BEST Center Welcomes Campanella As New Small Business Advisor

The BEST Center at Genesee Community College is pleased to welcome Salvatore (Sam) Campanella as a new Small Business Development Center (SBDC) advisor. Funded, in part, by the Small Business Administration, the SBDC delivers counseling, training, and industry-specific research to small business entrepreneurs. The BEST Center has hired Campanella to advise potentially new and current small business owners in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties.

“Mr. Campanella brings over 20 years experience in all phases of management in manufacturing, industrial and retail organizations,” Jerry Kozlowski, dean of The BEST Center said. “He has a proven ability to research and implement new methods and procedures to achieve cost savings and improve cash flow. He also previously advised small businesses through his work with the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce.”

Campanella is currently the owner of Notary On Demand in Rochester, NY, a company that specializes in providing loan closing services for banks and title companies, individual notary services, identification verifications and field service audits and inspections. He previously had been a co-owner and the vice president of Genesee Financial Corporation, a financial organization that provided alternative funding to small and medium sized companies to improve their cash flow through accounts receivable funding. In addition, he has owned several retail businesses in the Rochester area.

Campanella brings a unique blend of skills that span from industrial and retail management to real estate sales. He is a New York State licensed real estate salesperson and is presently a real estate investor. He is affiliated with the NAR (National Association of Realtors), the NYSAR (New York State Association of Realtors) and the GRAR (Greater Rochester Association of Realtors).

“The current economic climate is really an ideal time for people who are struggling with layoffs and plant closings to develop creative ideas for new business ventures,” said Campanella. “I’m excited to start advising those people who have dreams and want to put them into action.”

In addition to his professional work, Campanella is the Treasurer of The Caltanissetta Society of Rochester, an organization that provides charitable contributions to families in need of medical funding assistance for an ill child. He is also a member of the Italian-American Sports Club of Rochester, the Italian-American Business Network, and the Greece Chamber of Commerce.

Currently residing in Gates, NY, Campanella holds a bachelor of business administration degree in finance and marketing from Saint John Fisher College. He is married to his wife Stella and they have six children. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, bowling and spending time with his family.

He is looking forward to his new role as a BEST Center advisor and hopes to help individuals understand what is required to start and own a small business.

For more information about the BEST Center, to register for one of the upcoming workshops, or to make an appointment with a counselor, call (585) 345-6868.
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