Two Long Island small businesses win statewide honors

Deborah and Charles Eisenson with the website for Deborah and Charles Eisenson with the website for their company Discount Health Card LLC at their home office in St. James on March 7, 2014. The company and the Eisensons have been named home-based business of the year. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

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Two small businesses from Long Island were recognized Wednesday by SUNY and the state Small Business Development Centers, which are housed on SUNY campuses.

Premier Rubber Co. and its chief executive Gail Walker were named manufacturer of the year in the statewide competition.

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The Farmingdale-based company supplies recycled rubber from tires to manufacturers of playground surfaces and other products. It expects to have sales of $5.4 million this year and is a client of the small business center at Farmingdale State College.

Discount Health Card LLC and its owners Deborah and Charles Eisenson were named home-based business of the year.

The St. James-based company is marketing a free card that offers discounts on vision, dental, hearing and veterinary services as well as prescription drugs. The Eisensons, retired dentists, are clients of the small business center at Stony Brook University.

There are 24 centers across the state. They provide counseling and training to entrepreneurs, and are supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, SUNY and CUNY, New York State and local governments.

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