Success Stories

Lori-Girl Creations, Huntington Station, NY

From dedicated mental health professional to award-winning Interior Designer, Lori Miller understands firsthand that it’s never too late to pursue your passion. Initially starting out with a Master’s Degree in Counseling, Lori covered the full spectrum of the mental health profession before rediscovering her childhood love for architecture and design. In 2000, her pursuit of this passion eventually led her to open LGC Interior Designs, a full-service interior design firm that serves [...]

Read More

Industry Standard - Liverpool, NY

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Industry Standard - Liverpool, NY

Since returning home from Iraq, where he served as a Marine patrolling the border with Syria, Chris Dambach has made it his mission to continue to serve his country and give back to his fellow veterans. Through his facility maintenance company, Industry Standard, USA LLC, Chris provides a full range of services, including general construction, grounds maintenance, and custodial services, to national veteran cemeteries, veteran hospitals, army bases and military reserve centers throughout the US. [...]

Read More

Martine Ali Jewelry, LLC - Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Martine Ali Jewelry, LLC - Brooklyn, NY

From a childhood hobby to a full-time career, Chicago-born jewelry designer Martine Ali believes that true art is born out of an authentic experience, lifestyle, and unique process. Drawing inspiration from the “utility” of New York City, such as subway chains and delivery bikes, Martine is working to redefine the jewelry industry and break down the antiquated rules and gender norms within it. Martine developed a passion for jewelry at a young age when her [...]

Read More

Po Campo, LLC - Brooklyn, NY

Friday, November 16, 2018
Po Campo, LLC - Brooklyn, NY

After years of bungee-cording her work bag to her bike, Maria Boustead realized that she needed a bag that was “practical enough to attach to her bike and stylish enough to take into her office.” Using her experience as an industrial designer and knowledge of the market, Maria started Po Campo, LLC in 2009, to address her unique need. Her functional yet fashionable vegan, weatherproof bags, have since helped empower women and girls around the world by making biking a more accessible [...]

Read More

Nail Glam Studio - Bronx, NY

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Nail Glam Studio - Bronx, NY

Just steps away from “the Hub”, in the heart of the South Bronx, you’ll find Nail Glam Studio – a nail salon that offers everything from simple manicures and pedicures to extravagant nail art. Inspired by her sister’s talent for nails and her lifelong dream of owning her own business, Yahaira Caraballo opened Nail Glam Studios in 2013. With the help of an SBA Microloan through Excelsior Growth Fund (EGF) and her EGF business advisor Aissatou Bah, Yahaira is now [...]

Read More