restaurant Investment

Kevin O’Hara is senior vice president of NBT Bank.  Kevin will walk us through the basics of restaurant startup financing, sources of financing, and considerations for buying an existing restaurant.

3:00-3:15 p.m. — Beyond Inventory:  Building a Relationship with Your Supplier

Steven Rozen has 14 years experience as a sales representative to local restaurants and is now the regional sales manager at Maines Paper and Food Service. Managing supplies is at the heart of a restaurant’s operations. Steven will talk about the qualities to look for in a sales representative.


3:15-3:30 p.m. Service and Excellence:  Hallmarks of a Successful Restaurant

Jim McCoy, longtime restaurateur and owner of Number 5 in Binghamton and Lampy’s in Endicott, will be our keynote speaker. He will share more than 40 years of experience in the industry with aspiring restaurateurs.

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. — Transition to SUNY Broome 3rd Floor

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. – Breakout SessionsSUNY Broome 3rd Floor

Each of the speakers will meet with future and current restaurant entrepreneurs in 15-minute breakout sessions. Meet with one or all of our speakers.

Tour of the Culinary & Event Center

4:45-5:30 p.m. —  Sneak Peek at the SUNY Broome Culinary & Event Center

Dr. Rey Wojdat, chair of the college’s Hospitality Programs, will provide tours of SUNY Broome’s new state-of-the-art Culinary & Event Center, which will house the college’s Hospitality programs and officially open Spring 2020.