New York SBDC Clients Sweep 2017 SBA Syracuse District Awards

May 8, 2017

Albany – The New York Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced three of its clients as 2017 Syracuse District Small Business Week Award winners, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Rommel Fence, LLC, based in Poland, NY was named as the Syracuse District Small Business Person of the Year. The business owned by Mary Rommel was started in 1965 and has grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise with a customer portfolio ranging from airports and bridges to prisons and warehouses. The business is a client of the Mohawk Valley SBDC, which nominated the company for the award.

Saving Face Barber Shop of Camillus, NY was named as the Syracuse District Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Owner Anthony Nappa launched the business at the age of 20, and has since grown it to two locations and 11 employees. Nappa is a client of the Oswego SBDC.

Susan Jablon Mosaics, LLC, based in Binghamton, NY was named the New York State Small Business Exporter of the Year. Jablon started her glass mosaic tile business out of her spare bedroom in 2000. Today, the company manufactures custom mosaic glass tile for residential and commercial clients in the U.S., Caribbean, China, France, and the United Arab Emirates. Jablon is a client of the Binghamton SBDC.

"We salute our clients for their extraordinary contributions to small businesses in New York State," said NY SBDC State Director James King. "The commitment to their entrepreneurial spirit has helped them attain success and accomplish their dreams, while at the same time making a very positive impact on the economy. The recognition by SBA is a culmination of their hard work and dedication, and a great example of how small business dreams come true for many entrepreneurs in varied types of business. The NY SBDC is proud to have been of assistance to each of the award winners."

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 our nation’s economy.

About the New York Small Business Development Center

The NY SBDC, administered by SUNY, has 24 regional service centers located throughout the 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 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. As of Fall 2017, more than 430,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served nearly 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2016-17 academic year. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in $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 is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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