Success Stories

Jay Reddy, Chief Executive Officer and founder of ProLogic, Inc., a Fairmont W.Va.-based Information Technology (IT) firm, is determined to make the firm one of the best small businesses in the nation.

Judging by the announcement in the September 26 edition of Washington Technology, a national newspaper for government IT systems integrators and resellers, he is well on his way.

The firm, which began as a one-man operation in 1995, was selected as one of the top 25 IT firms in the country participating in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program, coming in at number 15. The annual ranking is based on the overall IT prime contracting revenue companies earned during fiscal year 2004. The revenues must include a minimum of $1 million in 8(a) contracts.

Since 1953, the SBA has helped thousands of entrepreneurs fulfill their dream of owning and operating a successful small business by providing financial assistance and... Read More

From the ground to the moon, there is no limiting FMW Composite Systems, Inc., a small veteran-owned firm located in Bridgeport, W.Va. Fresh on the heals of the successful delivery of a super lightweight carrier to the National Aeronautical and Space Agency (NASA) for use in transporting equipment on the space shuttle, the company has won a contract to supply the U.S. Marine Corps a liquid/fueling system.

The Ground Expedient Refueling System (GERS) is designed to transfer liquids from a storage/transport unit to military vehicle without pumps or motors. The system is operable using an external air compressor or an existing on-board air supply.

“Who would have believed 10 years ago that a small West Virginia firm would be providing sophisticated products for NASA’s space shuttle and critical components for our military efforts,” said Congressman Alan B. Mollohan at a ceremony commemorating the signing of the multi-million dollar contract. “It bodes well for... Read More

United Bank, Inc., with offices located throughout West Virginia is one of the newest lenders participating in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s SBAExpress Loan Program, announced Judy K. McCauley, director of the Agency’s West Virginia District Office.

As an approved SBAExpress lender, United is a source of business capital, up to $350,000, for qualified small business owners. A key feature of the program is its simplified process, which quickly puts money in the hands of entrepreneurs.

Bill D’Alesio, senior vice president of United Bank in Weirton, W.Va., has utilized the SBAExpress loan program numerous times and finds it to be an excellent small business tool.

“United is excited to be an approved SBAExpress lender,” said D’Alesio. “We are committed to make a difference in peoples’ lives through our commercial loan programs.”

Three small business owners who received a SBAExpress loan through United were surprised with the ease of... Read More

Cubby’s Child Care Center, a Bridgeport, W.Va. small business has seen its share trials and tribulations the past year. After having their request for having property within the city limits of Bridgeport rezoned for expansion of a new facility denied, they were unsure of their future.

But, after discussing the issue with the Mayor of Bridgeport and the developer of Charles Pointe, West Virginia’s newest model community, things changed. The result was construction and grand opening of a state-of-the-art child care facility which tripled Cubby’s original square footage and doubled the child care capacity.

“It was a vision from the Lord that got us here and a dream come true to be located at Charles Pointe,” said Joe Spatafore, Cubby’s owner along with his wife Joyce. “We are very happy we decided to locate here, but couldn’t have done it without the help and cooperation from Huntington Bank, Genesis Partnership and the U.S. Small Business Administration.”

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