SBA Regional Administrator Tours Carlisle Small Business, Z-Band Inc., that is Creating Jobs, Exporting
February 04, 2013 --
SBA-Backed Business Counseling Helps Veteran-Owned High-Tech Design and Manufacturer Grow 30% Per Year and Export to China, Afghanistan, Bermuda, Canada, Hungary, South Korea
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Small Business Administration Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho touredZ-Band, Inc. a successful Carlisle-based small business that is exporting internationally to spotlight how SBA and Administration programs can help small businesses grow, create jobs, and export internationally Jan. 31.
"Today, we live in a truly global economy," Olson-Urtecho said "and we know that to stay competitive American businesses must embrace that reality and make a place for themselves in the global marketplace."
Business counseling through the SBA-backed Kutztown University Small Business Development Center helped Z-Band grow and taught its leadership how to export internationally.
"Breaking into foreign markets can be complex, even for businesses that have long track records of success stateside, Olson-Urtecho said. "That's why SBA-backed business counseling through SBA resource partners SCORE, the Womens' Business Centers, and the Small Business Development Centers are so important. Small businesses can turn to them, just as Z-Band did, for guidance on anything from starting and growing a business to exporting across the globe."
Kutztown SBDC counselors closely advised Z-Band on business planning, growth strategy, financing and how to build an export business. Kutztown SBDC counselors helped Z-Band write a business plan, fine-tune its grant-writing processes, build an effective compliance program and cultivate relationships with economic development and export organizations. Today, Z-Band boasts a 30% per year growth rate and sells product throughout the U.S., Canada, and worldwide. Thanks to that success, Z-Band is creating jobs across Pennsylvania both at its Carlisle headquarters and its three Pennsylvania contract manufacturing sites.
Z-Band also leveraged programs and assistance from the following organizations to help it grow: Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development, the Harrisburg Regional Chamber, Capital Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC) and Ben Franklin Technology Partners.
Joining Olson-Urtecho at Z-Band were: Richard Snyder, Principal, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Z-Band, Inc.; Martin Brill, International Marketing Specialist, Kutztown University SBDC; Jay "Buck" Swisher, Field Representative for Congressman Lou Barletta; Melissa N. McLaughlin, Director of Business Finance, Harrisburg Regional Chamber, CREDC; and Pamela Martin, Director, Southcentral Region, Ben Franklin Technology Partners.
SBA's district offices serve every state and territory in the United States and SBA works with its local resource partners SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, and Women's Business Centers to provide technical business counseling to entrepreneurs at every stage of small business development. Assistance is available on a broad spectrum of business-related topics, including: writing a formal business plan, locating sources of financial assistance, managing and expanding a business, government contracting, exporting, and disaster recovery.
Z-Band markets and sells a full spectrum RF television distribution system to a variety of industries, including: education, government, healthcare, hospitality, and Fortune 1000 commercial businesses. The Z-Band system facilitates large-scale television distribution over Category cable verses Coax cable in classrooms and dormitory rooms; military barracks and command centers; hospital rooms and family lounges; hotel rooms and casino floors; and corporate offices and trading floors.
Some of Z-Band's best-known customers include: Penn State University, Rice University and University of Southern California; Kaiser Permanente Hospitals, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University Hospital; Univision, Black Entertainment Television and Sesame Workshop; DOW Chemical, Hess Oil, and Devon Energy; Navistar, GE Power, and the NCAA; Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America.
Z-Band also serves a number of U.S. federal government institutions, such as: the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Departments of Agriculture and Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, Air and Army National Guard facilities nationwide and the Defense Logistics Agency. Z-Band also provides its video solution to Canadian government departments of National Defense, Justice and the Ministry of Agriculture.
Photos available upon request.
Release No: 13-10
SOURCE U.S. Small Business Administration
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