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From Pastry Chef to Micro Entrepreneur of the Year

Adam Turoni

Adam Turoni

“It all started in my grandmother’s kitchen…”

Adam Turoni recalls fond memories of watching his grandmother in the kitchen when he was just a kid in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was mesmerized by the scents and flavors and combinations that became masterpieces. Although he neither of them knew it at the time, Adam’s passion for food would go far beyond that of necessity. His passion would take time to new places; reserved for innovators and risk takers. His passion would take him from Head Pastry Chef (as a senior in high school) to Master Chocolatier and successful entrepreneur.

Adam now cooks in his own kitchen; a commercial kitchen in Downtown Savannah, where he creates perfection in the form of chocolate. Adam opened his own business and quickly received attention from local and national media outlets.

Adam & SBAC

In 2013, Adam received a loan from SBAC to buy a chocolate tempering machine which kept the chocolate at a liquid state for long periods of time, increasing the chocolate that could be produced.  This was needed as the business began to grow rapidly as the retail, catering, and the internet sales began to increase.

It was only a year later that Adam received an opportunity to purchase his retail location and he approached SBAC again.  Leaping at the opportunity to help, SBAC approached Adam’s bank, First Chatham Bank, with an opportunity to partner on the project that funded the loan for Adam to purchase his space.

SBAC was pleased to present Adam Turoni of Chocolat by Adam with SBAC’s award for Micro Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.


SBAC Holiday Hours

The Small Business Resource Center will close Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 12pm. We will reopen Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8am.


SBAC 23rd Annual Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

Jenny Dent of Visit Savannah (T McCoy Cornerstone Award), Adam Turoni of Chocolat’ By Adam (Micro entrepreneur of the Year), Mark and Trudy Sauer of Savannah Global Solutions, LLC (Michael Bunn Sr. Rising Star Award)

Jenny Dent of Visit Savannah (T McCoy Cornerstone Award), Adam Turoni of Chocolat’ By Adam (Micro entrepreneur of the Year), Mark and Trudy Sauer of Savannah Global Solutions, LLC (Michael Bunn Sr. Rising Star Award)

 

SAVANNAH, GA December 3, 2014– The Small Business Assistance Corporation (SBAC) hosted its 23rd Annual Luncheon and Awards ceremony today at Savannah Station. Guests enjoyed food and live entertainment as the SBAC recognized Ameris Bank as the Small Business Lending Unit of the Year. This last fiscal year, SBAC and Ameris’ commercial lending department funded loans totaling $1,729,780 for projects that totaled $2,981,100; most notable is the project for Sorry Charleys, a previously blighted property facing Ellis Square in Historic Downtown Savannah.

 The Micro entrepreneur of the Year award was presented to Adam Turoni of Chocolat’ by Adam and the T McCoy Cornerstone Award recipient was Jenny Dent of Visit Savannah. This award is given to a person achieving the highest level of excellence as an Administrative Professional. “We love to take this time to honor those who have personified values we share” said Tony O’Reilly, SBAC President.

The Michael Bunn, Sr. Rising Star Small Business of the Year was awarded to Mark and Trudy Sauer of Savannah Global Solutions, LLC.  “As small business owners, time is always in short supply.  There is no way we would have had the energy and in-house expertise to pull together all of the information needed to apply for an SBA loan without the hand-holding provided by the patient and knowledgeable staff of the SBAC in Savannah.  They walked us through the process, deciphered the requirements, and working hand in hand with SunTrust, helped us present our paperwork in the manner that is preferred by the SBA when reviewing requests for funding.  It was definitely a positive experience for us!  The SBAC in Savannah is truly a tremendous resource for small business” said Trudy Sauer.

Savannah Global Solutions, LLC markets and manufactures mechanical and chemical site preparation equipment used to forest and reforest commercial timber plantations, prepares sites for bio-fuel crops such as sugar cane, and converts native land and cut-over timber land back to crop land. The use of this highly sophisticated soil preparation equipment results in better survival and growth of trees and crops in very rugged soil conditions.

Savannah Global Solutions secured a loan for the purchase, modification and improvement of a commercial building. SBAC Partnered with Gabe Thomas and Carol Coppola of SunTrust Bank on the project totaling $1.7MM.

 Retiring member of the board, Jennifer Sawyer was also honored for her service.

 

About the SBAC

The SBAC, located at 111 E. Liberty, Suite 100 in Savannah, is a specialized, non-profit business development organization licensed by the U. S. Small Business Administration and supported by the City of Savannah and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to promote economic growth.  Since 1989 the SBAC has been offering loan products in the City of Savannah, southeast Georgia and Low Country of South Carolina.

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If you would like more information on the Small Business Assistance Corporation, please contact us at 912-232-4700 or visit online at www.sbacsav.com. The SBAC is an equal opportunity lender, provider and employer.


Sucess as Sweet as Honey: Savannah Bee Company

Ted Dennard of Savannah Bee Company on how he started his business and his experience with the Small Business Assistance Corporation in Savannah, GA

 

 


Wedding Planning/ Bridal Shop Owners on Starting a Small Business and Getting a Loan from SBAC

Ivory and Beau is a unique boutique that combines wedding planning with bridal gowns. Owners Nicole Schwalge and Adrienna McDermott joined forces to realize their dream of bringing unique bridal designs to the area.

 

 

 

 


Owl About Kids Featured in SBAC City Span TV Segment

SBAC  films a monthly segment to be featured on City Span. In our first segment, we featured Owl About Kids, a Downtown Savannah shop that boasts funky finds for trendy tots!

 

 


Small Business Assistance Corporation Donates to the USO on its 73rd Birthday

Tony O'Reilly (SBAC President) and LeAndrea Mikell (Communications/PR) present donation to USO Chairman and volunteer coordinator.

Tony O’Reilly (SBAC President) and LeAndrea Mikell (Communications/PR) present donation to USO Chairman and volunteer coordinator.

Savannah, GA—The SBAC celebrated with the USO at its 73rd birthday celebration by donating to the local chapter. The SBAC collected $1,243.00 in monetary donations through its Lenders’ League networking group. Supplies were dropped off by members of the local community. SBAC President, Tony O’Reilly, was on hand to meet with volunteers of the USO and others as they celebrated over seven decades in existence as a national organization. “We are pleased that the USO allowed us to help in their mission. It’s an honor to meet with the individuals that selflessly give of their time and have such an impact in our local and national community.”

The USO provides support for our area’s troops and their families. There are nearly 200 volunteers supporting the USO operations at the Savannah Airport and Hunter Army Air Field. “It’s our honor to help the USO. We couldn’t think of a better group,” stated SBAC Vice President, Stephen George. The USO was chosen as the SBAC’s charity of choice for 2013, and the organization began collecting donations in October through its Lenders’ League networking group and from the local community.

About the SBAC: The SBAC is a specialized, non-profit business development organization licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration and supported by the City of Savannah, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to promote economic growth.  Since 1989 the SBAC has been offering loan products in the City of Savannah, Southeast Georgia and Low Country of South Carolina.

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For additional information, contact the SBAC at 912-232-4700, or visit online at www.sbacsav.com .


2013 Michael Bunn, Sr. Memorial Rising Star Award Telfair Medical Center

Tom Butler presents Dr. Cribe with award

Tom Butler presents Dr. Cribe with award

The Michael Bunn, Sr. Memorial Rising Star Award has been given every year since its inception to a business that has shown to be a “Rising Star” in its community.

Dr. Habigaile Cribe was referred to SBAC in the summer of 2011 for assistance in purchasing the former Telfair Medical Group facility located in the City of McRae, Telfair County, Georgia. The Georgia State Office of Rural Health considers the City of McRae and Telfair County as a whole to be medically underserved. Dr. Cribe wanted to purchase and renovate the building to revive primary care for the area. Financing $474,000 for the project was funded by SBAC in partnership with the City of McRae and Merchants & Citizens Bank.

Dr. Cribe’s medical experience in Telfair and surrounding counties made her the ideal physician for this undertaking.  From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Cribe practiced medicine in McRae, maintaining a large caseload of patients. Her professional commitment to the rural counties positioned her to rapidly rebuild the facility into a thriving place for healing.


The Small Business Assistance Corporation Hosts Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony

Dr. H. Cribe of the Telfair Medical Center

Dr. H. Cribe of the Telfair Medical Center

SAVANNAH, GA– The Small Business Assistance Corporation hosted its Annual Luncheon and Awards ceremony at Savannah Station. Guests enjoyed food and live entertainment from the Armstrong Atlantic State University Chorus as the SBAC recognized the Small Business Lender of the Year, the Michael Bunn, Sr. Rising Star Small Business of The Year and the T McCoy Cornerstone Award to a person achieving the highest level of excellence as an Administrative Professional. “We love to take this time to honor those who have personified values we share” said Tony O’Reilly.

 

The SBAC awarded the 2013 Rising Star Award in honor of Michael Bunn, Sr. to the Telfair Medical Center owned by Doctor Habigaile Cribe. The Rising Star is SBAC’s small business of the year for highest achievement in entrepreneurial success and community service. Ryan Martin of Sea Island Bank was chosen as the SBAC’s Lender of the year for 2013 and Ms. Gloria Pace of SCAD was awarded the T McCoy Cornerstone Award. Retiring members of the board, Larry Blige, Patrece Grant and Linda Jaeger were also honored for their service. Tom Butler, who served as chairman also retired.   

 

About the SBAC

The SBAC, located at 111 E. Liberty, Suite 100 in Savannah, is a specialized, non-profit business development organization licensed by the U. S. Small Business Administration and supported by the City of Savannah and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to promote economic growth.  Since 1989 the SBAC has been offering loan products in the City of Savannah, southeast Georgia and Low Country of South Carolina.

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If you would like more information on the Small Business Assistance Corporation, please contact us at 912-232-4700 or visit online at www.sbacsav.com. The SBAC is an equal opportunity lender, provider and employer.


The Small Business Assistance Corporation Receives Assistance from Wells Fargo

Bank donates $1000 to Local Non-Profit

 Tom Butler and SBAC President, Tony O'Reilly

Savannah, GA – October 22, 2013 – The Small Business Assistance Corporation (SBAC) was selected as one of the local charities set to receive a donation of $1,000 as part of Wells Fargo’s annual Days of Giving breakfast.

The SBAC President, Tony O’Reilly, was on hand to accept the donation as the organization was recognized for its contribution to the community. “We are very grateful to Wells Fargo”, he stated. “This contribution allows us to further implement our efforts as we continue our ongoing mission of community development.” The SBAC was one of 19 local organizations recognized for their efforts.

About the SBAC

The Small Business Assistance Corporation, located at 111 E. Liberty, Suite 100 in Savannah, is a specialized, non-profit business development organization licensed by the U. S. Small Business Administration and supported by the City of Savannah and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to promote economic growth. Since 1989 the SBAC has been offering loan products in the City of Savannah, southeast Georgia and Low Country of South Carolina.

 

For additional information about the Small Business Assistance Corporation, please call at 912-232-4700 or visit online at www.sbacsav.com. The SBAC is an equal opportunity lender, provider and employer.