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Over the past eight years, Jason Barrett has received 5 SBA loans, rapidly growing his business, and being named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 5,000 list in 2018.  Black Button Distilling earned the rank of number 2020 on the list, making it the fastest growing distillery in the Northeast US.

There are numerous talents that go into being a successful entrepreneur.  One of them, says head distiller Jason Barrett, is being a quick study.  Barrett’s ability to design craft whisky, detect subtle flavors and run his own small business has served him well.  He produces more than 800 barrels of bourbon whisky per year along with several other spirits such as Loganberry Gin, Citrus Forward Gin, All American Corn Vodka, and Apple Pie Moonshine to name a few.

Moving ahead to March 2020 and amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Barrett turned to the SBA again.  

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 International Relationships Key for Putting Buffalo Firm on Top 

 BUFFALO, NY – For Garrett Leather the U.S. Small Business Administration and Empire State Development State Trade Expansion Program, (STEP) has allowed vital access to international contacts and expanded outreach to several countries. 

The Buffalo-based firm provides high-quality leather to interior designers, upholsterers and manufacturers. Garrett Leather provides products for use on private and corporate airplanes, corporate, hospitality and residential interiors, luxury motorhomes and private yachts. Most notable clients include Gulfstream, Learjet and the White House! 

It’s always tough to come up with a business name. Cameron started Garrett in the attic of his house and instead of naming the company “Brown Leather” and pigeonholing the company into one color range he used the old English word for the attic, the ‘Garrett’. “The attic is where I started my firm... Read More

BUFFALO, NY –United States Army Ammunition Specialist, Mike Stanton risked everything buying his business almost two years ago in Clarence, New York. Taking a leave of absence from his transportation career and purchasing Royal Pizza & Italian Bistro.

“I wanted a life change and felt a hard desire to work for myself,” he said. “I started looking for a place and knew I had the recipe for success, passion and drive to dive into this business and keep the authentic Italian style the community was used to.”

While searching for a location, owner, Mike Stanton tapped SCORE Buffalo Niagara for help learning about the advantages of buying an existing business. “The counseling advice I received, helped me to determine how to evaluate my business before I purchased it. The good thing about SCORE is that they will match you with someone who can help you with a specific issue,” he said.

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50 Year Old Business Receives Government Contracts through Primes

BUFFALO, NY – Not long after attending SBA’s annual Small Business Matchmaker, Scott Sutherland, President, SCJ Associates, Inc. began receiving contracting opportunities and numerous quotes from a variety of prime contractors.

Founded in 1971, SCJ is a leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider.  Nearing 50 year of business, SCJ has been supporting military/defense, aerospace, medical and industrial related companies.   Their printed circuit board assemblies, cable assemblies and electro-mechanical sub-assemblies are used in thermal weapon systems, military radio accessories, imaging systems, satellite communications, controller systems, robotic inspection and more.  Not only are they a manufacturer, SCJ will design custom test equipment/fixtures and control panels as well as perform a variety of engineering services for their diverse group of customers.   SCJ is also developing their... Read More