Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins Welcomes Buffalonian Silvia Morales-Fakler as Participant in House Democrats’ Minority Business Summit
September 14, 2005
Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) welcomed Buffalonian Silvia Morales-Fakler to Washington as a participant in the House Small Business Committee Democratic Fourth Annual Minority Business Summit.  Ms. Morales-Fakler is a small business owner on Buffalo’s West Side, and was nominated by Higgins to participate in the Washington summit to share her experiences and discuss the role minority entrepreneurs play in the small business community.
 
 “Small business plays a crucial role in the economic wellness and stability of Buffalo and Erie County,” said Higgins.  “I am particularly proud of our minority small business owners, many of whom have made a tremendous impact on the revitalization of our West Side, and have overcome challenges to establish vibrant and burgeoning businesses.  It is an honor to welcome Silvia Morales-Fakler, the CEO of Office Automation & Training Consultant, a source of pride in the Buffalo Latino community, to Washington.  The growth of minority business in Buffalo is a top priority for me, and while in Congress I hope to ensure that entrepreneurs such as Silvia have the support to allow their businesses to prosper.  She and other minority-owned businesses have the power to grow the economy, and with our help in Congress, they will succeed.”
 
Silvia Morales-Fakler is the CEO of Office Automation & Training Consultant (OATC, http://atsilvia.com), which is a private, for profit, sole proprietorship owned and operated her.   OATC specializes in custom training, Microsoft, Macromedia, Goldmine, JDEdward, and is certified as a Minority Woman Business Enterprise by the US Small Business Association and New York State Department of Economic Development.

Fifteen percent of small businesses today are minority-owned.  As our nation continues to struggle toward economic recovery, an increasing number of minorities are turning toward entrepreneurship.  However, many of these business owners face an array of challenges when it comes to starting or expanding their business.  Higgins joined Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (NY-12) as she hosted national business leaders, entrepreneurs and industry representatives in a forum to hear directly from this sector about the barriers they encounter in business ownership and how Congress can work to most efficiently address their unique needs.

This annual event is held during Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, which serves to honor the great contributions small businesses have made to the economy while also providing participants with a series of networking events and business development seminars. 
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