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Latest class completes SBA Emerging Leaders program

By Eric Reinhardt


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The owners of 18 area companies participated in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Emerging Leaders program in 2018.

The SBA honored the group during a graduation ceremony held Oct. 15 at the Gateway Center at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF).

“Our graduates have just spent months analyzing their business financials, identifying sales trends, leveraging resources, learning new management skills, and planning how to sustainably expand their business. I am positive that each graduate stands better prepared to face new challenges and opportunities for their small business,” Bernard J. Paprocki, director of the SBA Syracuse district office, said in a news release.

The Emerging Leaders Initiative provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, “poised-for-growth” companies that are “potential job creators,” the SBA said.

The “intensive” executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time. It also provides opportunities for small-business owners to work with experienced coaches and mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, local leaders, and the financial community.

The SBA program is made possible through support from local cosponsors that include Blackstone LaunchPad; CenterState CEO; CNY TDO; City of Syracuse Office of Neighborhood and Business Development; Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship; Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY); Onondaga County; Onondaga Small Business Development Center; SUNY ESF, Syracuse SCORE chapter; the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.; the Tech Garden; and the WISE Women’s Business Center, the SBA said.



The accompanying photo includes this year’s participants.

The owners of 18 area companies have graduated from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Emerging Leaders program after its 2018 session. (Photo provided by U.S. Small Business Administration).

Back row from left to right: Steve Bulger, SBA region II administrator; Nicholas Mir, Snow Ridge Resort, LLC, Turin; Matt Notaro, Sun Environmental Corp., Clay; Nicholas Ryan, Strong Hearts Café, LLC, Syracuse; Douglas Arena, Bell & Spina Architects, Syracuse; Scott Colbert, Paul Davis Restoration of North Country NY, Hastings; Thaddeus Lovett, Lovett Mechanical Contractors Inc., Syracuse; Chris Keevil, the Copy Centers, Syracuse; Paul Kocur, Oneida Business Enterprises, Inc.; and James Thew, Thew Associates PE, Marcy.

Front row from left to right: Jenn Beach Brillante, C&D Advertising, Utica; Laura Cueva, Interior Innovations, Utica; Natalie Evans, the Sweet Praxis, Syracuse; Nabil Rab, Altenew, Syracuse; Paul Vinciguerra, Upstate Printing Inc., Syracuse; Michael Weisel, Galaxy Brewing Company, LLC, Binghamton; Mary Celletti, Golden Spike Pub, East Syracuse; Thomas Brown, Blue Water Capital Management, LLC, Syracuse; Andrew Cambria, the Cambria Agency, Cicero; and Bernard J. Paprocki, SBA Syracuse District Director.

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