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Local CNY Entrepreneurs Graduate From the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative

Release Date: 
Thursday, November 7, 2013
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Advisory Date: 
Thursday, November 7, 2013
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Rachael Stanton 315-471-9393 ext. 244

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The U.S. Small Business Administration honored the 13 participating companies in its Emerging Leaders Initiative (formerly e200) at a graduation ceremony at SUNY ESF on November 6th.   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, City of Syracuse Office of Neighborhood and Business Development, Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc., MACNY, Onondaga SBDC, SUNY ESF, Syracuse SCORE, Syracuse University, The Falcone Center, The Tech Garden and the WISE Women’s Business Center.

“With tailored curriculum, limited class size and small mentoring groups, the Emerging Leaders initiative creates an environment for the entrepreneur to take a critical assessment of their business in today’s economy and begin working on the business, not in the business,” said SBA Syracuse District Director Bernard J. Paprocki. “By strengthening these small businesses, I can tell you that Emerging Leaders will affect more than our 13 graduates. The Emerging Leaders experience will continue to impact their companies, employees, customers and communities for months and years from now.”

“This class has allowed me to look at business exactly the way I always wanted to and didn’t know how to.  For me, the CEO mentoring groups have proved the most valuable.  We get together in small groups bi-weekly to discuss closely and intimately our businesses and our challenges.  We help each other understand what we do, what has worked for us and what has not worked.  These meetings have allowed us to have a greater understanding of the challenges we all face and identify ways to improve.  We’ve already agreed as a group we will continue to meet and help one another even after graduation,” explained 2013 graduate and Brophy Services, Inc. President Eileen Brophy.

SBA announced at the graduation ceremony that Syracuse will host its fourth class of Emerging Leaders in 2014. All interested business owners are invited to contact SBA Syracuse Project Manager Daniel Rickman at daniel.rickman@sba.gov or (315) 471-9393 ext. 250. The Emerging Leaders initiative focuses on small companies in the Syracuse area that have the potential for rapid expansion and job creation. Firms must have an operational track record of three years or more. Syracuse is one of 17 participating cities nationwide. Others include Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fresno, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Youngstown, OH. To learn more about Emerging Leaders, please visit www.sba.gov/ny/syracuse.  

The 2013 Emerging Leaders Initiative graduates are:

Luke Behm
Dart Computer Solutions

Dart Computer Solutions is a nimble leader in the computer technology field that is changing every minute of every day. From repairing computers and designing custom-built computers to installing networks and configuring email, Dart Computer Solutions has it all. Based in Syracuse, New York, the company’s six employees serve individual, non-profit and business clients with rapid response and turnaround time, living up to its acronym Dedicated And Reliable Technology.

Eileen Brophy
Brophy Services, Inc.

Brophy Services, Inc. is a fully-insured, comprehensive janitorial company that has provided facilities maintenance and janitorial services to businesses since 1986. The company has a combination of services including janitorial, floor care, carpet care, restroom cleaning, window washing, and more. Brophy Services is the largest privately-held building service contractor in Central New York with over 120 accounts and equally as many employees. The company values long term partnerships with clients who are concerned with quality, responsiveness and reliability, and is an established leader in delivering innovative, cutting edge solutions to clients.

Andrew DiLaura
CADimensions, Inc.

CADimensions, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company founded in 1990 that provides sales, technical support, training, and application development to the engineering, manufacturing, and educational markets in Upstate New York, Vermont, Western Massachusetts and Northern Pennsylvania. In addition to its headquarters in East Syracuse, CADimensions, Inc. also has branch offices in Albany, Rochester and Buffalo. The company mission is to put the proper engineering tools in the hands of designers and manufacturers, so they can realize a shorter time to market, and a reduction in design, manufacturing, and overall operational costs.

Peter Hess
Corso’s Cookies

Corso’s Cookies, located in Syracuse, New York is the largest producer of decorated cookies in North America with customers like Barnes and Noble, Hobby Lobby, Proflowers and Cracker Barrel Restaurants. The company distinguishes itself from both domestic and foreign competitors with its proprietary decorating technology that provides the company enormous manufacturing capacity while maintaining a hand-made look and taste. Corso’s Cookies may be purchased at retailers nationwide or by visiting their website.

Craig Mead

FIBERONE, LLC is a manufacturer of fiber optic products utilized by communications and data network service providers. Founded in 2000 and located in East Syracuse, New York the company specializes in high quality products such as fiber optic cable assemblies, patch panels, and optical components needed for today’s high speed communication networks. Capable of producing a variety of standard or custom assemblies within its quick-turn production facility, this solutions oriented company is well positioned to meet the needs of the ever expanding communications market.

Andy Picco
Sustainable Office Solutions, LLC

Sustainable Office Solutions is located in Liverpool, NY and currently employees six full-time staff. The company’s primary focus is providing businesses throughout Central New York with solutions for all their office furnishing needs through the use of “New”, “Pre-owned”, and “Re-manufactured” Products. From furniture to acoustics, sound masking, and moveable wall systems, SOS emphasizes green and sustainability wherever possible by working with environmentally conscientious manufacturers, and through buying and selling pre-owned products. SOS is different from the competition because they are not locked into specific manufacturer commitments and are therefore able to offer their clients a wide range of options.

Lawrence Pidgeon
Pidgeon, Inc.

Pidgeon, Inc., primarily a residential roofing and renovations company in Central NY, also works with commercial and not for profits. The company’s nine employees provide services year round honoring the homeowner by believing a person’s home is their most prized possession. Homeowners should feel cozy, secure and creative there. Pidgeon always includes a “100% Satisfaction Guarantee,” and all their roofs have a “20 Year Custom Quality Guarantee” as well. In addition to roofing, they remodel, add-on, help with solar and take care of off-season needs.

Laura Ranger
Losi & Ranger, CPAs, PLLC

Losi & Ranger Certified Public Accountants has been providing accounting services to clients in Central New York since 2001. The company’s accounting clients range from service industries, retailers, and manufacturers to professional firms, construction contractors, and not-for-profits. Based in Liverpool, NY, Losi & Ranger are considered experts in the specialized accounting needs of small to medium-sized businesses, working with clients as a partner in the growth and evolution of their businesses. Losi & Ranger helps clients develop financial management strategies that not only minimize taxes and maximize profitability today, but also position them to achieve long-term business goals.

Lauris Rigdon
Onondaga Physical Therapy, LLC

Onondaga Physical Therapy is a family-owned practice with three outpatient locations in the Syracuse area. They have become the provider of choice in CNY due to their unwavering dedication to their company core values. They welcome each patient into the Onondaga PT family delivering them a unique one-on-one approach where spending quality time together is their recipe for success. Their team has created a supportive atmosphere inside state of the art fitness centers so they can help you live, work and play better. They truly measure their company success one patient at a time and can say that treating physicians themselves is a testament to their quality care.

Charles Scholl
Standard Insulating Co., Inc.

An award-winning family-owned business since 1928, Standard Insulating Co. can make your home, commercial, or industrial building more comfortable, lower your energy costs, and help you get financial incentives to help pay for it. Founded in 1928 the company is now the oldest and largest insulation contractor in the Mohawk Valley. Certified by the Building Performance Institute, Standard Insulating Co. uses state-of-the-art technology to diagnose the causes of energy loss and provide solutions using the Energy Smart financial incentive programs offered by the New York State Energy, Research and Development Authority.

Malcolm Smith
Smith Contemporary Furniture

Smith Contemporary Furniture imports and retails international, contemporary, modern and Scandinavian furniture and accessories and life-changing mattresses. Their retail store is at 3184 Erie Blvd East, DeWitt, NY. They believe that people are affected by their surroundings and their mission is to help people improve their quality of life with well designed, comfortable and affordable furniture, accessories and giftware. They also offer a different approach to sleep systems with their life-changing mattresses. Their customers come from within a 300-mile radius, and with their website, the company ships to anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

Douglas Waterbury
Empire Attractions, LLC

Empire Attractions was created after Doug Waterbury acquired a number of entertainment properties in New York and Florida, successively linking them together under one umbrella for marketing and branding purposes. At the core of Empire Attractions is the goal to acquire and restore landmark properties from coast to coast. Currently Empire Attractions is working on two theme parks, one in California and one in New York, as well as a marina on Lake Ontario that includes a historic 1838 stone lighthouse and a turn-of-the-century hotel.

Caprice Zimmer
Sterling NY Performing Arts Center

The Sterling Renaissance Festival is one of the oldest and most successful producers of professional interactive entertainment in the world. The festival recreates an authentic English Renaissance Village with over 100 stage and street performers, professional actors, comedians, and musicians, as well as close to 100 Artisans demonstrating their fine craftsmanship. Caprice Zimmer, Director of Operations for the Sterling NY Performing Arts Center, oversees all of the center’s current operations including Human Resources, management of the Food and Beverage Operations, as well as direct management of all administrative and organizational operations. In addition, Caprice is responsible for developing strategies and plans for future opportunities for the property.

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