Caribbean import is Valley's top exporter - Foothills Sun Gazette

Caribbean import is Valley's top exporter - Foothills Sun Gazette


Caribbean import is Valley's top exporter - Foothills Sun Gazette

Posted: 07 Oct 2020 07:02 AM PDT

Due to the pandemic the traditional May SBA Small Business Week event was unable to occur, and the company has been recognized in a private ceremony.

"This yearly event recognizes the critical impact small businesses have on our local economies and celebrates the outstanding accomplishments made by each of our award recipients," Central CA SBDC regional director Kurt Clark said. "Their achievements exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit that is a hallmark of the U.S."

Vivies established the business in the most fertile agricultural area of the San Joaquin Valley and features a large variety of legumes such as beans, peas, lentils, rice and oatmeal. Serving both domestic and international companies, they offer a variety of options, from bulk deliveries direct from farmer to customer, to packaging for international and domestic locations, to private label packaging.

CVAE credits the consulting assistance they received from the Valley Community SBDC as pivotal to their growth and success, and have worked with the VCSBDC for several years.

"VCSBDC's consultant Olga Martinez has been of great help by assisting us with our growth objectives by introductions to prospective strategy partners through business-to-business match-making, recommending we participate in different conferences and trade shows, plus other strategy advisory services," CVAE operations manager Ludivine Vivies said.

Since 2003, the Central CA SBDC has assisted thousands of companies, from start-ups to established firms with no-cost consulting services, workshops and assistance in sourcing funds. This has helped to create and retain over 10,000 jobs, as well as creating more than $435 million in loans and equity. The Central CA SBDC and its five dedicated satellite Centers serve 14 counties in Central California: San Luis Obispo, San Benito, Monterey, Stanislaus, Merced, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Fresno, Kings, Madera, Tulare, Kern, Mono and Inyo counties.

For more information about the Central Valley Ag Exports, Inc., visit their web site at cvae-inc.com. For more information on VCSBDC, visit ValleyCommunitySBDC.com.

SBA honors four Onondaga County businesses with Small Business Excellence Awards - The Central New York Business Journal

Posted: 07 Oct 2020 02:22 PM PDT

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has recognized four Onondaga County companies with Small Business Excellence Awards. The SBA honored Farmer Street Pantry of Syracuse; Finger Lakes Photography, Inc. of Skaneateles; Justin's Canine Campus of Clay; at Caz Fitness in Cazenovia. (Eric Reinhardt / CNYBJ file photo)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has recognized companies in Syracuse, Skaneateles, Clay, and Cazenovia with Small Business Excellence Awards.

The small businesses are Farmer Street Pantry of Syracuse; Finger Lakes Photography, Inc. of Skaneateles; Justin's Canine Campus of Clay; and Caz Fitness in Cazenovia.

The SBA's Upstate New York district office recognized the firms during National Small Business Week, which the agency observed between Sept. 20 and 26. Recipients are nominated by lenders and resource partners for SBA district office consideration.

The WISE Women's Business Center nominated Farmer Street Pantry, which is owned by Lynne Della Pelle Pascale. Finger Lakes Photography, under the ownership of John McCarthy, was nominated by Five Star Bank, per the SBA.

The agency also noted that the Onondaga Small Business Development Center nominated Justin's Canine Campus, which is owned by Justin Bonn and Carrie Lindley, while Caz Fitness, under the ownership of Meghan Kelly and Marla Velky-Reger, was nominated by Berkshire Bank.

Nominees undergo a "challenging" selection process that is based on the firm's longevity, demonstrated innovation, sales growth, employment increases, along with ability to overcome adversity, and community contributions, according to Paprocki.

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