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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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