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SBA Announces Class Participants for 2018 Emerging Leaders Syracuse Program

Release Date: 
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Release Number: 
Rachael Stanton 315-471-9393

2018 Emerging Leaders Syracuse class photo

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The U. S. Small Business Administration Syracuse District Office announced today the list of participants selected for the 2018 Emerging Leaders program for Central New York small businesses.

Twenty local businesses have been competitively selected this year: Altenew, Syracuse; Bell & Spina Architects, Syracuse; Blue Water Capital Management, LLC, Syracuse; C&D Advertising, Utica; Galaxy Brewing Company, LLC, Binghamton; Golden Spike Pub, East Syracuse; Integrated Voice & Data Solutions, Inc., Watertown; Interior Innovations, Utica; Lovett Mechanical Contractors Inc., Syracuse; National Carpet Outlet, Syracuse; Oneida Business Enterprises, Inc., Oneida; Paul Davis Restoration of North Country NY, Central Square; Snow Ridge Resort, LLC, Turin; Strong Hearts Café, LLC, Syracuse; Sun Environmental Corp., Liverpool; The Cambria Agency, Cicero; The Copy Centers, Syracuse; The Sweet Praxis, Syracuse; Thew Associates PE, Marcy; and Upstate Printing Inc., Syracuse.

They come from diverse sectors, including manufacturing, food service, and technology. Led by returning instructor John Liddy, the Emerging Leaders program began on April 11 with the first class and will continue through November. Over a period of seven months and 13 training classes, participants will work with mentors and develop connections with other business owners and community leaders. Upon graduation, participants will exit the program with a strategic growth plan for their business, developed using the knowledge, skills, and techniques honed in the class.

The intense program, providing more than 40 hours of advanced management training, has been a collaboration of the SBA Syracuse District Office with the 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. To learn more about Emerging Leaders, please visit   



Photo caption:

Back row from left to right: Steve Bulger, SBA Region II Administrator; Doug Arena, Bell & Spina Architects; Nick Ryan, Strong Hearts Café, LLC; Nick Mir, Snow Ridge Resort, LLC; Thatteus Lovett, Lovett Mechanical Contractors Inc.; Pat Pfohl, National Carpet Outlet; Chris Keevil, The Copy Centers; Paul Kocur, Oneida Business Enterprises, Inc.; James Thew, Thew Associates PE; Matt Notaro, Sun Environmental Corp; John Liddy, Emerging Leaders Instructor; and Tom Brown, Blue Water Capital Management, LLC.

Front row from left to right: Steve Barr, SBA Syracuse District Business Opportunity Specialist; Jenn Brillante, C&D Advertising; Nabil Rab, Altenew; Natalie Evans, The Sweet Praxis; Andrew Cambria, The Cambria Agency; Paul Vinciguerra, Upstate Printing Inc.; Mary Celletti, Golden Spike Pub; Laura Cueva, Interior Innovations; Mike Weisel, Galaxy Brewing Company; Grace Conners, SBA Syracuse District Lender Relations Specialist, and Bernard J. Paprocki, SBA Syracuse District Director.

Not pictured: Kathryn Glynn, Integrated Voice and Data, Inc.; and Scott Colbert, Paul Davis Restoration of North Country NY.

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