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Local Entrepreneurs Graduate From the SBA’s e200 Initiative

Release Date: 
Friday, November 9, 2012
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Advisory Date: 
Friday, November 9, 2012
Advisory Number: 
Rachael Stanton 315-471-9393 ext. 244

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The U.S. Small Business Administration honored the 17 participating companies in its Emerging 200 Initiative (e200) at a graduation ceremony in Syracuse on November 7th.   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, e200 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, e200 will affect more than our 17 graduates. The e200 experience will continue to impact their companies, employees, customers and communities for months and years from now.”

SBA announced at the graduation ceremony that Syracuse will host its third class of e200 in 2013. All interested business owners are invited to contact SBA Deputy District Director Cathy Pokines at cathy.pokines@sba.gov or (315) 471-9393 ext. 241. The e200 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 e200 participating cities. Others included Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Fresno, Jacksonville, Memphis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Youngstown, OH. To learn more about the e200 program, please visit www.sba.gov/e200.

The 2012 e200 graduates are:

John Arquette
John Arquette Properties

John and Elenore Arquette launched John Arquette Properties in January 2009. They support 40 dedicated, well trained and experienced agents who focus on guiding clients through the purchase or sale of residential real estate including homes, townhomes, condominiums, vacation and investment properties. The Arquettes practice in just one market, Central New York, so they can deliver the highest level of service to their clients and agents. They have chosen to remain independent and free of any outside influence a franchise relationship would bring, believing that the public prefers a local expert for the largest investment most families will ever make.

Jason Banuski
HR One Consulting, Inc.

HR One Consulting, Inc. (HR One) is an Upstate New York family-owned business.  For the past 26 years HR One has been providing outsourced human resource services to small and midsized organizations in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors. What is an employer’s greatest asset and often largest expense?  Employees!  HR One delivers proven, professional expertise to address strategic aspects of HR so employers can stay focused on their core business. Jason Banuski, president and senior consultant, is second generation and has been with the firm since 2001. He is responsible for overseeing client service, new business development, and strategic business planning.

Zina Berry
Berry Good Dental Care, P.C.

Berry Good Dental Care is a dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of a patient’s smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long lasting smiles! Dr. Berry believes in a high-standard of excellence in personalized dental care and that education and prevention are the keys to optimal dental health. The team of highly trained and skilled dental professionals prides themselves in providing the care needed to keep a smile healthy. Some of Berry Good Dental Care’s services include crowns, bridges, implants, smile makeovers, orthodontics, dentures and help for TMJ and sleep apnea issues.

Brian Bluff
Site-Seeker, Inc.

Site-Seeker, Inc. provides Internet marketing solutions to businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada. Their expert staff helps clients generate business by positioning them at the top of search engines in response to important keyword searches. Site Seeker can also create and manage online advertising programs, build state-of-the-art websites with a strong eye on generating leads or sales and develop social media strategies. Since 2003, the New Hartford based firm has worked with over 500 clients, ranging from custom manufacturers and distributors of industrial products to large ecommerce enabled websites and retailers serving extremely competitive markets.

Lee Buttolph
Buttolph Lumber Company

Buttolph Lumber Co., Inc. is a wholesale lumber company that sells to retail lumber yards within a 150 mile radius of Syracuse. Buttolph Lumber sells commodity lumber, plywood, insulation and Eastern white pine to all the small mom and pop retail lumber companies that dot every community.  The company was started by John "Lute" Buttolph in 1967 and is a family-owned business in its third generation. The current owner, Lee Buttolph purchased the business in 2010.  Since then the lumber company has moved to a new location in Phoenix and has doubled in size.

David Constas
Just The Right Stuff, Inc.

Just the Right Stuff is a provider of printed products, custom logo apparel, promotional products and commercial office furniture. They provide design services, inventory management, and warehousing to their printing and promotional product clients. The company provides easy online ordering that can be tailored to a customer’s needs. Just the Right Stuff represents many office furniture manufacturers and is the only authorized dealer in Central NY for Knoll furniture, a national leader in design and innovation for office furniture and seating. Just the Right Stuff’s in-house design team and installation personnel make meeting customers’ furniture projects and deadlines stress-free.

Jed Delmonico
Delmonico Insurance Agency

Delmonico Insurance Agency is a full service insurance company representing businesses and individuals throughout Central New York. For nearly 30 years they have successfully created long term relationships with their clients. Their goal is to provide great coverage and exceptional personal care at the best possible price for every client. The Delmonico family operates one of the few remaining family-owned insurance businesses in the region. Their commitment to thrive as a family-owned business, along with the passion and dedication to meet the needs of their clients gives the company a competitive edge.

George Ehegartner, Jr.
Infitec, Inc.

Infitec, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of industrial electronic timing and control systems. Based in East Syracuse, the company is family-owned and has been in business for 31 years. Infitec serves customers around the world, such as OEM machine builders, distributors and aftermarket repair shops. The company offers a standard line of products and specializes in designing custom control and wire harness solutions to solve virtually any machine control challenge. With a special focus on product quality, Infitec also offers competitive pricing, application support and superior customer service.

Karen Goetz
Inforia, Inc.

Inforia is a 12-year-old Syracuse-based software company whose solutions help doctors’ offices be more efficient and provide better patient care by taking all their paper patient charts and replicating them in a completely customized electronic medical record (EMR) system. Unlike competitive systems, Inforia’s EMR is affordable and easy to learn because it’s based on the practice’s existing paper- based system.  Inforia can get a doctor’s office up and transitioned to paperless charts in one to four weeks, making all patient information available to doctors and staff 24/7 from anywhere.  Inforia markets its solutions in the northeast and Florida.

Suzanne Katko
Westside Audiology & Eastside Audiology Services, LLC

Suzanne Kotko has been an audiologist for 28 years, working in various settings for the first 18 years, and then opening a private practice 10 years ago.  Westside Audiology and Eastside Audiology Services, LLC are located in Camillus and Fayetteville respectively.  The services provided include the assessment and treatment of hearing and balance disorders, and the dispensing of hearing aids.  The business also provides specialty earplugs, assistive listening devices, and hearing aid batteries.  Their mission is to provide affordable hearing healthcare with exemplary customer services.  "Good hearing is our concern!" 

Janet Lutz
Calico Gals, Inc.

Janet Lutz started Calico Gals Inc., a sewing retail center in Central New York in 2001. Stores in Syracuse and Oswego feature beautiful fabrics, the latest technology in sewing machines, inspiration, retreats, events and classes for all sewing levels. A knowledgeable, fun staff assists customers in the enjoyment of their shopping and sewing experience. In 2005, Better Homes and Gardens selected Calico Gals as a “Top 10 Quilt Shop in North America”. Janet continues to brand her stores as the destination for travelers and shoppers looking for the latest and greatest in the world of sewing.

Daniel Lyons
Willowbank Company, LLC

Willowbank Company, LLC is provides property management and facility maintenance in Central New York. The company’s 27 employees provide services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from their main office in Syracuse. The company specializes in “single-source” property management and facility maintenance services to allow customers to focus on their core business. Willowbank’s primary customers are commercial property owners, larger businesses and non-profit entities.

Alex Melnikow
Midstate Spring, Inc.

Midstate Spring, Inc. has manufactured custom springs and wire forms for regional manufacturers since 1939. Their 400 active customers are diverse and include manufacturers of medical devices, locomotives, valves, and lawn mowers. Midstate has evolved to become a sophisticated supplier of complete spring solutions including world-class engineering support, an ISO-certified quality system, and vendor managed inventory (VMI) programs. Their springs arrive on-time and in spec. Above all else, Midstate is dedicated to innovating and adapting to meet customers’ changing and unique needs so they can focus on parts of their business that don’t “boing”.

Paul Nagle
Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc.

Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc. installs and provides maintenance services for sports surfaces. For more than 20 years the company has installed running track and tennis court surfaces at over 2,500 venues throughout the northeast. The maintenance division provides state-of-the-art cleaning, artificial turf grooming and surface repairs. The firm has worked for a number of prestigious institutions including, Syracuse University, Bucknell University, Cornell University, Colgate University, Saint Joseph’s University and the entire New York and Pennsylvania University system.  Nagle Athletic Surfaces strives to bring their customers a top quality product and unsurpassed service every single time.     

Diane Schmid McCall
Rudy Schmid Inc. Body & Frame Shop

For 82 years Rudy Schmid’s Body & Frame Shop has provided CNY motorists the best in automotive repair. The collision shop restores all makes and models.  It is your choice where your car is repaired.  The staff at Rudy Schmid’s are experts with insurance claims; from start to finish. Their waterborne paint system has an exact color match and a lifetime warranty. The mechanical department services passenger vehicles through heavy trucks. Other services include RustCheck rustproofing, NYS Inspections, brakes, suspension, tires and alignments. Rudy Schmid’s is your total car care source for repairs and maintenance.

Philip Thayaparan
Prudent Engineering, LLP

Over the last 20 years, Prudent Engineering has evolved into a multi-disciplinary organization that provides clients with quality solutions that address project needs. Prudent provides engineering design, land surveying and inspection services to government, municipal, commercial, and private
sector clients. From bridge and highway designs, to safety and condition inspection and land surveys, Prudent is helping clients across New York State and Pennsylvania solve their engineering challenges every day. Meeting and exceeding client expectations while delivering high quality products and services with professionalism and integrity – that’s the Prudent way.

Douglas Weed
New Hope Mills Manufacturing

New Hope Mills, located in Auburn is a proud third-generation family-owned company that has been producing high quality food products and supporting local families since 1823. The company’s focus is on specialty baking products, and is well-known for its world-famous pancake mixes. In addition to basic pancake mixes, some of the newest members of the pancake family include Gingerbread, Vanilla Chai, and Banana Caramel. Visitors are invited to stop in at the Auburn store and café or order products online.


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