Upstate Minority Economic Alliance & CenterState CEO Announce Dreissig Company as its 2021 Minority-owned Business of the Year Winner

Syracuse, N.Y. — CenterState CEO in partnership with the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA) is pleased to announce Dreissig Company as its 2021 Minority-owned Business of the Year awardee. The Minority-owned Business of the Year winner, along with winners in four other categories, were announced at CenterState CEO’s Annual Meeting on April 29.

“On behalf of the UMEA Board of Directors we are proud that our member Dreissig Apparel has won the Minority Business of the Year Award,” said Calvin Corriders, president of the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance and regional president, Syracuse Market, Pathfinder Bank. “Dreissig and its President/CEO Marc Jones have been a valued business partner and a tremendous asset to the community. As we all know 2020 was an incredibly challenging year for us all and Dreissig Apparel was able to pivot and continue to grow and maintain the high levels of customer service they are known for. Congratulations, Dreissig Apparel.”

“Congratulations to UMEA Member Marc Jones and his staff at Dreissig Apparel, not only for weathering the storm and pivoting during an unprecedented pandemic year, but also for Marc’s exemplary philanthropic contributions to the community,” said Me’Shae Rolling, executive director, Upstate Minority Economic Alliance.

The Dreissig Company, which offers products and services focused on apparel/uniforms, textiles/linens, industrial supplies, paper products and janitorial supplies, is being recognized for exemplifying business leadership, innovation, high standards of service, and resilience in the face of uncertainty. In 2020, Dreissig lost 60% of its revenue because of COVID-19. The company pivoted its business model to distribute PPE supplies to hospitals, state agencies and local customers, thus greatly reducing its revenue loss for the year. Dreissig continues to successfully serve corporate and athletic customers across the nation. It also focuses on local talent, recruiting and training from local colleges and universities. Dreissig Owner Marc Jones co-founded the Willow Street Foundation, established in 2011, to provide quality education and leadership development, to financially disadvantaged youth, via partnerships with premier academic institutions and community organizations. In 2020, Dreissig received the first NAACP Onondaga County Chapter Muhammad Ali Sports Entrepreneur and Business Award.

Nick’s Landscaping was recognized as a finalist alongside Dreissig for its role as a model of success within the minority-owned business community.

CenterState CEO recognized four additional Business of the Year Award winners for their outstanding achievements, including:

More Than 50 Employees
Quadrant Biosciences, Inc.

 Less Than 50 Employees
ComSource, Inc.

Community Involvement
Thompson and Johnson Equipment, Co.

Central New York Community Foundation

“We are proud to partner with UMEA to celebrate these leaders of the business community and present the Minority-owned Business of the Year award during our annual meeting,” said Robert Simpson, president, CenterState CEO and UMEA board member. “We extend our sincere congratulations to all of these finalists for their outstanding achievements.”

Visit to watch video from the event, including Business of the Year recognitions and remarks from Aisha Glover and Rob Simpson. Download CenterState CEO’s 2020-2021 Annual Report at

Presenting Sponsors of the 2021 CenterState CEO Annual Meeting are Equitable, Nascentia Health, Inc. and Tompkins Trust Company. Speaker Sponsor is KeyBank. Corporate Sponsors are Bowers & Company CPAs PLLC; C&S Companies; Harris Beach PLLC; INFICON, Inc.; SWBR, VIP Structures and Wegmans Food & Pharmacy. Supporting Sponsor is The Bonadio Group. Media Sponsors are Central New York Business Journal; News Radio 570 WSYR Now on 106.9 FM, Such Chaos and Visual Technologies.

Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA) is the only Chamber of Commerce in the Upstate and Central New York region for minority business owners and professionals of color. Its mission is to create greater regional prosperity through economic development and to enhance economic opportunities for minority professionals and business owners.

CenterState CEO is an independent and forward-thinking economic development strategist, business leadership organization and chamber of commerce; dedicated to the success of its members and the prosperity of the region. We serve as an advocate and resource for smart business, catalyze and facilitate regional growth, and promote community prosperity through results-driven partnerships, planning and problem-solving.