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Blue Duck Bakery Café Partners with SBA to Scale Towards Success

NEW YORK, NY--- Although the Blue Duck Bakery Café opened its first location in Southampton 14 years ago, the small business journey of husband and wife business owners Keith and Nancy Kouris started much earlier.  As successful small business owners, Keith and Nancy learned that by getting the right training, knowing what resources are available, and by never giving up, they could achieve their goal of becoming Long Island’s “Village Bakers” offering superior quality artisan breads.

Before Blue Duck Bakery opened, Keith and Nancy had their fair share of getting their feet wet in the bakery and deli business in Long Island.  After successfully managing a Bellacicco Italian bread delivery route in the Hamptons as well as starting a family, Keith and Nancy opened a deli and grocery shop in the area with a unique catering to the Irish and Scottish community due to a resident baker who... Read More

NEW YORK, NY— Twenty-two years ago, Michael Montenes set out to start his own small business with the primary goal of ensuring that his customers were satisfied.  He knew that in order to do so, he would have to put together and train an all-star team who understood the power of personal customer service and could deliver results. 

Montenes founded M.S. Hi-Tech, a New York-based electronic component distributor located in Hauppauge, New York that specializes in procurement and inventory management solutions for customers in the global electronic supply chain. Montenes credits his father with teaching him the importance of quality control and attention to detail for any product, and he demonstrates this lesson by pushing his company to exceed expectations in its mission and operations.

That doesn’t mean the process was always easy. 

When Montenes opened his business at 2 p.m. on November 20, 1990, he was 29 years old, “with a credit card, telephone and a prayer... Read More

Eight years ago, George Constantinou and Farid Ali-Lancheros opened the restaurant that would turn their dreams into reality and make them role models to small business owners and entrepreneurs looking to succeed in a competitive industry.  Through determination and years of in-depth planning and research, Constantinou and Ali-Lancheros created what would become one of Brooklyn’s most popular restaurants: Bogota Latin Bistro.

Bogota Latin Bistro is a Pan-Latin eatery located in Park Slope, Brooklyn that now serves 2,600 customers weekly after opening in the summer of 2005.  During its opening night, the restaurant served over 250 customers and continued its success to generate over one million dollars in sales during the first year of operations, and today employs over 60 employees from the local community.

Part of Constantinou and Ali-Lancheros’s journey included working with business counselors from the local Business Outreach Center.  They were able to create... Read More

From a young age, Nadine Boudreau dreamed of owning her own business where she could help children. Her passion led to a degree in sociology with a focus on women and children’s studies. Boudreau originally thought she’d be a social worker, but found a different opportunity in 2008 with the purchase of a failing preschool in St. James, Long Island.

Boudreau kept the same location and staff, but completely overhauled the curriculum and materials to turn the business around. Her philosophy that children need challenging and creative experiences to develop their innate creativity and fuel their desire to learn new things is reflected in the school’s new motto, “Where your children grow and learn while having fun.” Boudreau’s commitment to becoming involved at each level of the business, including teaching classes, and focus on getting the children’s writing and pre-math skills ready for kindergarten has been highly regarded by the preschool parents.

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