RJ Wronski Associates, Inc.
100 Everett Avenue, Suite #4
Chelsea, Massachusetts 02150
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Every business leader recognizes the importance of employee development but few have the resources or talent to train staff on all facets of business leadership. A local company fills the gap between corporate capability and its training needs.
Boston-based RJ Wronski Associates, Inc., founded by Richard Wronski in 1984, was originally an information technology training business focused on mainframes, programming languages, and database technologies. Richard’s son Stephan Wronski, who has been with the company since 1998, was named president in 2012, and with his father’s support, has expanded the business into a leadership development organization with global reach. Onsite training has been delivered on six continents, 33 countries and 37 states to companies like Johnson & Johnson, Chevron, Nielsen, Manulife and other companies committed to the development of their staff
Wronski Associates brings together instructors, coaches and consultants to design comprehensive leadership programs that deliver leadership, technical and business skills to engineering, operations and IT professionals at all levels of the customer’s organization from new hires to senior executives. Courses are delivered either onsite in a traditional classroom environment or as blended online solutions using the most advanced e-learning technologies and platforms.
When Stephan was transitioning into his role as president in 2012, he recognized that he had to become more of a strategic thinker in his new role. Fortunately, he learned about SBA’s e200 Program, now called SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative, and its MBA-style program for CEOs, COOs, CFOs, which was just about to begin in April. The course included approximately 100+ hours of professional specialized training and peer-to-peer counseling delivered over the course of seven months
Stephan completed the course which ran from April through October 2012 and took away a three-year strategic growth action plan with benchmarks and performance targets. Wronski states that “I may not have made the time to develop this plan without the support and push from the e200 instructor and fellow students.”
The effort served him well and helped him achieve one of the growth strategies contained in his e200 Growth Action Plan to improve the company’s branding and image to be on par with academy-minded clients for whom they regularly provide leadership development solutions. A key component of this strategy was to capture three or more industry awards. Recently Wronski Associates nailed this goal by being named to Training Industy.com’s 2013 Leadership Training Companies Watch List which is quite an honor given that this status was awarded to just 16 companies.
For more information on Wronski Associates, visit http://www.wronskitraining.com/ ">http://www.wronskitraining.com/ and more information about SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative, go to http://www.sba.gov/content/sba-emerging-200-initiative.
Denise Jones, President & CEO
Dnutch Associates, Inc.
13 Branch Street, Suite 208
Methuen, MA 01944
Across the country, women-owned businesses are proving to be one of the fastest growing segments of the small business community. In the 1970s, only about 5% of businesses were owned by women. Today, it is closer to 30%. Denise Jones’ company, Dnutch Associates, Inc. (“Dnutch”), is one powerful example of this progress.
Founded in 1993 in Methuen, Massachusetts by a unique association of software and network engineering professionals, Dnutch provides expertise in the design, verification, development, and testing of large-scale information technology (IT) systems for public and private sector clients. They also ensure that their clients become more competitive by using best practices in IT.
Before the launch of Dnutch, Ms. Jones worked to make a name for herself in the government and IT sectors. A strong and intelligent woman with an engineer’s mind and a very technical background, Ms. Jones served in the U.S. Air Force and is a Vietnam Era Veteran, worked for a government contractor that supported NASA during the time of its first space shuttle launch, helped improve IT security for military bases in Massachusetts, and partnered with others in IT to launch several businesses. This experience ultimately gave Ms. Jones the confidence to start her own company, a dream she had always wanted to pursue.
Since Dnutch first opened its doors for business, Ms. Jones has hired about 15 full-time employees and several part-time and temporary employees to serve both public and private customers. Over time, Ms. Jones has worked with the SBA to help her company grow. She applied for and was accepted to the 8(a) business development program, which gives small businesses preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. In 2012, Ms. Jones also joined the SBA’s Emerging 200 program, which involved months of intensive training on different business topics for promising CEOs. Thanks to her passion and careful planning, Dnutch earned close to $3.0 million last year and continues to grow.
When she is not in Washington, D.C. working with clients or in Methuen, Massachusetts plotting her next move, Ms. Jones makes sure to give back to causes and communities that are important to her. For this reason, she works as a fundraiser for scholarships for local high school students, and also works as a mentor to struggling mothers in Cambridge. She also assists the Community Brotherhood in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Ms. Jones carefully plans for the future of her company by weighing the risks and searching for new opportunities. Thanks to her efforts, Dnutch Associates, Inc. is likely to enjoy enormous success in the years to come.
About Brian Chapman and Mill City Environmental
Lowell native Brian Chapman, president of Mill City Environmental Corporation (MCE), established his full service environmental services firm in 2001. MCE began as a waste management company specializing in assessment, management and disposal of hazardous wastes and materials. Over the years, the company has expanded to offer a complete range of the highest quality waste management solutions, including asbestos abatement and most recently rail services
Mr. Chapman’s on-going vision for Mill City Environmental is to provide the necessary expertise and services to create a cleaner environment throughout the country and especially within the Lowell/Merrimack Valley community. Chapman was born and raised in Lowell and always envisioned starting his business in his beloved city. After spending 14 years mastering the environmental cleanup industry at Fortune 100 companies Foster Wheeler (now Tetra Tech EC, Inc.) and Clean Harbors, he recognized that he could adapt his talent and specialized skills to make a meaningful impact both from an economic and environmental perspective. He founded Mill City Environmental and named his company in tribute to the great city of Lowell.
During the early stages of MCE’s operation, Chapman was challenged to overcome the stigma associated with being a start-up business. This initial perception hindered his abilities to secure meaningful clients and the necessary capital to fund his operation. To help overcome these barriers, Chapman made a strategic decision to apply to and gain acceptance into the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development program. This programs mission, to help socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses gain preferential access to federal contracting opportunities, made great strategic sense to Chapman, as it would help to ensure the long-term success of MCE. MCE’s participation in the 8(a) program ultimately led to a number of contracts, including one for $3.2 million. And when MCE needed capital to support growth, an SBA guaranteed loan supplied the necessary funds.
Today, MCE is a thriving, award winning small business with 46 employees that serves federal, commercial and private sector clients in 17 states in the New England, Mid Atlantic, South and Southwestern territories. The key to the company’s success is based upon Chapman’s philosophy to service each customer with a personalized collaborative approach that produces exceptional results and long-lasting relationships.
Chapman is actively engaged in dedicating some of his time to giving back to the city of Lowell, because he believes the city has given so much to him. His various contributions include:
- Board of Director’s member of the Greater Lowell Boys & Girls Club – Brian and MCE provide volunteer and pro-bono services
- Board of Director’s member of the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust – Brian & MCE provide volunteer work
- Board of Director’s member of the Lowell Collegiate Charter School – Brian and fellow board members are dedicated to establishing a school that enables all member students to become eligible for a college education
- Board of Corporators member of the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank
- 8 year supporter of Jimmy Fund Annual charity golf tournament
- Committee Member of the Coalition for a Better Acre – with EPA grant MCE trained Lowell area workers to assist with turning a contaminated area into a beautiful green space. MCE subsequently hired 6 people upon project completion.
Last year, SBA named Chapman its Massachusetts and New England Minority Small Business Person of the Year, an award presented annually to recognize a minority small business person is certified in the 8(a) business development program and who best exemplifies entrepreneurial success. Chapman was judged and honored on four basic criteria:
- Evidence of success as measured by sales and profit
- Response to adversity to achieve his present level of success
- Display of uniqueness or special attributes
- Participation in community projects and charitable affairs
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