People in the North Country have relied on Cindy Murdie, owner of Cindy’s Cake Shop in Canton, to brighten their celebrations with baked treats for more than a decade. Her cakes have been the centerpiece of innumerable birthdays, anniversaries, retirements and weddings.
Today, (Friday, May 7, 2010) Murdie herself was the center of a celebration at the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) annual luncheon in Syracuse. She received the Small Business Excellence Award presented by the SBA and the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton.
“Cindy is a perfect example of the type of successful business owners who drive the country’s economy,” states Dale Rice, Director of the SUNY Canton SBDC. “We are delighted to be able to recognize Cindy for all of her hard work and success.”
Murdie was already well on her way to success when she contacted the SBDC in 2000 for assistance in expanding her business, according to Rice. With the help of the SBDC Murdie was able to secure funding to construct a building on Route 68 and move the business from her original location on Miner Street. She was able to add additional kitchen space and hire new staffing. She also expanded her product line with a variety of cookies sold at area stores and cafes. Cindy’s Cake Shop also keeps an inventory of ready-made cakes for those last-minute events, and carries an inventory of candy- and cake-making supplies.
Murdie began doing business as Cindy’s Cake Shop in 1998 in a tiny rental property on Miner Street.
The shop now employs two people and is considering further expansion opportunities.
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