Meet the Finalists: Minority-owned Business

Posted on March 27, 2024

Minority Owned Business BOTY

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

This award is in partnership with the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA). It recognizes a UMEA member that exemplifies business leadership, innovation, customer/client satisfaction, high standards of service, and overall growth in the past year.

Join us at the 2024 Annual Meeting at the Oncenter on Thursday, April 11 to celebrate all the finalists, and see who wins!


Brackens Financial Solutions Network

Brackens Financial Solutions Network is a top choice for financial planning, investment management, and wealth-building strategies. Its dedicated team focuses on key areas to help clients achieve their financial goals and secure their financial future. Brackens’ commitment to providing exceptional service is what sets them apart in the industry. It focuses on creating sustainable income for retirement and protecting their clients' wealth and legacy shows the company's dedication to the long-term success of its clients. Bracken Financial Solutions Network has helped countless individuals and families achieve their financial goals and secure their financial future.




Cocoa's Candle Bar

Cocoa’s Candle Bar is committed to providing luxury products that go beyond just candles. Its products are carefully curated with natural ingredients to promote relaxation and a sense of remedy, creating a cozy and purified atmosphere in the homes of their customers.  This past year, owner Youlanda Johnson opened her brick-and-mortar shop on South Salina. Setting the business apart is its dedication to using natural and organic ingredients, and all of its products are handmade and hand-poured, ensuring the highest quality and experience for customers. Cocoas Candles' carefully curated line of relaxation-inspired scents is designed to help customers unwind, de-stress and create a relaxing and purified atmosphere in the home.


La Liga

La Liga, also known as the Spanish Action League, has a long-standing commitment to serving underserved communities in Onondaga County. Since 1969, it has worked tirelessly to bridge the cultural and experiential gap for Latinos and other underserved communities. La Liga is an “unsung hero” in the Central New York community, delivering crucial services to the LatinX community, by providing programming, assisting local families affected by hurricanes a few years ago, coming to the rescue of victims of local trafficking, and more. As of 2018, its affiliation with Acacia Network has enabled it to expand its reach and continue its essential work providing integrated, culturally responsive services to more than 150,000 individuals every year throughout New York State and beyond.



SGTR is an award-winning full-service construction company that specializes in federal contracting, demonstrating excellence in construction, inclusivity and community involvement. The company is leading the multimillion The Tech Garden expansion project and several others throughout the county, including at Fort Drum and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine. It is focused on hiring from within the community, fostering a supportive work environment, and is dedicated to excellence and making a difference in its industry and community. SGTR has multiple federal and state certifications, showcasing its commitment to quality and safety. SGTR workers are OSHA 30 certified and provide expertise in construction management, demolition, site work, janitorial services, and post-construction clean-up.

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