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WBC Client Wins SBA Small Business Excellence Award

22 Shades of Gray photo caption from left to right: James Conroy, NYBDC; Dr. Pat Laino, Women’s Business Center of New York State; Donna Rebisz, Women’s Business Center of New York State; Peggy Gray, 22 Shades of Gray; Patricia Badgley, Women’s Business Center of New York State; and Bernard J. Paprocki, SBA.

ALBANY, N.Y. – One local small business was recognized during National Small Business Week at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 21st Annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon in Albany on Tuesday, May 7th. Small businesses are selected for the Excellence Awards based on their company’s longevity, innovation, sales growth, increased employment, ability to overcome adversity or community contributions.

The Women’s Business Center of New York State presented a 2019 Small Business Excellence Award to 22 Shades of Gray, owned by Peggy Gray at 22 Morris Road in Buskirk.

“Peggy is an exceptional designer and business owner. Designing clothes has been her passion since she was 17 years old,” said nominator Donna Rebisz, Women’s Business Center of New York State director.

“I am honored to receive this award from the Women’s Business Center of New York State,” said Peggy Gray, 22 Shades of Gray owner.

“The 21st Annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon gives us the opportunity to celebrate our business community leaders for their small business successes,” said Bernard J. Paprocki, SBA Syracuse district director. “Small business owners develop deep community connections, provide the critical backbone of our economy, employ local residents, and contribute to the vibrancy and innovation of our nation.”

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2019 National Small Business Week (NSBW) was held May 5-11 and is an annual event dedicated to recognizing the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates and champions from across the country. Every day, small businesses create 21st century jobs, support our neighborhoods and cities, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.