SBA’s Eastern Penn. 2014 Family-Owned Small Business Of Year continues to grow and succeed
PHILADELPHIA – Community Marketing Concepts (CMC) of Philadelphia was founded in 1995 by Linda Chandler, president and CEO, as a minority and women-owned family business with family members Phoebe Coles and Ashley Pearson who both serve as partners and vice-presidents in the firm.
The marketing, public relations and communications agency focuses on connecting clients’ messages to their targeted communities via CMC’s distinctive approach to traditional engagement strategies and digital communications platforms.
“Family-owned small businesses are an American institution and this is a great opportunity to honor the accomplishment of Linda and the team at Community Marketing Concepts here in Philadelphia,” U.S. SBA Philadelphia District Director David Dickson said. “Small businesses are at the very heart of the American economy. That’s why SBA and our resource partners are proud to help small business owners start, grow and succeed.”
“Being a business owner is highly rewarding and exceptionally challenging. SBA’s programs and partners, such as the MBDA Business Center Philadelphia, Pa operated by The Enterprise Center are extremely valuable resources to Community Marketing Concepts. Each agency has provided exceptional support,” Chandler said.
CMC’s client portfolio includes organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in various disciplines including healthcare, environmental and educational entities in the government, corporate and non-profit industry sectors and has managed contracts in excess of $10 million dollars.
CMC turned to MBDA, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce network office, and SBA resource partner SCORE Philadelphia for assistance with proposal writing. CMC is also an SBA 8(a) Business Development Program participant and Chandler’s daughter Coles is a graduate of the SBA Emerging Leaders Program. The firm was nominated by James Sanders, Director, Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Business Center of Philadelphia.
“The Community Marketing Concepts team is a staple in our region and they are currently in growth mode. Good companies have become great after surviving economic challenges in America. Community Marketing Concepts has the ‘right people on the bus’ as they move from ‘good to great,’” Sanders said.
SBA’s nine-year 8(a) Business Development Program helps socially and economically disadvantaged individuals develop and grow their businesses through one-on-one counseling, training workshops and management and technical guidance. The program also provides access to government contracting opportunities, allowing firms to become solid competitors in the federal marketplace.
The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative specifically focusing on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides these executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote economic development within urban communities.
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 Family-Owned Small Business 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.