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South Side Innovation Center Awarded Outstanding Program Performance

South Side Innovation Center Awarded Outstanding Program Performance

The South Side Innovation Center (SSIC), a program of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, received an award at the New York State Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) Annual Conference on Aug. 20, 2015. the SSIC was presented with the 2015 Award of Excellence for Outstanding Program Performance and Achievement and Dedication to the Entrepreneurs of New York State. This year there was a pool of 30 Entrepreneurial Assistance Program Centers across New York State. SSIC was one of three that were recognized for performance in the 2014-15 funding year.

“As an active partner with the New York State Entrepreneurial Assistance Program, we are honored to be recognized with this award,” said El-Java Abdul-Qadir, director of the EAP program at SSIC. “The South Side Innovation Center is looking forward to continue its work to provide quality assistance and programming to aspiring and growing entrepreneurs in our region while providing an avenue for Syracuse University students to gain practical experience by working with local entrepreneurs.”

The South Side Innovation Center is a non-profit organization that aims to increase the vitality of the local and area economy by recruiting, nurturing and training a diverse group of emerging and mature businesses. The Center provides them with business incubation, development, education, market access and credit assistance. SSIC recruits a team of highly-skilled, trained professional counselors to provide instruction, training, technical assistance and support services to individuals who have recently started their own business or are interested in starting a business.

SSIC is an available outlet for Syracuse University undergraduates to get involved. The undergraduate entrepreneurship program at Whitman has recently been ranked #12 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best College Rankings.

For more information, visit http://southsideinnovation.org.

Ethan Waltersdorf

Communications Assistant at Martin J. Whitman School of Management
Ethan is a communications assistant at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. He is a senior at Syracuse University majoring in Marketing Management and Public Relations. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing recreational sports, cliff jumping and attempting to cook.
Ethan Waltersdorf