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Michael A. Brown, president & CEO of Environmental Construction Services, Inc. (ECSI) of Philadelphia
President and CEO Michael Brown starts and grows Environmental Construction Services, Inc. with SBA

PHILADELPHIA – Michael A. Brown, president & CEO of Environmental Construction Services, Inc. (ECSI) of Philadelphia, founded the company in 2010 with a $10,000 investment and two employees. The firm has grown to more than $4 million and 30 employees, including subsidiary Element Mechanical, in three years with help from SBA and its resource partners as well as the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to recognize the achievements of Eastern Pennsylvania small business leaders like Michael,” said David Dickson, U.S. SBA Philadelphia District Director. “Minority-owned small businesses, like ECSI, are helping drive our nation’s economic recovery. SBA and our resource partners are proud to play a role in helping them start and succeed.”

ECSI has received assistance from SBA resource partners Temple SBDC and Wharton... Read More

Johanny Cepeda of “Mi Casa Su Casa Café,” in Reading, Pennsylvania

In July of 2007 Johanny Cepeda of Reading, PA made the business decision to purchase a struggling restaurant. Her creativity and natural entrepreneurial spirit quickly turned her “Mi Casa Su Casa Café,” and its revamped menu reflecting her specialty of fresh food with a Caribbean twist, into a successful business.

 

The Women’s Business Center at Community First Fund first started to work with Johanny in 2008 when her business catered a local event for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s resource partner. It turned out to be a serendipitous meeting and a great working relationship began to simmer.

SBA resource partners like the Women’s Business Center at Community First Fund provide training, customized business counseling, loan capital, and advocacy support to small business enterprises. The goal of the Center is to develop more knowledgeable, better prepared business owners through these services and outside resources.

Jim Buerger of SBA resource... Read More

SBA Philadelphia District Director David Dickson, Maria Frizelle Roberts and her sister Sandra with NBC10's Tracy Davidson
SBA Philadelphia District Director David Dickson, Maria Frizelle Roberts and her sister Sandra with NBC10's Tracy Davidson at SBA Awards Ceremony. Eastern Pa. 2014 Small Business Person Of Year expands with help from SBA’s Philadelphia District Office Maria Frizelle Roberts of MFR Consultants, Inc. uses SBA counseling, programs, products, services to expand and succeed
SBA Celebrates Veteran-Owned Small Business Success

U.S. Small Business Administration Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho celebrated the success of veteran-owned small businesses in observance of Veterans Day at Yurchak Printing, Inc. Wed., Nov. 6, 2013. Olson-Urtecho highlighted how local veteran-owned small businesses may be able to benefit from SBA programs to start businesses and create jobs like Yurchak Printing, Inc., a veteran-owned business which obtained a $1.2 million 504 loan in 2011, through SBA lending partners EDC Finance Corporation and Metro Bank, to refinance its building and equipment as well as to acquire another firm.

"It’s great to be able to recognize veteran-owned businesses. At SBA we understand how much our nation’s veterans have given during their service and we are honored to serve them," Olson-Urtecho said. “Small businesses are absolutely vital to our region’s economy as well as our nation’s economy. Veteran-owned small businesses like Yurchak Printing, Inc. are exactly what... Read More

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