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For Release — Tuesday, March 27, 2001

DENNIS ROSS OF VOORHEESVILLE HONORED AS 'SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR'

ALBANY—Dennis Ross, president of Mitchell Ross Associates Architects of Voorheesville, has been named Small Business Advocate of the Year. Governor George Pataki presented the award today during at The Business Council's annual Small Business Day at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

The Small Business Advocate of the Year Award is a statewide award given by The Business Council of New York State and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to someone who has shown extraordinary commitment to advocacy on behalf of the small business community.

Candidates for the award are nominated by The Business Council and/or the NFIB and their members; Ross was nominated by the Small Business Committee of The Business Council.

Ross was recognized for his strong leadership role and commitment to helping improve the general climate for small business.

A Michigan native, Ross came to New York to study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned bachelor's degrees in architecture and building sciences.

Founded in 1992, Mitchell Ross Associates Architects, P.C. is a 10-employee firm that focuses on designing public-safety buildings and recreation architecture.

Through both his business and volunteer work, Ross has long been an active advocate for small business in the Capital Region and New York. He has been a member of The Business Council's Small Business Committee for six years, the last three as chairman.

In this role, he brings to The Business Council the needs of the small business community and then helps formulate small business-friendly policies that his committee and The Business Council then advocate in Albany.

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