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SBDC Staff and Consultants

Certified professionals staff the SBDC at Binghamton. Their knowledge and experience provide expert counseling and training to address the myriad problems inherent in the start-up and operation of a business. The SBDC staff has access to the faculty, staff, students and other resources of Binghamton University as well as private and public consultants, agencies and the Small Business Development Center Research Network in Albany.

We have relocated our Elmira and Corning offices to the IncubatorWorks in Painted Post, NY. To reach any of our advisers, call the Binghamton, NY main line at 607-777-4024 and you will be redirected.

sbdc-staff and consultantsRochelle Layman 

Regional Director Rochelle Layman has been assisting New York state small businesses since 2008. 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, Layman 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 problems.



Michelle CatanMichelle Catan 

Business Advisor Michelle Catan started in mid May 2011, bringing 17 years of banking and three years of business ownership to the position. Catan brings her expertise in small business commercial lending, business planning, SBA lending and documentation, financial analysis and as a presenter and trainer to the position. She attended the statewide NYS SBDC training programs with the rest of the Binghamton staff in late May and was introduced to the mission, goals and many of the staff of the overall program. The SBDC office in Oneonta "officially" opened near the middle of June. Catan provides small business assistance to clients in Otsego, Delaware and Chenango counties from there.





  Charles Schwerin

  Chuck joined the SBDC in 2015. He specializes in advising tech-based   
  companies and was the NY State Coordinator for FAST (Federal and
  State Technology), an SBA-funded program that helps states enhance the use of Small Business Innovation Research grants. Chuck is a co-founder (and current Board member) of a biotech spin-off from Binghamton University. He holds three patents on geographic information technology and received his MA in Urban Policy and Planning from Tufts University. In his spare time Chuck teaches Entrepreneurship in Binghamton University's School of Management and edits Adirondack PEEKS, a bi-annual magazine produced by the Adirondack 46ers.




  Scott Bloor

  Scott Bloor came to the SBDC after a career in managing radio
  stations that began after his graduation from St. Lawrence University.
  Shortly thereafter, he attended Syracuse University and receiveved his
  MBA. He has worked at the SBDC for over 20 years.




  Susan Buchanan

  Susan 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 overses the rescue, participates in fundraisers, adoption events and teams up with area schools to educate children on proper care of animals.




  Brian Qualey

  Brian Qualey brings a wealth of small business knowledge to his
  position as an SBDC Advisor. Brian was born and raised in the Elmira
  are and made a decision many years ago to stay in the area.

He graduated from Elmira College with a BA in Business/Economics and upon his graduation, went to work with the Small Business Administration in their Elmira branch where he remained until his retirement in 2013. The last 10 years at the SBA, Brian was the branch manager. During his tenure at the SBA, he attended and taught many training courses primarily in the area of small business and commercial finance.

Brian came to work at the SBDC because of his love of small businesses and its importance to the communities in the Southern Tier.



Advisor Michael J. Harris

 Mike brings over 20 years of successful small business ownership and   management experience to the center. As a serial entrepreneur and   innovator, he has created technology and agricultural related start-up   businesses. He also has worked in large Enterprise Resource Planning companies as a Software Application Developer, Project Manager, and Senior Technical Marketing Consultant. He holds a BBA from the University of Georgia in Small Business Management & Marketing, and a MBA in Finance from Binghamton University. Using his background and experience, he strives to help small business owners achieve success and to create a positive economic impact in our area.



Advisor Robert Griffin

 A resident of Endicott for more than twenty-years, Bob is a Small   Business Advisor with the SBDC at Binghamton University. Bob 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.



Advisor Liam McMahon

 Liam joined the SBDC after working in the field construction and real   estate development for 14 years. In addition, he has been running his   own property management company for the last 3 years. Liam's time   working in the constructions has given him extensive experience in managing projects, writing bids, and creating estimates. While working he also received his B.S. from East Stroudsburg University, where he had the opportunity to develop skills in grant writing and the design and implementation of training programs and workshops.




  Sally Goff

  Sally is the SBDA's Office Administrative Assistant and brings 34 years of
  experience working with and developing small businesses across the  
  continential US, Canada and International Retail Distributors. Responsible for the day-to-day office operations she coordinates activities of the center with the director and advisors including scheduling, event management and marketing/PR projects. In addition, Sally is responsible for maintaining all SBDC, SBA, Research Foundation and Binghamton University compliance procedures. With an AAS in Business with Emphasis in Marketing, Management and  Sales and a Professional in Human Resources credential, Sally brings wide range of experience to support the department and our clients.

















Last Updated: 10/16/18