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SBA Grant Funds New Outreach Site in Fulton
Photo caption from left to right: Assemblyman William A. Barclay (124th District), John Halleron (SUNY Oswego SBDC), Bernard J. Paprocki (SBA), Deborah Stanley (SUNY Oswego), Jackie Thorpe (Oswego-Fulton Chamber), Chena Tucker (SUNY Oswego SBDC), Larry Perras (SUNY Oswego SBDC), Joe Fiumara (Fulton Community Development Agency), Morris Sorbello (Oswego County Legislator, 23rd District), and Jeff Grimshaw (SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations).
FULTON- On December 13, SBA District Director Bernard J. Paprocki, Oswego Small Business Development Center staff and other small business organizations cut the ribbon for a new small business outreach site in Fulton, NY. The center was made possible through a $100,000 Portable Assistance Grant from the SBA and the purpose of the highly competitive grant—only $588,000 was available to SBDCs nationally this year—is to develop scalable programs in areas suffering economic hardships. Fulton has lost more than 2,000 manufacturing jobs since 1995, according to the SBDC’s grant application.
"This is a great example of folks coming together locally, taking advantage of the resources available through the SBA and putting them to work right here on the ground in order to meet the needs of the small business community and our local economic development efforts,” SBA Syracuse District Director Bernard J. Paprocki said. “So, on behalf of everyone at SBA, we pledge our resources to working with you to keep this thing going, and also to make it a good model that could be used in other parts of our district. We’ve now opened up the channels to receive help and information and resources and loans that are available through our entire network, right here in Fulton.”
On-site business adviser Chena Tucker will provide the displaced workers with advice and training on starting a small business. Beginning in January, workshops will include the new course “What Business Should I Start?” which features a skills and interests assessment that can help point people to a business that “fits” and can be commercialized.
“The plan is we’re going to open a temporary office in Fulton to assist displaced workers for up to six months, depending on demand,” Oswego SBDC Senior Business Advisor Larry Perras said. “The target is individuals who have thought about it and would like to start a business, but haven’t really decided which one to take on.”
To make an appointment with the Fulton site, please contact the Oswego SBDC at 315-312-3492. The Fulton site is located at 34 S. First Street.