The Entrepreneur Assistance Program 2021 Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony will be held virtually on Monday, October 18th through Wednesday, October 20th.

This event is an opportunity to come together and learn how to best serve new and aspiring entrepreneurs in communities all across New York State. Our experts will cover the tools, processes and best practices that will make you an invaluable resource for budding business owners.

Training Day 1
October 18th



8:45 AM – Remo Opens

9:00AM – 10:30AM
Google Classroom – Part I: Introduction & Set Up
Presented by Bill Vacca

10:30AM – 10:50AM

10:50AM – 12:00PM
ESD’s Microsoft Dynamics Database
Presented by Jefferson Mao

End Morning Session




12:45 PM – Remo Opens

1:00PM – 2:30PM
US Census – Your Business By the Numbers
Presented by Noelia Ana Moussignac

2:30PM – 3:00PM

3:00PM – 4:00PM
NYS Contract Reporter
Presented by Christine McCann

End Afternoon Session

Training Day 2
October 19th

9:00AM – 10:30AM
Google Classroom – Part II: Pro Tips & Best Practices
Presented by Bill Vacca

10:30AM – 11:00AM

11:00AM – 12:00PM
Story Telling – How to Get Impact
Presented by Steve Melito

End Morning Session


12:45 PM – Remo Opens

1:00PM – 2:00PM
Business Model Canvas – Launch
Presented by Sharon Goldsmith and Laura Fetter

2:00PM – 2:20PM

2:20PM – 3:30PM
New York State Library – Sharing Data Sets
Presented by  Ross Takahasi

End Afternoon Session

Awards Ceremony
October 20th



1:15 PM – Remo Opens

1:30PM – 2:00PM
Networking and Social Hour

2:00PM – 4:00PM
Awards Ceremony
Master of Ceremonies Pravina Raghavan

End Awards Presentation

KeyNote Speaker

Gregg Lowe

President & CEO Cree

Gregg Lowe joined Cree, Inc. in September 2017 as president and chief executive officer (CEO) to translate vision and strategy into world-class execution and bottom-line growth.

Prior to Cree, he served as president and CEO of Freescale Semiconductor, a $5 billion global company with products serving automotive, industrial, consumer and communications markets. During his time at Freescale, Gregg led the successful merger with NXP Semiconductors N.V. creating a high-performance, mixed-signal semiconductor industry leader, with combined revenue of more than $10 billion. Prior to Freescale, Gregg had a long career spanning 28 years at Texas Instruments including executive roles as senior vice president and leader of the analog business.

Speakers & Panelists

Meet Our Speakers

Round professional image of Laura Fetter
Laura Fetter – Acting Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development, Hofstra University
Round professional image of Sharon Goldsmith
Sharon Goldsmith – Acting Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development Center for Entrepreneurship, Hofstra University
Round professional picture of Jefferson Mau
Jefferson Mao – Entrepreneurship Assistance Center Program Manager
Round professional headshot of Christine McCann
Christine McCann –Empire State Development Procurement Assistance
Steve Melito
Steve Melito – Founder, Thunderbolt Business Services
Professional round headshot of Bill Vacca
Bill Vacca – Assistant Principal, Center for Advanced Technology Mohonasen Central School District
Round professional picture of Ross Takahasi
Ross Takahasi – Manager for Public Services, New York Public Library
Round professional headshot of Bette Yee
Bette Yee – Director, Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers Program 
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