SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Three local small businesses were recognized during National Small Business Week at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 20th Annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon in Syracuse on May 2.
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 AllSource Fire Supply, Inc. based in Parish with a 2018 Small Business Excellence Award.
In 2014, after 26 years with a major company and after months of soul-searching, along with help from the Oswego SBDC, Holly House started AllSource Fire Supply, Inc.
Her strong relationships with national manufacturers of sprinkler system materials over the years were the force behind her new business.
Additionally she was able to use her knowledge of sprinkler system materials to sell products to facility maintenance departments, building owners and small installing contractors.
One year later, AllSource Fire Supply, Inc. became NYS WBE certified. The firm is also WBE/DBE certified in NYC, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, The Port Authority of NY/NJ and with the NYC School Construction Authority.
Operation Oswego County, Inc. honored Mark’s Service Center based in Central Square with a 2018 Small Business Excellence Award.
Mark Martino opened Mark’s Service Center in 1989 as a small three-bay garage in Central Square.
In 2004, with financial assistance from SBA and Operation Oswego County, the company moved down the road and built a spacious 9,700-square-foot, 12-bay garage with ample parking and a comfortable waiting area.
Mark’s daughter, Andrea Castro, a Navy veteran, became his business partner in 2014 and is a graduate of SBA’s 2015 Emerging Leaders program.
The team at Mark’s Service Center has the skills to repair all makes and models of trucks and cars, plus fleets.
Their technicians receive ongoing training through various automotive training centers.
The company has also diversified, adding Budget truck rentals, Cruise America RV rental, and MSC graphics.
Pathfinder Bank honored Dr. Padma Ram Medical Services, LLC based in Oswego with a 2018 Small Business Excellence Award.
In 2000, Dr. Padma Ram opened Dr. Padma Ram Medical Services, LLC as an Internal Medicine Practice. The practice is composed of a primary care practice and an urgent care facility – Lake Ontario Prompt Medical Care.
Astoundingly, Dr. Ram currently provides medical services to 33-percent of the Oswego population.
Dr. Ram has relocated and expanded her facilities over the years in response to an influx of new patients and the overall growth of her burgeoning practice.
Dr. Ram employs 35 people between the primary care and urgent care practices and saw a combined 17,000 patients in 2017.
“The 20th 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. “Small business owners develop deep community connections, provide the critical backbone of our economy, employ local residents, and contribute to the vibrancy and innovation of our nation.”
To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.