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Sam Coyl, president of Netrepid, being interviewed by local ABC news affiliate (WHTM ABC27).
Sam Coyl, president of Netrepid, recognized as Eastern Pa. 2014 Veteran Small Business Person Of Year

ENOLA, Pa. – Sam Coyl, president of Netrepid, founded the Enola, Pa., company in 2004 as a team with knowledge of professional services, wireless engineering and converged communication systems. Today the professional services company, which is focused on business-class IT solutions, has grown from two employees to 12 and seen improved gross profit levels, an improved asset base and the successful attraction of investors, loans and funding from Ben Franklin Technology partners and SBA-backed Patriot Express and 7(a) loans.

“Veteran business owners and entrepreneurs like Sam Coyl make vital and important contributions to business creation and growth in the American economy,” said Dave Dickson, U.S. SBA Philadelphia district director. “Active duty and reserve service often provides veterans with important skills and leadership abilities that are directly relevant to business... Read More

 Charliene A. Magaro opened Char’s – Tracy Mansion as an American brasserie-style restaurant in 2012 in Harrisburg, Penn.’s historic Tracy Mansion.
Charliene A. Magaro, Eastern Pa. 2014 Woman-Owned Small Business Of Year, opens environment-conscious restaurant with SBA 7(a), Express and 504 loans

HARRISBURG, PA – Charliene A. Magaro opened Char’s – Tracy Mansion as an American brasserie-style restaurant in 2012 in Harrisburg, Penn.’s historic Tracy Mansion, built in 1913 with help from SBA’s lending programs. Magaro's commitment to environmental initiatives were incorporated from the start into the new restaurant, which functions on 100% wind power for electricity, and a geo-thermal system was installed for gas heat.

Char’s – Tracy Mansion received an SBA 504 loan through Pennsylvania Community Development & Finance Corp, a non-profit Certified Development Company authorized by the US Small Business Administration to provide SBA financing for small businesses as well as SBA-backed 7(a) and Express loans from MileStone Bank.

"After meeting Char in December 2010 I knew the SBA 504 loan program would be the... Read More

Michael A. Brown, president & CEO of Environmental Construction Services, Inc. (ECSI) of Philadelphia
President and CEO Michael Brown starts and grows Environmental Construction Services, Inc. with SBA

PHILADELPHIA – Michael A. Brown, president & CEO of Environmental Construction Services, Inc. (ECSI) of Philadelphia, founded the company in 2010 with a $10,000 investment and two employees. The firm has grown to more than $4 million and 30 employees, including subsidiary Element Mechanical, in three years with help from SBA and its resource partners as well as the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to recognize the achievements of Eastern Pennsylvania small business leaders like Michael,” said David Dickson, U.S. SBA Philadelphia District Director. “Minority-owned small businesses, like ECSI, are helping drive our nation’s economic recovery. SBA and our resource partners are proud to play a role in helping them start and succeed.”

ECSI has received assistance from SBA resource partners Temple SBDC and Wharton... Read More

Johanny Cepeda of “Mi Casa Su Casa Café,” in Reading, Pennsylvania

In July of 2007 Johanny Cepeda of Reading, PA made the business decision to purchase a struggling restaurant. Her creativity and natural entrepreneurial spirit quickly turned her “Mi Casa Su Casa Café,” and its revamped menu reflecting her specialty of fresh food with a Caribbean twist, into a successful business.

 

The Women’s Business Center at Community First Fund first started to work with Johanny in 2008 when her business catered a local event for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s resource partner. It turned out to be a serendipitous meeting and a great working relationship began to simmer.

SBA resource partners like the Women’s Business Center at Community First Fund provide training, customized business counseling, loan capital, and advocacy support to small business enterprises. The goal of the Center is to develop more knowledgeable, better prepared business owners through these services and outside resources.

Jim Buerger of SBA resource... Read More

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