A pair of Cayuga County businesswomen were among a group of central New York business leaders who recently completed the U.S. Small Business Administration Emerging Leaders program.
The SBA honored the graduates Nov. 5 at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry.
Locally, the participants in this year's program were Jessica Cosentino, manager of Cosentino's Florist in Auburn, and Margaret Morin, president of 4M Precision Industries in Auburn.
Cosentino is a fourth-generation florist at the family's 80-year-old business. She is the vice president of the local Zonta Club of Auburn, president of the State Teleflora Unit Board and has been recently elected to the National Retailers Council through Society of American Florist.
Morin immigrated to the United States from Canada when her husband founded 4M in 1969. She held a variety of positions in the company before being elected president in 2010. 4M is now certified as a Woman-Owned Business and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. Morin was the recipient of the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce's Phyllis Goldman Encouragement for Women Award in 2013.
The Emerging Leaders program provided more than 40 hours of advanced management training. It is a joint project of the SBA Syracuse District Office with CenterState CEO, CNY TDO, City of Syracuse Office of Neighborhood and Business Development, Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc., MACNY, Onondaga SBDC, SUNY ESF, Syracuse SCORE, Syracuse University, The Falcone Center, The Tech Garden and the WISE Women’s Business Center.
“With tailored curriculum, limited class size and small mentoring groups, the Emerging Leaders initiative creates an environment for the entrepreneur to take a critical assessment of their business in today’s economy,” said SBA Syracuse District Director Bernard J. Paprocki in a press release. “By strengthening these small businesses, I can tell you that the program will affect more than our 15 graduates. The Emerging Leaders experience will continue to impact their companies, employees, customers and communities for months and years from now.”