Meet the Binghamton Business Plan Competition finalists

Joshua B Ludzki
June 17, 2013

Update: On June 24th, Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan and BLDC Executive Director Merry Herris announced Ben Giordano, owner of FreshySites, as the 2013 winner.


In May, the Binghamton Local Development Corporation announced ten finalists for the 2013 BLDC/EAP Business Plan Competition. According to Merry Herris, BLDC Executive Director, “prior participants have said that the experience of being in the competition was very worthwhile and really advanced their preparation.” The finalists had 20 days to complete written business plans and prepare 20-minute oral presentations (those will take place at Broome Community College on June 18th and 20th). The winner will be announced on June 24th. The finalists are:


Nadene Bradburn, "Blackwell Associates, Inc."

Nadene Bradburn’s company, Blackwell Associates, Inc., helps local health care providers find staff to fit their specific goals.


Bonnie Gardner Drumm, "Permanent Cosmetics of NY"

Bonnie Gardner Drumm’s company, Permanent Cosmetics of NY, offers permanent eyebrow, eyeliner and lipliner tattooing to the Binghamton area.


Paula Fairbairn, "P.Fair Designs"

Paula Fairbairn’s company, P.Fair Designs, develops websites and mobile apps for businesses in Binghamton and outside the city.


Ben Giordano, "FreshySites"

Ben Giordano’s company, FreshySites, designs and maintains websites for companies in the Binghamton and Washington, D.C. areas.


Steven Tobias Marmon, "Mad Man Sammies"

Steven Tobais Marmon’s company, Mad Man Sammies, offers custom-made doughnuts and piled-high sandwiches from a hot truck, coming to a parking lot near you.


Karina Martinez, "The Design Sweet"

Karina Martinez’s company, The Design Sweet, offers event design, specializing in aesthetics and special elements to take Binghamton-area events to the next level.

Chris Olsen, "PadGrabber"

Chris Olsen’s company, PadGrabber, combines social media with apartment search to offer Binghamton-area renters and landlords a better housing match.


Three finalists couldn't be reached for interviews:

Mark Klumpp and Susan Northrup-Klumpp, "Game Time Express"
Damien Martin and Ken Morrison, "What’s Goin’ On In Binghamton?"
Felix Okogu, "AfriMart International Food Store"


This is the fifth year of the competition in which the BLDC partners with the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program at Broome Community College to offer aspiring business owners resources and support to start or grow their business in the city. The EAP is funded through the New York State Empire State Development Corporation. The BLDC provides a $5,000 cash prize from its Urban Development Action Grant fund. Last year’s winner was The CommuniKey.