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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The U.S. Small Business Administration and the New York Business Development Corp., together with participating lenders and economic developers, have recognized Malone, N.Y.-based G&K Grocery with an Excellence Award at the 8th Annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon and ceremony at the Syracuse Wyndham.
G&K was just one of 26 successful small businesses representing a full range of products, services, and innovations from upstate New York that received awards.
"These businesses may not be big in size, but their contributions to our economy are gigantic," said Bernard J. Paprocki, Syracuse SBA district director, in a statement. "You rely on them for the products you use and the services you need. Their names are on Little League uniforms and their sponsor banners fly high over community events. The businesses we honor are part of the 25 million businesses across the nation that by their success contribute daily to our prosperity."
G&K Grocery, established in 2003 and featuring both a deli and a gas station, was nominated for the Excellence Award by the NYS SBDC Canton and Seacomm. Founder Gordon Drumm Jr., who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in 1998, was determined to make a living for himself, and decided self-employment was his best option. With help from the SBA and his sister, Kimberly, he was able to open a business employing four local workers.
The Small Business Excellence Awards ceremony is one of many events in local communities across the nation that celebrates National Small Business Week. Employing 51 percent of the private-sector workforce, or 57 million Americans, small businesses create two out of three new jobs and produce 51 percent of the private-sector output.