Success Stories

Mark Quinn, Acting SBA Philadelphia District Director, Carl Bieber, SBA Finance Department Director of Business Development, Firstrust Bank help Batteries+Bulbs owners Kathy and Shane Young cut the ribbon at their new business.
SBA Lending Partner Firstrust Bank helps “Batteries+Bulbs” get started

READING, PA– An SBA lender willing to go the extra mile helped owners Kathy and Shane Young “turn on the lights” of their new Reading, Pa. Batteries+Bulbs business in August 2014.

“From the time we decided to purchase the property on 5th Street Highway we were given Carl's name by the realtor for an SBA loan,” said Kathy Young, Batteries+Bulbs owner. “Carl immediately came to our former place of business and started the process with us. He ‘held our hand’ so to speak through the whole process with Firstrust up to and including settlement.”

“SBA’s 7a loan program, with participation from our lending partners like Firstrust bank, makes projects like this one possible,” said SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director Tony Leta. "At SBA our mission is to help small businesses start, grow and succeed. We are pleased to be able to help... Read More

Community Marketing Concepts (CMC) of Philadelphia was founded in 1995 by Linda Chandler, president and CEO, as a minority and women-owned family business with family members Phoebe Coles and Ashley Pearson who both serve as partners and vice-presidents in the firm, seen here with Philadelphia District Director David Dickson and James Sanders, Director, Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Business Center of Philadelphia.

SBA’s Eastern Penn. 2014 Family-Owned Small Business Of Year continues to grow and succeed

PHILADELPHIA – Community Marketing Concepts (CMC) of Philadelphia was founded in 1995 by Linda Chandler, president and CEO, as a minority and women-owned family business with family members Phoebe Coles and Ashley Pearson who both serve as partners and vice-presidents in the firm.

The marketing, public relations and communications agency focuses on connecting clients’ messages to their targeted communities via CMC’s distinctive approach to traditional engagement strategies and digital communications platforms.

“Family-owned small businesses are an American institution and this is a great opportunity to honor the accomplishment of Linda and the team at Community Marketing Concepts here in Philadelphia,” U.S. SBA Philadelphia District Director David Dickson said. “Small businesses are at the very heart of the American economy. That... Read More

U.S. Small Business Administration mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho and SBA Philadelphia District Director David Dickson were pleased to announce Irving W. McConnell, CEO of The McConnell Group (TMG) as the eastern Pennsylvania and SBA mid-Atlantic Region’s 2014 8(a) Graduate of the Year.

Irving McConnell, SBA’s 2014 Eastern Pa., mid-Atlantic 8(a) Graduate Of Year, Leads Successful Charge to Change 8(a) Program for Military Reservists

PHILADELPHIA – During the last 15 months of The McConnell Group’s 8(a) program, Chief Executive Officer Irving W. McConnell was deployed to Iraq as an Army Reserve Colonel where his experience provided a warfighter’s perspective in support of the I Marine Expeditionary Forces, 82nd Airborne, 10th Mountain Division and others in hostile and combat environments. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his efforts in mission planning and operational direction in stabilizing the Baghdad Zoo during combat operations for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Upon his return, he fought hard along with his 8(a) counselor to help change a major ruling which now will freeze the 8(a) program’s “clock” while the business owner/Reservist is deployed on military missions. SBA’s nine-year 8(a) Business Development Program helps... Read More

SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho, SBA Regional Exporter Of The Year's EcoTech Marine co-founder Patrick Clasen, nominator Cora Landis, Lehigh University SBDC and SBA Philadelphia District Director David Dickson

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Patrick L. Clasen came to SBA resource partner Lehigh University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as a student with his partners Timothy Marks and Justin Lawyer to launch a manufacturing venture grown from their project, developed with the Lehigh University Integrated Product Development Program. The innovative VorTechTM coral reef aquarium pump design produces water flow with the pump motor outside the aquarium to reduce the need for cooling and ensure no electrical components touch the water.

Founded in 2003, EcoTech Marine manufactures and sells reef aquarium propeller pumps, LED lighting and accessories for aquariums ranging from 2.5 to 500+ gallons. EcoTech products are now supplied at hundreds of aquarium stores throughout the United States and to more than 30 countries around the world.

The company has received SBA-guaranteed loans and worked with SBA resource partner Lehigh University SBDC consultants, who... Read More

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