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New York SBDC Client Rebuilds After Hurricane Sandy & Wins National SBA Award #SBDC #DreamSmallBiz

May 5, 2015

2015 Phoenix Award - Before and After

Moriches Boat & Motor is a full service boat yard, marina, and new and used boat and motor dealer located in East Moriches, New York. It has operated under its current name for 51 years. During Super Storm Sandy the building and property received record flood damage with over three and one-half feet of water affecting the inside of the building which houses a retail parts showroom, general offices and motor repair shops.

The flooding caused one building wall directly facing the bay to move from its foundation and a second wall which contained floor to ceiling windows to ‘blow out’. This allowed water, with wave action, to enter the building and “churn” the contents. All of the major systems were lost. This included the phone system, electricity distribution, boat handling machinery, a section of floating dock, gas storage tank and gas pump, shop tools, mechanics’ tools, office furniture, marine parts for resale, and the most irreplaceable item of all, a technical library containing engine service manuals from 1955 to present.  (more…)

Oklahoma SBDC Client is National Small Business Person of the Year Finalist and State Winner #SBDC #DreamSmallBiz

May 5, 2015
Oklahoma SBDC Client
OKSBDC Client Fair Wind, LLC

OKSBDC clients Brett Bain and Brian Edwards, Co-Founders of Fair Wind, LLC, have been named 2015 Small Business Person of the Year, according to the Oklahoma District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The Lawton business was assisted by the OKSBDC International Trade Center Advisor Justin Hazzard, located at the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater.  Hazzard assisted Fair Wind with improved import capabilities and acquiring new capital for heavy machinery.

“We want to offer our congratulations to Fair Wind on their selection as the Small Business Person of the Year and pleased we could provide services through OKSBDC that could enhance their ability to utilize their domestic and international market while expanding business,”  said State Director Bill Carter.  “This is just an example of the high level of expertise and experience our OKSBDC staff provides to our clients and indicative of the difference we can make for a small business.”  (more…)