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—Firm has Received six 8(a) Contracts for $9.8 Million—

Like many entrepreneurs, Sanquinetta Dover paid some dues before she returned to Atlanta in 1996 to start DoverStaffing Inc., a professional placement and project management firm that has grown to over 200 employees.

After graduating from Spelman College in Atlanta with a degree in Economics, she spent six years with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in its bank liquidation division in Chicago and Midland, Texas. She later held several corporate sales positions in Chicago and spent over two years running  her first small business, a wood pallet manufacturing firm in the Windy City.  

Dover says she first learned about the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program in Chicago during the operation of her first small business. Her knowledge of the program would pay large dividends after DoverStaffing was certified as an 8(a) and Small Disadvantaged Business in 2003. 

Since it... Read More

—The $2 Million, Recycling Facility will be first of its kind in Georgia—

MBA Waste Services LLC started work in early November on its new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at a site off Roosevelt Highway in Union City, Georgia. The facility, on an eight acre tract, will include a 41,000 square-foot industrial building, a sorting system to separate materials that are being recycled as well as a “reduction grinder” to prepare materials for other end uses.

The MRF complex, set to go operational in early 2011, will be the first permitted recovery facility for construction materials within 250 miles of Atlanta, according to Ken Mitchell, President/CEO of MBA Waste Services. “We will be able to recycle concrete, wood, metal, paper and plastic as well as carpet at the facility,” he added.

Ken, and his wife Carol, company secretary, were able to use a $2.1 million SBA 504 Development Loan to finance their new recycling facility in south Fulton County.  The... Read More

SBA Programs Help Jackson Dental Center Expand And Remain on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

—E200 Program and 7(a) Loan Assist Dr. Montina Jackson— 

After being on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive for several decades, Dr. Montina Jackson and her husband Jerome Jackson realized it was time to upgrade and expand their dental center and laboratory.

They both were committed to providing their services to the neighborhood just a block west      of the H.E. Holmes MARTA station. But at the same time, they needed a much larger facility to replace the small building they had occupied in the area for over 30 years.

Dr. Jackson says doors really started to open for their expansion in the fall of 2008. At that time, she enrolled and took part in the SBA’s first “Emerging 200” management training course in Atlanta. This agency initiative, now in its third year, was designed to revitalize and transform inner city businesses through over 60 hours of almost college-level executive training.

“I think my E200 training helped me to critically analyze... Read More

SBA-Backed Financing Helps Build Meddin Studios, New State of the Art Digital Media Facility in Savannah

—Owners’ “Business Idea” draws visit from President Obama—

The paint was barely dry on the walls of the three sound studios at Meddin Studios LLC in late February when word reached owners Jon Foster and Nick Gant that President Obama wanted to include their new digital video production center on his upcoming visit to Savannah. The President would be in the city to speak about plans to increase federal support for small businesses and the White House had seen media coverage of this new “one stop” video production complex designed to serve the city’s growing movie-video activity.

The President would not be disappointed after his on-site inspection of Meddin Studios’ 22,000 square-foot facility. The cutting edge digital complex was built inside the concrete walls of what had been the old Meddin Brothers meatpacking plant on Louisville Road, less than three miles from the heart of Savannah.

Besides its sound studios, the Meddin complex offers full post-... Read More