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February is the perfect time to “Be Sweet On Small Business”

Advisory Date: 
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Advisory Number: 
20160204-001
Contact: 
Sonia Smith (610) 382-3085 | sonia.smith@sba.gov
SBA encourages shopping small for Valentine’s Day and beyond

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA– Media are invited to join U.S. Small Business Administration Eastern Pennsylvania Director Tony Leta and other SBA officials on a small business visit in York County, Monday, to encourage customers to shop small for Valentine’s Day and all month long.

 

WHAT: SBA officials visit York County local business Wyndridge Farm to encourage shoppers to “Be Sweet On Small Business.” Media are invited.

WHO:  Tony Leta, Director, SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District Office and Steven Groff, owner, Wyndridge Farms.  Also invited are members of Congress and staff, state government representatives, county officials, and SBA lending partners.

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Wyndridge Farm, 885 S. Pleasant Avenue, Dallastown, PA 17313.

“SBA loves all things small business, so we are encouraging everyone to ‘Be Sweet on Small Business’ this month,” Leta said. “Spending your time and money close to home for cards, treats, gifts and dining experiences supports local communities by helping the businesses in your community. It’s a win-win because local businesses offer customer service and unique gift options that you just can't beat.”

“For SBA, helping America’s small businesses grow and thrive isn’t just our job, it’s our passion.  At SBA we recognize that it is the millions of small businesses that are helping strengthen the American economy and create jobs, which is why we think it’s important to ‘Be Sweet On Small Business,’” said SBA’s Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho.

Wyndridge Farm, owned by Dr. Steven Groff and Mrs. Julie Groff, has quickly become a benchmark in the region for premium event space, food service and craft beverage production at their 77-acre farm.  With SBA 504 Loan funding from Fulton Bank and EDC Finance, Wyndridge Farm now houses a winery, brewery and brewpub allowing for the production and sale of wine, hard cider and craft beer.  The tasting room has become one of the busiest in the mid-Atlantic region, and the restaurant and event space host corporate and social/family events. The company is now in the midst of expanding warehouse space, brewery space and fermentation tank capacity.

“Wyndridge Farm has been fortunate to work with the very capable and energetic staffs from EDC Finance and Fulton Bank in obtaining further financing for our exciting expansion with an SBA 504 loan,” said Dr. Groff.  “Without their cooperation, commitment and expertise this would have been a much more difficult process.  Their assistance allowed us to remain focused on our business, while obtaining the much-needed access to growth capital. We look forward to a successful and long-lasting partnership between our organizations.”

SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

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