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Cedarville Engineering Group Honored by SBA

Cedarville Engineering work sites
Photos courtesy Cedarville Engineering Group

Seedcopa is pleased to announce that Cedarville Engineering Group, LLC is being honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Eastern Pennsylvania District Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year. CEO April M. Barkasi is among the winners selected from nominees across Pennsylvania’s eastern 40 counties.

Cedarville Engineering Group is based in Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and specializes in design-build in civil engineering, environmental services, surveying, construction management and aerial services. The company attained an SBA 7(a) loan with lender The Victory Bank and partner Seedcopa.

Cedarville Engineering Group is among seven 2022 National Small Business Week award winners being honored May 1-7, 2022 from the SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Small Business Awards. Honors also go to:

  • Eastern Pennsylvania Small Business Person of the Year: Jordan J. Galasso, Owner, Fit AF Nutrition, Carbondale; nominated by Leigh Fennie, Business Consultant, University of Scranton Small Business Development Center.
  • Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award: Lehigh University Small Business Development Center, Bethlehem; Director Brett D. Smith; nominated by Dr. Ernie Post, State Director, Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers Network.
  • Eastern Pennsylvania Entrepreneurial Success of the Year Award: Soltech Solutions LLC, Bethlehem; Cofounders Paul H. Hodges, Michael A. Planer, and Chris L. Clark; nominated by J. William Reynolds, Mayor, City of Bethlehem and President, Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation.
  • Eastern Pennsylvania District Family-Owned Small Business of the Year: Susquehanna Fire Equipment Company, Inc., Dewart; President Keith D. Foust and Vice President Seth A. Foust, Owners; nominated by Steve Stumbris, Director, and Maureen Hauck, Assistant Director, Business Consulting, Bucknell University Small Business Development Center.
  • Eastern Pennsylvania District Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: Everest Medical Care Group LLC, City of Chester; Cofounders Dr. Guofang Wang and Dr. Xiaobin Li; nominated by Lenin Agudo, Director, and Drake Nakaishi, Consultant, Widener University Small Business Development Center.
  • Eastern Pennsylvania District Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Abe’s Hot Dogs, Mountain Top; Jordan Kotowski, Owner; nominated by Kristin Sassi, Consultant Manager, Wilkes University Small Business Development Center.

“For more than 50 years, SBA’s National Small Business Week awards have recognized the achievements of small businesses and the organizations that assist them in eastern Pennsylvania,” said SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District Director Steven Dixel. “It’s an honor to present these awards. Each business is exceptional and deserving of recognition as they have demonstrated their resiliency and resolve to create and deliver products and services impacting our communities and economy post pandemic.”


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