New York SBDC Clients Win New York State and National Small Business Awards
For Immediate Release: Friday, May 13, 2016
Contact: Holly Liapis;; 518-320-1311

Albany – The New York Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced its client honorees of the New York State and National Small Business Week Awards, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

“We are proud that our clients were recognized by SBA for their extraordinary contributions to small businesses in New York State,” said NY SBDC State Director James King. “Their hard-work and dedication have helped them attain success and accomplish their dreams, while at the same time making a very positive impact on the economy. The NY SBDC is well represented by clients in the SBA’s award categories. This is a reflection of the outstanding clients and staff we have throughout the state, and their steadfast commitment to achieving professional excellence in small business.”

For more than 50 years, SBA has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions in their local communities, and to the nation’s economy. This year’s NY SBDC honorees include:

Green Goddess Natural Market, LLC, of Lake Placid, NY was named New York State Small Business Person of the Year. The business is co-owned by Tammy Loewy and Wynde Kate Reese. Green Goddess began as a vegetarian prepared food business at the local farmer’s market and quickly expanded into wholesaling, catering, and cooking and wellness classes. The business is a client of the North Country SBDC.

FreshySites, LLC, of Binghamton, NY was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Owner Ben Giordano launched the business from his home at the age of 22, and has since taken it to a full-time web design company serving 650 customers and employing 12 staff members. Giordano has been a client of the Binghamton SBDC since 2008.

NY SBDC previously announced that Majestic Vending and Services, Inc., of Staten Island, NY was awarded the Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery. The business is co-owned by Maryann and Stephen Piazza.

About the New York Small Business Development Center
The NY SBDC, administered by the State University of New York (SUNY), has 24 regional service centers located throughout New York State on SUNY, City University of New York (CUNY), and private university campuses. Since inception in 1984, the SBDC has provided small business advisement services to more than 374,000 New Yorkers. The SBDC also provides training and business research to existing business owners and entrepreneurs. SBDC clients have invested more than $6 billion in NY, impacting more than 165,000 jobs.

The SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York, local communities, and host campuses. As a result of this leveraged support, the SBDC staff provides confidential one-on-one business advisement services at no direct cost to the citizens and entrepreneurs of New York. For more information about the SBDC, visit

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 463,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs, and more than 1.8 million NYS citizens in professional development and personal enrichment programs, on 64 college and university campuses, and online through Open SUNY. There are nearly 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2014-15, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit bearing courses and programs and nearly 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree are SUNY alumni. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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