Exploring International Export Markets for American Beer – #SBDC Client Showcase

February 10, 2019

Port City Brewing Company (portcitybrewing.com | @portcitybrew)
Countdown to the 2019 Client Showcase: #3.

SBDC: Virginia SBDC, International Business Development Program (virginiasbdc.org)
SBDC Advisor: Aaron Miller.

Port City Brewing CompanyAfter successfully working for a number of years with the Alexandria SBDC on their domestic business, Port City Brewing Company wanted to test the waters of international trade last year and quickly discovered a need for more expert advice. Port City was put in touch with the Virginia SBDC International Business Development Program.

“When we first started looking at exporting to the United Kingdom, we thought we’d go it alone and figure all this out on our own,” Bill Butcher says. “Working with Aaron Miller at the SBDC really helped us navigate a new facet of our business we really were not familiar with.” (more…)

Empowering Amputees Through Innovation – #SBDC Client Showcase

February 9, 2019

Extremiti3D (facebook.com/extremiti3D | @extremiti3D)
Countdown to the 2019 Client Showcase: #4.

Extremiti3D printerSBDC: North Charleston Area SBDC – South Carolina (www.scsbdc.com)
SBDC Advisor: Jim Wasson and Darrell Jones.

Extremiti3D empowers amputees through innovation. We deliver high quality service through close, personal collaboration with our practitioners. At Extremiti3D, we create precise solutions through advanced additive manufacturing, providing a better fit, greater durability, and significant savings in time and cost.

” Jim Wasson was critical to the development and success of my company. We started with a business concept, using 3D Printing to improve people’s lives. Through Jim’s guidance and experience we were able to win government-backed SBIR contracts and SC Launch grants and loans, providing funding to help us research and refine the business.” — Barry Hand, Founder/CEO, Extremiti3D, LLC  (more…)

Building an Expanding Energy Business – #SBDC Client Showcase

February 8, 2019

Whites Energy Services, LLC (WhitesEnergy.com| @riggweld1)
Countdown to the 2019 Client Showcase: #5.

Whites Energy Services, OklahomaSBDC: Northwestern Oklahoma SBDC – High Plains Technology Center (www.oksbdc.org)
SBDC Advisor: Andra Smith.

Whites Energy Services, LLC began as White’s Welding in 2000, with one person — Calvin White. Calvin had big dreams for his small business, and through hard work and determination he has made amazing progress.

The company continued to expand products and services not only in Oklahoma but in Pennsylvania and Texas. Due to sales growth and varied product lines offered, three new companies were started to help keep up with the demand, which resulted in the need for the parent company. In 2012, Whites Energy Services, LLC, was created. This company is the umbrella under which the four companies operate, and it employs 250 people in three states.  (more…)

Running Errands the Dog Friendly Way – #SBDC Client Showcase

February 7, 2019

DogSpot (dogparker.com/| @DogSpot)
Countdown to the 2019 Client Showcase: #6.

DogSpot - NYSBDC: Brooklyn SBDC – New York (www.nyssbdc.org/centers)
SBDC Advisor: Robert Piechota.

DogSpot makes high-tech, pay-per-use dog houses that sit on sidewalks outside of stores where dogs aren’t allowed. DogSpot has a national network of these safe and cozy sidewalk sanctuaries, aiming to give the 80 million U.S. dogs and their owners a way to spend more time together without needing to worry about logistics or safety. We’re also proud to offer a unique opportunity to the 57% of retail and food establishments that otherwise cannot accommodate customers who are running errands with their dogs.

“The Brooklyn SBDC team has supported us since day 1 – since we built the very first DogSpot dog house in a garage in Brooklyn. Their advocacy helped us win our first grant from the Brooklyn Public Library, which helped us launch the business. They continue to support us over two years later as we tackle complicated sidewalk regulations at home.” — Chelsea Brownridge, CEO, DogSpot  (more…)

Heating Things Up in the Food and Tech Industries – #SBDC Client Showcase

February 6, 2019

Inductive Intelligence LLC (inductiveintelligence.com | @InductiveIntel)
Countdown to the 2019 Client Showcase: #7.

Inductive Intelligence, Michigan

SBDC: Michigan SBDC – Grand Valley State University (sbdcmichigan.org)
SBDC Advisor: Jason Piml and Dale Anderson.

At Inductive Intelligence, we’ve turned paper, plastic, glass, foil and metal packaging into IoT enabled cookware. Using highly controlled inductive power, our technology allows the consumer within minutes to heat foods, drinks, and household and personal care items in the package by simply placing the item on a coaster-size appliance that can also be used to wirelessly charge mobile devices.

No trip to the kitchen, no dirty dishes — just conveniently heat the things you want, when you want. The same technology can be applied for food delivery, ensuring food is delivered at a precise temperature every time. (more…)

Building an Innovation-Based Business – #SBDC Client Showcase

February 5, 2019

Jordan Research and Development, LLC (www.jordanrd.com | @theboatcase)
Countdown to the 2019 Client Showcase: #8.

Jordan Research and DevelopmentSBDC: Maryland SBDC Southern Region (St. Mary’s County) – Maryland (marylandsbdc.org)
SBDC Advisor: Wynne Briscoe.

Jordan Research and Development, LLC is an innovation-based company with a primary goal of creating solutions to the world’s biggest problems. These solutions are created in the form of new products, ideas and innovations.

The Airzooka is the company’s most successful product to date. The Airzooka is currently being marketed world-wide and has sold millions of units. (more…)

Filling a Niche in Medical Practice Software – #SBDC Client Showcase

February 4, 2019

Nymbl Systems (nymbl.systems)
Nymbl Systems - KentuckyCountdown to the 2019 Client Showcase: #9.

SBDC: Bluegrass SBDC – Kentucky (www.ksbdc.org)
SBDC Advisor: Gordon Garrett.

What do you do after you graduate from college with a degree in biology and realize you don’t really have the passion to pursue a career in medicine? Start a software company of course!

Josh Lau graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in biology and the realization that he did not have the passion necessary for a career in medicine. He decided to take a year off and see what opportunities might arise. He told himself that if nothing big came up he would return to school for a graduate degree. Luckily something big did come up. (more…)

Proudly Building Quality Aircraft Models In The USA – #SBDC Client Showcase

February 3, 2019

Atlantic Models, Inc. (Atlantic-Models.com)
Countdown to the 2019 Client Showcase: #10.

Atlantic Models

SBDC: SBDC at FIU – Florida (business.fiu.edu/centers/sbdc)
SBDC Advisor: Roberto Castellon.

Atlantic Models, Inc. has grown to offer a range of products and services for the aviation and aerospace industries. Desktop display models, large indoor/outdoor displays, office decor, wall art, and even high-end custom aviation furniture are some of what we do. Concept to design, mock-up to manufacturing, through to installation and completion, Atlantic Models Inc. is your aviation destination!

“Roberto Castellon with the SBDC at FIU has been an amazing resource for guidance and direction. He knows when to call in experts like Nile for marketing, Ray in finance, and Shelly at the Beacon Council, who all have been excellent sources of knowledge and support, and all part of our local SBDC. To have all these available resources for our small business is priceless; to have it all available with one call is a gift we couldn’t be more grateful for!” Roger Jarman, Vice President Business Development, Atlantic Models, Inc.  (more…)

Makers of the World’s Most Comfortable Shirt – #SBDC Client Showcase

February 2, 2019

Butter Cloth ShirtButter Cloth (buttercloth.com | @Buttercloth1)
Countdown to the 2019 Client Showcase: #11.

SBDC: Los Angeles SBDC Network, Long Beach SBDC Service Center (LongBeachSBDC.org)
SBDC Advisors: Joseph Jackson and Ed Von Leffern.

Danh Tran has always had a ferocious curiosity about fabrics and garment construction. Born in Vietnam, he grew up working in his family’s small tailor shop, making his own clothes by the time he was ten years old.

As a boy he dreamed of coming to America to become a famous fashion designer. Danh is proof that dreams really do come true. In 1994, his family immigrated to California. (more…)

America’s #SBDC Client Showcase – 12 Days Till the Event

February 1, 2019

America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are excited to announce the Client Showcase and Reception is back again this year! The following clients will be joining us on Capitol Hill on February 12th:

– California, Butter Cloth
Showcase Invitation– Florida, Atlantic Models, Inc.
– Kentucky, Nymbl Systems
– Maryland, Jordan Research and Development, LLC
– Michigan, Inductive Intelligence LLC
– New York, DogSpot
– Oklahoma, Whites Energy Services, LLC
– South Carolina, Extremiti3D
– Virginia, Port City Brewing Company
– Washington, FLEXHIBIT
– West Virginia, JesterLine (more…)