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Success Stories

Sheri Chaney Jones, Owner of Measurement Resources

Sheri Chaney Jones wanted to help the social sector improve community services on issues ranging from hunger to reducing poverty. Through an SBA loan program and resource partners, she was able to realize this passion by creating her business, Measurement Resources, to evaluate and improve government and nonprofit programs.  

“The effectiveness of an initiative can’t be measure monetarily,” Jones said. “I measure the social outcome of an initiative to ensure government and nonprofit resources help as many people as possible.”

Jones uses her background as an industrial psychologist to help government and non-profit entities measure a social return on investment. To date, she has helped more than 75 government and non-profit entities analyze and adjust their programs.

Jones believes that the SBA was key in the creation and growth of her business. She met with a SCORE representative in 2008 when she was still deciding whether or not to pursue entrepreneurship. She... Read More

Troy Crawford, Owner of Crawford & Associates Services LLC.

With a background in mechanical engineering and a passion for construction, Troy Crawford was looking for a new opportunity after his three daughters left for college. He wanted to remain hands-on in providing construction management and project management services. Crawford decided to start a company, Crawford & Associates Services LLC. With the help of an SBA loan and 8(a) certification, he hopes to build a legacy.

“My company stands on merit and I’m very proud of that,” Crawford said. “I’ve had a lot of experience and I’ve learned a lot through tough times. Now I’m taking that knowledge and helping people.”

After starting his business in 2007 with the support of Marquita Crawford, his wife of nearly 34 years, Crawford wanted to expand. A colleague recommended SBA as a resource. Crawford applied for and received an SBA guaranteed loan for $25,000 in 2014. And in 2016, he was certified into the 8(a) program, which helps small businesses secure government... Read More

Jacquelyn Chapman, owner of JC's Sweet Ice Tea

Ice tea may not be as prevalent in Ohio as it is in South Carolina, but thanks to Jacquelyn Chapman and the resources she utilized through the U.S. Small Business Administration, Ohioans can now enjoy her Southern-style sweet ice tea. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Chapman’s family would often enjoy a sweet ice tea with a homemade twist. The family’s unique recipe became a local success and when Chapman relocated to Ohio, she decided to bring her recipe with her.

“We knew that our sweet tea would stand out,” she said. “It has a unique flavor and people are always looking for something new and different.”

Chapman utilized a number of SBA resources to help her business succeed and expand. She secured access to capital by working through the Economic & Community Development Center, an SBA micro lender, to obtain a $25,000 loan.

Chapman also received counseling through the Women’s Business Center, taking advantage of trainings and networking... Read More

Small Business Owner Consulted by Protégé Guidance Program

Diversified Systems Inc. was founded in 1990 by Archie Williamson Jr. DSI provides a diverse range of computer services including project administration, systems integration, application development, web development and administration, mainframe support, network design and administration, and staff augmentation. DSI currently employs 24 people.

Williamson said he decided to start this business because he had learned early on that entrepreneurs controlled their own time and destiny.

He added that the SBA was invaluable in assisting him in posturing DSI for future growth. The company was especially helped by SBA's mentor protégé guidance program, he said.

To those who are considering starting a business, Williamson advises, "Never accept no or can't, listen to your customer and be passionate in your discipline to succeed".

When asked how the business had affected his personal life, he said it has provided him the opportunity to spend more... Read More