Margaret McKinstry

The Friend of Leadership Oswego County award recognizes long-time supporters of the Leadership Oswego County Program who are not necessarily alumni, but have made a significant contribution to the program’s success. This designation clearly applies to Peg. Peg has been attached to the Leadership Oswego County since its beginning in 1993, when she became the program’s first coordinator. She worked with the first three classes through the Class of 1995. Peg has since been on the Curriculum and Executive Committees as she continues to love and believe in it so much!

Atom Avery

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus who has made significant contributions to the community, has achieved particular excellence, exemplifies the spirit and goals of civic involvement and community trusteeship, and provides continuous support to Leadership Oswego County. Atom Z. Avery clearly embodies this designation.

Eric Bresee

The Community Leadership Award recognizes a leader who is devoted to the community, participates in civic organizations by taking leadership roles, has had a demonstrated impact on the growth of the community, and has displayed real vision and motivated others to realize the vision. Eric Anthony Bresee is the consummate community leader.

Eric grew up in Hannibal NY with his parents, Lawrence and Julia. He achieved his BA in Psychology as well as an MS in Counseling and Psychological Services from SUNY Oswego before going on to obtain licensure in Mental Health Counseling.

Brian Caswell

Brian Caswell has been teaching for Leadership Oswego County for many years. He has brought his experience of accounting and not for profit organizations to the class with great vigor and enthusiasm.

Brian grew up in Phoenix, NY and graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in English Literature. He also earned an MBA from Syracuse University. He joined the accounting firm of William M. Ely, CPA where he learned that giving back to the community is an important role for every small business.

Dan Farfaglia

Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia grew up in the Fulton/Volney area. He graduated from G. Ray Bodley High School in 1989 and SUNY Morrisville in 1993. A big part of his childhood was focused on scholastic wrestling and he was part of his school’s third State Championship Team during his senior year. As an adult, he is giving back to the Fulton wrestling program by volunteering his time assisting with media relations, fundraising and more.

Garrette Weiss

Garrette Weiss is the Business Education Liaison for the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation (CiTi). In this role his primary goal is to engage local and regional business and educational institutions to form strategic partnerships for the betterment of CiTi's students.

With over 20 years of experience in education, Garrette partners with local, state and regional school administrators, councilors, and teachers to develop viable and marketable career experience and development opportunities for students.

Workforce Development Board members

Our board is made up of representatives from many organizations with a vested interest in Oswego County workforce development.

Stacy Alvord
Oswego County Department of Social Services

Eric Behling
Behling’s Orchards

Jessica Behling
GDI Services Inc.

Shane Broadwell
Broadwell Hospitality Group

Patrick Carroll
U.A. Plumbers & Steamfitters

Brian Chetney
Oswego City-County Youth Bureau

Phil Church
Oswego County

Diane Cooper-Currier
Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.

Oswego Small Business Training Course

The Micro-Enterprise Program is coordinated by the City of Fulton Community Development Agency, City of Oswego Community Development Office, SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations (OBCR) and Operation Oswego County to provide guidance and support to people interested in starting or expanding a small business.

The program provides a 24-hour small-business training program that covers such topics as how to write a business plan, how to obtain financing, accounting and tax issues, business insurance, legalities, marketing, and other basic business start-up issues.

SBDC Counseling Form

I request management assistance from SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center. I understand that this assistance is free of charge and that I incur no obligation to SUNY Oswego SBDC or the small business Administration or its counselors for providing this assistance. I authorize SBA to furnish relevant information to the assigned management counselor although I expect that information to be held in strict confidence by him/her.