During this Women’s History Month, Seedcopa is celebrating some of the top women-owned businesses we’ve worked with — and profiled — over the years.
When a devastating fire destroyed Go Fish! Seafood in Reading, Berks County, business owner Heather Clark didn’t give up. She ended up rebuilding just a few miles away, in a space she purchased and renovated using an SBA 504 loan facilitated by Seedcopa. gofishseafood.com What happens when your rent keeps increasing and the cost of doing business becomes too high? If you’re Van Scoy Jewelers Owner Caroline Hill, you become your own landlord by purchasing and renovating a new building in Wyomissing, Berks County. vanscoy.com “People say ‘if you build it, they will come.’ I don’t believe it. You’ll know when you need to expand, and your employees and customers will tell you too,” says Jenny Carricato, owner of Jenny’s Salon in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County. www.jennys.salon “We support parents, and parents are getting clobbered right now on every front. When COVID-19 hit, our growth curve went up immediately, since we were a sector being called upon urgently to help,” says Kellie Wicklund, owner and clinical director of Maternal Wellness Center in Hatboro, Montgomery County maternalwellness.org The urban house plant shop called STUMP, in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia, is owned by Emily and Brian Kellett. Enormously loved by the neighborhood, the shop has been named “Best of Philly” by Philadelphia Magazine. stumpplants.com McComsey Automotive, in Oxford, Chester County, is owned by Lauren and Jeremy McComsey. The couple wanted to purchase the building their competition once occupied in their life-long hometown, and they were able to do so using the Pennsylvania Small Business Credit Initiative (PSBCI). “Knowing we owned the building was a major factor in our success through this crisis. While others were wondering about how they would make rent, we had a secured SBA 504 loan structure in place. The SBA also deferred the payments for a few months, automatically. My other lenders did not do anything like that to assist us,” says Sherry Russell, CEO of Alderfer Auction, in Hatfield, Montgomery County. alderferauction.com At nationally renowned Longwood Gardens, there’s a major distraction to the famous flowers and horticultural displays. Drawing almost as much attention are gourmet ice cream sandwiches by iSwich Gourmet, based in West Chester, Chester County and owned by Angela O’Brien. iswichgourmet.com Yippee! Farms, in Cochranville, Chester County, is owned by Deborah and Arlin Benner. When they had the opportunity to buy land, they wanted to jump on it. And you can too – for land, a building, equipment or machinery – at a fixed interest rate of 2.5% for up to 15 years. yippeefarm.com