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One-Million Dollar SBA Loan Key for Avani Technology Solutions Inc.

BUFFALO, NY – For Sameer Kumar Penakalapati, president and CEO of Avani Technology Solutions Inc., the transformation between big and small was turning to the U.S. Small Business Administration and SBA participating lender Chase Bank.

The certified minority-owned business enterprise and Rochester based Avani is a custom software development, software product development, testing, training, and project management training services company.  Avani specializes in custom software solutions development in mobility, enterprise solutions (SAP, Oracle, SharePoint, Java, Mainframe, .NET and third party enterprise tools) and web applications security testing areas.

Sameer took advantage of the SBA’s lending product, sought out assistance and received his one-million dollar loan through Chase Bank.  “The loan has helped us to hire technical talent to develop services and products in mobility and... Read More

Veteran, educator, consultant, lecturer, writer, and whitetail hunter Paul Cwiklinski represents a new beginning for hunters in a nutritional way.

Located in Erie County, Whitetail Food Plots USA provides food plot training and instruction to hunters nationwide. “I was testing the waters of starting my own business in 2007 but was hesitant because I was not sure there was a market,” said Cwiklinski.  “I saw an opportunity and took it!”  Since 2010 Cwiklinski has presented his seminars at outdoor expositions and conventions across the United States.  Hunters looking to manage their land for deer are common clients for Whitetail Food Plots.

“I’m a hunter providing nutritional land management services.  One who enjoys educating hunters on how to create and maintain food plots for wildlife,” Cwiklinski says.  “Hunters want to attract more deer and other wildlife, whether for viewing or hunting, they require the necessary education and consultation on useful... Read More

Dolly Michelle Randle tapped the resources available at the SBA’s Annual Business Matchmaker for help growing her compliance and administrative services business in Buffalo, in 2013. 

Before starting Compliance and Administrative Services of New York (CASNY), Randle, a native of Buffalo, had been an Administrator for over 20 years at several large firms.  But what she wanted most in life was to tackle the challenge of becoming an entrepreneur. 

“Entrepreneurs often face challenges of deciding when and how to start their own business, “said Randle.  “For me, it was my career that helped me identify my niche for my new company, and then I had to locate the right resources to make it a success.” 

In 2009, Randle started CASNY which provides, professional services for large firms in need of administrative outsourcing, support, and training, compliance monitoring, event planning, MBE/WBE consulting and networking events.  

From the start of her launch, Randle... Read More

Kevin and Barbara Held are the owners of Twilight on the Erie RV Resort along the Erie Canal in Macedon, New York.  With the help of a 504 program loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Rochester, the women-owned RV Resort will open its doors in June 2014.  The new generation recreational resort has over 140 sites and will offer newer trends in camping such as the comforts of home, WIFI, cable television, camp store, snack bar with fire stone brick oven specialties, gunite swimming pool and much more.


No strangers to entrepreneurship, Kevin and Barbara owned and operated Reds Landscaping for 30 years and now have handed over the reins to their son, Tim.  Both Kevin and Barbara will work at the resort and have 5 employees with plans to hire another 7 or 8 within the next three years.


What started as a dream had finally become a reality.  With the help of SCORE mentors, Kevin and Barbara were guided through the foundational and... Read More