May 17, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. – One local small business was recognized during National Small Business Week at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 21st Annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon in Albany on Tuesday, May 7th. Small businesses are selected for the Excellence Awards based on their company’s longevity, innovation, sales growth, increased employment, ability to overcome adversity or community contributions.

Columbia Economic Development Corporation presented a 2019 Small Business Excellence Award to Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions, owned by Mona Talbott and Kate Arding at 323 Warren Street in Hudson.

“CEDC provided an SBA Microloan to Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions shortly after it opened in 2014. The business leveraged those funds to expand and create jobs. As the business continues to grow, the owners are re-investing in both the business and their community. We are proud to recognize a true small business success story,” said nominator F. Michael Tucker, Columbia Economic Development Corporation president & CEO.

“Mona and I are so honored that Talbott & Arding has been recognized by SBA. It means the world to us and we are so proud to share it with our employees and our community. While we have over 50 years of combined experience as a cheesemonger and chef, our little shop on Warren Street is our first brick and mortar enterprise. The continued guidance and support from Martha Lane, the CEDC team and the SBA has been invaluable on so many levels and has helped us to maintain a steady path to success from the beginning,” said Kate Arding, Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions co-owner.

“The 21st Annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon gives us the opportunity to celebrate our business community leaders for their small business successes,” said Bernard J. Paprocki, SBA Syracuse district director. “Small business owners develop deep community connections, provide the critical backbone of our economy, employ local residents, and contribute to the vibrancy and innovation of our nation.”

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2019 National Small Business Week (NSBW) was held May 5-11 and is an annual event dedicated to recognizing the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates and champions from across the country. Every day, small businesses create 21st century jobs, support our neighborhoods and cities, and increase America’s global competitiveness.









Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions photo caption from left to right: James Conroy, NYBDC; Kate Arding, Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions; Mona Talbott, Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions ; David Fingar, CEDC; and Bernard J. Paprocki, SBA.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit