Success Stories

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Franco Blueprint, Inc. - Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Franco Blueprint, Inc. - Brooklyn, NY

  Business owners work tirelessly to combine their passions, inspirations and ideas to bring something new to their communities, and many times their impact creates a ripple effect. For Oneida Franco and Enrique (Rick) Diaz, that ripple extends far beyond their New York City community, all the way back to their ties in the Dominican Republic.  Oneida and Rick worked in financial services for many years before recognizing the growing need for accounting, consulting and bookkeeping [...]

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Anita's Yogurt - Brooklyn, NY

Friday, September 7, 2018
Anita's Yogurt - Brooklyn, NY

When Anita Shepherd, a chef and baker, made the switch to a vegan diet, she had to figure out how to replace ingredients like butter, cream and eggs in her recipes. Her pursuit of and passion for vegan recipes led to the creation of Anita’s Yogurt, which also met a growing market need. Getting the right funding has been essential in Anita’s growth, and Excelsior Growth Fund (EGF) helped Anita secure two significant loans in just six months. Here’s how Anita, in her own words, [...]

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Denmar Consulting LLC - Suffern, NY

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Denmar Consulting LLC - Suffern, NY

It takes a lot of hustle and determination to start your own business. This is exactly what Denise Marcelin Pringle proved throughout the past few years while she’s been building her business from the ground up. In 2009, Denise and her entire department were laid-off from their jobs. Looking to generate money for her family, she started to actively pursue freelance work. Then, she received the opportunity to contract in the finance industry. Denise began full-time freelancing for a new [...]

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