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North Florida District Office
7825 Baymeadows Way Suite 100B
Jacksonville, FL 32256
United States
Phone: (904)443-1900
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Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Success Story: Hispanic/Latina Woman Owned Business Makes it into Speakers Hall of Fame

Team Pegine, Inc.

Jacksonville, FL --- Pegine Echevarria, Owner and President of Team Pegine, Inc., a SBA-certified 8(a) company, was inducted into the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame. Pegine is one of a handful of women and the only Latina woman to be honored with this distinction; this honor reflects her hard-work and personal style. Pegine goes by her first name only, and describes herself and her company as “feisty, fearless, focused, and fun”. According to the Center for Women’s Business Research, only 3 percent of all women-owned firms have revenues of $1 million or more, and Team Pegine, Inc. is one of them.   

Team Pegine, Inc. is a Jacksonville, FL based small business that provides situational role playing, event planning/management, scalable training, educational products, and speakers (including Pegine) for the federal government, Fortune 500 companies, and the defense industry. Pegine not only motivates others, she is also focused on motivating her staff and herself to attain a greater level of success. The company is currently concentrating on growing sales through government contracting.

Pegine’s efforts were recognized in May of 2012, when her company was awarded an 8(a) contract to produce the 50th commemoration of the Vietnam War at the National Mall to honor those Veterans.  President Barack Obama was the keynote speaker. The event was attended by over 6,600 people and was broadcast worldwide.  The Department of Defense awarded Team Pegine Inc. with a rating of exceptional for their work.

The 8(a) Business Development Program is an important resource for small businesses seeking business-development assistance. Named for Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act, this program was created to help small and disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace. It also helps these companies gain access to federal and private procurement markets. Visit the SBA 8(a) certification page for more information on the program.

Pegine had a small motivational speaking business in New York, which was adversely impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. She was forced to change her direction due to a loss of revenue, but Pegine did not give up; instead she focused on building a business with multiple streams of income. Today, Team Pegine, Inc. is a multi-million dollar business, with 5 full-time employees, 2 part-time employees, and over 1,000 people who work on various projects as contractors.

 

Always dressed in black and with lots of “bling”, Pegine refers to herself as a Pirate Captain, who likes to steal people’s limitations. Pegine credits part of her success to the resources offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In addition to being a certified 8(a) company, Team Pegine has received counseling from SBA resource partners including the Small Business Development Center, SCORE, Jacksonville Women’s Business Center, and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Her business is located at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center, a business incubator, and a SBA community partner.

In her free time, Pegine created a foundation for Veterans called Success4Vets, which helps to develop the leadership skills of enlisted members and officers transitioning to civilian life, by providing them with opportunities to organize community service projects geared towards Vietnam era Veterans. Once a project is completed, the organizing project member of Success4Vets is eligible to access grant money for professional development.

Pegine has also produced a documentary about Vietnam Veterans and the 50th year commemoration ceremony that will premiere in May of 2013, and then subsequently be stored through the National Archives and Records Administration. Pegine said the contract she won in May of last year has been the conduit which makes her want to give back to Vietnam Veterans and current Veterans. Her own two children are members of the armed forces. 

Visit the Team Pegine, Inc. website for more information on the Company or call (904) 280-8806.

Pegine Echevarria, Owner and President of Team Pegine, Inc.

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Local North Florida District Business Wins Regional Exporter of the Year Award

Nova Pressroom

Jacksonville, FL --- Ronald Rose, President of Nova Pressroom Products, LLC was recently awarded the North Florida District Exporter of the Year and the Region IV Exporter of the Year. The company has been in business for just over 5 years and in that time has increased export sales from 3% to 23%.

NOVA Pressroom Products, LLC manufactures and markets a full line of pressroom products such as blanket and roller washers for the graphic arts industry worldwide. Nova Products are available throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America. The company uses a combination of technology and client support to grow its business. An example of client support provided by the company is that when selling in international markets, NOVA sales managers accompany distributor representatives on sales calls. The company currently has 21 employees and 7 manufacturing representatives. The company started with just 5 employees in 2007. Mr. Rose has also used SBA guaranteed lending to grow the business.

Mr. Rose recently stated “Since the onset of Nova, we have been committed to growing our export business, providing our dealers with specially formulated products for their particular markets, fast production and timely shipping. The District and Regional awards are a tribute to everyone on the Nova team.” Mr. Rose further commented that “our location in Jacksonville, Florida gives us multiple connections to major shipping lanes into Latin America and Asia. We have also benefited significantly from the help provided by the SBA, our local bank (American Enterprise Bank of Florida) and the Small Business Development Center.”

Prior to starting Nova Pressroom Products, LLC in 2007, Mr. Rose completed a 30-year career within various divisions of Fuji Film, most recently as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Fuji Hunt/Anchor. He has a long history in channel management positions in North America, Asia & Europe. Mr. Rose is currently serving on the Board of Directors for The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing, and Converting Technologies. Through his involvement with the trade association, Mr. Rose mentors younger companies on how to pursue international trade opportunities.

Mr. Ronald Rose may be reached at Nova Pressroom Products, LLC. 1663 North McDuff Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32254 or by phone at (904)-292-2554. Please visit www.novapressroom.com for more information on the company and its products.

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2012 North Florida & State Small Business Person of the Year Award

2012 Small Business Person of the Year

Jacksonville, FL --- Ann Sabbag created Health Designs, Inc. in 1995 with the hope of delivering health and wellness programs to corporations. At the time, Ms. Sabbag worked as a Wellness Coordinator for Bellsouth and saw first-hand how the wellness program benefitted employees.  Ms. Sabbag was passionate about health and wellness and decided that she could have more impact on the field if she started her own business. Health Designs, Inc. now provides employee health assessments, biometric screenings, and face-to-face health coaching to hundreds of companies in 22 States throughout the Southeast and Midwest.

Ms. Sabbag is the winner of the 2012 Small Business Person of the Year award for both the North Florida District and the State of Florida. Health Designs. Inc. was nominated by the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida.  The Small Business Person of the Year in every State will be invited to Washington D.C. to compete for the national title. For more information related to the National Small Business Week Awards, please visit www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com. Ms. Sabbag will also receive an award locally on May 24, 2012 at the UNF Small Business Week luncheon.

The company has grown in many aspects including the number of fulltime and contract staff. Health Designs, Inc. went from 2 fulltime staff members to 10 fulltime staff members from 2007 to 2011. This is in addition to the 90 contract staff members that deliver remote services. The company has also increased sales and intends to reach 60,000 individuals at 346 different companies this year.

Health Designs, Inc. faced adversity in 2008, when 2 of its largest clients decided not to continue to provide wellness programs to its employees through the company. Ms. Sabbag quickly reacted by taking her leadership team on a weekend retreat to strategize on how to handle the situation. After the retreat Health Designs, Inc. strengthened its alliance with Blue Cross Blue Shield and other clients.

Ms. Sabbag also turned to the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center, Athena Powerlink program to further develop her company in 2008. Additionally, Ms. Sabbag has also used other SBA supported programs such as SBDC and SCORE counseling to grow her business to what it is today.

Health Designs, Inc. is highly innovative in that the company has developed tools and resources that are considered proprietary to further the brand including an online health risk assessment. The company also developed a process to recruit and develop leaders amongst her team and contract staff as well.

Ms. Sabbag earned a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Florida. In 2009 she was named one of Northeast Florida’s Women of Influence. In 2011 she was named one of the Top 50 Small Business Influencers in Jacksonville and the Small Business Leader for the Chambers Health Council.

In addition to her many recognitions, Ms. Sabbag is also committed to her community. She serves as Board Member on the Mayor’s Council on Fitness and Well-Being, for the City of Jacksonville and also is a Board Member of the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center. She is a member of Women’s Giving Alliance, whose mission is to inspire women in Northeast Florida to be philanthropists through collective giving. In 2009 Ms. Sabbag made a matching grant to the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health and hosts interns from the school as well. Ms. Sabbag is a mentor for IMPACTJax and also contributes her time to the PACE Center for Girls, Angelwood and Cathedral Arts Project.

Ms. Sabbag may be reached at Health Designs, Inc., 35 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082 or phone at (904) 285-2019. Please visit www.healthdesigns.net for more information on the company.

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