Success Stories

Jazz'n Print - Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Jazz'n Print - Brooklyn, NY

When Karl Azizi relocated his printing shop to Brooklyn in 2016, he took advantage of the opportunity to rebrand it with his passion for jazz music. The result was Jazz’n Print, a full service print shop with a distinctive ambience that’s muchloved by its clientele. “We have a piano in the shop, and we have monthly performances here,” explains Karl. “Music’s always playing. The staff and customers love it.” After the shop relocated, Karl needed funds [...]

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The WaterGardener - Berwyn, PA

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
The WaterGardener - Berwyn, PA

When John Benjamin started his online-only shop, The WaterGardener, he didn’t expect this unique hobby to result in booming sales across the nation. After facing financial challenges with other online lenders, he wanted to find a responsible lender that would treat his business endeavors as a partnership, not just a financial transaction. He found a fit with the EGF SmartLoan™, allowing him to streamline debt and fully focus on growing and expanding his business. We asked John to [...]

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The Constantine Group - New York, NY

Thursday, May 17, 2018
The Constantine Group - New York, NY

Justin Constantine is known for his inspirational and motivating speeches, but this was not always the path he expected to travel. On October 18, 2006, Justin experienced a life-altering event. While serving  as a Marine Corps officer in Iraq, his unit  was performing a routine combat patrol when an enemy sniper shot him in the back of the head, causing major damage to his mouth. Since that day, he has inspired others to live a more rewarding personal and professional life by sharing [...]

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Salon Cristina - Schenectady, NY

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Salon Cristina - Schenectady, NY

At Excelsior Growth Fund, we frequently hear that our clients launched their own businesses because they wanted more autonomy and freedom than the workforce provided. That’s exactly what spurred Cristina Badia, stylist and entrepreneur, to launch two successful salons in upstate New York. We sat down with Cristina to learn more about her journey, which took her from the Dominican Republic to Schenectady, New York, and the opportunities and challenges she encountered along the way.   [...]

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Roberto's Winds & Michiko Studios - New York, NY

While New Yorkers are known for an abundance of creativity, one thing that they’re always short on is space – and for musicians, rehearsal spaces that are both affordable and acoustically sound are at a premium. That’s where Roberto Romeo saw a tremendous opportunity to expand his offerings and generate new revenue streams. During more than a decade as the owner of Roberto’s Winds, Roberto established a reputation as the premier retailer of woodwinds in New York City. [...]

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