Success Stories

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 deployed as a Marine Corps officer in Iraq, his team 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 his story of [...]

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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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Prospect Cleaning Service, Inc. - Flatbush, NY

When faced with new business challenges and opportunities, having a team of knowledgeable advisors ready to help can be an invaluable resource, as Ingrid Murray, owner and president of Prospect Cleaning Service, Inc., has learned.  Prospect Cleaning Service provides commercial cleaning services in the metro-New York region. In 2011, when she acquired the business from her husband, she already had excellent experience as its bookkeeper and office manager. What she needed, though, was [...]

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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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