SYRACUSE, NY – Two local small businesses were recognized during National Small Business Week at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 17th Annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon in Syracuse on May 11.
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 Great Lakes Recycling, Inc. in Oswego with a 2015 Small Business Excellence Award.
In 2008, Daniel Dorsey, Jr., Kevin Dorsey and Christian Morgia started Great Lakes Recycling, Inc. when their family business, Eagle Beverage, wanted to outsource the recycling part of the business. Great Lakes Recycling is responsible for recycling all glass and aluminum containers distributed through Eagle Beverage.
The aluminum cans are crushed, bundled and sent to Novelis Corporation to be reprocessed into new beverage cans.
Great Lakes Recycling continues to grow by taking on new service areas and recently Dan Jr., Kevin and Christian have assumed ownership of Eagle Beverage as their father transitions into retirement.
NY Small Business Development Center Oswego honored Murphy’s Automotive Solutions also in Oswego with a 2015 Small Business Excellence Award.
Tim Murphy had retired from National Grid, but wanted to stay active.
His son, Brian, is a certified mechanic who was working at Burritt Motors.
Together, they decided to affiliate with NAPA and build a new facility, starting Murphy’s Automotive Solutions.
Financing for the new business was a collaboration between Pathfinder Bank and Operation Oswego County.
After just one year, the business has grown enough to hire an additional mechanic.
Future growth includes plans for two additional bays.
“The 17th 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.”