2018 Client Showcase Countdown #1 – Washington SBDC Client Whooshh Innovations Moves Fish Humanely, Reliably and Cost-Effectively

February 12, 2018

Meet Whooshh Innovations, LLC (whooshh.com | @JustWhooshh)

Whoosh InnovationsWhooshh Innovations™ is revolutionizing fish passage, fish handling and seafood processing through its proprietary, proven technology — moving fish cost-effectively, reliably, and gently. The company was launched 10 years ago, with the goal of enabling the mechanical harvest of highly perishable agricultural products such as tree fruit. Soon recognizing the need to apply the same technology to move fish gently over obstacles and barriers, the company began testing its technology on live fish.

The initial success with farmed fish led researchers to explore the use of Whooshh technology to move fish over dams — as well as in processing plants where hygiene is critical. Most recently, the company has combined its revolutionary fish passage technology with sophisticated scanning and sorting capabilities that enable fisheries managers to automatically sort out hatchery or invasive species from the native wild species migrating upstream.  (more…)

2018 Client Showcase Countdown #2 – Texas SBDC Client Taste Elevated – A Specialty Food Manufacturer & Gourmet Food Store Brings Tasty Delights to The Southwest

February 11, 2018
Meet Taste Elevated  (tasteelevatedshop.com | @tasteelevated)

Taste ElevatedTaste Elevated, founded by Lori and Benny Krieger in 2013, is a specialty food manufacturer based in South Texas. Lori and Benny also own a specialty wine and gourmet food store. The team at Taste Elevated gained national recognition for their brand after winning multiple national specialty food awards, being recognized as a top ten editor’s pick and being featured in the Wall Street Journal.

In the first four years of business, the leadership team has achieved retail distribution to some of the largest retailers in their region, such as: HEB, Whole Foods, Spec’s and Albertson’s. The company also offers a food service line of products available to caterers, prepared food sections at grocery stores, and restaurants. There are currently 24 items in their product portfolio, and that is always expanding.

SBDC: UTSA SBDC  (txsbdc.org)
SBDC Advisors: Ben Garza and Crystal Darby  (more…)

2018 Client Showcase Countdown #3 – Rhode Island SBDC Client S2S Surgical Improves Surgery Outcomes With Their Orthopedic Devices

February 10, 2018

Meet S2S Surgical (s2ssurgical.com)

S2S Surgical is an orthopedic device company that designs, develops and sells innovative products for hand, wrist and elbow surgery. The mission of S2S Surgical is to improve patient outcomes and healthcare by developing minimally invasive surgical solutions for the upper extremity, by collaborating with upper extremity surgeons.

SBDC: Rhode Island SBDC (urirf.org/ri-sbdc)
SBDC Advisor: Joshua Daly

“Josh Daily helped us with the business plan and funding proposal so that we could obtain our SBA loan. His help was crucial in the preparation of all the documents needed for a smooth transition with the lending institution.” – Ann Marie DaSilva, VP Administration, S2S Surgical


The America’s SBDC 2018 Client Showcase Reception will be held at 5 pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in the Rayburn House Office Building Cafeteria.

Invite your Members of Congress now!

For more information about America’s SBDC or to find an SBDC near you, go to www.AmericasSBDC.org.

2018 Client Showcase Countdown #4 – Pennsylvania SBDC Client Play Impossible Introduces a Brand New Way to Play Ball

February 9, 2018

Play ImpossibleMeet Play Impossible (playimpossible.com | @play_impossible)

The Play Impossible Gameball™ puts 21st-Century technology inside the world’s oldest toy – track the speed, spin, height and so much more of every throw, catch, toss and tap, right from your smart device. With 9 (and counting!) games you can play on your own or with friends, it’s a brand new way to play ball!

SBDC: Bucknell University SBDC (bucknell.edu/SBDC/)
SBDC Advisors: Dennis Hummer & Steven Stumbris

“Bucknell’s SBDC has been a valuable resource for Play Impossible during the development of the technology for the Gameball. The SBDC helped us prepare and connect with critical early-stage investors. The SBDC connected us with engineering talent and resources at Bucknell University. The entire SBDC team has been champions for us throughout our entrepreneurial journey.” – Kevin Langdon, CTO, Play Impossible  (more…)