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Gradillas Court Reporter Chronicles Own 8(a) Success Story

“It’s important work,” said Josephine Gradillas, principal and founder of Gradillas Court Reporters, a licensed California court reporting and litigation support business.  “Especially when witnesses are under oath…the transcripts are extremely important and are used to come to legal decisions and conclusions.”

Gradillas Court Reporters was founded in 2001 but more recently in 2010 the growing firm entered into the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program, which helps socially and economically disadvantaged individuals gain a foothold in government contracting. The program is divided into two phases over nine years: a four-year development stage and a five-year transition stage.

Although Gradillas was steadily growing and maintained non-governmental work prior to becoming an 8(a) certified company, Gradillas would receive only occasional request from government agencies requiring court reporting assignments.  That would all change after... Read More

North Hollywood Hosts One of Three State-of-the-Art Gas Station in California

A newly built Chevron gas station in North Hollywood, California is one of three state-of-the-art gas stations having a new vaulted concrete system that ensures zero ground contamination from the gas station’s fueling system.

The gas station is owned by Bijan “Ben” Pouldar who emigrated with his family from Iran to the United States many years ago.  In 1979, after earning his B.S and M.A. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri, he and has family bought a gas station in the San Fernando Valley – this would be the first of 13 gas stations he and his family would buy over the next 34 years, some of them using the SBA’s 504 Loan Program.

The Chevron gas station provides 15 jobs and hosts a bustling sit-down Mexican food restaurant, a lavish convenience store and a car wash that can handle 60 cars per hour.  The project came together with the backing of Regina Grant Peterson, executive director of Advantage CDC, a non-profit SBA certified development company... Read More

Sanjay Kucheria Wins 2013 Small Business Week 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award

“The Small Business Administration has helped open doors for us.  Helped us with education, helped us with advocacy.  All of those things that really help small businesses like ourselves achieve the success we’ve achieved so far,” said Sanjay Kucheria, CEO of Trinus Corporation.  Trinus Corporation is a business intelligence and data management solutions company, which was founded in 1995 by Kucheria.

In 2003, Kucheria took his intense desire to make Trinus a market leader and entered into the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, which helps small disadvantaged businesses compete in the federal marketplace.  At that time, Trinus Corporation had been steadily growing for eight years but not at the pace Kucheria had envisioned.  He had been keeping the operating expenses low and investing every penny of profit back into his company to avoid the need for any loans.

He contacted the Los Angeles SBA District Office and inquired about the 8(a) Business Development... Read More

HDLV USA Launches Flagship Custom-Clothing Platform with SBA Resource Partner Financing

When a trend setter or style conscience individual goes to a typical mall they are both unlimited in their choices and confined to those choices.  One can choose individual flavors of ice cream, pizza ingredients, ring arrangements and hair styles but for the most part custom-made clothing such as shirts, hats and outfits are not on hand for the typical mall shopper – this is about to change.

In October 2013, HDLV USA will launch a flagship location at Westfield Culver City Mall that will go beyond the typical routine of finding the perfect hat, shirt or outfit and usher in a new concept that will delight and indulge customers by offering in person fashion services directly to everyday consumers, including HDLV USA custom painted hat designs, fashion styling, and an exclusive selection of trendsetting fashion brands.  “Personalizing the traditional retail shopping experience provides elite value for our celebrity clientele and makes everyday consumers feel like celebrities... Read More

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