Together with participation from the Air Force Research Laboratory and as part of the Science
and Technology community, Mohawk Valley Community College Rome Campus hosted a
High-Tech Small Business Symposium on March 28 to promote small cutting-edge companies.
The event was held from 8:00am-4:00pm and started off with a business expo to highlight high-tech
companies. At the expo, tables for participating businesses were set up throughout the
length of the newly-renovated Plumley Complex Atrium. Small business support agencies were
also present in the atrium during the day to offer company assistance. The symposium was free
and open to small and large high-tech businesses and to people interested in starting a high-tech
business. Approximately 200 people and 35 local business attended the event.
Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, Oneida County Executive
Anthony Picente, NYS Senator Kirstin Gillibrand, and other leaders were present at the event
and gave speeches concerning small business growth and industry enterprises. The symposium
involved small business briefings, a Women in Leadership Roundtable, keynotes and questions
and answers with NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul and Air Force General Ellen
Pawlikowski, and social networking opportunities. Business session topics included technology
transfer, commercialization, entrepreneurship, and processes for growing small businesses.
This event hosted many local companies and was a phenomenal success that promoted and celebrated high-tech businesses in the community. Agencies that contributed to the event were: Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Erie Canal Chapter, Central New York Defense Alliance, Griffiss Institute, Mohawk Mohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprise, New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation, and Rome Reps.