Sometimes start-ups take some time to pull together both technically and mentally, as was the case with Sarah Curtis who is now operating Syracuse Mom’s Blog, LLC as a home-based business.
In Sarah’s own words from the website at https://syracuse.citymomsblog.com/ – “Syracuse Moms Blog is a collaborative blog, parenting resource and community that strives to inform, empower and connect families in Central New York.”
Eva Zaczynski had absolutely no experience running a restaurant when she first opened Eva’s European Sweets in in 1997. She picked a red brick building on Milton Avenue, just west of Syracuse, because she could afford the rent. As word got out in those pre-internet days, the staff kept written directions by the phone to help lost diners when they called.
She figured if she could make it one year, she'd make it two. And if she could make it two years, she'd survive for five. She did. As of July 2018, Eva Zaczynski has been in business for 21 years. It is truly a family business as both her son and daughter have helped her in the business since they were very young.
Stephanie McCall began her journey filling homes and businesses with custom, high-quality, quilts and art pieces, in 2006. An award-winning Master Quilter, Stephanie brought her creativity and skills to each residential or commercial installation.
She has her own dedicated studio, and she also teaches private lessons and project classes at her home studio in Auburn, NY and at Cayuga Community College.
Her business was developed and created so that she could be an active parent at home while nurturing her independent, customer centered, business. However, after being in business for over 10 years, Stephanie realized that the market and needs of her customers had changed.
Bill Smith, owner of Universal Step, Inc., has been in business for over 50 years.
As a self-proclaimed "grunt," he says he is more of a builder/inventor than a business man. It is the inventor in him, as well as a need to transition his business to be less labor-intensive, that inspired Bill to create a new modular step product.
Cathie Perry already had a successful excavation business when she noticed a need in the market for a professional, clean, and reliable dumpster company.
Cathie contacted the Onondaga SBDC in early 2018 and was assisted in developing a business plan and financial projections for her new companion dumpster business.
During the planning process she created a new entity, which she named 'Dumpster Diva,' that features her signature purple dumpsters.
Dr. Annette Otis started Compassionate Crossings of CNY, an in-home euthanasia and end of life care service for pets, in September of 2017.
'Compassionate Crossings of CNY' offers the opportunity to say goodbye to your beloved pet in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace.