An image depicting people in business attire standing in front of a globeEAP Business Plan competition winners to be announced

Join us on Jan. 22, 2018, as 16 small business entrepreneurs graduate from SUNY Broome’s Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP). During the event, prize money will be awarded for the first, second and third place winners in the EAP Business Plan competition.

The event will take place in SUNY Broome’s Collaboration Lab, located on the third floor of the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator at 120 Hawley St. in Binghamton. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the graduation program will follow at 7 p.m. Jan. 22.

Speakers will include SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, EAP Director Janet Hertzog, Chair of the Binghamton SCORE Chapter Bryce Reynolds, Chair for Binghamton SCORE Chapter and EAP instructor Cheryl Fabrizi.

The entrepreneurs completed a rigorous 12-week, 60-hour program of classroom lecture, discussion, homework and lab work sessions. They also completed an additional 10 hours outside of class of technical assistance and then turned in a written business plan for their business idea.

The business plan competition was held Jan. 15 and 16; participants competing for donated prize money. Each client presented their idea to a panel of five judges. Donations for this competition came from Tioga State Bank; Visions; the Binghamton Local Development Corporation; Tioga County Economic Development and Planning; Rock Boulder, Inc.; Permanent Cosmetics of NY, previous EAP clients; Janet Hertzog, Debbie Morello and Darlene Kanuk, friends of EAP.

The following is the list of the graduates with their business ideas:

Jennifer Bokal – Jennifer D. Bokal, Author of Harlequin Romance Suspense

Cindy Casterlin – Red Muse Expressive Arts

Cassandra Gamble – Sacred Hearts Yoga

Diisa Hejka – Medical Concierge Service

Sara Liu – Parlor City Vegan

Neil McCormack – Armado Mobile Auto Service

David McIsaac – McIsaac Fine Woodworking

Sarah Milligan – Moonbeams and Dolliewinkies – Pottery/Art Studio

Charles Mott – Charles Mott, LMSW – Traumatic Brain Injury emphasis

Kia Shahid – Nisa’s Pies – sweet potato and bean pies

Tanner Stempel – 1 Stop Vinyl & Mod Shop

Charles & Jayme Szili – Szizzle Designs

Elizabeth Telfer – GreTel Engineering, LLC

Ebony Tutora – Queens Recognize Queens®

Margaret Wright – The Women’s Butterfly Ministry