Success Stories

Milène Jardine Chocolatier - New York, NY

Milène Jardine’s customers and clients are thrilled by the exquisite chocolate truffles, beautiful presentation and luxury branding that her New York-based chocolate company offers – and few would imagine this couture chocolatier’s humble start. Milène Jardine met the Excelsior Growth Fund (EGF) Business Advisory Service team at the Food + Enterprise Summit held in Brooklyn in April 2016. She had recently lost her job as a product director at Macy’s, and [...]

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Heavenly Flowers Too and Heavenly Flowers 3 - Amityville, NY

After years spent working in her sister’s flower shop, Maria Cruz invested her savings to open a floral business that she named Heavenly Flowers Too (after her sister’s shop, Heavenly Flowers) in Amityville, New York, in 2009. She brought passion, experience and fresh ideas, but lacked knowledge in critical areas like credit management and bookkeeping. Despite her challenges, six years later she used her savings to open another shop, Heavenly Flowers 3. Soon, though, the excitement [...]

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The Sandwich Shop - Brooklyn, NY

Monday, May 1, 2017
The Sandwich Shop - Brooklyn, NY

If a business’s financial systems don’t function well, no amount of funding will help the business run smoothly. That’s what co-owners Ricardo Picón and Clarisa Penzini learned when they approached Excelsior Growth Fund (EGF) for a loan for their restaurant and catering business. Natives of Venezuela, Clarisa and Ricardo fulfilled a lifelong dream when they opened The Sandwich Shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2013. Using slow cooked meats, artisanal ingredients, and [...]

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Advanced Automation Corporation - Rome, NY

Monday, February 27, 2017
Advanced Automation Corporation - Rome, NY

David Tyler, CEO of Advanced Automation Corporation (AAC), a family-owned company providing services to the Department of Defense and defense contractors, knew he had a significant competitive advantage in submitting a proposal for the production of sit-and-stand desks. “This project required customization, which bigger companies don’t do,” said David, “so we bid on the project, and won.” Winning the project with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, [...]

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Buffalo Boss - Brooklyn, N.Y.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Buffalo Boss - Brooklyn, N.Y.

“EGF rescued us and is helping us pay off those high interest loans at rates that are almost half what we were paying. Just as importantly, EGF pointed out pitfalls in the way we were doing business.” - Jamar White, co-founder and owner of Buffalo Boss.    Sometimes, even the hottest business can use a little help. Founded in 2010 with the help of some friends and family, Buffalo Boss has been a Brooklyn-based success story. The quick service restaurant serves [...]

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