After moving to Washington state from India and following in the engineering footsteps of his father and grandfather, Santosh Kuruvilla wanted to be “more than a dot in a large corporation.”
He found success teaching at Washington State University, and worked for a large, national corporation, but wanted to know the people he worked with on a first-name basis. While contemplating entrepreneurship, an opportunity arose in 1998 for Santosh to buy a company, and his business ownership of Exeltech began.
“I was able to buy a business and turn it around by focusing on marketing and re-branding the company,” Santosh said. Competition was tough, and he discovered marketing Exeltech as a mid-sized firm provided the “sweet spot” that helped his company grow in a market saturated with large corporations.
Santosh soon entered and graduated from the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program, a nine-year program that provides training and resources to help small, disadvantaged... Read More