ALBANY, N.Y. – AEDC was very proud to have nominated a Clifton Park loan client for recognition during National Small Business Week at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 20th annual Small Business Excellence Awards Luncheon.

AEDC honored Armor Group Insurance Agency, based in Clifton Park, with a 2018 Small Business Excellence Award. Small businesses like Robert’s were selected for the Excellence Awards based on their company’s longevity, innovation, sales growth, increased employment, ability to overcome adversity or community contributions.

Robert Cowan, a seasoned insurance agent, contacted AEDC for business advice early in his start-up phase in 2013. That first year, Robert operated from the basement of his parents’ home. Despite humble beginnings, Robert aggressively developed his client base through persistence and self-sacrifice.

Through his highly effective targeted marketing efforts, outstanding salesmanship and superior customer service skills, the business has grown consistently. In 2017 Robert again sought assistance from AEDC and received an SBA microloan to facilitate the move to a larger office space. The agency sells and services personal, commercial, and casualty lines in NY, FL, and soon in NJ, offering products to meet the needs of his customers wherever they live, work, or play.

From left to right: James Conroy, NYBDC, Robert Cowan, Armor Group Insurance Agency, Steven Garneau, AEDC, and Bernard J. Paprocki, SBA Syracuse District Office.

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