SBA's Minority Small Business Person of the Year for Eastern Penn. leverages SBA 8(a) program to grow

SBA's Minority Small Business Person of the Year for Eastern Penn. leverages SBA 8(a) program to grow

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Philadelphia District 2012 Minority Small Business Person of the Year, Markant Corporation Chief Executive Officer Ivelisse Alemany at U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Week Celebration from District Director David Dickson.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Philadelphia District 2012 Minority Small Business Person of the Year, Markant Corporation Chief Executive Officer Ivelisse Alemany, has leveraged SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program to help her 8(a), woman owned, small disadvantaged business successfully overcome challenges and promote its products.

"SBA knows that business ownership is one path for women to find greater economic independence. According to the National Women's Business Council, women-owned firms grew 44% from 1997 to 2007, twice as fast as male-owned firms. There are 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the US and 88% of these are small businesses," said SBA Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho.

Markant Corporation is focused on niche professional service disciplines with technical expertise that includes the fields of internet security, computer systems integration, program management, database application development and worldwide web based application service programs.

Markant also provides professional consulting services focusing on logistical and professional business support disciplines. These areas include: financial and accounting services, audits, budgeting, risk assessment and mitigation services, management and strategy consulting, studies, analyses, scenario planning, coaching services, regulatory development and review, policy development, value management, reporting and documentation, and monitoring and measurement.

“Markant Corporation continues to dispel the stereotype that all small businesses present risks to our customers. Many people make the assumption that just because we don’t have a large corporate staff, that our company is comprised of only a handful of people and we’re met with disbelief that the CEO is actually involved in the day-to-day operations of the company… and not just sitting on a beach somewhere,” said Alemany.

“Our business is guided by a list of principles known as ‘The Markant Way.’ The culture at Markant reinforces that success is only sweet when done right and that a loss with integrity and our customer’s interests in mind is better than a win without it,” said Markant Chief Financial Officer Carl Hintz. Hintz says that just as “Markant remains committed to serving as a role model for the minority community, regardless of whether that results in employment opportunities,” the company is also committed to equal opportunity. “We are committed to providing our customers with the best possible candidates regardless of background.”

“We pride ourselves on the fact that both owners perform all tasks related to the day-to-day running of the company. Our success hinges on the work and effort that Carl and I put in consistently on a day-to-day basis and that the success of our company will not come simply by having an 8a certification,” said Alemany.

As SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Minority Small Business Person(s) of the Year award winner, Alemany was selected from among nominees located across Pennsylvania’s eastern 40 counties. The awards are presented at the annual “SBA Day at the Ballpark” event, a local observance of the annual Presidentially-designated National Small Business Week which recognizes the small business community’s contribution to the American economy.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent federal agency, created in 1953, to assist small businesses to start, grow, and prosper. SBA provides financial assistance by: (1) making loans to help families and businesses recover from national disasters and; (2) providing loan guarantees to commercial financial institutions for working capital via 7(a) program loans, buildings/land/equipment via 504 loans through the Certified Development Corporations, and for exports.

The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses that offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

An essential instrument for helping socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain access to the economic mainstream of American society, the 8(a) program helps thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs to gain a foothold in government contracting, the overall program goal is to graduate 8(a) firms that will go on to thrive in a competitive business environment.

8(a) program participants may also take advantage of specialized business training, counseling, marketing assistance, and high-level executive development provided by the SBA and our resource partners. You can also be eligible for assistance in obtaining access to surplus government property and supplies, SBA-guaranteed loans, and bonding assistance for being involved in the program.

Through its resource partners, SBA also offers a variety of business development programs and services such as training, government contracting and export assistance. SBA resource partners include Small Businesses Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Businesses). For information on all of SBA’s programs and services, visit the SBA’s Philadelphia District Office web site at  or call (610) 382-3062.