Small Business Success Stories

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    Boxes on Wheels Gets $25,000 SBA Loan to Meet Growth

    By leveraging the expertise of several Certified Business Analysts at the Tampa SBDC office, Reed doubled his customer base, implemented targeted operational controls and secured a $25,000 SBA guaranteed loan. Find out how…

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    New Franchise in Wesley Chapel Creates 4 New Jobs

    The desire to own a small business runs in Beatriz Cardona’s veins.  Originally from Venezuela, she comes from a family of entrepreneurs and followed that passion by earning a bachelor’s in entrepreneurship and business management. Beatriz and her husband, Roberto, are now living their dreams […]

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    Cutting Through the Red Tape

    Tricia Ricke, VP and COO of Federal Contracts Corp. (FCC) knows all too well about the red tape hysteria that comes with the prickly process of selling heavy machinery to government organizations. That’s why she turned to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the […]

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    SBDC Client Gets SBA Loan to Expand Business

    Karen Conroy, President of Fundraising for a Cause, Inc. came to the Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida (USF SBDC) for assistance in finding the financing necessary to expand her business. Although Conroy had met with several bankers already, she had not yet found a lender willing to make her company the loan because of their concerns regarding the economy.

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    ASTE Trade International – A Hillsborough County Success Story

    Tuncay Esitmez launched ASTE Trade International, LLC. in 2009, a firm supplying construction materials, computer equipment and chemicals to private contractors serving the U.S. government overseas, and in just 12 months made nearly $300,000. Esitmez’s 27-years as Chief Operations Officer and Supervisory Contract Administrator in […]

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    Virginia Carter a Hillsborough County Success Story

    Plant City Law Firm Creating Jobs, credits SBDC who “provided me the education, training, and assistance needed to accomplish my dream!” Established in March 2009, Virginia C. Carter, P.A. is a small business that created two new jobs in 2009 and will soon be creating […]

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