Local business bounces back, wins award

By Erika Mahoney

May 5, 2013 Updated May 5, 2013 at 9:47 PM EST

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For 40 years, a greenhouse center in Endicott has been growing and selling plants. Now, they are being rewarded for their commitment and success, even after Tropical Storm Lee flooded the business.

Nanticoke Gardens on Route 26 in Endicott has been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration to receive the Small Business Excellence Award.

The current owners, two local brothers, took over management in January 2011.

After their first season as new owners, Tropical Storm Lee swept in.

Nearly seven feet of water filled some parts of their greenhouses.

With help from family and friends, they were able to come back.

Now the center is better than ever, and they are being honored for their efforts.

Co-owner Peter Shafer says he hopes the award brings attention to all small businesses in his community.

"You know, that is where a lot of jobs come from," Shafer said, "And if the government and lenders support those that are successful, hopefully it will create more opportunity for people trying to start up in small business."

Shafer and his brother are heading to Syracuse Monday to accept their award at the 15th annual Small Business Excellence awards luncheon.

Nanticoke Gardens employs about 22 people during peak seasons.