Start-Up NY/Inclusive Entrepreneurship receives Leonard C. Staisey Memorial Award

August 31, 2012

Start-Up NY/Inclusive Entrepreneurship, a collaborative project of Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) and Whitman School of Management, Onondaga County, and the Onondaga Small Business Development Center, has received the Leonard C. Staisey Memorial Award. The award recognizes an organization or group that has made a significant contribution to promoting the rights of people with disabilities, influencing societal attitudes, and increasing progress of the independent living movement.

Start-Up NY/Inclusive Entrepreneurship helps people with disabilities and/or economic disadvantages obtain the training and business development resources needed to establish, grow, and sustain successful business ventures. Since 2007, the program has served more than 220 individuals with disabilities in Onondaga County, N.Y. Almost 70 of the entrepreneurs have started businesses.

Gary Shaheen G’86, director of employment policy at SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and former BBI senior vice president, accepted the award at an Aug. 30 event. Shaheen managed the development of the project with colleagues from the partner organizations. 

“I am very honored to accept this award on behalf of the people who helped develop and sustain Start-Up NY/Inclusive Entrepreneurship, and the hundreds of entrepreneurs who have worked so hard in pursuit of their dream of business ownership,” says Shaheen.

The award was presented by the Three Rivers Center for Independent living, a non-profit residential/community-based human service organization located in Pittsburgh, Pa.