sbdc AT the Tech Garden
The Onondaga Small Business Development Center (SBDC) works with entrepreneurs and small business owners in Downtown Syracuse out of our satellite office at The Tech Garden.
NYSBDC Certified Business Advisor
Paul Brooks is an experienced entrepreneur having launched Brooks Communications, a technology oriented marketing communications firm. In addition, he has a wealth of sales, marketing and administrative tenure in both high-tech businesses, and financial service organizations. His special areas of expertise are business development, sales, marketing and administration.
Paul was most recently a Launch NY Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) since March of 2013. He previously had served as Interim Executive Director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. His focus in the EIR role was on identifying high potential startup companies and assisting those entrepreneurs to become successful by mentoring and applying direct resources or making connections to required services.
In his previous experience, Paul was Vice President of Entrepreneurship Programs and Executive Director of the Syracuse Tech Garden for almost five years. His focus was on fostering high tech entrepreneurship in the Central New York region through start-up business incubation both resident and virtual. He was instrumental in collaboration with Syracuse University in the establishment of the Syracuse Student Sandbox. The Sandbox is a unique 12 week program at The Tech Garden focused on fostering student entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining the Tech Garden, Brooks was Northeast Regional Business Development Director for Cincom Systems, a worldwide software development and marketing firm headquartered in Cincinnati, OH. His previous associations include management responsibilities at Xerox Corporation, Sykes Datatronics and CIS Corporation where he was Vice President, Communications and Management Services.
Brooks holds a BS degree in Business Administration and an MBA in Marketing Management from Syracuse University’s Whitman School. In addition to his business involvement, he has an active community presence having served as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce, an elected member of the Board of Trustees and Deputy Mayor of the Village of Cazenovia, a Trustee of Cazenovia Presbyterian Church and a board member of the United Community Chest, Cazenovia Childrens’ House and CazCares.
Onondaga Small Business Development Center. Partnership Program with the SBA, administered by the State University of New York. Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.