Jordi Labs, LLC of Mansfield, MA (pictured below, top right) has been selected as this year’s Small Business of the Year. The company was founded in 1980 by Howard Jordi, and for the past eight years has been run by his son Mark Jordi and longtime family friend Patrick Burke.
The team of Ph.D scientists at Jordi Labs specializes in providing high-quality analytical chemistry services and came to SEED in 2013 for SBA 504 financing, which allowed the business to purchase their commercial property in Mansfield. Since the completion of the project, Jordi Labs has seen consistent revenue increases, and are currently on track to increase revenue by 22% from 2017 to 2020. With this impressive growth in sales, the company has also increased staff from 22 employees at the time the loan was made to 41 employees.
David Emmons of Rockland Trust (pictured below, left) is this year's Banker of the Year recipient. Dave partnered with SEED on multiple financing projects during Fiscal Year 2020, all of which demonstrate his confidence in the SBA 504 program. His ability to determine which loan programs are the best fit for his customers truly underscores his commitment to strengthening the small business community and is among the reasons he was chosen to receive this award.
“I am extremely grateful to receive this recognition from SEED," stated David. "Their team of lenders are experts in small business and 504 lending who are always adding value to our customers’ relationship. I feel confident when discussing with borrowers the benefits of partnering with SEED that they will do everything possible to advocate for our customer amongst their underwriters and the SBA, if necessary. Working with SEED is a true partnership and I take great honor in receiving this award.”
Pasquale "Pat" Ciaramella (pictured below, bottom right) is the 2020 recipient of the Regional Business Advocate of the Year. The award is presented every year in memory of Gus Yankopoulus for his involvement in SEED’s early years, and also in appreciation and recognition of his lifetime work to build the region’s economy.
Pat has served on SEED’s Board of Directors for the past 11 years, and was a SEED member for many years before that. He dedicated 42 years of service to the Old Colony Planning Council, and was named Executive Director in 2011. Pat has made countless contributions to the City of Brockton and the surrounding communities for the advancement of small businesses.