AOA Startup Grant 2016

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Entries from AOA Startup Grant 2014

Listed in alphabetical order.

Big Kidz Jeanz

Big Kidz Jeanz

Project: Big Kidz Jeanz, custom-made jeans and athletic pants for husky and extra tall kids.

Who: Steve Frazee

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Brew

Brew

Project: Brew, a beverage shop in Albany's Center Square neighborhood focusing on craft beer, specialty coffee, loose tea, and other quality drinks for off-premise consumption.

Who: August Rosa and Joshua Cotrona

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Center Square School

Center Square School

Project: Center Square School, a children's art camp and preschool program in downtown Albany.

Who: Blair Lambert

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Classy Body Art

Classy Body Art

Project: Classy Body Art, a body piercing studio in Albany, NY dedicated to safe, professional piercings.

Who: Will 'VonDoome' Eck and Kimberly Eck

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Earthly Remedies by Erin

Earthly Remedies by Erin

Project: Earthly Remedies by Erin, all-natural hand salves, hand creams, lip balms, baby products, pet products, herbal tinctures, and more.

Who: Erin Ethier

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Frozen Hometown Foods for A+ Meals

Frozen Hometown Foods for A+ Meals

Project: Frozen Hometown Foods for A+ Meals, healthy frozen convenience foods.

Who: Anna Dawson

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Hey, Chica! Authentic Latin Food

Hey, Chica! Authentic Latin Food

Project: Hey, Chica! Authentic Latin Food, a specialty Latin American food products company.

Who: Julianna Glassanos

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Kids Makerspace

Kids Makerspace

Project: A makerspace for kids, where children can come and work on open-ended, creative projects that help develop their skills in design, building, and technology

Who: Kathy Ceceri

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Let's Drum

Let's Drum

Project: Let's Drum, a music program that includes a rich mixture of hands-on play, lessons on history and culture, games and activities. It's looking to expand its offerings to better include people with disabilities.

Who: Jonathan Duda

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Mugzy's Barkery

Mugzy's Barkery

Project: Mugzy's Barkery, a line of home baked dog treats that are made from all natural and/or organic human grade ingredients.


Who: Jaime Kelley

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Next Label

Next Label

Project: Next Label, a lifestyle marketplace for independent creators of clothing, makeup, home products, and art.

Who: Akkera Dorsey

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Puzzles Bakery & Cafe

Puzzles Bakery & Cafe

Project: Puzzles Bakery & Café will offer a variety of fresh baked goods, artisan sandwiches, hearty soups, signature salads, and refreshing beverages available for purchase for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition to serving delicious food, the bakery-café will provide developmentally disabled adults with opportunities for personal growth, as well as a source of income, social interaction, and a sense of purpose.

Who: Sara Mae Hickey

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Raya's Raw & Cultured

Raya's Raw & Cultured

Project: Raya's Raw & Cultured is a collection of my fermented, probiotic rich, healing products, from kombucha (cultured tea) to kraut (cultured vegetables). All of my creations are made by me, from organic and locally sourced products, and contain naturally occurring probiotics and gut-healing compounds.

Who: Raya Ioffe

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South End Pallet Works

South End Pallet Works

Project: South End Pallet Works, a woodworking business that creates tables and other products from reclaimed wood.

Who: Sean Desiree

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The Dutch Udder Artisanal Ice Cream

The Dutch Udder Artisanal Ice Cream

Project: The Dutch Udder Artisanal Ice Cream, a startup ice cream brand.

Who: Kehmally M. Karl

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The Machine Creative Co-op

The Machine Creative Co-op

Project: The Machine, a creative co-op for artists on Lark Street.

Who: Dana Owens

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The Olde Corner Store

The Olde Corner Store

Project: The Olde Corner Store, a small grocery specializing in bulk and natural foods, for Middleburgh.

Who: Joy Heckman

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The Rise and Shine Company

The Rise and Shine Company

Project: The Rise and Shine Company, a pop up retail shop in downtown Albany offering a line of apparel, accessories and art (prints, signs and designs), as well as curated, locally made goods and collectibles.

Who: Michael Conlin

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Three Wheel Produce

Three Wheel Produce

Project: Three Wheel Produce, a human-powered tricycle converted into a mobile vending unit for selling produce in downtown Troy.

Who: Alexandra Prince

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