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Upstate district director of U.S. Small Business Administration leads agency that serves as saving grace to those financially hobbled by global pandemic By Lou Sorendo Bernard J. Paprocki at his Syracuse office on Nov. 13. Photo by Chuck Wainwright. Born on March 14, 1955, Bernard J. Paprocki shares the same birth date as theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. While Einstein is known for his incredibly high IQ and contributions to the world of science, Paprocki is using his role as director of the Upstate district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Syracuse to help maintain the sustainability of beleaguered business people battered by COVID-19. Paprocki is responsible for the delivery of SBA’s financial programs and business development services for a 34-county region in Upstate New York. “Initially, we had no idea of the size and scope of the volume that was going to hit us,” Paprocki said while reflecting back on the onset of the pandemic. “You hear the expression ‘drinking water from a fire house.’ It was bigger than that. It was like the Alaskan Pipeline,” he said. A key factor was individuals’ personal concern for their own health, and in terms of logistics, it was key to move