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May is Graduation Time for Two Small Businesses in New Hampshire SBA 8a Business Development Program

Release Date: 
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Release Number: 
Advisory Number: 
Hugh Curley 603-225-1402

At a recent Business to Business Matchmaking event the New Hampshire Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recognized two recent graduates of the  SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program. The program is a nine-year effort that helps eligible socially and economically disadvantaged individuals to develop and grow their businesses. The two businesses recognized for completion of the 8a program are TCS of America of Brookline, NH and International Marketing Management (IMMI) of Newington, NH.

Picture of Rachael Roderick, SBA;  Melanie Levesque, TCS; Greta Johansson, SBA

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Rachael Roderick SBA 8a Program Director for NH
Melanie Levesque, TCS
Greta Johansson, NH SBA District Director


TCS of America, LLC of Brookline, NH offers telecommunications consulting servicing including bill auditing, cost containment, and project management. Melanie Levesque, owner of TCS, is highly regarded in her field and by working the program, she and her partner have completed projects for a broad range of clients including Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, General Services Administration, Veterans Administration, and Army Corp of Engineers.  TCS recently obtained a GSA schedule contract, which will help the business continue on a successful path.

Picture of Rachael Roderick, SBA; Celeste Wunder, IMMI; Greta Johansson, SBA

Pictured above L to R –
Rachael Roderick SBA 8a Program Director for NH
Celeste Wunder, IMMI
Greta Johansson, NH SBA District Director

International Marketing Management, Inc. (IMMI) of Newington, NH is an integrated supplier of quality industrial, medical, health care and scientific laboratory products and services. At IMMI, owner Celeste Wunder and a highly passionate team of employees provide inventory management solutions, helping their customers conquer the battle of inventory overages, shortages and emergency orders. Ms. Wunder credits the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program with helping IMMI to open the door to opportunities by assisting them in creating relationships with large prime contractors and government agencies. This provided IMMI the opportunity to prove themselves as a reliable and successful contractor. 

In commenting on their respective achievements the SBA’s NH District Director, Greta Johansson said “Melanie Levesque of TCS and Celeste Wunder of IMMI have shown themselves to be highly capable in the face of a variety of challenges in business and in life. They have used the program’s one-on-one counseling, training, workshops and other management and technical guidance to build a sound footing for success in many years to come. Their diligence and positive attitude has served to encourage other business owners to actively use the program to the fullest. I congratulate them both and expect to hear of their continued growth and success in the years to come.”

For more information on the SBA’s 8a Business Development please contact Ms. Rachael Roderick at the SBA District Office in Concord at 603-225-1400.