SYRACUSE, N.Y. – One local small business was recognized during National Small Business Week at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 19th Annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon in Syracuse on May 5.
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.
Operation Oswego County honored Off Broadway Dance Center based in Fulton with a 2017 Small Business Excellence Award.
Open since 1996, Off Broadway Dance Center had outgrown three of its previous locations.
Owner Ellen Marshall purchased and renovated a former United Methodist Church for her most recent expansion.
The new facility features two teaching studios with sprung wood flooring systems, an Acro studio with wall-to-wall gymnastics mats and a large parent waiting room.
Home to 250 students, OBDC offers weekly classes for two-year olds through high-school students in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and Acro.
Dance students perform at recitals and local events, while the award-winning Competition Team competes throughout New York State.
“The 19th Annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon gives us the opportunity to celebrate our business community leaders for their small business successes,” said Bernard J. Paprocki, SBA Syracuse district director. “Entrepreneurs find success not by avoiding failure but by dreaming the impossible and taking chances. From Main Street stores to cyber merchants and all the companies in between, small businesses keep our economy innovative and vibrant.”