SBA Syracuse April Newsletter | Small Business Week Award Winners | Excellence Award Winners | SBA Patriot Lender Award Winner

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April 28, 2017

It's Your Business
Syracuse District Office Newsletter

Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration


    SBA Syracuse District Selects Mary Rommel as Small Business Person of the Year

    Mary Rommel

    SBA has selected Mary Rommel, owner of Rommel Fence, LLC based in Poland, N.Y., as the Syracuse District winner of 2017 Small Business Person of the Year Award.  Nominated by the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center, owner Mary Rommel was chosen for the award based on her company’s growth in sales, employees, longevity, and community contributions.

    In 1965, Mary Rommel and her husband Roger started a fencing business out of their home in Poland, NY. The seasonal nature of fence installation was a perfect match for Mary’s career as a teacher and later principal in a nearby school district. After obtaining SBA bonding assistance and winning small Sears & Roebuck contracts and larger subcontracts, Mary’s business moved to a commercial property. Rommel Fence, LLC is now owned and operated solely by Mary, enabling her company to obtain its numerous woman-owned certifications. With help from the Mohawk Valley SBDC, Rommel Fence has taken advantage of BidLinx, the NY SBDC government contract bid-matching service. Under Mary’s dedication and tireless leadership, Rommel Fence has grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise with a customer portfolio ranging from airports and bridges to prisons and warehouses.


    SBA Selects Susan Jablon Mosaics as Top Small Business Exporter in NYS

    SUSAN JABLON MOSAICS

    Photo caption from left to right: Binghamton SBDC Staff Assistant Carrie McKeiver, Alan Jablon, Binghamton SBDC Small Business Advisor Jocelyn Thornton, Susan Jablon Mosaics, LLC owner Susan Jablon, and SBA Syracuse DD Bernard J. Paprocki.

    Susan Jablon Mosaics, LLC based in Binghamton, N.Y., is the New York State winner of 2017 Small Business Exporter of the Year Award.  Nominated by the Binghamton Small Business Development Center, owner Susan Jablon was chosen for the award based on her company’s growth in international sales, employees, response to adversity, and community contributions. Susan Jablon Mosaics, LLC has also been selected as the SBA’s Region II 2017 Small Business Exporter of the Year, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Susan Jablon started her glass mosaic tile business out of her spare bedroom in 2000 as a way to share her artistic flair. To accommodate her growing business, in 2011 Susan purchased a vacant 35,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Binghamton, NY. Just as Susan was preparing to move into her new location, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee devastated the Southern Tier with unprecedented flooding. Through Susan's tenacity and dedication to her employees and customers, Susan Jablon Mosaics, LLC survived and is thriving today. Susan’s innovative mosaics have been featured in home and design magazines like Better Homes and Gardens and on the HGTV, TLC, and DIY networks. Today, Susan Jablon Mosaics manufactures custom mosaic glass tile for residential and commercial clients in the U.S., Caribbean, China, France, and the United Arab Emirates.


    SBA Syracuse District Selects Anthony Nappa as Young Entrepreneur of the Year

    Saving Face Barber Shop

    Photo caption from left to right: Oswego SBDC Small Business Advisor John Halleron, Saving Face Barber Shop owner Anthony Nappa, and SBA Syracuse DD Bernard J. Paprocki.

    SBA has selected Anthony Nappa, owner of Saving Face Barber Shop based in Camillus, N.Y., as the Syracuse District winner of 2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  Nominated by the Oswego Small Business Development Center, owner Anthony Nappa was chosen for the award based on his company’s growth in sales, employees, and community contributions.

    Anthony Nappa discovered his career at age 12, when he started cutting his own hair and turned his family’s home basement into a makeshift barber shop for family and friends. While still in high school, Anthony apprenticed with a local barber shop and became a licensed barber through BOCES. Shortly after graduation, Anthony started his own business, Saving Face Barber Shop in Camillus, NY. The business model is a modern take on the traditional barber shop concept, providing current styles and excellent customer service. Anthony created an annual community fundraiser, Barber-Q, where food, prizes and haircuts raise money for local charities. At just 27 years old, Anthony has been in business for seven years, and employs 11 at Saving Face’s original space and at their second location in Manlius.  

    SBA Syracuse District Hosts Small Business Excellence Award Winners in Albany and Syracuse

    Thirty five small businesses from a variety of industries, from fitness training to manufacturing, will be recognized during National Small Business Week at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 19th Annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheons next week. Small businesses are selected for the Excellence Awards based on their company’s longevity, innovation, sales growth, increased employment, ability to overcome adversity or community contributions.

    Small Business Excellence Award Winners in the Capital Region
    Small Business Excellence Award Winners in Central New York

    National Small Business Week Cosponsors Hosting Free Webinars May 2-4 

    National Small Business Week Banner

    As part of National Small Business Week, April 30 – May 6, the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE and cosponsors from Visa, YP, Google, Salesforce, Constant Contact and Chase will be hosting numerous training webinars/webcast. The webinars/webcast are free of charge, but registration space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. For complete details, please visit www.sba.gov/nsbw/webinars


    SBA Syracuse District Presents Patriot Lender Award to Berkshire Bank

    Berkshire Bank Patriot Lender Award

    Photo caption from left to right: Berkshire Bank Senior Vice President of Regional Commercial Lending Chris Papayanakos, Berkshire Bank Vice President and Business Banking Team Leader Jamison Flora, Berkshire Bank Vice President and Business Banking Officer Matthew Nicholl, and SBA Syracuse District Director Bernard J. Paprocki.

    The SBA Syracuse District Office announced Berkshire Bank as the SBA Patriot Lender Award winner for fiscal year 2016.

    “We are proud to recognize the efforts taken by Berkshire Bank’s small business team to ensure the veteran community has the capital access they need to start and grow businesses across our 34-county district in Upstate New York,” said SBA Syracuse District Director Bernard J. Paprocki.

    Berkshire Bank was the most active SBA Syracuse District lender to the veteran community for fiscal year 2016, making 17 loans worth over $1.1 million dollars to the extended members of the military community including veterans, active duty members in the Transition Assistance Program, Reservists, National Guard members and current spouses through the SBA 7(a) program.

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    MAY 1
    Video for Small Business Workshop in Canton

    The Canton SBDC will host this free workshop for entrepreneurs to learn about video methods for marketing. Register online. 

    MAY 3
    Business Startup Workshop in Elmira

    The Corning SBDC will host a free workshop for anyone ready to start a small business. Register online.

    MAY 3
    Grow Your Business Online Workshop in Potsdam

    The Canton SBDC hosts this free workshop about small business online marketing, including search engine optimization and online advertising. Register online.

    MAY 9
    Taking Your Product to Market Workshop in Syracuse

    Join the Onondaga SBDC for this workshop to learn how to get your company's products into consumer hands. Register online-$29 cost to attend.

    MAY 9
    Business Planning Workshop in Bath

    The Corning SBDC hosts a free business planning workshop for entrepreneurs ready to take their ideas and make them a reality. Register online.

    MAY 9
    Business Planning Workshop in Corning

    The Corning SBDC hosts a free business planning workshop for entrepreneurs ready to take their ideas and make them a reality. Register online.

    MAY 16
    Boots to Business Reboot Training in Utica

    Boots to Business Reboot is a free, two-step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources. Step one is the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course eligible to Veterans of all eras, service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses. This course is presented by the SBA Syracuse District Office, the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center, Utica SCORE Chapter, and the Women's Business Center of NYS. Step two is the follow-on Foundations of Entrepreneurship course instructed by a consortium of professors and skilled business advisors from the SBA Network. Please email boot-to-business@sba.gov if you’ve already attended Boots to Business and wish to sign-up. Registration in advance is required.