SBA Syracuse January Newsletter | Making The Cut: Sanders Meat Market

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January 11, 2013

It's Your Business
Syracuse District Office Newsletter

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Making The Cut: Sanders Meat Market

Tim and Heidi Sanders, owners of Sanders Meat Market in Ballston Spa, NY.

For Heidi and Tim Sanders, the meat counter represents more than how their parents made a living or where they met and fell in love- it’s the inspiration for their second careers as entrepreneurs. Tim apprenticed for three years to his father, a butcher in Nashua, New Hampshire, before beginning a 30-year career in the supermarket field. Heidi’s mother worked in a meat market in Westfield, Massachusetts and taught her how to bake from scratch. To honor their history, both Tim and Heidi’s parents are featured in framed photographs on the walls of their successful startup, Sanders Meat Market.

During their time at Shaw’s Supermarket in New Hampshire, Tim worked in the meat department and then as store director for 11 years, while Heidi worked her way up from cake decorator to deli and seafood department manager over 22 years. Ready for retirement from their supermarket careers, the Sanders vacationed in the Saratoga area in 2008 and fell in love with the place and the people. They relocated to the area and worked for several months to stay busy, but Tim and Heidi quickly realized they didn’t want to work for anyone else any longer.

“With our skill set, we looked around and thought the area was ripe for a high quality meat market,” Tim recounts. “We used Northeast NY SCORE in Saratoga Springs to help build our business plan, working with counselors Bill Hunt, Bill Edwards, and Dennis Crimi. They were very knowledgeable about this particular area. We needed help putting it all down on paper to create a plan and pursue the financing.”

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e200 Syracuse Class of 2013 Recruitment Starts

e200 branding

Since 2008, the SBA e200 Emerging Leaders initiative has helped nearly 1,000 promising small business owners across the country grow their businesses with support, resources and skills to succeed. Syracuse has been selected to host e200 for the third year in a row. The eight-month program offers approximately 100 hours of training per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend classroom work-sessions and develop connections with their peers, community leaders, and financial communities.

Local recruitment for the 2013 class is underway. Interested small business owners are invited to learn more about the initiative by contacting James Quackenbush at 315-471-9393 ext. 252 or

> Read about the 2012 graduating class

> Learn more about the e200 initiative

SBA Reminds Entrepreneurs SAM Registration is FREE

Are you interested in registering your small business in the new SAM database?  SAM stands for System for Award Management, and it's changing the way you do business by consolidating nine separate and distinct federal systems into one.  Among the systems it’s replacing is the Central Contractor Registration, or CCR, a database where companies that want to do business with the government register. 

Our SBA office and resource partners – such as the Procurement Assistance Center at the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center – have recently heard of small business clients solicited by firms offering to get them set up in SAM for a fee of $500 to $599.

As Roxanne K. Mutchler, the Government Contracting Coordinator at the Mohawk Valley SBDC points out: “These are private, for-profit businesses that will charge the client for registering their business.  There is no cost to register at the new SAM website! We can assist them with the process for FREE!”   

The real SAM website is: Always look for the “.gov” after “SAM” in the URL address. Private, for-profit businesses will not have the “.gov” suffix.  Even if a site looks a lot like a federal government website, don’t be fooled. Without the .gov ending, it isn’t. 

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01/15   8:00 am - 10:00 am  Facebook 101 Seminar in Ticonderoga

Learn how to set up a Facebook page, the basics of Facebook and how to use social networking to promote your business and interact with your customers. For details, please contact the Plattsburgh SBDC at or (518) 564-2042.

01/15    8:00 am - 10:00 am
Time Management Program in Utica

This breakfast meeting will cover time management and priority setting skills tailored for business owners. For details, please contact the Mohawk Valley SBDC at or (315)

01/30     7:30 am - 9:30 am
Women's Business Owner Roundtable in Vestal

A roundtable breakfast meeting for women entrepreneurs to meet other entrepreneurs, broaden your networking base, and promote your business. For details, please contact the Binghamton SBDC at or (607) 777-4024.

03/21     8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Operation: Start Up & Grow Conference in Syracuse

The sixth annual business conference for veterans will be held at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. Veterans interested in starting or expanding their own business are invited to attend this free event. For details, please visit


For an entire listing of all events held in the SBA Syracuse District, click here.