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SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director Antonio (Tony) Leta introduced Eastern PA’s Woman-Owned Business of the Year, JEM Group, LLC with Aubrey Yanzito, Staff Asst., Sen. Pat Toomey; Elizabeth Rementer, Deputy Chief of Staff, State Sen. Rob Teplitz; SBA Director Tony Leta; nominator Melissa McLaughlin, Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC; with Jessica E. Meyers, Pres. JEM Group, LLC; State Rep. Patty Kim; Linda Goldstein, Vice Pres. & COO with David Black, Pres. & CEO of Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC.

Harrisburg’s JEM Group, LLC honored  

JEM Group is a woman-owned construction services firm located in downtown Harrisburg, Pa.  Meyers began JEM Group in October 2003 with the single purpose of providing personalized construction services throughout Pennsylvania.  The firm provides design build, general construction and construction management services to corporate office, health care, education, retail, institutional and light industrial clients.

The company's goal on every project is to have deep relationships with clients by delivering extraordinary service.  This is accomplished with a team of highly qualified individuals who are fully engaged in the project and by executing on a specific plan. The company abides by a set of core values which serve as the driving force in the operation of the company and provide a firm foundation from which every decision is made.

“Whether JEM Group is serving in the role of Design Builder, General Contractor or Construction Manager, we have one primary goal – to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers.  We do this by listening to our clients, understanding the unique expectations on each project and by providing creative building solutions to our clients,” Jessica E. Meyers, President, JEM Group, LLC said.

U.S. Small Business Administration Eastern Pennsylvania Director Antonio (Tony) Leta officially introduced Eastern Pennsylvania’s Woman-Owned Business of the Year with Jessica E. Meyers, President, JEM Group, LLC May 7, 2015.

“It’s wonderful to have the privilege to recognize the achievements of leading Pennsylvania woman-owned small businesses like JEM Group, LLC,” said Antonio (Tony) Leta, U.S. SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director.  “Small businesses like these are where the rubber meets the road, helping drive our nation’s economic recovery.  SBA and our lending and resource partners, like Kutztown University Small Business Development Center, are proud to play a role in helping them start and succeed.”

“JEM Group found SBA resource partner Kutztown University and CREDC invaluable allies as we opened our business and during the early years as we built a company that now competes as an equal in our marketplace. We are no longer known as a woman-owned business. We've earned a reputation as a civic-minded, hard-working firm, which has enabled us to establish long-term relationships with our clients.”

JEM Group turned to SBA resource partner Kutztown University SBDC for technical assistance prior to start-up and during the firm’s early years regarding women-owned business certification, government contracting, marketing, financial management, projections and management. SBA resource partners, like Kutztown University SBDC, offer entrepreneurs free and low cost technical assistance and business advice. SCORE, SBDCs and Women’s Business Centers can help small businesses with everything from drafting business plans to complex management principles. In fiscal year 2014 SBA’s counseling partners assisted more than 1 million businesses in FY ‘14 in the Eastern Pennsylvania District Office.

“I am honored to nominate Jessica E. Meyers, President of JEM Group, LLC for SBA’s Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year. Jessica is a treasure in the field of construction, breaking down barriers and stereotypes to conquer an industry where women employees are uncommon and women leaders are especially rare. Not only has she gone where few women have gone, not only has she been successful in this endeavor, but she has established herself and her company as exceptional in the field,” said Melissa McLaughlin, Director of Business Finance, Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC.  “Jessica is a highly admired and regarded business leader in the Harrisburg Region. Her energy, professionalism and community minded ness make her a sought after mentor to all business women in our region. I feel she is a role model for female entrepreneurs through her display of determination, vision and leadership.”

The mission of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC is to be a catalyst for policy change, for job creation and for business growth in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties that enhances the quality of life in the region. The organization believes it has an obligation to the region that is larger than the organization, its businesses and themselves.

Kutztown University SBDC’s mission is to grow the economy of South Eastern and South Central Pennsylvania. The Kutztown University SBDC is one of 18 Small Business Development Centers in Pennsylvania and is an accredited affiliate of the national network of Small Business Development Centers. The SBDC provides consulting services and educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. SBDC consultants may work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one sessions to help them with a range of business issues including testing a new business proposition, shaping a business plan, investigating funding opportunities, and much more.

SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Woman-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. National Small Business Week recognizes the small business community’s contribution to the American economy.