CenterState CEO and SyracuseFirst Evolve Relationship to Better Serve Small and Local Businesses

Posted on July 17, 2017

Image
Syracusefirst Logo

SYRACUSE, NY – After more than five years of collaboration, CenterState CEO and SyracuseFirst announced today that SyracuseFirst has become a fully integrated program of CenterState CEO. Under this new agreement CenterState CEO will fully acquire the SyracuseFirst brand moving it from a separate membership entity to a program under CenterState CEO’s business development portfolio.

“Across Central New York, small businesses are an important driver of our regional economy as they create jobs and attract investments,” said Andrew Fish, senior vice president of business development at CenterState CEO. “We are excited to formally adopt the SyracuseFirst brand and to restructure the organization so we can become an even stronger advocate for independent and locally owned businesses.”

The two organizations formed a legal partnership in 2012 to advance their shared goals of supporting small and locally owned independent businesses. Under the original agreement CenterState CEO licensed the SyracuseFirst brand keeping it a separate membership based entity. CenterState CEO, in return, provided significant programmatic and administrative support to SyracuseFirst and its executive director, Chris Fowler.

Fowler has stepped aside and CenterState CEO will continue to provide member programs that support small and locally owned businesses including:

  • Connections and networking events like Tech Meets Taste, Speed Networking and Business After Hours & Showcase
  • Advertising opportunities, including the CNY Community Guide, and CenterState CEO newsletters, e-blasts and websites
  • Talent support and professional development programs 
  • CEO Ambassadors program
  • Economic Champions Luncheon
  • Advocacy programs
  • The Tech Garden and its ecosystem of support programs, and additional entrepreneurial support services for small businesses

“Even though I will no longer be the executive director of SyracuseFirst, I am not stepping down from my commitment to small and independently owned businesses, said Fowler. “I believe SyracuseFirst’s integration into CenterState CEO’s programming enables it to evolve and grow, which will ultimately support a more vibrant community. Regardless of what opportunities I am pursuing, I will always remain a vocal advocate for these businesses which contribute to our community’s unique identity and culture.”

A new steering committee will be established to guide the future direction of SyracuseFirst programming. The new steering committee will also evaluate all current SyracuseFirst programs and determine ways to enhance resources and add value for locally-owned independent member businesses.  If you have any questions, or are a current SyracuseFirst member interested in having a role on the steering committee please be in touch with Andrew Fish at afish@centerstateceo.com.

About CenterState CEO

CenterState CEO is an independent and forward thinking economic development strategist, business leadership organization and chamber of commerce; dedicated to the success of its members and the prosperity of the region. We serve as an advocate and resource for smart business, catalyze and facilitate regional growth, and promote community prosperity through results-driven partnerships, planning and problem-solving. www.centerstateceo.com

 

 

###

Other
CEO News

Image
BOTY 2024 winner graphic
CEO News | 04/11/2024

Meet the 2024 Business of the Year Winners

Congratulations 2024 Business of the Year Winners! CenterState CEO's Business of the Year Awards recognize the ou

Image
AM
CEO News | 04/11/2024

CenterState CEO Annual Meeting Celebrates Business of the Year Winners

Keynote Speaker Highlights Impact of AI and the Need to Shape How the Technology Grows

Image
Annual Meeting with presentin
CEO News | 04/10/2024

Read President Rob M. Simpson's 2024 Annual Meeting Remarks

CenterState CEO President Rob M.

Image
semiconductor chip
CEO News | 04/03/2024

$2M in Federal Support will Help Prepare CNY Ahead of Micron Project

CenterState CEO President Rob Simpson issued a statement to members and stakeholders regarding $2 million in federal funding for Cen

Image
Chimes Building 500 S Salina
CEO News | 03/29/2024

Meet the Developers-in-Residence Transforming 500 South Salina St.

Redevelopment of 500 South Salina Street, also known as the Chimes Building, is the latest investment in downtown Syracuse’s southwestern corridor.

Image
centerstate ceo women's rising event
CEO News | 03/29/2024

Women Rising Event Connects and Inspires

enterState CEO’s half-day Women Rising event brought together more than 100 attendees to celebrate women's strength, resilience and ingenuity.

Image
taipei from above
CEO News | 03/28/2024

CenterState CEO President Rob Simpson Reflects on Trip to Taiwan

CenterState CEO President Rob Simpson issued a letter to members regarding his recent trip to Taiwan to meet with semiconductor supp

Image
Minority Owned Business BOTY
CEO News | 03/27/2024

Meet the Finalists: Minority-owned Business

Congratulations 2024 Business of the Year Finalists: Minority-owned Business!

Image
More Than 50 Employees BOTY Graphic
CEO News | 03/27/2024

Meet the Finalists: More Than 50 Employees

Congratulations 2024 Business of the Year Finalists: More Than 50 Employees!