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12/8/2020  - Virtual Resource Series: M/WBE Benefits & Certification Process

Location: Virtual
Start Time: 9:00 AM - End Time: 10:00 AM
Member Price: $0.00 / Non-Member Price: $0.00

DECEMBER 8, 2020 - 9:00AM-10:00AM
Are you a minority and/or woman business owner? You may benefit from becoming certified with New York State as a Minority or Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE)! M/WBEs receive preferred access to New York State contracting opportunities, as well as access to free seminars, workshops, and other services designed to assist your business.  
  • Date: December 8, 2020
  • Time: 9:00AM - 10:00AM
  • Cost: FREE; registration required 
Join us for a webinar that will feature speakers from the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) and New York State Empire State Development who will provide information on the NYS M/WBE Certification including: 
  • The Benefits of Becoming Certified 
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Where to Begin & Get Assistance
  • Common Application Pitfalls
  • Local Success Stories
  • Business Development Resources & Contacts



Ryan Smith is the Director of Business Development for the Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development at Empire State Development. Ryan is based in the Syracuse, NY office for Empire State Development. He began his career in Financial Services as a Financial Advisor and Investment representative. He then spent over a decade with several energy companies and an Investment Bank on commodities trading desks as an energy trader, prior to venturing into independent consulting and business development. 
Ryan has a BS in Management and Marketing from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University at Albany. He was born and raised in the Albany, NY area. However, Ryan has lived in Columbia, SC, Atlanta, GA, NY City, and Denver, CO prior to relocating back to NY where he now resides in Syracuse.
Victoria Zinser Duley
Victoria Zinser Duley is Executive Director at the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation in Saranac Lake since March 2019. She has held positions in economic development, planning, higher education and research in the North Country, and before that in south Florida, for more than 20 years. Victoria has worked in both the private and public sectors, including serving as the Dean of Research and Planning at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, NY before returning to the economic development field.
She has a BS from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University at Albany and is a certified Economic Developer (CEcD through the International Economic Development Council) and a certified Planner (AICP through the American Planning Association).
Victoria is active in many community interests, including Board or leadership positions in the University of Vermont (UVM) Health Network and UVM-CVPH boards, a member of the NYS North Country Regional Economic Development Council (REDC), the First Presbyterian Church of Plattsburgh, the Turner Board Foundation, Cumberland Head Elementary School PTO and the Adirondack North Country Association. She lives in Clinton County, NY with her family and enjoys many outdoor pursuits. 
Future classes in the Virtual Resource Series will be announced soon, so keep an eye on our "Today's Dose" enewsletter and for more information and links to register!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sue Matton at 518.563.1000 or 
?Thank you again to our sponsor, NBT Bank, N.A.! 


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