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Science &Technology Community of Rome, NY to Host High-Tech Small Business Symposium & Women in Business Roundtable

ROME, NY — The Science and Technology community of Rome, New York, will be hosting a High-Tech Small Business Symposium with participation from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Floyd Ave, Rome, New York.

Small businesses are a vital resource in supporting national interests and for enhancing America’s industrial base. This Small Business Symposium will feature keynote speakers, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) Commander General Ellen Pawlikowski and New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul, discussing Federal and State small business initiatives.

The event will feature an information session on AFMC & AFRL Small Business Programs, technology transfer, commercialization, entrepreneurship, and processes for growing small businesses. Agencies that support small businesses will be on hand for counseling and advising. Successful small businesses will be highlighted at display booths and available for discussions.

A Women in Leadership Roundtable discussion will be held, where General Pawlikowski and Lieutenant Governor Hochul will be joined by local women business, community and government leaders to share their experiences in overcoming varying obstacles on their path to success. In addition, the panel will discuss the issues, good and bad, that impact small business growth.

“The rich STEM resources of this region make Rome the perfect city to host this unique science and technology small business event. The presence of the Air Force Research Laboratory, our homegrown, high-tech companies, and science and technology universities, create an environment where companies can flourish,” says Michele Salisbury, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rome Chamber of Commerce, and CFO & Director of Economic Development, NYSTEC. “This event is an opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs to learn more about what our community has to offer, and to support developing and growing small science and technology companies.”


8:00 am:              Registration & Business Expo

10:00 am:            Posting of Colors & National Anthem

10:05 am:            Welcome – Dr. Randall VanWagoner, MVCC President

10:10 am:            Importance of Small Business Partnerships – AFRL/RI Director Daniel Goddard

10:20 am:            Welcome from Local and Federal Representatives (Rome Mayor Jackie Izzo, NYS Senator Charles Schumer, NYS Senator Kirstin Gillibrand, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente)

10:40 am:            Expanding Opportunities for Small IT Companies to do Business with the State – RoAnn Destito, Commissioner NYS Office of General Services

10:50 am:            Keynote by NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul

11:15 am:            Keynote by AFMC Commander General Ellen Pawlikowski

11:35 am:            Networking & Business Expo

12:00 pm:            Lunch

12:30 pm:            Q&A with General Pawlikowski and Lieutenant Governor Hochul

1:00 pm:              Network & Business Expo

1:15 pm:              TRACK ONE: Small Business Briefings

1:15 pm:              TRACK TWO: Women in Leadership Roundtable

3:00 pm:              Networking Social

4:00 pm:              Symposium Conclusion

TRACK ONE: Business Briefings

Putting Universities to Work for Your Business – Laura Welch, Deputy Director of the New York State Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE) at Syracuse University

AFRL Tech Transfer & Intellectual Property – Bill Wolf, President, Griffiss Institute; Joe Mancini, AFRL Legal Counsel

Technology to Table – Jack Rudnick, Director of the New York State Science and Technology Law Center and Syracuse University College of Law’s Commercialization Law Program

Resources and Services to Start & Grow Your Business – Daniel Rickman, Regional Director of the Small Business Administration (SBA); Roxanne Mutchler, Director of the Mohawk Valley New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Air Force Materiel Command & Air Force Research Laboratory Small Business Programs – Farris Welsh, Air Force Materiel Command Director of Small Business; William Harrison, AFRL Director of Small Business

TRACK TWO: Women In Leadership Roundtable


  • AFMC/CC General Ellen Pawlikowsi
  • NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul
  • RoAnn Destitio, Commissioner NYS Office of General Services
  • Jackie Izzo, Mayor of Rome
  • John Zogby, John Zogby Strategies
  • Farris Welsh, AFMC Director of Small Business
  • Julie Brichacek, AFRL Chief of Information Systems Division
  • Linda Rockwood, Mohawk Valley GIS
  • Pat Baskinger, AX Enterprize

*Agenda subject to change, and without notice.

This event is free and open to the community. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to RSVP at:

This event is made possible by: AFCEA Erie Canal Chapter, CNY Defense Alliance, Griffiss Institute, Mohawk Valley Community College, Mohawk Valley EDGE, NYSTEC and Rome Reps.

About Griffiss Institute
Established in 2002 by the State of New York, the Griffiss Institute is an independent 501(c)(3) entity governed by a board of directors. By partnering the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) and its technologies with private industry and academia, the Griffiss Institute can facilitate and grow the technology base of the Upstate New York region. The institute has created a collaborative research environment accessible to AFRL/RI that provides an environment conducive to the growth of technology and ideas while creating new business opportunities.

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