Success Stories

Kamal Jowdy, Delft Printing

While Attending SBA’s Business Matchmaker, Kamal Jowdy met his match

BUFFALO, NY –For Kamal Jowdy, the dream of starting his own business began at the early age of 14.  He realized from the start that what he wanted most out of life was to come to America to transform his dream into a reality.

Like all successful entrepreneurs, he was willing to put in the time to learn his craft.  He attended printing schools in France, to hone his technical skills in printing.

After finishing his education in France, Jowdy moved to the United States, worked in the printing industry and eventually acquired Delft Printing in 1998.  The Lancaster-based company is a convenient local printing resource, delivering full service high-quality printing services.  From letterhead to envelopes, full color brochures and newsletters. Delft Printing offers design, offset and digital printing with variable data, thermography, foil stamping, embossing and full... Read More

Iron Road IPA, Big Fish Bitters among Veterans Thirst for Growth

BUFFALO, NY – The story of Bill Campbell and his company New Buffalo Brewing begins while Bill was serving in the U.S. Air Force from 2008 to 2012.

“There’s not much to do with your money when you’re deployed in Afghanistan,” said Campbell.   “I considered my options and looked into starting a business with the monies I could save.”

Like many serviceman, Campbell was excited to come home and start a life with his girlfriend now wife of 2 years.  In 2010, while on leave, a friend invited Campbell to stop by his home join in a brew session.  Campbell was so intrigued; he asked for a tour of the home-based brewing business and pondered it as a possible business option for himself. “The viability of the business seemed to be something I could pursue upon my discharge from the service,” said Campbell.”

His vision proved to be correct! Campbell decided on a name and... Read More

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