SBA Names Eastern Pa. 2014 Minority Small Business Of Year

Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Advisory Number: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 |


May 29th event introduces Environmental Construction Services, Inc.

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. SBA Philadelphia District Director David Dickson officially introduces Eastern Pennsylvania Minority Small Business of the Year, with Michael A. Brown, President & CEO, Environmental Construction Services, Inc. on May 29th at 10 a.m.  Media are invited to attend.


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

            Michael A. Brown, President & CEO, Environmental Construction Services, Inc.

            Marsha Levell, Alumni & Business Support Manager, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Community College Of Philadelphia

WHAT:    Michael A. Brown, President & CEO, Environmental Construction Services, Inc., introduced as 2014 Eastern Pennsylvania Minority Small Business Person of the Year; media tour of business with interview and photo opportunities

WHEN:    May 29th at 10 a.m.

WHERE:  Fringe Art Building, 140 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106


Michael A. Brown, president & CEO, founded Environmental Construction Services, Inc. (ECSI) of Philadelphia 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. 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.


“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.”


“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 PIDC, SBA, Temple & Wharton SBDC, and Community College of Philadelphia (10KSB Program), that provided the training, counselling and access to capital that helped coach and fund our journey through success.   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,” said Brown.


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.  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,” said Levell, who nominated Brown.  Visit www.CCP.EDU/10KSB for program information.


SBA mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, Natalia Olson-Urtecho, and Philadelphia District Director, David Dickson, will 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 on June 12The 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: followed by a 1:05 p.m. Phillies game at nearby Citizens Bank Park (tickets available:  The event is cosponsored Constant Contact and the U.S. Small Business Administration.


SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Minority 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.


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


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.