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Success Stories

Positioned to Build Up from Industrial to 8(a) Contracts

NVS Corporate Services, Inc. was established in 2002 by Nick Soto and Oscar Loredo. A newly formed company targeting the industrial sector, it became very clear early on to Nick and Oscar that the industrial market in the Lower Rio Grande Valley was preparing for a major recession. This led to their decision to re-focus and strategize their business plan and enter into facilities services with the federal government. By 2005, over a period of establishing themselves as experts in the industry, the Texas-Mexico border in South Texas was a target market for the NVS team. They quickly built a positive reputation for quality service in property development, facilities/property management, maintenance, and construction on the Texas/Mexico border.

By 2006, NVS received its first federal contract with GSA to provide janitorial and maintenance services for a large office complex that housed various Department of Homeland Security agencies. In 2007, GSA recognized NVS for receiving... Read More

Phillip's Automotive Services -Back to Business with MREIDL

Phillip's Automotive Services, owned by Felipe Herrera, has served the Corpus Christi, Texas community with quality automotive repair, diagnostics, and tune up services for over 15 years.

Herrera first learned about the automotive repair service while in the U.S. Marine Corps and taking classes in the automotive field. He started his first automotive repair business in Austin, Texas in 1994. While the business was successful, he decided to move to Corpus Christi, Texas and start Phillip’s Automotive.

Stamina, determination, commitment, as well as many long hours helped Herrera build the company to what it is today. From the very start Felipe spent 100 percent of his time operating and managing day-to-day operations, supporting his family while serving in the Army National Guard.

One of the biggest obstacles he faced was when he was called for active duty and deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom in Kosovo.  He had to leave his business behind.  Herrera's... Read More

One evening while watching television, Maurice Welton saw the founder of Edible Arrangements on “The Big Idea” with Donny Deutsch and became enticed by the company’s product and philosophy. Welton was even more impressed with the company when he found out veterans received a $10,000 discount off the franchise fee of $25,000.

The disabled veteran soon went to work and was able to purchase the franchise with a U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) loan funded by CIT, a nationwide lender. Because Edible Arrangements is listed on FRANdata’s Registry of loans pre-reviewed by the SBA, the loan processing was quicker and easier.

In 2007, Welton proudly opened his first Edible Arrangements in McAllen, Texas. Today, he owns and operates four Edible Arrangements with a fifth location scheduled to open in 2014…all in South Texas. The successful veteran turned entrepreneur obtained two additional guaranteed loans funded by SBA’s Preferred Lenders. Welton has increased revenues... Read More

Darlene K. Gregory, EMW Productions, LLC

In 1991, after spending 10 years as an Advertising Manager for daily newspapers, magazines and multi-media conglomerates nationwide, Darlene K. Gregory started her own company in Corpus Christi, Texas. EMW Productions, LLC, dba East Meets West Productions and East Meets West Financial Management grew from consulting and hosting local community events such as Career Fair, Heroes For Hire,  U.S. Navy Blue Angels Air Show, and many others for local organizations to becoming a ‘one stop’ shop for businesses needing marketing and design expertise across many platforms.

The company offers full service advertising, marketing, PR and business consulting services, specializing in international medical, industrial and institutional accounts. In addition, the company designs business plans, and places commercial loans for small business with investors, banks, REITs and hedge funds. The team of 9 full time employees and a dozen experts in a variety of fields on a contractual basis also... Read More