Classy Body Art of Albany Named Winner of Sunmark Business Grant Contest

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Classy Body Art of Albany Named Winner of Sunmark Business Grant Contest

Will and Kimberly Eck of Classy Body Art, a body piercing studio, located on Lark Street in Albany, N.Y., are the winners of the Sunmark Business Grant contest, a competition for new businesses and entrepreneurs from Sunmark Federal Credit Union, in partnership with the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber.

“From a great field of entries, Classy Body Art rose to the top of the list,” said Sunmark Executive Vice President Frank DeGraw, who participated on the judging panel. “Will and Kimberly’s business plan was in great shape and showed a lot of initiative. Their emphasis on health and safety measures and their efforts in working with and meeting the standards set forward by the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) impressed the judges.”

Classy Body Art is dedicated to providing safe, professional piercing services and high-quality jewelry. Will Eck has worked in the piercing industry for more than five years and has received training from the APP, along with several related certificates for medical professionals. Also, Classy Body Art exclusively uses high quality, internally-threaded and threadless jewelry that meets APP standards.

The Ecks will receive a seat in the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber’s Entrepreneur Boot Camp (beginning January 2014) and $1,000 in a Sunmark business savings account.

The other finalists were:

  •     Four Fat Fowl, a family-run artisan cheese operation in Rensselaer.
  •     Albany-based Hey, Chica! Authentic Latin Food, a company that produces salsas, candies, coffee blends, and cooking sauces.
  •     Glenville-based RawVive, a raw food company that focuses on vital nutrients, minerals, enzymes, and vitamins.
  •     Sewing Soiree, a company that encourages DIY projects as a way to cultivate creativity and personal style, located in Cohoes.

“This is part of a larger initiative to reach out to aspiring business owners. By creating a learning opportunity along with a financial incentive, businesses can learn from the expertise available through Sunmark and local business stakeholders,” said Sue Siegel, Sunmark’s senior vice president. “We are hoping to nurture a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.”

About Sunmark Federal Credit Union:

Since 1937, Sunmark Federal Credit Union ($400.3 million in assets; 47,000+ members) has been helping members in the greater Capital Region community improve their financial position by offering a full range of mortgages, insurance products, retirement accounts and of course, savings and checking.

Sunmark is committed to the financial health and well-being of each member by offering tools that educate and inform and products and services that make it easier to reach financial goals such as planning a budget, saving for a home, repairing credit or getting out of debt.

For more information, call 518-382-0605 or visit

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