This facility was rededicated the "Samuel W. Williams, Jr.
Business Center" on July 24, 1991, in recognition
of Sam's steadfast devotion to the development of business and new
jobs for our community.
W. Williams, Jr. worked for the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce
for the decade from 1981 to 1991. Under his early leadership and
guidance, the business community lent it support to Chamber efforts
to implement the Greater Syracuse Program, an economic development
campaign designed to raise the awareness of Syracuse as a business
location among key national corporate decision-makers. The program
was successful in increasing the ability of the economic development
community to attract new business investment to Greater Syracuse.
Recognizing that Syracuse and Onondaga County's greater economic
potential lies with home-grown, entrepreneurial ventures, the Chamber
advanced the concept of a "business incubator facility"
for Greater Syracuse. Sam's enthusiasm for and belief in the need
for this business center garnered community support and financial
participation from both the public and private sectors, allowing
construction to begin in 1985.
The Greater Syracuse Business Center opened its doors in 1986 and
through Sam's diligence, reached full occupancy within three years.
His continued commitment to the Center resulted in an expansion
that was completed in 1990, creating more opportunities for start-up
businesses to benefit from the advantages to be gained in a facility
such as this.
Sam shared his knowledge and experience freely with the tenants
of the Business Center, providing needed assistance and guidance
that helped many of these businesses to prosper. Hundreds of jobs
have been created in our community as a result of this nurturing
environment and Sam's selfless dedication to seeing businesses succeed.