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Local entrepreneur awarded $5,000 for sulfite test start-up

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A student start-up business on Friday was awarded a county-wide entrepreneurship grant.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar and Legislature Chairman Daniel J. Reynolds joined representatives from Binghamton University and the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator to unveil the recipient.

A $5,000 grant using money from the Hotel-Motel Economic Development and Marketing fund was given to ChemSense.

Company owner Lynn Schmitt developed a test for sulfites in wine, beer and hard ciders in her graduate studies.

She says previous testing protocols take two hours per sample and require storage and use of strong chemicals. Schmitt’s test can be done in under a minute.

“Tests that are available are not very good. They’re time consuming. They require a lot of specialized knowledge. They are often inaccurate. What we’ve done with our tests is we eliminated the time element, dramatically reduced it, its near instantaneous. We’ve also made it so that anyone can do it,” she said.

Schmitt says she plans to use the money to complete her C-Corp filing, costs associated with trademarking her product and website development.

ChemSense is the third ever recipient of this entrepreneurship grant.


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