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SBA Names Eastern Pa. 2016 Woman-Owned Small Business of Year

Advisory Date: 
Monday, May 9, 2016
Advisory Number: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 |
Philadelphia’s Magnum Group, Inc. introduced May 10th

PHILADELPHIA– U.S. Small Business Administration Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho and U.S. SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director Antonio (Tony) Leta officially introduce Eastern Pennsylvania’s Woman-Owned Business of the Year with Vivian R. Isaak, President, Magnum Group, Inc. on May 10 at 10 a.m. Media are invited to attend.

WHO: Antonio (Tony) Leta, U.S. SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director

Natalia Olson-Urtecho, U.S. SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator

Geri Swift, President, Women’s Business Development Center

Vivian R. Isaak, President, Magnum Group, Inc.

WHAT:    Magnum Group, Inc. introduced as 2016 Eastern Pennsylvania Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year; media tour of business with interview and photo opportunities

WHEN:    May 10 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: 610 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

“It’s wonderful to have the privilege to recognize the achievements of leading Pennsylvania woman-owned small businesses like Vivian’s Magnum Group,” said Antonio (Tony) Leta, U.S. SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director.  “Small businesses like these are where the rubber meets the road, helping drive our nation’s economy. I’m proud that SBA and our lending and resource partners, like Geri Swift and the Women’s Business Development Center, have a role to play in helping them start and succeed.”

Magnum Group is a full-service multilingual communications company whose mission is to help companies expand internationally through accurate, timely and comprehensive language services. The firm will be celebrating its 25th year in business this year, clearly proof of its staying power. Today, from its Philadelphia headquarters, Magnum taps into a global network of over 2,500 translators, language specialists and subject matter experts – all highly vetted and credentialed – to produce translations and multimedia content.

With a presence in more than 30 countries, Magnum Group offers complete solutions to global organizations in the commercial and public sectors. The firm handles medium to large translation projects in any language and any file format and provides an end-to-end solution by centralizing its clients' language-related needs. Isaak says the firm prides itself on being a boutique agency that provides consultative guidance.

“We believe that translation is art supported by technology, and we use leading edge technology as the driver to enable growth and increase productivity without sacrificing quality,” Isaak said. “Our customized solutions help clients connect with their audience in any language - in print, video, and on the web. The unmatched client focus of the Magnum Team is the difference that enables us to successfully partner with our clients to achieve their strategic goals:  to broaden their global presence, increase their market share and gain a competitive edge in new markets.”

Growing up in Argentina, Isaak dreamed of one day living in America and working for the United Nations. She made her way to Europe and eventually the United States, where she achieved her dream by starting a successful translation company and becoming a U.S. Citizen. Isaak says she learned the meaning of resilience and determination from her courageous family – her family history is filled with character, courage, and entrepreneurship. Her grandmother on her father's side escaped from Nazi Germany with her children, never to see her husband again. They all became successful entrepreneurs. Her mother’s family came from Zagreb, Croatia. When they heard the news of imminent war and Nazi invasion, the family fled to Italy where they spent five years in hiding, then sailed to Brazil and were later smuggled by friends into Argentina.

Isaak credits the SBA and its resource partner, the Women’s Business Development Center in helping her provide growth for her business. In 1997, Isaak obtained a $25,000 SBA loan to tool up and expand operations. In 2012 she participated and graduated from the SBA’s Philadelphia Emerging Leaders program.

“I’m honored that Geri Swift and her team at the WBDC would nominate me and that the SBA would choose to award me and my firm as the Women-Owned Business of the Year,” Isaak said. “Their support has really helped me to achieve my entrepreneurial goals.” 

“I am very pleased to nominate, and to see Vivian Isaak, President of Magnum Group, Inc., win SBA’s prestigious Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year award,” said WBDC president Geri Swift. “Her lifelong display of determination, vision and leadership truly makes her a role model for women entrepreneurs.”

Formed in July 1995 with the assistance of a matching grant from SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) fosters the development and retention of successful businesses by delivering resources that enable individuals to start new businesses and grow existing ones. The first gender-focused small business development center in the Mid-Atlantic Region, the center is dedicated to the economic empowerment of women while its services are open to all individuals. WBDC facilitates the relationship between corporations, government and women-owned businesses to provide growth and sustainability through our Women's Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ, a marketing, procurement and certification assistance council. The WBDC offers a comprehensive menu of training, counseling, and networking programs and services in support of its mission to foster economic development, advance small business initiatives, and create and retain jobs in low-and moderate-income areas.

An SBA resource partner, the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC), formed in 1995, fosters the development and retention of successful business by delivering resources that enable individuals to start new businesses and grow existing ones.

SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director Antonio (Tony) Leta will present the 2016 Small Business Week Awards at the annual “SBA Day at the Ballpark” event June 8. The event is open to the media. The awards ceremony begins at 10 a.m. June 8 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 by Constant Contact and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Woman-Owned 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 Eastern Pennsylvania District Office, at 610-382-3084 or

Cosponsorship Authorization #16-0303-111. 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.