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.

The company has also created a prosthetic finger called the Digitouch. This was created out of necessity, as the company president lost several digits on his left hand due to an accident.

The latest product is called the BoatCase. The BoatCase is a decorative book or display case for any home or business. The unique thing about the BoatCase is that it can easily transition into a life-saving boat in the event of a flood. The need for this product was recognized after Jordan R&D saw thousands of people stranded in flood waters after hurricanes — Katrina, Harvey, Irma, etc.  (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.

While working in IT, Josh was asked by a client to help him find some new software for his orthotics and prosthetics business. Josh searched for months for software to meet his client’s needs and found nothing to fit the exceptionally specialized field. His client’s need and his own background propelled Josh to find ways to meet the need himself. He spent the next six months talking with orthotics and prosthetics providers, checking into every type of software available and really getting a handle on the software needs of the field.  (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.

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

February 2, 2019

Butter Cloth (buttercloth.com | @Buttercloth1)
Butter Cloth ShirtCountdown 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. He took fashion classes at a local community college and landed a job at Mattel – designing clothes for Barbie. When he had saved enough money he left Mattel and enrolled in his dream school, Otis College of Art and Design, where he got his B.A. in fashion. Danh’s talent and mentorships got him recruited by 7 for All Mankind, Hause of Howe (Union Bay), and finally Affliction Clothing, where he was Head Designer for 10 years.

Danh always hated wearing dress shirts. “They’re stiff, they’re scratchy, and you can’t move in them!” He set out to develop a dress shirt that felt like his favorite t-shirt. Using a special blend of 100% long fiber cotton and a unique manufacturing process, he created a profoundly soft fabric he named “Butter Cloth.” It has incredible breathability, 6-way stretch and an exclusive double-finished construction that Danh says, “looks like a Friday night, but feels like a Sunday morning.”  (more…)