Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and voice of small businesses on President Trump’s Cabinet visited our Brush Park/City Modern development site and we couldn’t be more humbled by this experience!
The Administrator visited the Comeback City on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, while on her SBA Ignite Tour. McMahon hand-picked to visit our job site and profile our experience with the SBA over the past six years.
This trip was part of McMahon’s nationwide SBA Ignite Tour focused on listening to business owners; educating about SBA’s services for access to capital, mentoring and federal contracting; advocating for entrepreneurs; and driving economic growth with small businesses.
SBA’s contribution to our current success:
With the help of the SBA, we have increased our revenue by 98-percent and have grown our team to 31 employees during the past six years. We became HUBZone certified in March 2012 and 8(a) certified in December 2013. Since becoming certified, we have received three HUBZone contracts, all of which have been instrumental to our growth.
“We started RBV in March 2011, while the City of Detroit was in possibly its worst economic state, ever. Starting a business is a large undertaking, but starting a business in those circumstances made entrepreneurship more challenging,” said RBV Contracting Vice President, Jim Foucher. “The guidance and education that the Small Business Administration provided our team during our beginning phase was crucial to our long-term success. We would not be where we are today without the support of the SBA.”
About the Small Business Administration:
Linda McMahon serves as the 25th administrator of the SBA and advocates on behalf of the 29 million small businesses in America. Small business owners, similar to RBV Contracting, take a risk on an idea, invest in their communities, and create jobs. Their skills and creativity not only support their own families, they also make neighborhoods vibrant places to live and work, and fuel the state’s, and nation’s, economic strength. More than 99.5-percent of businesses are categorized as small and employ nearly 50-percent of Michigan’s workforce, or 1.8 million people.
In addition to Detroit, Mich., McMahon will visit Pittsburgh, Pa., Seattle, Wash., Portland, Ore., Anchorage, Alaska, Salt Lake City, Utah, Milwaukee, Wis., and Puerto Rico this summer while on the SBA Ignite Tour. She will tour over 60 cities in two years.
For more information on RBV Contracting, visit: rbvcontracting.com. For more information on the SBA, visit: sba.gov.