Success Stories

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

VSolvit Team Takes Big Step Forward with SBA 8(a) Program Assistance

VSolvit was founded in 2006 by Payal Kamdar.  VSolvit (pronounced ‘We Solve It’) develops geospatial and information technology solutions for government and private sector clients. VSolvit is also a certified SBA 8(a) firm and Women Owned Small Business.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development (USDA RD) designated geographic information system procurement as an 8(a) set aside. VSolvit competed and won this five-year $14.5 million 8(a) competitive contract and within their first year of performance demonstrated how a small 8(a) firm can provide outstanding service to their customers.

One example of VSolvit’s innovation is an application that integrated Rural Development’s geospatial system with social media platforms such as Flickr and YouTube. This ingenious web application enhanced the USDA Rural Development’s community outreach efforts, lowered costs and enabled personalized, location-based data sharing.  Based upon VSolvit’s sound execution... Read More

DreamHammer is a New Force Multiplier

Force Multiplier: (Department of Defense definition) A capability that, when added to and employed by a combat force, significantly increases the combat potential of that force and thus enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment; or (U.S. Small Business Administration definition) DreamHammer.

Located in Santa Monica, California, DreamHammer was cofounded in 2000 by CEO Nelson Paez - originally as a high-tech security services company.  The SBA 8(a) software development firm used its 8(a) status along with a SBA $50K line-of-credit and $100K SBA loan through Wells Fargo to get started during the early stages of product development.  DreamHammer also used the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program and SBA’s Capital Programs to pivot from the private sector to the public sector where they also reinvested their youthful profits into building a product that was badly needed by the U.S. military.

What DreamHammer ultimately created was a universal... Read More

Fort: Workshop & Furniture Reseller and Gallery - Los Angeles Success Story

Fort, a workshop/furniture reseller and gallery, is a journey as much as a destination when looking to acquire or trade furniture.  Jacqueline Sharp, owner and founder of Fort has crafted an eco-friendly business model that gives a new life and new home to striking and hand-crafted furniture pieces. 

Sharp, who studied art/design at the University of Iowa, started Fort in February 2011 with the idea to lighten landfills while preserving some great pieces.  “Many of our pieces are made from scrap and reclaimed materials in addition to well-curated vintage pieces,” said Sharp. 

Sharp had the core of her business plan in place in 2010, unfortunately her business partner backed out causing her serious concerns.  She researched and walked into the local Women’s Business Center.  “Honestly, I would not have found the courage or strength to start Fort without the help of the WBC,” said Sharp.  “I didn’t know where to start on a business plan or anything about projections.”... Read More