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AA Glass, Inc.

AA Glass is a family-owned and operated business, with over 40 years of quality service to the residential & small business community. Roger Romanelli opened Affirmative Action Glass Inc. in 1974, in a small Hartford garage on Barbour Street. It specializes in window installation, custom glass, shower enclosures, storefronts, doors and repairs for residential and commercial clients., now located at 1393 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield CT. Roger named the company after “Affirmative Action” and in 1999 he passed the torch on to his son Michael. In 1978 the business changed its name to AA Glass Inc. and in 2018 Michael’s wife Nancy came on board and since then it has become a WBE business. Nancy, now president, has remained focused on the company’s original mission, always providing each customer with a personalized touch. 

The Covid-19 epidemic hit in March of 2020 and AA Glass would face new challenges in this adverse environment. In conversation with her attorney, Alan Rome, she learned of the SBA and reached out to the local SBA Office in Hartford.  She spoke with Lender Relationship Specialist William “Bill” Tierney. In a personal and professional manner, he addressed her questions and concerns and put her in contact with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC). The following day Nancy had a virtual meeting with CTSBDC Business Development Advisor, Jon Carlisle.

As a result of Covid-19 residential jobs were lost due to cancellation and construction projects were put on hold indefinitely. Nancy’s primary concern was to keep all her employees on the payroll and employed. She also knew the company would need funding for operating costs and learn how to adapt to this new challenging business environment.  Jon was key in working with Nancy in navigating and applying for multiple types of financial assistance through SBA, its partners, and State programs. (i.e. SBA PPP, SBA EIDL, DECD/CT Bridge Loan and DECD/HEDCO LOC.). Since the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” program was introduced, the SBDC has worked with Nancy on diversifying AA Glass’s business model. As a result, AA Glass has been supplying many businesses – both local and statewide – with Poly Carbonate Plastic to be used as safety dividers. This shift in business model has been crucial for AA glass to continue operations in these challenging times.

In the end: “Supporting small businesses is something I feel extremely passionate about. I will always try to shop local and shop small,” stated Romanelli. “Without the help of the CTSBDC, I would have had to shut our doors. I encourage everyone to get online and learn more about what the SBA and SBDC has to offer.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Company Name: 
AA Glass, Inc.
Location: 
Bloomfield