Success Stories

Owner becomes advocate for local Community First Fund Women’s Business Center

When Cinthia Kettering moved to the United States from Ecuador with her husband Paul at 22 years old, she immediately went straight into entrepreneurship. Originally educated in law in Ecuador, Kettering created the company that has become the Bagnall Shaw Company, the insurance brokerage company where she serves as the President of Operations and Principal.  

Kettering first began her relationship with SBA more than five years ago through SBA’s resource partner, when she met Miriam Soto Director of Training and Business Lender and Counselor at the Community First Fund Women’s Business Center  

“As a successful and community minded business owner in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Cinthia is known in the local community as a person who will assist others in all areas, whether it is to translate and explain a letter received in the mail, finding a business that can provide the right service,... Read More

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... Read More

SBA’s Eastern Pa. 2013 Small Business Person of the Year Uses SBA Programs, Resource Partners to Help Achieve Success

G.S. Madison, LLC turns to SBA and its resource partner Kutztown Univ. Small Business Development Center’s Jump Start Incubator

David Mark Wise, II, president of G.S. Madison, LLC, of Wyomissing, Pa. and U.S. SBA District Director David Dickson

The U.S. Small Business Administration’ Eastern Pennsylvania Small Business Person of the Year, David Mark Wise, II, president of G.S. Madison, LLC, of Wyomissing, Pa. always wanted to grow up to be an entrepreneur like his father. With the use of SBA guaranteed loans and assistance from the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center, Wise is achieving his small business goals.

At just 33 years old, Wise was already a seasoned entrepreneur, having owned several successful businesses. In 2006, he created G.S. Madison, LLC and purchased his first 1-800-GOT JUNK? franchise through a combination of personal financing and a $100,000 SBA-... Read More

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.

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