Niagara University’s College of Business Administration, in conjunction with its Family Business Center, Center of Supply Chain Excellence, Food Marketing Center of Excellence, and Niagara University Career Services is hosting a series of virtual discussions on ways in which Western New York businesses can deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. All discussions, which are free, take place from 3-4 p.m. via Zoom, and are moderated by Jack T. Ampuja, president and CEO of Supply Chain Optimizers.

On Thursday, June 4, a panel of financial experts will provide insight on navigating the financial challenges family businesses are facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Featured panelists include Bryan J. Donohue, chief operating officer at Freed Maxick, CPA, PC; F. James Ginnane, owner of Planned Futures Financial; Martin Griffith, president of BankonBuffalo; Franklin J. Sciortino, district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration; and Michael A. Taylor, senior vice president of Pursuit Lending (formerly known as New York Business Development Corp.).

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On Thursday, June 11, supply chain professionals will discuss “COVID-19 and the Impact on the Supply Chain.” You’ll learn about the challenges that many organizations are facing all along the supply channels, including why there are shortages and how these supply disruptions are impacting businesses that are currently operating, as well as those that are beginning to reopen. Featured panelists include Jim Manno, vice president of sales and marketing of Sonwil Distribution Center, Inc.; Robert Rich III, president of ROAR Logistics; and Michael L. Riccio, chief marketing officer of Leonard's Express.

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On Thursday, June 18, top executives in the automotive and real estate industries, as well as business consultants, will offer strategies to help lead your business and employees into the future as we continue to navigate the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Featured panelists include Scott Bieler, West-Herr Automotive; Larry Mietus, Speaking of Strategy; Gerry Murak, Murak and Associates; and Peter Hunt, Hunt Real Estate.

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