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SBA Made the Difference
Toni Levy founded, and is now the president of Toni Levy and Associates, Inc. (TLA), the parent company for Toni Levy, CPA; Levy Construction and Building Supplies; Levy’s Electrical and Plumbing Supplies; TLA Workforce; and Levy’s Construction Company. TLA is woman-owned/minority owned.
Ms. Levy always wanted to be an accountant, and she set her goals accordingly. After graduating from college with a degree in Computer Technology and later an account degree, Toni Levy was employed by a local accounting firm, where she honed her skills. She also is a graduate of Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Executive Business Program. Upon earning her Certified Public Accountant credentials, her innate instincts for entrepreneurship took hold. In1998, with the U.S. Small Business Administration's financial guaranty on a 7(a) loan, she started her own accounting firm. She later used the 7(a) loan program to expand her business.
As the leader of businesses in industries dominated by large corporations and strong networks, Toni has demonstrated the ability to compete successfully. After realizing little success in bidding on federal and state contracts, TLA applied for and was accepted into SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program for disadvantaged entrepreneurs in order to be more competitive on government contracts. As a certified 8(a) firm, TLA has obtained large federal contracts and realized steady growth. The affiliated businesses are also an SBA-Certificated HUBZone Participant and classified as a Small Disadvantaged Businesses.
Innovative arrays of service and perseverance have enabled TLA to meet the ever-growing needs of the community it serves. When the business location became too small, Toni started a construction company and built a 12,000 square-foot facility which now houses her companies.
TLA clearly reflects Toni's strong commitment to excellence. In addition to being a woman-owned/minority business, Toni has overcome major challenges to ensure business success, and the businesses have flourished. She has been the recipient of numerous honors and recognition. She received the 2000 business of the year award from the Kentuckiana Minority Supplier Development Council, the 2001 small business of the year award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Woman of the Year award from the National Association for Professional Women in 2006, and in 2007 was a Finalist for The Women Business Owner of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners. She also was the recipient of the 2006 Louisville Defender Minority Business Achievement Award and listed among the most influential in the Who’s Who in Black Louisville. Toni is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the board of Dress for Success – Louisville Chapter, and the Minority Business Input Committee for the Tri-State Minority Supply Development Council.
Toni Levy has overcome many of life's challenges: student, wife, mother, entrepreneur, and community leader. Unequivocally she states that SBA financial assistance clearly made the difference in her being able to start and grow her businesses.