SYRACUSE, NY – Two local small businesses were recognized during National Small Business Week at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 18th Annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon in Syracuse on May 6.
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.
NY SBDC Oswego honored Fulton Animal Hospital based in Fulton with a 2016 Small Business Excellence Award.
While attending SUNY Oswego, Andrea Dattellas volunteered at Fulton Animal Hospital.
Upon graduation from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, she completed her internship under Dr. Spier who had opened Fulton Animal Hospital in 1987.
Following her internship, she began working in the practice. Learning the practice was to be sold, Andrea worked tirelessly with Pathfinder Bank and Operation Oswego County to purchase the animal hospital.
She has since updated procedures and equipment, expanded the services offered and hired two additional staff.
Operation Oswego County, Inc., honored Eis House Restaurant and Event Center based in Mexico with a 2016 Small Business Excellence Award.
In 2014, Deborah and Barry Trimble purchased the iconic Eis House Restaurant and Events Center from the previous owners who had operated the facility for 39 years.
Their son, Dustin, a recent graduate of SUNY Oswego, is also involved in running all aspects of the business.
With approximately four acres of land, the Eis House is located on a pristine river, with beautiful grounds that draw customers to the facility for lunch, nightly dining and special events.
Recently, the Trimbles converted the Summer House and an area within the main building into four overnight-stay rooms and an executive bar.
“The 18th 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.”