Success Stories

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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Incausa - Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Incausa - Brooklyn, NY

When small business owners blend personal passion, distinctive products and good business sense, they build meaningful brands that generate success. This is the case for Incausa, created in 2012 by owner Vinicius Vieira de Vieira and his wife, Carolina. Natives of Brazil, they shared a vision of creating a company that benefits the common good – one that’s financially viable for them and their employees, and that gives back by selling indigenous-made goods. As a social-enterprise [...]

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'R' Diner - Central Square, NY

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
'R' Diner - Central Square, NY

Twenty miles north of Syracuse, NY in the village of Central Square, you’ll find “R” Diner—a gathering spot that draws a loyal following, thanks to great food and the warm welcome guests receive. The family business is helmed by owner Robin Hilts. Robin purchased “R” Diner through a lease-to-own agreement and closed on it in 2016. She acquired the building along with the business, and needed to make several updates including a costly roof replacement. As a [...]

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