A twenty-something SUNY Canton alumnus was recently honored by both the New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Lucas Manning, owner of The Partridge Café in Canton, received with the SBDC award at the organization’s annual staff training conference at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson. Manning was again recognized at the SBA’s Syracuse District Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon in Syracuse.
“In just three years, Lucas has made his business a successful venture and important part of the Canton community,” noted Canton SBDC Director Dale Rice. “His ‘just do it’ attitude and his ability to make wise business decisions will assure that The Partridge Café will continue to thrive.”
In 2005, after receiving a Business Administration degree from SUNY Canton, Manning purchased the Partridge Café in downtown Canton. The café features an inexpensive and unique menu of coffees, sandwiches, wraps, and locally-made bagels. Lucas said he is focused on providing an excellent atmosphere with good food, great coffee, and plenty of reading material.
While maintaining the café’s original ambiance, Manning has partnered with other businesses to increase services in accordance to his market. He is an agent for Trailways bus service, has partnered with The Birchbark Book Shop, and recently began selling microbrew beer and locally produced wines to compliment a slate of live entertainment on the weekends.
Manning worked with Canton SBDC Business Advisor Michelle Collins when he purchased the business and again later when it was time to expand. Collins, who is also an adjunct business instructor at the college, taught Manning during his college studies.
“From the very beginning, Lucas exuded confidence and determination,” Collins noted. “Lucas is the model entrepreneur, doing everything the ‘right’ way and works hard while keeping a smile on his face.”
At age 26, Lucas continues to take college courses while operating the business with his wife, Sarah.
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