SBA Syracuse May Newsletter | National Small Business Week Award Winners from across Upstate New York

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Syracuse District Office  - May 2019

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National Small Business Week Winners

Druthers Brewing President Recognized as SBA Syracuse District 2019 Small Business Person of the Year


Christopher Martell, Druthers Brewing Company president and SBA Syracuse District 2019 Small Business Person of the Year Award winner, with Bernard J. Paprocki, SBA Syracuse district director.

While attending law school in Southern California, Saratoga County native Christopher Martell discovered his love for home brewed beer and the brewpub culture.  After earning his J.D. in 2003 and Master’s in Law, Martell returned to the Capital Region to work as an attorney. But in 2012, he and his brother Brian Martell had other ideas and took their home brew hobby and turned it into a successful business.

Just seven years later Christopher Martell, president of Druthers Brewing Company based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is the recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Syracuse District 2019 Small Business Person of the Year Award.

According to SBA Syracuse District Director Bernard J. Paprocki, Martell was nominated for the award by the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC), and selected for the honor based on criteria that includes: leadership, success, growth in sales and employees, and community contributions.

“Chris Martell’s entrepreneurial spirit and his achievements are what SBA looks for in a small business person of the year,” said Paprocki. “Chris has turned his passion for craft beer into an incredibly successful brewpub company thanks to his hard work and determination as well as the support of his family, friends, and community. This simple idea has grown into a thriving small business that contributes to our local economy through job creation and reinvestment back into the community.  I think National Small Business Week (May 5 -11) is a great time to recognize what small business owners contribute to our region.”

Although their startup status and lack of restaurant experience created a challenge in finding the right financing, SBA and NYBDC affiliate The 504 Company helped Druthers Brewing become a reality with a loan for construction and equipment at 381 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs. Shortly after opening in 2012, Chris and Brian’s brother Scott joined the company to direct marketing operations and sales. Since opening over six years ago, Druthers handcrafted beer and food has been recognized as one of the Capital Region’s most popular restaurants.

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Crystal Award

SBA Celebrates Small Business Award Winners from across Upstate New York

In celebration of National Small Business Week, the SBA Syracuse District Office and cosponsor New York Business Development Corporation recognized 17 small business award winners in Syracuse on May 6 and 18 small business award winners in Albany on May 7. Small businesses were nominated by SBA lenders and Resource Partners and selected for the Excellence Awards based on their company’s longevity, innovation, sales growth, increased employment, ability to overcome adversity or community contributions.

Our 2019 Excellence Award winners honored in Syracuse included:

Our 2019 Excellence Award winners honored in Albany included:

Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition

SBA Announces Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition

In today’s booming economy, our nation’s employers are searching for qualified workers to fill the increasing amount of positions currently available. That’s why the U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition which seeks to address the job skills and placement gaps faced by U.S. businesses. MaTCH will provide funding to create or expand programs with job-specific and soft skills training within existing
makerspaces. The SBA will award up to $1 million in total prizes to fund selected winning proposals. The submission period began on May 21, 2019 and ends on July 8, 2019. Winners will be announced on August 6, 2019.

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Dan Rickman

Meet New SBA Syracuse Deputy District Director Daniel Rickman

Daniel Rickman has been appointed as the Deputy District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Syracuse District Office.

Rickman joined SBA and the Syracuse District in 2013 as an Economic Development Specialist and most recently served as Branch Manager, supervising the Albany and Elmira offices in the district. As Deputy District Director, Rickman’s duties will include supervising district staff and assisting the District Director in overseeing the delivery of SBA programs and services in the 34 counties of Upstate NY served by the district. Rickman will continue to work with community leaders, lenders, and small business stakeholders to optimize the positive impacts and contributions that SBA’s programs make to the growth of small businesses and the economy in Upstate.

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Capital Region Emerging Leaders class of 2019

SBA Welcomes New Capital Region Emerging Leaders Class of 2019

We're excited to welcome to the newest Capital Region class of Emerging Leaders! Our returning instructor Evelyn Neale will lead the 15 entrepreneurs ready for strategic growth at the Capital Region Chamber in Albany.

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Upcoming Events

JUNE 12 - Introduction to Federal Small Business Programs and Opportunities at the AFRL Information Directorate in Rome

Join the SBA Syracuse District Office, North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), NYSTEC, Griffiss Institute, and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate for a half-day seminar on small business certifications, programs and opportunities. The free event will be held on June 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome, NY, 13441.

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JULY 13 - Boots to Business Reboot Class in Utica

Join the SBA Syracuse District Office at Boots to Business Reboot, an overview of entrepreneurship provided for veterans of all eras, Active Duty Service members, and spouses. During Reboot, participants are introduced to the skills, knowledge and resources they need to launch a business, including steps for developing business concepts, how to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help. The free class will be held on July 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the ThINCubator, 326 Broad Street, Utica, NY 13501.


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JULY 19 - Southern Tier Rural Funding Forum in Watkins Glen

Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S.D.A. Rural Development for a NY Rural Funding Forum. Representatives and program specialists will be on hand to share information about available programs, as well as discuss application details and deadlines. This is an opportunity for you to be part of the discussion and share your input as these agencies travel the state to listen, learn and assist Southern Tier small businesses with access to capital. The free event will be held on July 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, 16 North Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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