Success Stories

Founder/President Bob Scaringe

Entrepreneur and President/Founder of Mainstream Engineering Robert Scaringe was provided more than $61 million in venture capital over the last 25 years. This investment allowed him to develop and manufacture approximately 26 products and launch three other companies.

Who is the venture capitalist that allowed Scaringe to start and grow businesses and create jobs? It’s Uncle Sam—the federal government—and financing is made possible through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Scaringe is one of south Florida’s most successful business owners among thousands nationwide who have taken advantage of the 30-year-old federal program.

“The U.S. government is a great venture capitalist,” said Scaringe. “They provide you with capital and they don’t want any control of your company. They help you develop a product if your product will help the government.”

The SBIR program encourages small businesses to handle federal research and development with an... Read More

Patricia Bonilla

Miami-based Lunacon Engineering Group has something in common with widely-successful businesses like Harley Davidson, Apple Computer, and Disney.

Like these ubiquitous companies, owner and President Patricia Bonilla started Lunacon Engineering in her garage.

“I was the head of the city of Fort Lauderdale’s Construction Management division and I decided to take a leap-of-faith and start my own business,” said owner Patricia Bonilla.

Lunacon engineering was formed in 2007 at the depths of a national financial crisis.  Bonilla’s vision for her company was to deliver a broad range of construction management and general contracting services.  The company’s overarching mission would be built on the principles of hard work, building trust and dedication to getting the job done on time and on budget.  This would ultimately translate to small business success.  Personal faith also guided Bonilla and her partner in creating the company.

 “From my time working in... Read More

 Ricky Brantley

Miami Security Business Owner Protects and Invests in His Community

 

If you type “Florida Small Business Owner” into your favorite internet search engine, don’t be surprised if your search result includes Elaine Davis, President and owner of Royal Maid Service in Boynton Beach, Fla. 

Davis has been self-employed for almost 20 years.  Two years ago, she opened the doors of her franchise housecleaning business just eight weeks after meeting the master franchiser.  Since starting, she has grown her business and created jobs for five people.

“It was a good business fit for me and I enjoy meeting new clients that come my way,” said Davis.  “It’s a busy job working hard to build trust and demonstrate integrity with your customers.”

But like the greater than 90% of small businesses owners in the country, Davis did not have health insurance. 

“My husband and I are in excellent shape.  We don’t smoke and we try not to take any medications.  We never had health insurance because we resented having to pay up-front costs for... Read More

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