Small Business Owners Honored for Determination and Commitment to Community During a Struggling Economy

 Islip, NY – Nine small businesses were honored last week for their resilience and determination in a difficult economy. The Islip Town Small Business Awards ceremony brought together leaders from government and industry at the annual event and recognized small biz owners for their contributions to our economy and our community. Each of the recipients has proven their ability to weather economic difficulties while maintaining their level of community outreach. The awards were presented to businesses across a wide variety of industries, but all meet the federal definition of a small business – having less than 500 employees.


“The success of a local business isn’t always measured by their profit margin, but rather by what they are able to give back to the community over an extended period of time,” said Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt. “Each of these businesses, whether they have four employees or four hundred, consistently demonstrates their commitment to the greater Islip community, and it is a privilege to give them a little credit for their contributions.”

The recipients of the awards were first nominated by a member of the Islip Economic Development Commission and other local business and community leaders who help foster a business-friendly atmosphere in Islip Town. Small businesses make up 99% of all New York businesses and employ nearly 4 million workers in New York State.

“As a small business owner I understand the operational and financial challenges faced by each honoree, and this award is a testament to their determination to succeed and adapt in changing circumstances,” said Councilman Anthony Senft.

Councilman John Cochrane, Jr., liaison to Islip Economic Development, made special mention of Fairway Manor, Inc. and J&A Apron and Towel Service Corp. for the special efforts they made to their local communities in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“All across our community we saw people and businesses stepping up to help those who lost part of their livelihoods during Hurricane Sandy,” said Councilman John Cochrane, Jr. “These two businesses embody the commitment that we hope to attain from every local business, and they set an example to others in the wake of the storm.”

The complete list of recipients of the 2013 Small Business Awards:

• Albrecht, Bruno, and O’Shea Funeral Homes
• Colorful Visions Art Glass Studio
• ENSPIRE Design Group
• Fairway Manor, Inc.
• Islip TV
• J&A Apron and Towel Service Corp.
• Pronto of Long Island
• Sayville Running Company
• Suffolk Printing

Pictured (left to right): Donald Rettaliata of Fairway Manor; Councilman Cochrane, Jr.; Michael Faherty of Fairway Manor; Charles Beitch of Suffolk Printing; James Bruno of Albrecht, Bruno, and O’Shea Funeral Homes; John Faracco of J&A Apron and Towel Service; Ernie Fazio; Waldo Cabrerra of Islip TV; Brendan Barrett of Sayville Running Co.; Michael Nolan of Sayville Running Co.; Councilwoman Bergin Weichbrodt; Kelly Ann McLoughlin of Pronto; Frank Regnante; Rachel Molinari; Michael Morbillo of ENSPIRE Design Group; Laura Rogacki; Kathy Seff of Colorful Visions Art Glass Studio.