OSWEGO – At its annual meeting in June, Operation Oswego County presented the 2015 Martin Rose Economic Developer Merit Award posthumously to Lawrence R. Perras.
It was presented in recognition, respect and appreciation of his exceptionalism, leadership, vision, passion, collaborative skills and dedication to advancing small business development that has lead to a better quality of life and a stronger and more stable economy in Oswego County; for serving as an outstanding Senior Small Business Advisor for the SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center for over 15 years; for providing assistance to businesses that invested over $68 million and created and retained over 1,450 jobs; for his role in the SUNY Oswego SBDC winning a National SBA Excellence Award in 2010; for being recognized by the New York SBDC in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2012 for outstanding performance; and for being an integral and invaluable partner with the County of Oswego IDA and Operation Oswego County.
His wife and sons, Theresa, Christopher and Lawrence II, accepted the award on his behalf.
Nancy Bellow, retired director of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, Larry’s former boss and past president of OOC’s Board of Directors, presented the award to the Perras family.
Pictured are, from left, Kevin LaMontagne, OOC board president; Christopher, Theresa and Lawrence Perras II; Bellow; and L. Michael Treadwell, OOC executive director.