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SBA Names East Pa. 2014 Veteran Small Business Person of Year

Advisory Date: 
Friday, May 30, 2014
Advisory Number: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 | robert.goza@sba.gov

Sam Coyl, president of Netrepid, recognized at June 2nd event

ENOLA, Pa. – U.S. SBA Philadelphia District Director David Dickson officially introduces the Eastern Pennsylvania Veteran Small Business Person of the Year, Sam Coyl, president of Netrepid, June 2  at 10 a.m. Media are invited to attend.


WHO:       David Dickson, U.S. SBA Philadelphia District Director

                  Sam Coyl, president of Netrepid

                  David Black, President and CEO, Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC

                  Melissa N. McLaughlin, Director of Business Finance, Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce & CREDC

WHAT:    Sam Coyl, President of Netrepid, announced as 2014 Eastern Pennsylvania Veteran Small Business Person of the Year, media tour of the data center with interview and photo opportunities, as well as a networking function with area entrepreneurs and members of the Central PA tech sector

WHEN:    June 2nd at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Netrepid Data Center, 2330 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA  17110


“Veteran business owners and entrepreneurs like Sam Coyl make vital and important contributions to business creation and growth in the American economy,” said Dave Dickson, U.S. SBA Philadelphia district director. “Active duty and reserve service often provides veterans with important skills and leadership abilities that are directly relevant to business ownership, and Sam Coyl’s success with Netrepid is a great example of that.” 


Sam Coyl, president of Netrepid, founded the Enola, Pa., company in 2004 as a team with knowledge of professional services, wireless engineering and converged communication systems. Netrepid is a professional services company focused on business-class IT solutions. Through the years, Netrepid has designed and built solutions for a large variety of industries including healthcare, finance, education, and government.


“This region of Pennsylvania has some great opportunities for entrepreneurs to affect change and progress by putting technology to work, and this award validates that,” said Coyl. “I’d like to thank everyone that put in the hard work involved in nominating me for this honor, it was incredibly generous.”


Today Netrepid continues to evolve, offering cloud hosted services, colocation, data backup and infrastructure management solutions to mid-market and enterprise-level organizations and for colleagues in the IT services industry. The company also offers a partner program allowing them to leverage the Netrepid’s cloud for their own line of services. Netrepid has grown from two employees to 12 and has seen improved gross profit levels, an improved asset base and the successful attraction of investors, loans and funding from Ben Franklin Technology partners and SBA-backed Patriot Express and 7(a) loans.


Coyl was nominated by Melissa N. McLaughlin, Director of Business Finance, Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce & CREDC.


“It was an honor to nominate Sam for our region’s Veteran Small Business Person of the Year award,” said McLaughlin. “Sam demonstrates a determination, vision and leadership befitting not only his Marine Corps brotherhood, but which are required for all successful entrepreneurs.”


SBA mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, Natalia Olson-Urtecho, and Philadelphia District Director, David Dickson, present the 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 event is open to the media.


The awards ceremony begins at 10 a.m. June 12 with a luncheon at the “XFINITY Live! Philadelphia” restaurant at 1100 Pattison Ave. (tickets available: www.ticketfly.com/event/576227) followed by a 1:05 p.m. Phillies game at nearby Citizens Bank Park (tickets available: www.phillies.com/sbaday). The event is cosponsored Constant Contact and the U.S. Small Business Administration.


SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Veteran 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.


To request interviews or photos, contact Robert Goza, SBA’s Public Information Officer in the Philadelphia District Office, at 610-382-3084 or robert.goza@sba.gov.


Cosponsorship Authorization #14-0303-67. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: Robert Goza, 610-382-3084.

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