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New branch manager for SBA office in Syracuse

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that Jeffrey A. Boyce is serving as its new Branch Manager for the SBA Syracuse District Office. Boyce joins SBA District Director Bernard J. Paprocki and Deputy District Director Dan Rickman on the District Office’s leadership team. He was sworn into his new federal service position on March 16, 2020 at the SBA Syracuse District Office location on Harrison Street.

“We are happy to welcome Jeffrey Boyce to the SBA Syracuse District Office team during this vital time,” said SBA Syracuse District Director Bernard J. Paprocki. “Jeff will be one of our agency’s main points of contact for the small business community. His strong leadership qualities and familiarity with upstate New York and its main streets will assist small businesses in their COVID-19 recovery,” Paprocki added.

As Branch Manager, Boyce will help manage parts of the 34-county district office’s Capital Region, Hudson Valley, North Country and Southern Tier coverage areas. He will collaborate with public and private sector agencies, organizations, and individuals to promote SBA capital access programs in addition to other SBA federal resources that assist small business owners and entrepreneurs. These responsibilities include SBA’s array of contracting and small business counseling services, in addition to providing coronavirus/COVID-19 aid through the CARES Act.

“I am excited to have hit the ground running with the SBA. Small businesses create two out of every three jobs in this country and I’m looking forward to supporting their development and growth, as well as their continued recovery from the impacts of coronavirus,” said new SBA Syracuse District Office Branch Manager Jeffrey Boyce.

Boyce is a New York native with extensive experience in economic development. Most recently he served as Director of Economic Development at the SUNY Research Foundation, leading programs including SUNY’s system-wide START-UP NY tax-free zone program. This initiative launched hundreds small business partnerships with SUNY’s 64 campuses, creating new jobs, investment and experiential learning opportunities for students.

Previously, Boyce also worked for New York State Empire State Development, including as Director of ESD’s Division for Small Business, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Manufacturing Services and Deputy Commissioner for Small Business Services. In these roles he was responsible for overseeing small business financial and technical assistance delivery to New York firms; manufacturing efficiency grants; early-stage equity investments in Empire State high-tech firms; commercial loan interest rate subsidies; and workforce development grants.

Boyce began his career as Senior Staff Assistant to the Monroe County Executive, supporting the management of a diverse county government with more than 5,000 employees and a budget of nearly $1B. He then went on to helped to create and lead the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform, directing a team that implemented regulatory and permitting reforms that saved New York more than $500M.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from SUNY Geneseo and a Master of Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany. He has served on numerous boards, commissions and groups advancing New York’s innovation economy. Boyce and his wife Deborah reside in Albany, New York with their two daughters.