Susan's Client Success Stories

Laurabelle’s Cupcakery

CupcakeryTarrah worked in the banking world for 5 years and decided it was time to pursue her dream of owning a bakery and what better place than Market Street in Corning.  She left her position as a Jr. Underwriter, packed up her belongings and moved to Corning from the Ithaca area.

She came to the SBDC for assistance with getting this project off the ground.  We discussed legal requirements, storefront availability in the area and what lenders would require of her and we worked on putting a business plan together.

As it turns out, a storefront that would fit her needs, were few and far between.  So it was decided she would start out on a smaller scale.  For a short time she did some baking from her home and set up at the local Farmer’s Market.  It didn’t take long for a location to become available.  Once the final inspection was done, Laurabelle’s Cupcakery was open for business.  Laurabelle’s, named after her grandmother, has taken off.  Tarrah not only does special orders, but was able to snag a contract with a local restaurant doing all of their baked goods, with other showing interest.

To learn more, check out Laurabelle's Cupcakery's Facebook page.

Click here to see Laurabelle's WENY-TV news story.


 UMUJamy and his wife Kristal knew they wanted to start a fitness center, so they reached out to the SBDC for assistance.  Their first initial visit consisted of discussing legal requirements, start-up costs, equipment desired along with prices and location.  Throughout the process, clients and business advisor, worked hand in hand on putting a business plan together.

uMUVfit opened their doors on July 2nd.  uMUVfit offers yoga and martial arts classes, along with personal training.  Since that time, they have added more equipment, a rock wall and an obstacle course.     UMUVfit is about full functional fitness and helping you reach you full potential!

Not only do they hold classes for adults and children, Kristal came up with a unique idea for Puppy Yoga classes.  All proceeds from these classes go directly to the local SPCA to sponsor a pet adoption. To learn more, check out

Griffins Aerie

 GriffinSarah approached the SBDC for assistance when an opportunity arose for her to purchase merchandise from a local store that was going out of business.  Sarah had been dabbling in an assortment of things and decided it was time to start her own business.  She came in with a business plan drawn up and together, Sarah and her business advisor, worked on three years of projections.

Unfortunately Sarah was turned down by the first lender she approached, but being one not to give up on her dreams, she approached another and was able to secure a loan. 

Griffins Aerie offers a variety of items such as bulk herbs, herbal remedies, crystals, gem and plant essences, jewelry and metaphysical items.  Sarah is a Reiki Practitioner and offers spirit consultations and energy work. To learn more, check out