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Colleen T Bennett

Executive Director/Founder

(Equity Partner/50% Woman Owned)

308 Sherrill Road
Suite 100
Sherrill, NY  13461

315-363-6446 (voice)
315-363-6446 (fax)


Colleen Bennett
  Business Category:
In Business Since: 1993

Number of Employees/Subcontractors: 7

Locations: Headquarters: Sherrill, NY Western Region Satellite Office: Chandler, AZ

Desired Markets: Local, Regional, State, National
  Description: The KEYS Program delivers music, hope and smiles to kids battling cancer, and those in need of healing, through music outreach, education and advocacy. KEYS provides patient support of bedside music, family respite days & sibling support programs to children battling cancer at no cost to the families they serve. Since 1993, KEYS has delivered just over 80,000 smiles!
  Profile: "In what seemed just a blink ago, I was in a hospital room helping my mother gently maneuver headphones on my father’s ears. My father’s journey with cancer was brief, and we knew he was nearing his time to leave us. We were just hoping music could help relax him, even just a little, and provide his body enough peace to be able to sleep after days of agitation and pain. Within an hour…he was asleep. As the nurses began asking what we had done to help calm and ease my father’s pain, we said, “We just played music.” That was the life-changing moment that has brought us here over 20 years later." -KEYS Founder, Colleen Bennett From that moment in November of 1993, the KEYS Program was born to help bring music, comfort, hope and smiles to kids going through the same difficult time, in memory of Colleen's father. Today, with the help of over 100 volunteers, the KEYS Program provides its award-winning patient support programs to children treated in 44 children's hospitals, special needs sites and hospice agencies across the US. Colleen has been recognized for her dedication to children receiving the Child Care Council of Cornell Cooperative Extensions Friend of Children Award, Who's Who Among American Women and the KEYS Program has been named one of the top 15 children's charities in the US by the Tony Stewart Foundation for the past 4 years.
  Featured Products or Services: Along with its outreach programming for pediatric cancer patients, KEYS also provides community music therapy services for children with various disabilities, music classes and workshops.

Lisa Eklund

Certified Professional Coach (CPC)
Design Your Encore and The Mindful Equestrian

(100% Woman-Owned Business)

204 Betsinger Rd., Apt 14
Sherrill, NY  13461

315-427-9498 (voice)


Design Your Encore
The Mindful Equestrian

Business Category:

In Business Since: 2014

Number of Employees/Subcontractors: 0

Locations: 1

Desired Markets: Local, Regional, State, National, International
  Description: I have two coaching businesses. The Mindful Equestrian is an equestrian performance coaching business. Design Your Encore is a coaching and consulting business for people over 50 designing a new career, business and/or retirement.
  Profile: Design Your Encore Encore Life, Career and Retirement Coach and Consultant Certified Professional Coach (CPC) I will help you map your vision for your life going forward and discover untapped talents, purpose and interests. I will support you in your process of discovery, self-growth, design and implementation through your transition. Are looking to reignite your existing career, shift to a new career, to plan for a fulfilling retirement or to become an encore entrepreneur? Is there a major change or transition you want to make in your life? I will partner with you in your journey. The Mindful Equestrian Equestrian performance coach. Specializing in the equestrian competitor. Strong background in intercollegiate (IHSA) coaching and interscholastic coaching. Unique style of coaching blending life coaching with performance coaching. Connecting how you walk through life with how you ride your horse. The benefits then carry from riding to life and life to riding.
  Featured Products or Services: Coaching and consulting packages and memberships both for equestrians and people over 50.

Gina M Pearce

Interior Decorator/Owner
Pearce Home Design/Decorating Den Interiors

(100% Woman-Owned Business)

8855 Tibbitts Road
New Hartford, NY  13413

315-507-4827 (voice)
315-794-4792 (voice)


Business Category:
Interior Design
Home Improvement

In Business Since: 2016

Number of Employees/Subcontractors: 1

Desired Markets: Local, Regional, State
  Description: Pearce Home Design, a Decorating Den Interiors company, features custom furniture, floors, window and wall treatments, lighting and decorative accessories for the home or commercial space. With access to exclusive furniture brands for an array of budgets, we create rooms according to the client's taste and style. We believe that in today's busy and stressful lifestyle, we deserve to have a home or office that creates a sense of peace and joy.
  Profile: Gina Pearce is an interior decorator with more than 15 years of experience in the creative world. She completed her education at The Interior Design Institute and is a Certified Interior Decorator. Now, as owner of Pearce Home Design/Decorating Den Interiors, Gina brings her expertise and love of all things interior design to the greater Utica area. She offers a variety of decorating services from the selection of custom furnishings, wall coverings and window treatments, to lighting and decorative accessories. She also offers exclusive brands only available to design professionals. Gina helps clients avoid costly mistakes by narrowing a world of choices to fit their budget and vision. Her process begins with getting to know her clients and understanding their personal style so she can create homes and offices that reflect their personality. Gina believes design is a process that evolves from developing a relationship based on trust, respect and realistic expectations. As the owner of Pearce Home Design/Decorating Den Interiors, Gina loves creating beautiful, functional homes and work spaces. She believes that marrying functionality with artful design that reflects individual style is the key to bringing a sense of pleasure and peace in our busy world.
  Featured Products or Services: Complimentary initial design consultation and interior decorating services including custom upholstery, furniture, custom shades, blinds and draperies, flooring, lighting, and decorative accessories.
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