SBA Celebrates National Small Business Week in Central New York on May 5th

Release Date: 
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Release Number: 
Rachael A. Stanton 315-471-9393 ext. 244

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Nineteen small businesses from a variety of industries, from bakeries to breweries, will be recognized during National Small Business Week at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 19th Annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon in Syracuse on Friday, May 5th at 11:30 AM. 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.

SBA, the New York Business Development Corporation, area lenders and economic developers will recognize these successful businesses at a luncheon and awards ceremony. The event will be emceed by News Channel 9 anchor Dan Cummings and held at The DoubleTree Hotel.

Business owners, bankers and SBA’s Syracuse District Director will be available for interviews before and after the event. Small Business Excellence winners are listed below. If you need information on an individual winner, please contact Rachael Stanton at the SBA Syracuse office at (315) 471-9393, ext. 244.


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1 in Broome County

Business name: Galaxy Brewing Company, LLC
Owner(s): Michael Weisel,  Seth Weisel  
Address: 41 Court St,  Binghamton, NY 13901
Nominated by: The 504 Company

2 in Cayuga County

Business: Brew Funeral Home, Inc.
Owner(s): Sam Darling  
Address: 48 South Street, Auburn, NY 13021
Nominated by: M&T Bank

Business: Utopia Farm, LLC
Owner(s): Amanda Pratt,  Lee Pratt    
Address: 7424 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Auburn, NY 13021
Nominated by: Five Star Bank

1 in Chemung County

Business: Elmira Gymnastics Club and Fitness Center
Owner(s): Laura Monichetti
Address: 3162 Lake Road, Horseheads, NY 14845
Nominated by: NY SBDC Corning

1 in Cortland County

Business: Essex Structural Steel Company, Inc.
Owner(s): Jeffrey Rothery,     
Address: 607 State Route 13, Cortland, NY 13045
Nominated by: KeyBank NA

1 in Jefferson County

Business: Kingdom Strongholds, Ltd.
Owner(s): Jamie Wood
Address: 146 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY 13601
Nominated by: Watertown Savings Bank

1 in Lewis County

Business: Buckingham Hardware/Bucks & Bolts
Owner(s): Todd Buckingham
Address: 9801 Main Street, Croghan, NY 13327
Nominated by: NY SBDC Watertown

3 in Madison County

Business: ATL Plumbing & Mechanical, LLC
Owner(s): Alfio LaRosa,  Tina LaRosa  
Address: 5329 Palmer Rd., Chittenango, NY 13037
Nominated by: Solvay Bank

Business: Flour & Salt Bakery
Owner(s): Britty Buonocore,  Brendan O'Connor  
Address: 7 Maple Ave, Hamilton, NY 13346
Nominated by: Partnership for Community Development

Business: Good Nature Brewing, Inc.
Owner(s): Carrie Blackmore,  Matt Whalen  
Address: 37 Milford St, Ste. 3, Hamilton, NY 13346
Nominated by: NY SBDC Onondaga

1 in Oneida County

Business: Halpin's Fuel Service, Inc.
Owner(s): Tim Halpin    
Address: 10258 State Route 28, Forestport, NY 13338
Nominated by: Berkshire Bank

4 in Onondaga County

Business: Digital Hyve Marketing, LLC
Owner(s): Jeffery Knauss,  Jacob Tanner  
Address: 443 North Franklin St, Syracuse, NY 13204
Nominated by: NBT Bank

Business: The Decorated Cookie Company, LLC
Owner(s): Peter Hess, Tina Hess, Trevor Whiting, Stewart MacPherson, and Kuno Kurschner
Address: 314 Lakeside Road, Syracuse, NY 13209
Nominated by: Pathfinder Bank

Business: The Sweet Praxis
Owner(s): Natalie Evans,  Jennifer Walls  
Address: 203 E. Water Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Nominated by: WISE Women's Business Center

Business: The View Restaurant, Inc.
Owner(s): Michael Schoemaker     
Address: 4590 Octagon Road, Tully, NY 13159
Nominated by: NYBDC

1 in Oswego County

Business: Off Broadway Dance Center
Owner(s): Ellen Marshall    
Address: 420 County Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069
Nominated by: Operation Oswego County, Inc.

1 in Otsego County

Business: Toonie Moonie Organics, Ltd.
Owner(s): Kim Condon     
Address: 6106 State Highway 28, Fly Creek, NY 13337
Nominated by: NY SBDC Binghamton

1 in Seneca County

Business: The Glass Magnolia Bed & Breakfast
Owner(s): Walter Rudolph,  Nancy Rudolph  
Address: 8339 Main Street, Interlaken, NY 14847
Nominated by: Tompkins Trust Company

1 in St. Lawrence County

Business: Glow Skincare and Spa
Owner(s): Carmen Gendebien,  Blake Gendebien  
Address: 75 Main St., Canton, NY 13617
Nominated by: NY SBDC Canton