The U.S. Small Business Administration honored the 13 participating companies in its Emerging 200 Initiative (e200) at a graduation ceremony on November 2, 2011. The intense program, providing more than 40 hours of advanced management training, has been a collaboration of the SBA Syracuse District Office with CenterState CEO, CNY TDO, MACNY, Onondaga SBDC, SUNY ESF, Syracuse SCORE Chapter, Syracuse University, The Falcone Center, The Tech Garden and the WISE Women’s Business Center. Syracuse is one of 17 e200 participating cities. Others included Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Fresno, Jacksonville, Memphis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Youngstown, OH. The e200 initiative focused on small companies in the Syracuse area that have the potential for rapid expansion and job creation. Firms had an operational track record of three years or more. To learn more about the e200 program, please visit www.sba.gov/e200.
Congratulations to the e200 Syracuse Class of 2011:
Jeff Beyer, president
Clairus provides tailored engineering and analytics for the modernization of aviation systems. Their automated test and analysis tool, Performance View, helps equipment vendors and aviation authorities quickly commission and troubleshoot surveillance systems by comparing systems and configurations in real time. The tool is in operation at several locations in the United States and Europe including Washington D.C., Heathrow, Aberdeen and Frankfurt.
Michael Brady, president
HP Mile, Inc.
HP Mile is a specialty flexographic label printer that focuses on servicing the pharmaceutical and medical industries. The company produces defect-free labels with quick turnaround while typically saving customers 30% over their competitors. Brady’s firm creates individual, customer specific work cells with dedicated state-of-the-art printing and inspection equipment. Their staff is also customer specific and produces labels on demand. The firm’s streamlined approach and highly trained employees ensure that customers receive perfect labels on time, every time.
Joe Branagan, president
Classic Cozy is a leader of energy saving and sustainable building services throughout CNY, Watertown, Oswego, Cortland, Binghamton and Ithaca. Their customers save as much as 45% on utility bills with Classic Cozy’s cost-effective insulation, high efficiency heating and cooling systems and other products and services. For over 20 years, Branagan’s team has worked with local governments, homeowners and commercial building owners and has numerous Building Performance Institute and safety certifications.
Raymond Brooks, president
R.B. Woodcraft, Inc.
R.B. Woodcraft is a leading manufacturer and installer of turnkey architectural millwork solutions for national brands to regional commercial contractors. Brooks’ company ensures that the most visual aspect of a project communicates excellence in craftsmanship and attention to every detail. From innovative corporate interiors to esteemed courtrooms and national brand rollouts, R.B. Woodcraft helps owners and architects bring the vision for their environment to realization.
Timothy Butz, president
Presentation Concepts Corporation
Presentation Concepts Corporation is an AV systems integrator that provides audiovisual technology, equipment, systems and solutions for business, education, public safety, government, military, healthcare and hospitality industries. PCC operates as a full service AV design/build firm providing sales, design, engineering, installation, systems integration, client training, equipment service and repair to over 425 customers across Upstate NY. Services include rental and staging services for corporate meetings, events and tradeshows as well as fixed and portable installations for a variety of settings such as boardrooms, patient examination rooms, lecture halls, museums, airports, police stations and 911 command and control centers.
Matthew DaRin, president
Bluepoint Environmental, LLC
Bluepoint Environmental is a full service indoor environmental quality consulting firm that offers a variety of microbial analyses and consultation services. DaRin’s firm uses a unique multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and resolving air quality problems in residential and commercial properties. Bluepoint Environmental services a wide range of clients and buildings including: hospitals and health care facilities, commercial office buildings, pharmaceutical clean rooms, restaurants and hotels, airports, schools and universities, apartment complexes and various residential properties.
Jo Anne Gagliano, president
edr provides professional consulting services in landscape architecture, community planning, civil engineering, and environmental planning and permitting. Offering a service-oriented and creative approach to land planning for over 30 years, edr has a proven performance record with project design and approvals. edr serves communities, utilities, institutions, commercial and private sectors and counts National Grid, Syracuse University, Wegmans and the City of Syracuse as clients.
Michael Harper, president
Since 1989, Ultraclean has provided indoor air quality services including air duct and dryer vent cleaning, industrial cleaning, final construction cleaning, and selective demolition/site clean-up and disposal throughout the state. Harper’s company has a strong emphasis on superior quality, exceptional customer service and competitive pricing for residential, commercial and industrial clients. The company is fully trained and insured, so customers are assured of top-notch, professional service to maintain safe and comfortable environments.
M. Suzanne Kondra-DeFuria, president
Kondra & Jaquin Enterprises, Inc.
For over 30 years, Kondra & Jaquin Enterprises, Inc. dba Potter Heating & Air Conditioning has designed and installed systems for new residential, institutional, and commercial construction. The company is the only 8(a) woman-owned HVAC business in New York State and has extensive government contracting experience working with primes and subs. Kondra & Jaquin Enterprises, Inc. is also a certified woman-owned business with the City of Syracuse, State of New York and the New York State Dormitory Authority.
Shari Phillips, president
Erate Exchange, LLC
Erate Exchange is the nation’s leading Erate consulting firm for school districts assisting them with their Erate application process. Erate Exchange is a NYS certified woman-owned business that works with about 350 schools nationwide to help them receive funding for telecommunications, internet access and internal connections. The company puts the (E’s) ease in Erate by allowing clients to outsource the entire Erate application process, eliminating missed deadlines and ensuring full funding is received.
Nicole Samolis, president
The Events Company
Since 1996, The Events Company has been helping clients make a great impression and a lasting impression for their guests. The Events Company gives clients full hands-on attention and dedication, and whether it’s a VIP dinner for ten guests or a conference for thousands, The Events Company will leave no detail overlooked. As a strategic partner, the firm provides all aspects of event design and development, ranging from venue selection and negotiation, communications, registration services and list maintenance to transportation, hospitality and concierge services and event logistics and production.
Theresa Slater, president
Empire Interpreting Service
Empire Interpreting Service provides onsite and telephonic interpreting in domestic and international locations. EIS works with state and federal agencies, medical facilities, educational institutions and in legal, business and entertainment venues. With highly skilled nationally certified interpreters, EIS offers services in dozens of different spoken languages as well as sign language interpreters in settings ranging from a local doctor’s office to working with heads of state. The firm is certified as a woman-owned business with NYS and WBENC .
Jeffrey Steigerwald, president
Liehs & Steigerwald
Liehs & Steigerwald is Syracuse’s hometown butcher and the best of the “Wurst”! For 75 years, the family business has been making homemade hot dogs, coneys, bratwurst, kielbasa, Italian sausage, liverwurst and over 40 other flavored sausages. Liehs & Steigerwald’s two retail locations have fully qualified meat cutters capable of custom cutting steaks, chops, roasts, fresh ground beef and chicken. The company also offers catering services and “At Your Door” home delivery service that brings their products directly to customers.