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September 23, 2018

“The Next Great Idea” 2010 Business Plan Competition Winner Announced


The winners of the 2010 “Next Great Idea” Oswego County Business Plan Competition celebrate. From left are Lakeside Artisans Allen Bjorkman, Michele Southgate and Tim Ames. (Photo provided by Beth Clark)

The winners of the 2010 “Next Great Idea” Oswego County Business Plan Competition celebrate. From left are Lakeside Artisans Allen Bjorkman, Michele Southgate and Tim Ames. (Photo provided by Beth Clark)

Submitted by Operation Oswego County

Lakeside Artisans’ Cooperative is the winner of the 2010 “Next Great Idea” (NGI) $25,000 Oswego County Business Plan Competition.  Pictured are, from left, Jeff Grimshaw, interim director for SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations; Larry Perras NGI co-chair, Allen Bjorkman, Michele Southgate and Tim Ames of Lakeside Artisans’ Cooperative; Austin Wheelock, NGI co-chair; and L. Michael Treadwell, executive director of Operation Oswego County.

Lakeside Artisans’ Cooperative is the winner of the 2010 “Next Great Idea” $25,000 Oswego County Business Plan Competition. From left are, Jeff Grimshaw, interim director for SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations; Larry Perras NGI co-chair, Allen Bjorkman, Michele Southgate and Tim Ames of Lakeside Artisans’ Cooperative; Austin Wheelock, NGI co-chair; and L. Michael Treadwell, executive director of Operation Oswego County.

OSWEGO, NY – Lakeside Artisans’ Cooperative was named the 2010 “Next Great Idea” (NGI) Oswego County Business Competition winner at a reception held Tuesday at The American Foundry.

The company was awarded $25,000 to start its business in Oswego County.

Lakeside Artisans is a start-up, for-profit cooperative that plans to develop a unique retail showcase to promote local artwork and artisans’ crafts.

Their expanded vision will include selling art supplies, consignments, facilities for art classes and demonstrations, and an art gallery.

The goal of the business is to help retain the local artist population, attract others and contribute to Oswego County’s tourism industry.

“I was delighted to present our second NGI award,” said Austin Wheelock, event co-chair and economic development specialist with Operation Oswego County. “Entrepreneurs and small business are the backbone of our economy and the building blocks for growth in our county.”

Keynote speaker was B.J. Paprocki, Syracuse district director, Small Business Administration, and Tammy Palmer, news anchor for Time Warner Cable’s Your News Now (YNN), emceed the event.

Runner-up Adirondack Physical and Occupational Therapy, owned by William Pena and Michele King, proposed developing an expansion of their current facilities in Oswego to include a neuro-therapy rehabilitation clinic for traumatic brain injury and cerebral vascular accident patients.

This year’s judges included Barbara Bateman, Alliance Bank; Paul Williams, Felix Schoeller; Pam Roach, Hart & Stone; Roy Clark, Dunkin Donuts; Joe Fiumara, Fulton Community Development Agency; Paul Vickery, Vickery Insurance; and Steve Osborne, Fulton Savings Bank.

“The $25,000 prize was raised in partnership with private banks, local companies, and public and private institutions that see the importance in making an investment in Oswego County’s economic future,” Wheelock said.

Sponsors included Alliance Bank, Fulton Savings Bank, Key Bank, Operation Oswego County, SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center, C&S Companies, County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency, Entergy, National Grid, New York Business Development Corporation, Pathfinder Bank, SUNY Oswego, Community Bank N.A., Mitchell’s Speedway Press, O’Brien & Gere, Steve Chirello Advertising, Oswego County Business Magazine, The Palladium-Times and YNN.

In addition to Wheelock, the NGI Steering Committee includes Larry Perras, co-chair, SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center, Eric Bresee, Oswego County Opportunities, Brian Caswell, Caswell & Associates, Steve Chirello, Steve Chirello Advertising, Dusti Foley, The Palladium-Times, Linda Goodness, City of Oswego Community Development , John Halleron, SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center, Beth Hilton, Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Nancy Kush-Ellis, Fulton Savings Bank, Dan Laird, SUNY Oswego Office of Business & Community Relations, Shannon Mantaro, Operation Oswego County, Allison Nelson, Caraccioli & Nelson, PLLC and John Trimble, C&S Companies.

For more information, visit the web site at www.oswegocounty.org/bizcomp.htm, or Wheelock can be contacted at 315-343-1545 or at [email protected]

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