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SBA Selects Transfinder CEO as Small Business Person of the Year

Release Date: 
Friday, May 9, 2014
Release Number: 
14-33
Advisory Date: 
Friday, May 16, 2014
Contact: 
Cathy Pokines 315-471-9393 ext. 241

Capital Region Entrepreneur Recognized For Small Business Success

ALBANY, N.Y. – The U.S. Small Business Administration Syracuse District Office has selected Antonio Civitella, owner of Transfinder Corporation in Schenectady, N.Y., as the winner of the 2014 Small Business Person of the Year Award.  Nominated by NBT Bank, Civitella was chosen for the award based on his company’s innovative products and increase in sales and employees.

Antonio Civitella came to the U.S. from Italy at the age of nine with his family and discovered the American dream. From college intern in 1988 to small business owner in 2000, Civitella has led the evolution of Transfinder Corporation from the ground up. With Civitella at the helm, the Schenectady-based company has grown into the leading provider of state-of-the-art software for K-12 student transportation routing, scheduling and communications. Its flagship Routefinder Pro product offers school districts the ability to streamline bus routes with real-time data, ensuring student safety while reducing vehicle mileage and fuel costs.  Transfinder also has developed Busfinder GPS software and Infofinder mobile, the first mobile app for student transportation.

Today over 1,500 clients in North America and the Caribbean rely on Transfinder’s intuitive software to provide safe, efficient and cost-effective solutions. Transfinder’s substantial growth has been recognized by Inc. as one of the fastest growing 5,000 private U.S. companies for the past seven consecutive years. The company’s staff has nearly doubled over the past three years, growing from 45 to 77.  To accommodate its growing workforce, Transfinder built its new 30,000-square-foot headquarters with the help of SBA 504 financing from NBT Bank and NYBDC in 2013.

Civitella will receive the Syracuse District award at SBA’s annual awards luncheon on May 12 at The Albany Marriott in Albany.
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