Small Business Success Stories


    Manufacturing Firm Uses Growth Acceleration to Keep Doors Open

    Custom Applied Technology of Manatee County

    Some people are gifted at thinking of ideas. Some people are gifted at making those ideas come to life, which is exactly why Howard Taylor started Custom Applied Technology (CATEC) in 1985.

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    Family turns to FSBDC at USF to develop marketing and sales tactics

    Pro-Tools of Hillsborough County

    After working in the computer science industry for many years, Mike Mullen decided he wanted his own company. “He went after a company that he would describe as not necessarily sexy, but something that had teeth in the market and could grow,” Mullen’s wife, Cindy, said.

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    Fence company uses services to separate itself

    Florida Fence of Sarasota County

    Kevin and Theresa Dermody are no strangers to entrepreneurship. Before moving to Sarasota, the Dermody’s lived in Chicago where the duo owned and operated a successful real estate development and general contracting business.

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    Man channels entrepreneurial spirit into chicken and waffles

    Rush Hour Chicken & Waffles of Pinellas County

    Chef Towan Rush wants people to know that his past does not dictate his future. Shot in a drive by shooting in the early 2000s, Rush has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. Then, and now, he relies on his love of food to reach new heights.

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    Honey Company uses FSBDC at USF to Discover Exporting Options

    Santa Monica Florida of Pasco County

    Monica Obando didn’t plan on working in the honey industry, but after an early onset case of arthritis, the honey industry found her. Shortly after losing hope in traditional pharmaceutical medicine, Obando’s husband saw a Discovery Channel special about the healing power of bee sting therapy. They attended the next available seminar in November 2011 and not even a week later, they had bees.

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    From Shoeboxes to Financial Literacy for Small Businesses

    Tampa Bay Accounting and Associates of Pinellas County

    Michelle Velez took her love for small business, and turned it into her own small business seven years ago. “I wanted to do something that would be beneficial for small businesses and help them grow,” she said. And so, Tampa Bay Accounting and Associates was born.

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