Isabel Krome joins Temple Small Business Development Center Team
Isabel Krome joined the Temple Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 2021 and brings more than eight years of small business development experience. Her work has been wide-ranging, including business model planning, market research, business formalization, identifying and diversifying revenue streams, accessing capital, strategic planning, diversity certifications and more. Krome is particularly passionate about supporting […]
An Interview with SBDC Senior Consultant, Karl Kraus
Karl Kraus is senior business consultant with the Small Business Development Center and manager of the SBDC location at Temple University’s Ambler Campus. In his work with the SBDC, he provides general business consulting and advising services to businesses in the Greater Philadelphia Region. His focus is on companies involved in manufacturing, new product and […]
Temple SBDC client Sweft named Best in Show at Phorum 2021
Temple SBDC is proud to work with Sweft as they are recognized as Best in Show for innovative technology at Phorum 2021. Temple SBDC assisted Sweft with their SEO campaign so they could get the word out about their innovative company. Sweft LLC is a cloud-based, collaborative merchandising platform that organizes and automates the complex […]
Temple SBDC offers new Business Resiliency Series
Temple SBDC is proud to partner with Black Business Accelerator (BBA) to present a Business Resiliency Workshop Series, starting June 3, 2021. Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals and businesses continue to navigate through uncharted waters. Small businesses and their owners have been especially hard hit, not only financially, but also by the […]
SBDC Client T. Wilson-Carter receives seed funds to develop medical devices for children
The Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC) has announced its latest round of seed grants. The Temple SBDC is proud to announce our client, T. Wilson-Carter of OrVac™, is one of five honorees that will receive a $50,000 grant from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Working closely with our consultant, Karl Kraus, Temple SBDC was happy to assist T. Wilson-Carter with applying for this grant and ensure their next phase of development in their innovative medical technology for children.
Client Success Stories
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With the help of Temple SBDC, local entrepreneur Erin Wallace was able to secure a loan that allowed her to open her third gastro pub in Philadelphia. Now, Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery is a thriving full-service restaurant that serves craft and imported beers (with 30 draft lines). Since their opening in November 2013, they have received over 1700 likes on Facebook and rave reviews.
Wesley David Cornish is a Philadelphia native and attended Temple University Beasley School of Law. Since joining the Temple Incubator program his law practice has substantially grown. Cornerstone has benefited greatly from the SBDC’s individualized consulting, and especially from the ongoing training that the Incubator program provides to all its participants.
Perfect Choice Cleaning provides residential cleaning services to homes mainly in the center city area of Philadelphia. Amber Cureton moved the home-based business to the Temple SBDC Incubator program in 2015. The Incubator has given Amber access to training, consulting, and interns. With the assistance of the Incubator support services, Amber Cureton was able to more than double her sales in 2015.
Sherrill Mosee solved a problem for young moms everywhere. With her engineering background, Mosee designed the chic MinkeeBlue all-purpose bag, an original prototype that features a 2-in-1 handbag and adjustable compartment system to eliminate the hassle of carrying a purse, diaper bag, lunch bag, gym bag, etc. The Temple SBDC assisted Mrs. Mosee in completing her business plan by providing valuable research on her competition and potential customers. The bag was recently featured on Katie Couric’s show that focused on mothers with inventions, and Mosee has been receiving glowing reviews.
Izzat Rahman had a passion for eco-friendly bike riding and healthy eating. He had a vision for a place where bikers could go for accessories and repairs, and also stop in for a bite to eat on their journey through the city. Rahman turned to the Temple SBDC for help, and they assisted him with his business plan. In 2015, Izzat was able to open the first bike cafe in Philadelphia.
Avi Loren Fox has combined two of her passions—fashion and saving the planet—into a successful small business. “Wild Mantle” makes homemade hooded scarves from sustainable materials. The SBDC assisted Fox with market research, the business plan and developing financial projections which helped her get financing for her business. Since then, Wild Mantle’s scarves have been featured on FOX29 News Philadelphia, in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, Philly Voice, and Philly Weekly, among others.
Jordan Parisse’s journey with the SBDC began when he completed the Construction Management Certificate Series in 2012. Soon after, he took the Entrepreneurial Success Workshop Series to improve his family business, Ferrarini Kitchen and Bath. In 2014, Parisse ventured into an offshoot electrical contracting business, Ferrarini Electric, LLC. Parisse’s progress has been impressive so far—some of his most recent customers include Rita’s Water Ice, Nathan’s Hot Dogs, and Subway Restaurant.
SBDC In the News
Originally posted by Governor Tom Wolf webpage on 4/13/21
Governor Tom Wolf applauded the efforts of the Pennsylvania SBDC Network who served more than 13,000 clients and supported about 80,000 jobs across the state over the last year. “Small businesses are a crucial part of our economy. The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers are an essential resource for small businesses and I’m grateful for all of their hard work to help entrepreneurs” Gov. Wolf said.
Originally Posted by the Philadelphia Inquirer, by Gene Marks, March 30, 2021
But let’s not forget that Yelp is, at its core, a review site. So appropriately handling reviews — whether good or bad — is more important than ever.
Sarah Mailloux of Temple SBDC recommends that if you are receiving positive feedback, you should send a private message to thank the poster. For negative reviews, she recommends responding publicly on your page so that other consumers can see how you addressed their concern.
Originally published by Laura Daily for the Washington Post, Jan. 14, 2020
“Co-working appeals to both solopreneurs and start-ups, says Jamie Shanker-Passero, associate director of the Temple University Small Business Development Center in Philadelphia. “With rising real estate prices, space sharing is crucial. You don’t pay for unused space, but do share expenses such as utilities, security and front desk personnel,” she says.
Originally published by the Philadelphia Tribune, July 25, 2019
The top challenges facing African-American business owners include access to capital and scaling up a business, said Cherrill Wilson, senior associate director at Temple University’s Small Business Development Center, which provided consulting and educational program assistance to more than 1,000 businesses last year.
Originally posted by Hector Dávila Jr. for Technically Philly, November 11, 2019
Temple University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and veteran entrepreneurship-focused nonprofit Warrior Rising teamed up to launch a new incubator, the Small Business Special Forces Incubator, for veterans at Temple’s SBDC outpost on its Ambler campus.
Originally posted by Temple News, by James Duffy, October 2019
“Our mission is to help small businesses grow, thrive and survive. We help them build their business from the ground up,” said Kraus, who is also a technology and manufacturing specialist. “The Temple Ambler SBDC predominantly serves the suburbs, the surrounding Philadelphia communities — a convenient location to ‘get in, get help, and get out,’ because time is a precious commodity for any new business. It’s a big benefit to be located right within the neighborhood.”
Originally published by the Department of Commerce, July 25, 2019
The Philadelphia Department of Commerce and its StartupPHL initiative announced the recipients of the StartupPHL Venture Program, which aims to support startup companies run by entrepreneurs from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The StartupPHL Venture Program provides funding for technology or technology-enabled ventures that may not have access to traditional forms of capital and founder networks.
Originally posted by Kim Glovas for KYW
AMBLER, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A new center opening up at the Temple University Ambler campus is looking to provide business training for new companies, and it’s free for veterans.
It’s called the Outreach Center, and it is an incubator for new businesses created by veterans.
Maura Shenker, director of the Small Business Development Center, says one of the problems for veterans is a lack of a good credit history.
“A lot of ways that civilians build credit: buying a car, buying a house, paying their cable bill on time, paying power companies on time, you know building a credit history, people in the military just don’t have those opportunities,” she said.
Shenker says the center will give trainees not only office space, including computers, printers and Wi-Fi, but also alternatives to traditional bank loans.
“Such as CDFI’s, and that stands for Community Development Financial Institutions,” she said. “They’re basically nonprofit banks that can do what’s called a character loan, meaning instead of just looking at your credit score, they look at your whole personal history.”
Applications will be accepted from now through the end of May.
Originally posted by Kim Glovas for KYW (original post is no longer available)
Originally posted by Temple News, April 8, 2019
Trina Worrell Benjamin, CEO of TWB Cleaning Contractors, is building her business with the help Temple’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Incubator Program, which supports start-up and existing ventures in the Philadelphia area through consulting, training, and affordable office space.
Originally posted by Temple News, by James Duffy
Temple University is giving entrepreneurs—military veterans in particular—a new place and an essential partner to help their business concepts become reality. On March 20 at 3 p.m., Temple’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will cut the ribbon on a new office located in the Ambler Campus Library Building.