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CMC President and CEO Joseph Zidik honored

When the owner of the milling-equipment manufacturing company Joseph Zidik and Carl Yerger were working for decided to sell the company, Zidik and Yerger decided to start their own company: Custom Milling and Consulting, Inc., or CMC. Established in 2002 to provide chemical material processing equipment, as well as custom material processing and toll processing services, CMC helps its customers make the leaps from laboratory development to small production and on to full scale manufacturing.

In March 2014, tragedy struck when CMC lost founding partner Carl Yerger, who was murdered while on a fishing trip in the Bahamas. Following what has been described as a terrible incident of senseless violence, Zidik, while dealing with the loss of his best friend and business partner, continued to be the consummate leader and businessman. Leading CMC to even greater success, Zidik’s dedication to his employees... Read More

BluPath Design founder and principal Laura Blau

PHILADELPHIA - BluPath Design founder and principal Laura Blau, makes sustainable design practices the standard for her design firm. The award-winning design firm, founded at the beginning of 2003, provides architectural and interior design services with a focus on sustainability.

Blau's vision for BluPath Design is to design beautiful sustainable buildings that help her mission-driven clients and their communities thrive. Previously, as an award-winning fine arts painter and sculptor she exhibited her works in Paris, New York and Minneapolis and won numerous awards and fellowships.  An architect since 1995, her architectural work reflects her sensitivity to aesthetics.

Blau and her husband Paul Thompson, who started the business with her, experienced initial success and received the Commonwealth Design Award in 2006 for sustainable design for their own home. In 2007, BluPath won the Sub-Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest and was featured in Philadelphia Magazine. Their... Read More

Maribel Rodriguez finds path to successful entrepreneurship in Reading, Pa.  with technical assistance and SBA-guaranteed 7(a) Loan

Maribel Rodriguez has always had motherly instincts. As a stay-at-home mom with two children, she noticed the severe lack of affordable and reliable childcare facilities in the City of Reading – so she decided to create her own. Rodriguez opened “The White House Day Care Center” located in one of the poorest sections of Reading on Oley Street in 2006, with space for 12 children.

Rodriguez utilized the services of the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center’s Latino Business Resource Center to improve her business knowledge prior to opening her daycare business. Within six years of starting her business, “The White House Day Care Center” was completely full and maxed out with an extensive waiting list. Rodriguez’s daycare serves... Read More

Raymond W. Roux

Raymond W. Roux, CEO, CounterTek Inc. honored  

CounterTek Inc. manufactures countertops, vanity tops, and wall surrounds in laminate, solid surface, and cultured marble for the residential kitchen and bath market.  The company's goal is to be a successful leader in customer service and establish a loyal customer following.  CounterTek Inc. was formed in 2009 by Raymond Roux, an established professional with over 20 years of experience in the countertop business. Eventually Roux saw an opportunity to open his own company. CounterTek Inc. was born out of Raymond's determination and vision for a premiere countertop manufacturing company in the local community.  Today the company employs 40 people with family sustaining incomes.

“Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance.  Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs.  We have over 300 years of cumulative experience in kitchen counter top... Read More