Success Stories

BluPath Design founder and principal Laura Blau

PHILADELPHIA - BluPath Design founder and principal Laura Blau, makes sustainable design practices the standard for her design firm. The award-winning design firm, founded at the beginning of 2003, provides architectural and interior design services with a focus on sustainability.

Blau's vision for BluPath Design is to design beautiful sustainable buildings that help her mission-driven clients and their communities thrive. Previously, as an award-winning fine arts painter and sculptor she exhibited her works in Paris, New York and Minneapolis and won numerous awards and fellowships.  An architect since 1995, her architectural work reflects her sensitivity to aesthetics.

Blau and her husband Paul Thompson, who started the business with her, experienced initial success and received the Commonwealth Design Award in 2006 for sustainable design for their own home. In 2007, BluPath won the Sub-Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest and was featured in Philadelphia Magazine. Their... Read More

Maribel Rodriguez finds path to successful entrepreneurship in Reading, Pa.  with technical assistance and SBA-guaranteed 7(a) Loan

Maribel Rodriguez has always had motherly instincts. As a stay-at-home mom with two children, she noticed the severe lack of affordable and reliable childcare facilities in the City of Reading – so she decided to create her own. Rodriguez opened “The White House Day Care Center” located in one of the poorest sections of Reading on Oley Street in 2006, with space for 12 children.

Rodriguez utilized the services of the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center’s Latino Business Resource Center to improve her business knowledge prior to opening her daycare business. Within six years of starting her business, “The White House Day Care Center” was completely full and maxed out with an extensive waiting list. Rodriguez’s daycare serves... Read More

Raymond W. Roux

Raymond W. Roux, CEO, CounterTek Inc. honored  

CounterTek Inc. manufactures countertops, vanity tops, and wall surrounds in laminate, solid surface, and cultured marble for the residential kitchen and bath market.  The company's goal is to be a successful leader in customer service and establish a loyal customer following.  CounterTek Inc. was formed in 2009 by Raymond Roux, an established professional with over 20 years of experience in the countertop business. Eventually Roux saw an opportunity to open his own company. CounterTek Inc. was born out of Raymond's determination and vision for a premiere countertop manufacturing company in the local community.  Today the company employs 40 people with family sustaining incomes.

“Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance.  Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs.  We have over 300 years of cumulative experience in kitchen counter top... Read More

SBA Eastern Penn. Director Tony Leta introduced 2015 Eastern Penn. Family-Owned Business, Talluto's Authentic Italian Food, Inc. (TAIF) Pictured: SBA Eastern PA Dep. Dir. Mike Kane; DNB First Bank Exec. Vice Pres. Albert Melfi, Jr.; Philip Innamorato, Staff Assistant, Sen. Pat Toomey; Joseph A.M. Talluto, Pres. & CEO, TAIF; SBA LRS-EDS Linda Willliams; Joseph F. Talluto, Vice Pres., TAIF; DNB First Bank Sr. Vice Pres. Thomas Cozza; Widener Univ. SBDC Dir. Glenn McAllister; nominator James Porter, WU SBDC.

Philadelphia’s Talluto's Authentic
Italian Food honored

In 1967, Joseph Talluto sold his family’s home in Southwest Philadelphia for $7,500 to purchase a $7,400 ravioli machine, and moved his family of six into a building he owned “around the corner.” Joe was 60 years old, and at a time when most men his age were preparing for retirement, he was committed, both personally and financially, to pursuing his longtime dream.  Today, Joe’s son and grandchildren operate a multimillion dollar, 7-time winner of “Best in Philly” business. Talluto’s Authentic Italian Food, Inc. (TAIF) manufactures and markets nearly 90 varieties of pasta, sauces, and other food products in their 50,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility in Folcroft, Pennsylvania with 55 full time and 4 part time employees.

“For years my father spoke of one day opening his own ravioli store.  In fact, it was often considered a joke around the house.  I’m not sure anyone, but he, knew... Read More