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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  –  Would-be entrepreneurs  are about to have one more way to start living the dream of owning their own business as America’s SBDC and small business expert Rhonda Abrams launched the Six-Week Start-Up Campaign on March 17. Through social media outlet Facebook, the campaign will provide entrepreneurs with information, advice, and resources they need to get started.

Local efforts by the New York Small Business Development Center will support entrepreneurs participating in the national campaign by offering no cost one-on-one consulting and startup trainings.

“This is an excellent way to reach more small business owners and entrepreneurs,” says James King, NY SBDC State Director. “Social media has become such an important factor in today’s business climate that campaigns such as this are a natural extension of the services provided by the SBDC.”

Approximately 1,000 Small Business Development Centers provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs.

The Six-Week Start-Up Campaign began this week and was inspired by the recently released third edition of Abrams’ bestselling book, Six-Week Start-Up. This edition includes dozens of free startup resources as well as step-by-step guidance to start a business in just six weeks.

“SBDCs are the best kept secret weapon for small businesses,” Abrams said, referring to her own experience as a former SBDC client. “I know how valuable their expertise is and it’s free. SBDCs continue to make a huge economic impact in this country every year – they really are on the front lines helping entrepreneurs create jobs and access desperately-needed capital to start and grow.”

Throughout the six-week period, anyone who hopes to start, run, or grow a business receives daily guidance, worksheets, and links to free resources. Through Facebook, they’ll be encouraged to tell their own story and become an inspiration to others. Local Small Business Development Centers will be available to provide one-on-one assistance and support.

Those who want to start on their own entrepreneurial journey can follow:

For more information on the Staten Island SBDC and to set up a no-cost counseling session, call one of our locations: Staten Island SBDC at CSI: 718-982-2560 or our South Brooklyn location in Bay Ridge: 718-619-5603.

For more information on PlanningShop and the Six-Week Start-Up Campaign,

You can visit www.PlanningShop.com/SixWeekStartUp.

About the New York Small Business Development Center

The NY SBDC, administered by the State University of New York, has 24 regional service centers located throughout the New York State on SUNY, City University of New York (CUNY) and private university campuses. Since inception in 1984, the SBDC has provided small business advisement services to more than 374,000 New Yorkers. The SBDC also provides training and business research to existing business owners and entrepreneurs. SBDC clients have invested over $5 billion in NY, impacting 166,000 jobs. 

The SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York, local communities, and host campuses. As a result of this leveraged support, the SBDC staff provides confidential one-on-one business advisement services at no direct cost to the citizens and entrepreneurs of New York.

For more information about the SBDC, visit www.nysbdc.org.

About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 465,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses with more than 3 million alumni around the globe.

To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.

About the City University of New York

The City University of New York provides high-quality, accessible education for more than 269,000 degree-credit students and 247,000 adult, continuing and professional education students at 24 campuses across New York City. CUNY includes eleven senior colleges, seven community colleges, The Macaulay Honors College and five graduate and professional schools, located throughout the city’s five boroughs.

To learn more about how CUNY creates opportunity, visit www.cuny.edu.

About America’s SBDC Program: America’s SBDC (Small Business Development Center) Network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations. It is the Small Business Administration’s largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses. Learn more at www.asbdc-us.org.

About PlanningShop:  PlanningShop is America’s leading publisher of content on entrepreneurship, business planning and small business. Their best-selling books and software have helped more than a million entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. PlanningShop is headquartered in Redwood City, CA.

For more information on her book, Call Rhonda Abrams, Founder and CEO; of PlanningShop at (650) 364-9120


Relevant Public Relations LLC is the PR/marketing representative of the Staten Island Small Business Development Center at the College of Staten Island.