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Eastern Pa. 2014 Minority-Owned Small Business Of Year turns to SBA programs, services, resource partners into success
President and CEO Michael Brown starts and grows Environmental Construction Services, Inc. with SBA
PHILADELPHIA – Michael A. Brown, president & CEO of Environmental Construction Services, Inc. (ECSI) of Philadelphia, founded the company in 2010 with a $10,000 investment and two employees. The firm has grown to more than $4 million and 30 employees, including subsidiary Element Mechanical, in three years with help from SBA and its resource partners as well as the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to recognize the achievements of Eastern Pennsylvania small business leaders like Michael,” said David Dickson, U.S. SBA Philadelphia District Director. “Minority-owned small businesses, like ECSI, are helping drive our nation’s economic recovery. SBA and our resource partners are proud to play a role in helping them start and succeed.”
ECSI has received assistance from SBA resource partners Temple SBDC and Wharton SBDC. ECSI is a full service mechanical and contracting energy management firm focusing on new and retrofit HVAC construction projects for commercial, institutional, industrial and healthcare markets.
“We have had a spectacular year thanks to the hard work, dedication and vision of our employees and management team. Nevertheless, our success would be significantly halted if it were not for organizations like SBA, PIDC Temple & Wharton SBDC, and Community College of Philadelphia’s 10,000 Small Businesses program, that provided the training, counselling and access to capital that helped coach and fund our journey through success,” Brown said. “As my organization grows, now with a focus on federal contracting, I am confident that I have the tools and resources to tackle financing, operations and strategic management.”
With a staff comprised of mechanical, electrical and energy engineers, as well as patents in energy efficiency and experience in 3D integrated project delivery, the company brings together the innovation of conceptual design with the practical experience of real-life construction.
“Michael Brown beautifully represents the most purposeful determination of those selected for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Michael embraced the educational experience and applied the business leadership, financial competency and negotiations aspects of the curriculum immediately,” said Marsha Levell, Alumni and Business Support Manager, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Community College Of Philadelphia, who nominated Brown. “Coupling this momentum with his engineering and business administration education, he is poised to soar and has had a remarkable year. Michael knows what his success can mean in terms of jobs and community impact and that is why he is so very deserving of this award from the Small Business Administration.”
SBA mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, Natalia Olson-Urtecho, and Philadelphia District Director, David Dickson, presented the 2014 Small Business Week awards with Philadelphia’s NBC10 anchor and consumer reporter Tracy Davidson at the annual “SBA Day at the Ballpark” event June 12. The awards ceremony and luncheon at the “XFINITY Live! Philadelphia” restaurant was followed by a Phillies baseball game at nearby Citizens Bank Park.
SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year award winner is selected annually from among nominees located across Pennsylvania’s eastern 40 counties. These events are local observances of the annual Presidentially-designated National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week recognizes the small business community’s contribution to the American economy.