Through the Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College, several local business owners have been recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year.
Distinguished managers include Connie and Jack Thayer of Westfield’s Portage Pie, Mary Farmirant and Stephen Farmirant, owners of LUMI Café at Chautauqua Institute, and Gardner Chiropractic of Olean. Some Emily Gardner and Sam Gardner, and Laura Greene, owner of La Dolce Vita in Olean. .
“These people have inspired not only the SBDC team of advisors, but others interested in starting their own small businesses in our area. rice field.” Courtney Curatolo, Director of the Center for Small Business Development, said: “In times of economic uncertainty, it has been extremely fulfilling to watch these individuals grow their respective businesses and achieve success.”
Hector Alberio, owner of Jamestown’s Hotspot Café, has been named the SBA Buffalo Minority Champion of the Year, recommended by SBDC Business Advisor Danny Hickman. Alberio, a minority entrepreneur, opened his café on Valentine’s Day 2020, just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the shutdown, he introduced a takeout service and not only survived, but thrived. He continues to grow his business into catering ventures as well.
Connie and Jack Thayer, owners of Westfield’s Portage Pie, have grown their business significantly over the past decade and now sell about 800 pies a week. They have attracted a strong customer base and have become nationally recognized. The business now has about 10 employees, including a second generation family.
The owners of LUMI Café at Chautauqua Institute, Mary Farmirant and Stephen Farmirant, will open in 2022 and will be open from May to September, offering takeaway deli sandwiches, coffee, local flowers, And it will offer a small menu that offers a revolving take-out dinner of the day. . They employ 6 locals during the summer.
For services and more information, call 716-338-1024 or visit www.sbdcjcc.org.
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