20 Entrepreneurs Graduate from SBA Syracuse Emerging Leaders Program | Success Story: Founder of Troy Biotech Firm Finds Success is in his DNA

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Syracuse District Office  - October 2019

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20 Entrepreneurs Graduate from SBA Syracuse Emerging Leaders Program

SBA Syracuse Emerging Leaders class photo

The SBA Syracuse District Office honored the owners of 20 participating companies in its Emerging Leaders program at a graduation ceremony in Syracuse on October 29, 2019.

Since its inception in 2008, the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative has trained over 5,000 small business owners, creating over 6,500 jobs, generating over $300 million in new financing, and securing over $3.16 billion in government contracts. Now in its ninth year, Syracuse is one of dozens of participating Emerging Leaders locations nationwide. With the 2019 class, 165 Central New York entrepreneurs have completed the program since it launched in Syracuse.

The SBA program is made possible through support from local partners including: Blackstone LaunchPad, CenterState CEO, CNY TDO, City of Syracuse Office of Neighborhood and Business Development, Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship, MACNY, Onondaga County, Onondaga Small Business Development Center, SUNY ESF, Syracuse SCORE Chapter, The Downtown Committee, The Tech Garden, and the WISE Women’s Business Center.   

SBA Syracuse Emerging Leaders Class of 2019:  

  • Sherrill Braman, Aleut Electric- Greene, NY 
  • Jacob Cole, Upstate Safety Services, LLC – Nichols, NY 
  • Catherine Dare, TRM Environmental Consultants, LLC – Westernville, NY 
  • Rosemarie Fralick, Advanced Graphics Company Inc. – Whitney Point, NY 
  • Ellen Goldberg, CrossFit Syracuse, LLC – Syracuse, NY 
  • Ward Halverson, Cornerstone Herkimer, LLC – Herkimer, NY 
  • Kimberly Hayes, Whistlestop Florist Inc. – East Syracuse, NY 
  • Ryland Heagerty, Pastabilities – Syracuse, NY 
  • Erik Hehl, Hehl Construction Services – Manlius, NY 
  • Camaron Hillman, Devil Dog Concepts – Kirkwood, NY 
  • Terry Horst, Maxian + Horst Landscape Architecture – Syracuse, NY 
  • Holly House, AllSource Fire Supply Inc. – Parish, NY 
  • Brian Petersen, Petersen Cor Associates, LLC – Warners, NY 
  • Chris Roach, CBR Transmission – North Syracuse, NY 
  • Michele Roesch, The Brasserie Bar and Bistro – Camillus, NY 
  • Kevin Taylor, MRT Supply Chain Solutions LLC - Syracuse, NY 
  • Mackenzie Vossler, The Local Branch – Skaneateles, NY 
  • Anne Wadsworth, Bagel Grove Inc. – Utica, NY 
  • Abbey Woodcock, Oneida Freelance Co-Op – Oneida, NY 
  • Ewelina Zajac-Holdrege, Idea Kraft – Binghamton, NY  

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Founder of Troy Biotech Firm Finds Success is in his DNA

SBA Export Grant Program Helps Company Boost International Sales

Next Adavance Inc. president Ian Glasgow

Situation: Entrepreneur Ian Glasgow was ready for a better work-life balance, so he created his own job in 2003. Pairing his PhD in mechanical engineering and eight years of work experience in healthcare design he was able to start Next Advance, a company that develops better laboratory instruments for molecular biologists.

He began as a solo entrepreneur in the University at Albany Health Sciences Campus Incubator, surrounded by other biotech companies at different stages of business growth. Glasgow’s lifelong curiosity and interest in designing things to work better guided his company’s development of innovative tools needed by government, university and pharmaceutical lab scientists and researchers.

Over time, Next Advance steadily invented and patented products, added staff, and gained clients before ultimately buying a 16,500-square-foot building in Troy, NY. Glasgow also participated in the SBA Emerging Leaders program in the Capital Region in 2018, using the intensive program to design his three-year strategic growth plan for his company. Part of that growth strategy was to expand upon the success he had selling his instruments overseas.

Solution: Thanks to three State Trade and Expansion Program (STEP) Grants funded by SBA and Empire State Development, Glasgow was able to travel to European conferences to meet new distributors that helped the company to increase its revenue by expanding its footprint abroad.

Outcome: Today, Next Advance designs and develops made in the U.S.A. laboratory instruments for customers in over 70 countries across the world, even to study organisms at the McMurdo Station on Antarctica. The company’s leading product line allows researchers to break cells open to study DNA and other components as they search for cures of many diseases. Currently, Next Advance employs 25 full and part-time staff and looks forward to continued steady growth.


SBA Syracuse District Office will celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week at free events for veteran entrepreneurs in Upstate New York. Active duty members, National Guard and Reserve members, veterans and spouses interested in small business ownership are invited to register:

Boots to Business Reboot in Binghamton on November 6

SBA Syracuse Economic Development Specialist Howard Garrity will present at the Boots to Business Reboot workshop set for November 6th. 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. Participants that complete an in-person Boots to Business Reboot course can elect to further their study through one of many online courses, offered at no cost to service members, veterans and military spouses.

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The SBA is celebrating National Veterans Small Business Week from Nov. 4-8, 2019.

Veteran Panel Discussion in Troy on November 8

SBA Syracuse Deputy District Director Dan Rickman will present SBA programs and services for veteran entrepreneurs at the upcoming event hosted by Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19). This event is held during National Veterans Small Business Week and is an opportunity for Capital Region veterans to connect with local SBA support to start and grow their small businesses.

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Veteran Business Session

Veterans Resource Fair in Sidney on November 14

Join SBA Syracuse Economic Development Specialist Howard Garrity, SBA Resource Partners, participating SBA lenders, NYS Dept. of Labor, Delaware County Veterans Service Agency, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations at the upcoming Hiring Our Heroes Jobs & Veterans Business Resource Fair in Sidney, NY. This event will be held following National Veterans Small Business Week and is a great opportunity for Southern Tier veterans to connect with local SBA support to help start and grow their small businesses.

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