Success Stories

Perseverance, commitment and “sweat-equity” resulted in this duo finding an answer to an age old problem.

For most people sweating when you are nervous or overheated is normal, but for those suffering from a condition called hyperhidrosis it is a chronic problem visible on clothing even without exertion.  Longtime friends Billy Thompson and Randy Choi discovered they both suffered from this condition and set out to develop a product having sweat proof technology.  After more than ten years working to create a sweat proof barrier for undergarments, they earned a U.S. Patent for their Hydro-Shield technology and Thompson Tee, Inc. was born. 

With Randy having over 20 years’ experience in the apparel industry and Billy’s background in sales, the company was off to a good start but there were still areas needing attention to continue growing.  Distribution issues, ensuring the availability of operating capital and needing to sharpen their business awareness were... Read More

As a very popular teenage DJ, Kristopher Plourde began his entrepreneurial path by founding N-Effect in 1993. Through the years, he gained clients, continually reinvested in equipment for the business and incorporated in 2002. At that time N-Effect was serving primarily high schools throughout Southern California by providing a safe prom experience for thousands of teenagers.  N-Effect today has grown to a full service event planning company focusing on entertainment production, lighting design and event rentals incorporating advanced technologies including laser light shows, lighting production and other various special effects which produces over 400 large events a year and has organized nearly 10,000 events since inception. 

N-Effect experienced dramatic growth in 2016 when Plourde opened [AV] Irvine by acquiring land, designing and constructing a 25,000 square foot state-of-the art venue with the assistance of SBA’s 504 loan program.  [AV] Irvine allowed him... Read More

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Young entrepreneur Brandon Weimer learned how to make almond toffee from a family friend at a young age.  While perfecting his recipe over time, the toffee became an enthusiastically anticipated gift to family and friends for holidays, birthdays and other occasions. When given an opportunity to go on a high school trip to Italy, Brandon and his best friend Leah Post began selling the toffee to raise funds for the trip, surpassing their funding goal.  Returning from Italy and with the help of the Post and Weimer families, they set their sights on turning their successful fundraising enterprise into a family-owned business and Brandini Toffee was born. 

Starting with just a few hundred dollars their first year of sales was under $20,000.  Over the ensuing years business was booming, but adjusting to the impressive growth and change became challenging.  Then in 2015 the factory was forced to relocate due to a change in property ownership.  Brandon credits utilizing SBA’s 7(a)... Read More

Chris Amato, President and CEO of Corona-based Cosmedx Science, Inc. purchased the company in 2013 after the passing of the founder.  Prior to acquiring the business, Amato had spent many years in the corporate business management world and owning numerous small businesses.  His technical consulting background and the experience of being a hands-on entrepreneur helped turn Cosmedx Science, Inc. into a diverse and sought after California exporter of private label beauty and personal care products.  

At the time Amato acquired Cosmedx, in addition to the domestic market, it was already exporting products throughout Asia.  He made a commitment to increase the export business by networking at various international trade shows in conjunction with the California Trade Alliance and sought assistance from the Center for International Trade Development. To accomplish this, Amato benefited from funding made available through the SBA-funded State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to support... Read More

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