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Half Moon Bakery & Bistro

Debbe Titus always talked about how she’d like to open a bakery in her hometown of Jamesville. After retiring from education she decided to turn her hobby into a business. She felt that her business would fill a need in the Jamesville area, where customers could enjoy the bakery and bistro, while relaxing and reading the paper, without the long drive into Syracuse or surrounding suburbs.

She reached out to the Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College and worked with an advisor who helped her write a business plan. The next step was finding a location to open up shop, and last spring, Titus found herself in the right place at the right time. Half Moon Bakery & Bistro officially opened its doors in June 2014. Half Moon Bakery and Bistro incorporates organic vegetables into their Bistro menu and there are also gluten free, egg free and dairy free options upon request. Of course pastries and wedding cakes are always very popular. The shop offers espresso drinks and freshly roasted coffee in addition to a variety of baked goods including: mini-cupcakes, scones, pastries, brownies, cheesecakes and of course, half moon cookies. The store is located at 6500 East Seneca Turnpike in Jamesville and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, visit thehalfmoonbakery.com.

Tech Bridge LLC

Tech Bridge was established as an international business development and quality consulting company based in Syracuse NY. The focus of Tech Bridge was to improve quality knowledge through an ex- change of ideas and techniques between China and the U.S., facilitate trade between Central New York and China in collaboration with CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO). Read the Tech Bridge biowww.techbridge.co 

Epic Outdoor Adventures

Brian Hill sells cycling, paddle sports and winter sports equipment as well as servicing sports equipment in Fayetteville, NY. The Small Business Development Center assisted Brian with developing a business plan and in securing financing. Brian traveled throughout the United States visiting other shops to see what already existed, saved his money and worked with his employer to reduce his hours until his business opened in 2010. The travel and research provided him with the information he needed to develop the type of business which would have a lot of appeal to customers in Central New York. This new business has created 7 new jobs. As a result of the success of Epic Outdoor Adventures, Brian was awarded SBDC's Small Business Excellence Award in 2011. www.epicoutdooradventures.com 315.632.4250

Paws n' Purrs 

Bonnie Ford approached Nancy Ansteth, SBDC Business Advisor at the Auburn SCORE office in the spring of 2012. Bonnie's dream was to open a kennel and grooming site in Auburn, NY and she felt that she found the right location. The SBDC assisted Bonnie with the preparation of her business with assistance from the Central New York Regional Planning Board. This resulted in Bonnie realizing her dream of purchasing the property, having additional money to make the necessary repairs and opening her kennel. The business welcomed its first customers in February of 2013 for both long term and day-care boarding. 315.224.8163

Maria Rizzo Art

Maria Rizzo's recent paintings are a tribute to trees. 

To create these "Totems of Life" she uses her memories of nature as a reference and intuition as her guide. The painting process is her journey to find beauty and balance among texture, color, and form. 

It is also a political journey in which she uses her art to create an awareness of endangered trees, the beauty and frailty of nature and, consequently, the necessity of recycling. Maria Janina Rizzo’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout New York State and abroad, including the Red House Gallery in Syracuse, the Frederic Remington Museum in Ogdensburg, and the Museo d' Arte Contemporanea di Lissone in Italy. Maria Janina Rizzo was born in Bologna, Italy in 1987. She has been working as a professional artist since 2010. 

Maria came to the SBDC seeking assistance with marketing. A marketing plan was developed and implemented and her business has been growing.    mariarizzoart@gmail.com    www.mariarizzoart.com   @RizzoArt 

Stella Penizotto: Shining Stars Day Care, Inc.

"I really appreciate all of your help and support over the years. I tell everyone who is thinking about starting a business to call the SBDC."

Shining Stars has been serving the community since July of 1994.  Shining Stars Day Care, Inc. has three convenient locations: East syracuse, Liverpool and Manlius. They serve children aged six weeks through twelve years.

Stella Penizotto was selected by the Small Business Administration as the 2010 New York State Person of the Year and was invited to meet President Obama at the White House during Small Business Week in May, 2010.

Stella and Shining Stars Day Care were inducted into the New York State Small Business Hall of Fame by the New York State Small Business Development Center.  www.shiningstarschildcare.org