Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Rescue Pups in Friendship wins ALCO business plan competition

The ACCORD Allegany Business Center would like to congratulate Lisa Hitchcock of Rescue Pups for winning the Fall 2018 ALCO Business Plan Competition and the $1,000 ALCO Grand Prize. On November 13th, 2018, the ACCORD Small Business Assistance Program concluded its 10-week Entrepreneur Training Program with the ALCO-sponsored Business Plan Competition. Throughout the course of the 60-hour class, participants worked on building a formal business plan for their ventures with the goal of having a living document they can follow as their companies grow and update as necessary. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the ALCO Federal Credit Union, participants were able to finish the program by presenting their plans and businesses in front of three judges for the chance to win $1,000. Each business was graded on both the written plan and oral presentation. If interested in adopting a new companion or if you’d like to volunteer/donate, Rescue Pups can be found online at, on Facebook at, and locally in Friendship, NY.
Thank you to all that participated in the class and in the competition, our judges this fall: Jeff Stager of ACCORD, Angela McKay of Allegany County’s Department of Planning, and Michael Miller of ALCO, and a big thank you to ALCO Federal Credit Union for sponsoring this season’s competition. For more information on this local credit union, please visit their website at or stop into one of their four locations in Wellsville, Cuba, Belmont, or Friendship.
ACCORD’s next entrepreneur training class is currently planned to be an “express” class, likely spanning 5 weeks, and is expected to begin in late February or early March 2019. If interested in enrolling, please contact the ACCORD Allegany Business Center at 585-268-7080 or