Columbia County Business Wins SBA Small Business Excellence Award

Release Date: 
Friday, May 11, 2018
Release Number: 
Rachael Stanton 315-471-9393 x 244

ALBANY, N.Y. –One local small business was recognized during National Small Business Week at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 20th Annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon in Albany on Thursday, May 3rd. Small businesses are selected for the Excellence Awards based on their company’s longevity, innovation, sales growth, increased employment, ability to overcome adversity or community contributions.

Kinderhook Bank honored Wunderbar Bistro based in Hudson with a 2018 Small Business Excellence Award. Owned by Lyle Lentz and Jaclyn Albizu, Wunderbar Bistro has been in business since 2002 and has continued to grow through both the good years and trying economic times. In 2011 Kinderhook Bank provided financial assistance with an SBA-backed loan for Lyle to purchase the building from his father and make renovations to the restaurant and bar. Lyle started with six employees and now employs 21. The family-owned business focuses on local business customers, rather than the tourist business and has responded to the ever-changing needs of the community by modifying their innovative menu and changing various services. Growing up in a family-owned business, Lyle is already considering training the next generation, starting early with his 2-year-old daughter!

“The 20th Annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon gives us the opportunity to celebrate our business community leaders for their small business successes,” said Bernard J. Paprocki, SBA Syracuse district director. “Small business owners develop deep community connections, provide the critical backbone of our economy, employ local residents, and contribute to the vibrancy and innovation of our nation.”


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