BUFFALO — On Thursday, the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Buffalo Niagara will kick-off its Annual Straight Talk Series, an opportunity to learn what you need to know about operating a successful business.

Straight Talk the Series is a program assisting entrepreneurs who want to achieve their dream of entrepreneurship. In this series, participants will learn the fundamentals of starting a business and how to ignite for business success.

Straight Talk the Series is an eight-week program held every Thursday and starting on Feb. 7 through March 28. The seminars are held at Medaille College, main building, auditorium from 5:45-8:30 p.m. Refreshments and a light dinner item is provided with your registration.

There is no charge to participants who attended Straight Talk 2019 on Jan. 26 New and interested entrepreneurs may attend any of the seminars below for $5 per session or all eight sessions for $30. Registration can be made at: www.buffaloniagarascore.org

Series topics include learning about business plans and other foundations of growing a successful business. The following is a list of scheduled seminars:

Business Plans I and Library Resources – Feb. 7

Business Plans II and the Elements of a Financial Plan – Feb. 14

Business Ethics and Risk Management from the Legal Perspective – Feb. 21

Employee Life Cycle: Hiring & Firing Employees, NYS Taxes – Feb. 28

Risk Management from the Insurance Perspective and Federal Taxes – March 7

Marketing your Small Business and Getting your Business Online – March 14

Social Media & Internet Marketing Secrets, Crowdfunding & Funding Your Small Business – March 21

Managing Your Credit Score and Funding Your Business – March 28

For further information contact SBA at 716-551-4301.