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SBA Resource Partner Helps Hawley, PA Business Continue Success, Expansion
Regenski Family Branches Out, Opens Gresham’s Chop House Restaurant With Help From Univ. of Scranton Small Business Development Center
Keith Yurgosky, Manager of Internet Business, University of Scranton SBDC, Thomas Regenski Jr., Paul Regenski and Joseph Regenski, Co-Owners, Gresham’s Chop House David Dickson, U.S. SBA Philadelphia District Director.
Eastern Pennsylvania’s U.S. Small Business Administration 2013 Family Owned Small Business of the Year, Gresham’s Chop House in Hawley, Pa. was added to the family business, which was started generations ago by the late Tom Gresham who started the family’s Gresham Motel business at Lake Wallenpaupack. With guidance and assistance from SBA resource partner, the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center, Gresham’s Chop House restaurant is now part of the four – and approaching five – generations of the Regenski family business.
Thomas Regenski Jr., Paul Regenski and Joseph Regenski, co-owners of Gresham’s Chop House worked with Keith Yurgosky, Manager of Internet Business, University of Scranton SBDC on a business plan and loan package. Then the brothers really got to work building the restaurant themselves – acting as both general contractors and providing the labor. Scenically located on Lake Wallenpaupack, the restaurant, opened in 1999, features steaks, seafood, Italian specialties and light fare.
The brothers said that they are “humbled to have won the award” particularly “amidst so many successful, well-run family owned businesses in the area.”
“I began my work with Mr. Thomas Regenski at the SBDC in 1995 as he flirted with the idea of several businesses. In 1998 he decided that along with his two brothers Paul and Joseph, they would build a restaurant on their family property at Lake Wallenpaupack,” said Yugorsky. “As the nominator, I’m proud to see their accomplishments begin recognized.”
The business has also received counseling and assistance regarding hiring employees, marketing, refinancing, web-site design and social media marketing assistance from the University of Scranton SBDC.
“It’s incredible to see our SBA resource partners are able to help a small business with roots that go back so many generations,” said David Dickson, U.S. SBA Philadelphia District Director at the June 5th, 2013 “SBA Day At The Ballpark” Small Business Week Awards ceremony. “It’s an honor to recognize small businesses like these who are the foundation of the U.S. economy.”
SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Family-Owned Small Business of the Year award winner is selected annually from among nominees located across Pennsylvania’s eastern 40 counties. These events are local observances of the annual Presidentially-designated National Small Business Week which recognizes the small business community’s contribution to the American economy.