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20 Local Entrepreneurs Graduate from SBA Syracuse Emerging Leaders Program

Release Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Release Number: 
Rachael Stanton 315-471-9393

SBA Syracuse Emerging Leaders Class of 2020

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) honored the owners of 20 participating companies in its Emerging Leaders program at a graduation ceremony in Syracuse on October 29, 2019. The SBA program is made possible through support from local cosponsors including: Blackstone LaunchPad, CenterState CEO, CNY TDO, City of Syracuse Office of Neighborhood and Business Development, Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship, MACNY, Onondaga County, Onondaga Small Business Development Center, SUNY ESF, Syracuse SCORE Chapter, The Downtown Committee, The Tech Garden, and the WISE Women’s Business Center. 

“Our graduates have just spent months analyzing their business financials, identifying sales trends, leveraging resources, learning new management skills, and planning how to sustainably expand their business. I am positive that each graduate stands better prepared to face new challenges and opportunities for their small business,” said Bernard J. Paprocki, SBA Syracuse District director, at the graduation ceremony. 

Emerging Leaders Initiative provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators.  This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time. It also provides opportunities for small business owners to work with experienced coaches and mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, local leaders, and the financial community.  

Ellen Goldberg, co-owner of CrossFit Syracuse, LLC, shared her experience at the ceremony as the SBA Syracuse Emerging Leaders Class of 2019 speaker: “I applied for the Emerging Leaders program with the focused goal of expanding our space this year. I was looking for a how-to guide on applied financial analysis and commercial loans. It felt like the course came at the perfect moment to help me solve a one-time problem. Over the course of this program, I learned so much that was relevant to my immediate situation, but I also picked up habits that have forever changed my entrepreneurial lifestyle. I began thinking of everything in terms of repeatable processes, systems that will serve me now, but also in every other challenge I face in the future of my business. Thank you to our teacher, John Liddy, for guiding us with humor and empathy, to the Syracuse SBA for hosting this invaluable program and supporting our dreams, and to my fellow classmates for all you have shared and taught me.” 

Since its inception in 2008, the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative has trained over 5,000 small business owners, creating over 6,500 jobs, generating over $300 million in new financing, and securing over $3.16 billion in government contracts. Now in its ninth year, Syracuse is one of dozens of participating Emerging Leaders locations nationwide. With the 2019 class, 165 Central New York entrepreneurs have completed the program since it launched in Syracuse.  

SBA Syracuse Emerging Leaders Class of 2019:  

  • Sherrill Braman, Aleut Electric- Greene, NY 
  • Jacob Cole, Upstate Safety Services, LLC – Nichols, NY 
  • Catherine Dare, TRM Environmental Consultants, LLC – Westernville, NY 
  • Rosemarie Fralick, Advanced Graphics Company Inc. – Whitney Point, NY 
  • Ellen Goldberg, CrossFit Syracuse, LLC – Syracuse, NY 
  • Ward Halverson, Cornerstone Herkimer, LLC – Herkimer, NY 
  • Kimberly Hayes, Whistlestop Florist Inc. – East Syracuse, NY 
  • Ryland Heagerty, Pastabilities – Syracuse, NY 
  • Erik Hehl, Hehl Construction Services – Manlius, NY 
  • Camaron Hillman, Devil Dog Concepts – Kirkwood, NY 
  • Terry Horst, Maxian + Horst Landscape Architecture – Syracuse, NY 
  • Holly House, AllSource Fire Supply Inc. – Parish, NY 
  • Brian Petersen, Petersen Cor Associates, LLC – Warners, NY 
  • Chris Roach, CBR Transmission – North Syracuse, NY 
  • Michele Roesch, The Brasserie Bar and Bistro – Camillus, NY 
  • Kevin Taylor, MRT Supply Chain Solutions LLC - Syracuse, NY 
  • Mackenzie Vossler, The Local Branch – Skaneateles, NY 
  • Anne Wadsworth, Bagel Grove Inc. – Utica, NY 
  • Abbey Woodcock, Oneida Freelance Co-Op – Oneida, NY 
  • Ewelina Zajac-Holdrege, Idea Kraft – Binghamton, NY  


Photo caption front row from left to right:  Bernard J. Paprocki, SBA Syracuse; Mackenzie Vossler, The Local Branch; Catherine Dare, TRM Environmental Consultants, LLC; Ewelina Zajac-Holdrege, Idea Kraft; Ryland Heagerty, Pastabilities; Jacob Cole, Upstate Safety Services, LLC; Kimberly Hayes, Whistlestop Florist Inc; Rosemarie Fralick, Advanced Graphics Company Inc.; Grace Conners, SBA Syracuse; Steve Barr, SBA Syracuse; and Kevin Taylor, MRT Supply Chain Solutions LLC. 

Photo caption back row from left to right: Erik Hehl, Hehl Construction Services; John Liddy, SBA Emerging Leaders instructor;  Ward Halverson, Cornerstone Herkimer, LLC; Cameron Hillman, Devil Dog Concepts; Terry Horst, Maxian + Horst Landscape Architecture; Michele Roesch, The Brasserie Bar and Bistro; Ellen Goldberg, CrossFit Syracuse, LLC; Holly House, AllSource Fire Supply Inc.; Chris Roach, CBR Transmission; and Brian Petersen, Petersen Cor Associates, LLC.