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How COVID-19 is Impacting WNY Family Businesses

Thursday, May 28 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hear from Bison Bag Company, Kraftwerks Inc., Lincoln Moving and Storage and Valu Home Centers on how their businesses are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Moderator

Jack T. Ampuja, President & CEO, Supply Chain Optimizers

Panel

  • Mike Ervolina, President & CEO, Valu Home Centers
  • Tim Palisano, President, Lincoln Moving and Storage
  • Scott Zgoda, President, Bison Bag Company
  • Ann Marie Ziske, Business Owner, Kraftwerks, Inc.

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The Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Family Businesses

Thursday, June 4 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hear from financial experts from Bank on Buffalo, Freed Maxick, Planned Futures Financial, and Small Business Administration to hear a discussion about the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses.  This panel includes professionals in accounting, finance, banking and the small business administration who will provide insight into ways to navigate the financial challenges business are facing today. 

Moderator

Jack T. Ampuja, President & CEO, Supply Chain Optimizers

Panel

  • Bryan J. Donohue, Chief Operating Officer, Freed Maxick, CPA, PC
  • F. James Ginnane, Owner, Planned Futures Financial 
  • Martin Griffith, President, BankonBuffalo
  • Franklin J. Sciortino, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Michael A. Taylor, Senior Vice President, Pursuit Lending (formerly known as New York Business Development Corporation)

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COVID-19 and the Impact on the Supply Chain

Thursday, June 11 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hear from supply chain professionals about the challenges that many organizations are facing all along the supply channels.  Learn why are there shortages yet an abundance of other products and how these supply disruptions are impacting businesses that are currently operating and businesses who are beginning to reopen. 

Moderator

Jack T. Ampuja, President & CEO, Supply Chain Optimizers

Panel

  • Jim Manno, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Sonwil Distribution Center, Inc.
  • Robert Rich III, President, ROAR Logistics
  • Michael L. Riccio, Chief Marketing Officer, Leonard's Express

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Leading Your Business During COVID-19

Thursday, June 18 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join us for this final week of the series and learn from top executives in the automotive  and real estate industries as well as business consultants about ways to help guide your business and your employees into the future as we continue to navigate the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderator

Jack T. Ampuja, President & CEO, Supply Chain Optimizers

Panel

  • Scott Bieler, West-Herr Automotive
  • Peter F. Hunt, Hunt Real Estate
  • Larry Mietus, Speaking of Strategy
  • Gerry Murak, Murak and Associates
Panelists Bios