About

SBDC Staff 

We service our 12 county region that includes: Broome, Cortland, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Yates, Allegany and Tompkins counties. Our offices have the capability to provide virtual consultations, face-to-face meetings, and phone conferences. 

You are more than welcome to fill out our online application here to be assigned to an advisor within a 48-hour period, or you may schedule an appointment with the advisor of your choice below.


Rochelle Layman, Regional Director

Center Location: Binghamton, NY (Broome County)

Rochelle LaymanRochelle has been assisting New York state small businesses since 2008, first as an advisor for the SBDC until 2012, and in that same year she became our local Regional Director.

She began her career as a computer application developer and corporate trainer working with large corporations including Aetna Mutual Funds and Farm Credit Banks.

In addition to her 10 years of corporate experience, Rochelle was the owner and operator of two successful restaurants in Southwestern New York for 13 years. Her financial-corporate experience, small business success and small business advisement skills aid her in assisting small business owners in dealing with their financial and operational concerns.

Rochelle's Expertise Includes:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Cash Flow Analysis

Schedule an appointment with Rochelle. Rochelle provides in-person assistance at our Binghamton office or virtual consultations throughout the region. 


Michelle Catan, Advanced Certified Business Advisor

Center Location: Oneonta, NY (Otsego County)

Michelle CatanMichelle started May 2011, bringing 17 years of banking experience and small business retail ownership for over 10 years.

Michelle brings her expertise in small business commercial lending, business planning, SBA lending and documentation, and financial analysis.

Michelle is a presenter and trainer for all of our SBDC Oneonta area Small Business and Start-up courses.

Michelle's Expertise Includes:

  • Lending
  • Quickbooks
  • Community Engagement
  • Business Plan Development
  • Cash Flow/Financial Projections
  • Business Valuation
  • Training
  • MWBE and SDVOB Certification Process
  • Retail

Schedule an appointment with Michelle. Michelle provides in-person assistance in Otsego, Delaware and Chenango counties as well as virtual consultations throughout the region.

Check out Michelle's Client Success Stories!


Scott Bloor, Assistant Director

Center Location: Painted Post, NY (Steuben County)

Scott BloorScott has been with the Small Business Development Center for over 20 years. He grew up assisting in his father's successful plumbing and heating business.

Scott is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and received his MBA from Syracuse University.

Scott has worked for small privately-owned media groups and has had his own automotive business for over 25 years and a former adjunct professor of business at Corning Community College.

Scott's Expertise Includes:

  • Succession Planning
  • Financial Management
  • Business Law 

Schedule an appointment with Scott. Scott provides in-person assistance at our office in Painted Post as well as virtual consultations throughout the region.

Check out Scott's Client Success Stories!


Susan Buchanan, Business Advisor

Center Location: Painted Post, NY (Steuben County)

Susan BuchanananSusan began working at the Corning SBDC in 1993, as the Office Manager. As Susan became more involved with the everyday task of answering clients and potential client's questions, she decided to work towards her Bachelor's Degree. She earned her BA through Empire State College as a part-time student in 2009. Shortly thereafter a Business Advisor position became available and Susan was offered the position.

Susan loves working with small business owners. It brings her a sense of pride to see the so-called "underdogs" become successful business owners.

In December of 2016, Susan formed Pawz & Purrz Animal Rescue, a nonprofit organization. Susan holds the title of Chair and oversees the rescue, participates in fundraisers, adoption events and teams up with area schools to educate children on proper care of animals.

Susan's Expertise Includes:

  • Business Plan Development
  • Web Design
  • M/WBE Certification

Schedule an appointment with Susan. Susan provides in-person assistance at our  office in Painted Post as well as virtual consultations throughout the region.

Check out Susan's Client Success Stories!


Robert Griffin, Certified Business Advisor

Center Location: Binghamton, NY (Broome County)

Robert GriffinBob joined the SBDC in April 2018, has been a resident of Endicott for more than twenty-years, and has accumulated more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality and food services industries (including CVBs, hotels, restaurants, casinos, and contract food services).

A graduate of Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, he has been a leader in marketing strategy development and execution, supplying his expertise in various markets throughout the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic.

He has served as a Digital Marketing Consultant and blogger on topics relating to marketing and small business, and an active member of the American Marketing Association for nearly 10 years. Bob also performs as presenter and trainer for area SBDC events and Google certification supported trainings.

Bob's Expertise Includes:

  • Business Modeling/Business Plan Development
  • Cash Flow Analysis
  • Marketing 

Schedule an appointment with Bob. Bob provides in-person assistance in our Binghamton office as well as virtual consultations throughout the region.

Check out Bob's Client Success Stories!

  


Liam McMahon, Certified Business Advisor

Center Location: Binghamton, NY (Broome County)

Liam McMahon

 Liam joined the SBDC April in of 2018.

Liam has experience working and owning a business in the construction and real estate development fields for a combined 14 years.

He has also spent time in academics, where he developed skills in grant writing.

In the fall of 2019, Liam was hired as the region's technology advisor and frequents technology related events and seminars; outreaching to tech company start-ups and existing businesses.

 Liam's Expertise Includes:

  • SBIR/STTR assistance
  • Team formation
  • Lean Startup
  • Business Model Testing
  • Government Procurement
  • Construction and Real Estate Development
  • Project Management
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

 Schedule an appointment with Liam. Liam provides in-person assistance at our Binghamton office as well as virtual consultations throughout the region.


Lindsay Wolf, Business Advisor

Center Location: Ithaca, NY (Tompkins County)

 WolfLindsay began her career with the SBDC in April of 2019.

After earning her Masters in Business Administration, Lindsay held purchasing and administrative roles in local government.

After this she transitioned into a career as a small business coach and consultant for long-term clients, while also creating and launching a luxury skincare and wellness brand at the national level.

As an advisor with the SBDC, Lindsay brings a love of crafting financial projections, a creative approach to strategic planning and an eye for branding.

Lindsay's Expertise Includes:

  • Cash Flow / Financial Projections
  • Business Modeling / Business Plan Development
  • Marketing & Branding
  • Strategic Planning

Schedule an appointment with Lindsay. Lindsay provides in-person assistance for Tompkins, Cortland, Steuben, and Yates counties as well as virtual consultations throughout the region.

 Check out Lindsay's Client Success Stories!


Jordan Jicha, Business Advisor

Center Location: Binghamton, NY (Broome County)

Jicha.headshotJordan joined the SBDC in 2019. He  is a lifelong resident of the Southern Tier and received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Binghamton University. After graduation, he worked several years for different local organizations in sales, business operations and marketing. He started his own company in 2014 and has been essential in several business start-ups, acquisitions and sales and has experience in owning and operating restaurants.

 Jordan's Expertise Includes:

  • Restaurant Start-Ups and Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Millennial Clients

Schedule an appointment with Jordan. Jordan provides in-person assistance at our Binghamton office as well as virtual consultations throughout the region.


David Patz, Business Advisor

Center Location: Binghamton, NY (Broome County)

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David joined the SBDC in January 2020. He has a diverse background in banking and real estate and gained his advisory skills in the U.S. Treasury, reviewing national banks for safety, soundness, and worked on fraudulent cases for justice. He holds degrees from SUNY Broome, Ithaca College, and Cornell University. He is passionate about guiding entrepreneurs on their paths to success and assisting them with “both making and saving money.”

David’s Expertise Includes:

  • Commercial real estate: lending, management & investment
  • Portfolio & cash flow analysis
  • Risk review systems

Schedule an appointment with David. David provides in-person assistance at our Binghamton office as well as virtual consultations throughout the region.


Mary Daniel, Administrative Assistant

Center Location: Binghamton, NY (Broome County)

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Mary began with the SBDC in February 2019. Mary delivers office support to the 12-county Southern Tier area of New York for the SBDC.

She has a strong professional history in clerical, human, and customer services. Mary has been a Binghamton area resident for most of her life and loves the community. She believes in small businesses and enjoys assisting them, within her capacity, to up-build the community she has called her home.

Mary’s Expertise Includes: 

  • Scheduling/maintaining office calendar events
  • Maintaining office databases
  • Records retention & filing
  • Accounts reconciliation
  • Website & social media updating
  • Program/policy compliance


Laura Knochen-Davis, Certified Business Advisor

Laura Knochen-Davis

Laura has returned to the Binghamton SBDC in May 2020 to support businesses affected by COVID. Relying on her comprehensive background in small business operations, as well as her educational foundation including an MBA, Laura provides valuable input to her clients. Her focus is on reopening strategies, financial forecasting, marketing, and compliance.  In addition, she brings six years in the field of corporate human resources, and served on the faculty at SUNY Broome teaching Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Management and Business Plans for twelve years.  As the Executive Director of the Broome County Arts Council and Broome Library Foundation and previously as Program Director of the Minorities and Women Business Enterprises - Entrepreneurial Assistance Program, Laura has an excellent perspective of solid business practices.  She gained first hand experiences running a small business for over 20 years as co-owner of Davis Design, Inc. with her husband.  Her strong business foundation, energetic leadership style and progressive thinking are greatly benefiting non-profit enterprises and small businesses.

Laura’s Expertise Includes:

  • Business Modeling / Business Plan Development
  • Marketing & Branding
  • Strategic Planning
  • Cash Flow / Financial Projections

Schedule an appointment with Laura. Laura provides virtual consultations throughout the region. 


Jean Carolus, Business Advisor

Jean Carolus, Business Advisor

Jean has been assisting New York state small businesses since 2001, first as a business analyst, and now, as an advisor for the Small Business Development Center at Binghamton. Jean is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo and received her Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science.

She began her career as a software programmer / analyst and has migrated to business and financial analysis.  As part of her analysis background, she has been instrumental in helping companies emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  She is passionate about small businesses and enjoys assisting them.

Jean's Expertise Includes:

  • Cash Flow and Financial Projections
  • Quickbooks
  • Manufacturing
  • Business Plan Development
  • Pivoting in Adversity

Contact

Telephone: 607-777-4024
Fax: 607-777-4029

E-mail: sbdc@binghamton.edu


Binghamton Location:
Koffman Southern Tier Incubator
120 Hawley Street - Suite 294
Binghamton, NY 13901
(Permitted parking: license plate number required to park in lot)

Mailing Address:
Small Business Development Center at Binghamton University
P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902

**Our Elmira and Corning offices have been relocated to the IncubatorWorks in Painted Post, NY.**

To reach any of our advisors or county satellite offices listed below, call the Binghamton, NY main line at
607-777-4024 and you will be redirected.

County Satellite Offices:

Allegany

Chemung

Chenango

Cortland

Delaware

Schuyler

Tioga

Yates