Success Stories

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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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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