Success Stories

SBA staff honored Swain Techs and its staff at its Horsham, PA office. Pictured are LRS-EDS Linda Williams, EDS-LRS Pat Kratz, nominator Wells Fargo vice-president David R. White, SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director Tony Leta, Swain Techs President Manuel Trujillo, SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Deputy Director Mike Kane and Swain Techs Lead Project Manager David Lawson.

Swain Techs President Manuel Trujillo has led Swain Techs since 2009, when he acquired the company with a 7(a) loan from SBA lending partner Wells Fargo. The 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program is the SBA’s primary business loan program, accessible through a multitude of participating lending institutions. It is the agency’s most frequently used non-disaster financial assistance program because of its flexibility in loan structure, variety of uses for loan proceeds and availability. The program has broad eligibility requirements and credit criteria to accommodate a wide range of financing needs.

“The SBA 8(a) program has allowed the firm to win key contracts with Federal Agencies that otherwise would have been very difficult to get.  The SBA has given us great business development advice and tools to market to the federal government.  In addition, the SBA 7(a) loan provided by Wells Fargo was key to allowing me to acquire Swain Techs five years ago.  Without the loan, I would have... Read More

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,... Read More

Founded in 1963 by Greek immigrant Stylianos Apostolopoulos, the Lancaster Trophy House is a second generation family-owned company and a woman-owned business in downtown Lancaster providing a full service line of quality engraving services for awards, medals, plaques, signage, trophies and trays.

Deborah Apostolopoulos began working at the Lancaster Trophy House in 1982 where she met and later married her husband Michael, the original owner’s son.  Deborah is now full owner of the business where she runs the daily activities with her husband and their son.

In 2011, the business continued to expand and add new services for its growing customer base. Apostolopoulos saw she needed to move to a larger location, so she reached out to Small Business Administration lender, Community First Fund for a loan and met with the Director of Business Lending Daniel Beck. Through one-on-one business... Read More

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