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SBA Names Eastern Pa. 2017 Woman-Owned Small Business of Year

Advisory Date: 
Friday, April 28, 2017
Advisory Number: 
20170428-002
Contact: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 | robert.goza@sba.gov
Philadelphia’s G2J, LLC dba Proshred Security, Inc. introduced May 4

EASTERN Pa.– U.S. Small Business Administration Eastern Pennsylvania Director Antonio (Tony) Leta officially introduces Eastern Pennsylvania’s Woman-Owned Business of the Year with Ginny Heron-Doerr, President, G2J, LLC dba Proshred Security, May 4 at 10 a.m. Media are invited to attend.

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

                  Geri Swift, President Emerita, Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)

                  Angela Dowd-Burton, President, Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)

                  Ginny Heron-Doerr, President, G2J, LLC dba Proshred Security         

                  Invited: Local, state and federal officials

WHAT:   G2J, LLC dba Proshred Security introduced as Eastern Pennsylvania Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year; media tour of business with interview and photo opportunities

WHEN:    May 4 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: G2J, LLC dba Proshred Security, 25 Industrial Boulevard, Paoli, PA

“It’s wonderful to have the privilege to recognize the achievements of leading Pennsylvania woman-owned small businesses like Proshred Security,” said Antonio (Tony) Leta, U.S. SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director.  “Small businesses like Ginny’s drive our nation’s economy. I’m proud SBA and our lending and resource partners, like Geri Swift and WBDC, have a role to play in helping them start and succeed.”

G2J, LLC dba Proshred Security is locally owned and operated, and has a national reach. The firm provides information destruction and privacy compliance solutions – using a comprehensive program for shredding and sustainably destroying documents and electronics – when and where clients need it. Proshred guards corporations, government agencies, schools and medical facilities against a full range of invaders. The firm provides a sustainable plan to protect client businesses, employees and reputations. Proshred has the highest credentials and are ready to support their client's compliance needs. This gives customers peace of mind that Proshred has the highest standards and quality processes when dealing with sensitive client information.

Heron-Doerr started Proshred in the Philadelphia market in 2006, and has expanded her business considerably. Due to growing demand and new opportunities, Proshred purchased a 13,000 sq. ft. building in Paoli, Pa. This brought new capabilities in offsite/plant-based shredding, document baling and electronic destruction, and allowed Proshred to offer a single chain of custody to every client. Proshred's staff continues to grow and is continually faced with new challenges as technology plays a greater role in the business. The company's fleet of mobile destruction equipment expanded from one truck in 2006 to nine trucks today, enabling it to service and ensure security and compliance for even the largest corporate and government clients.

Heron-Doerr grew up in Wayne, Pa., is a Villanova MBA grad and has been president and owner of Proshred Security since 2006. Her financial background, experience in sales and overseeing projects in marketing and quality management all laid the groundwork for many leadership roles. Prior to making the shift to entrepreneurship she was an executive at MG Industries, a multinational manufacturing firm. In 2006, she became a business owner and launched her first start-up with Proshred Security. She recognized an opportunity to provide a higher level of expertise and compliance support, in the face of an ever-growing risk of identity theft and corporate espionage, through both proactive actions and preventative measures. Proshred provides information destruction and recycling solutions to “ensure your business stays your business.”

Heron-Doerr’s involvement and active participation in the Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ (WBEC) has opened many doors and opportunities. In 2012, she participated in the Listening to Your Business program, allowing her to solidify her three-year company plan. Following that, she began executing her plan with a greater level of clarity, and developed new, innovative client enhancing programs. She is passionate about working to eliminate the threat of identity theft and corporate breach, one individual and one company at a time.

“Soon after starting my business, I reached out to the Small Business Development Center for assistance in becoming a certified Woman-Owned Business, and for consult relative to future financial assistance. They were always extremely helpful in connecting me with the right people and resources,” Heron-Doerr said. “In 2011 when I was ready to expand and purchase a new building, the SBDC connected me to SBA for loan assistance. After meeting with an SBA loan officer, we were notified that we were a perfect candidate for an SBA loan. They helped us select an excellent bank to partner with, and proceeded to secure the financing. Unfortunately there were complications with the property which made it a challenge for the SBA to go ahead. However, we moved forward with their recommended bank that we're still with today, and it's only due to the SBA's help.”

“I am very pleased to nominate, and to see Ginny and her firm, Proshred Security, win SBA’s prestigious Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year award,” said WBDC President Emerita Geri Swift. “Her determination, vision and leadership make her a great role model for women entrepreneurs.”

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

An SBA resource partner formed in 1995, WBDC fosters development and retention of successful business by delivering resources for individuals to start new businesses and grow existing ones. The first gender-focused small business development center in the mid-Atlantic region, WBDC is dedicated to economic empowerment of women while its services are open to all. WBDC facilitates relationships between corporations, government and women-owned businesses to provide growth and sustainability through its Women's Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ, a marketing, procurement and certification assistance council. WBDC offers a comprehensive training, counseling, networking programs and services to foster economic development, advance small business initiatives, and create and retain jobs in low-and moderate-income areas.

SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director Antonio (Tony) Leta will present the Small Business Week Awards at the annual SBA Awards event May 24. The event is open to the media. The “SBA Awards” recognition event will begin at 4:30 p.m. on May 24 with the awards ceremony followed by dinner and networking at the Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park, 205 West Skippack Pike (Rte. 73), Ambler, Pa. 19002.

SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Entrepreneurial Success 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. 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. SBA is a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government that helps Americans start, build and grow small businesses. SBA delivers its services through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations across the U.S. and its territories. National Small Business Week is an annual event organized by SBA to recognize the achievements of the top small businesses in the nation and recognizes the small business community’s contribution to the American economy.

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To request interviews or photos, contact Robert Goza, SBA’s Public Information Officer in the Eastern Pennsylvania District Office, at 610-382-3084 or robert.goza@sba.gov.Cosponsorship Authorization #17-0303-67. 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: Patricia Kratz, 610-382-3081 or patricia.kratz@sba.gov.