SBDC Success Stories

Andrea Pedersen of Nutritional Decadence

Many people want to eat healthier foods, but it’s so hard to give up the decadent foods that we all love. Andrea Pedersen saw this trend as an opportunity to sell the unique chocolate syrup she had developed and start her own food business, Nutritional Decadence. In 2020, Andrea launched Cocolasses® on Amazon and through her own e-commerce website. Read More

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Ergonomic Solutions – “where the office meets the road”! Nancy and Mark Wunderlich design their mobile office spaces so that employees can work efficiently, in a comfortable space that doesn’t compromise their well-being. There’s no need to precariously balance that valuable laptop on top of the car when you have a fully functioning office space in your vehicle. Read More

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Sarah Mawhorr wanted two things from her career. First, she wanted to be in a profession that fit with her personal life, and second, she wanted to be the one making the rules. Sarah’s solution… start her own business! The catch was that to launch the business, Sarah would need to start from scratch. Read More

Frank Moriarty owner of Honey with Style and Sweet Cyndees Bees

Creamed honey is similar to jams and jellies in that it’s very spreadable and pairs well with items like toast, bagels, and croissants. But creamed honey has a more butter-like texture. If you’ve never tried creamed honey, you can find Frank & Cyndee at various craft fairs and farmers’ markets around the area. Read More

Daniellah Salario owner of Salario Senior Care

Many families have experienced how difficult it can be to care for elderly family and friends. Trying to do it all yourself can be emotionally and physically challenging. But the alternative of moving someone out of their home is often not an appealing option. To assist seniors and their families, Daniellah Salario decided to start her own home care business. Read More

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Corey Axelrod is well acquainted with the challenges and biases that people who are deaf and hard of hearing face; he himself is a member of that community. Even though cultural diversity and inclusion are values that most businesses espouse, many of them are not properly equipped to create equitable and inclusive experiences for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. Corey Axelrod founded 2axend to help institutions implement policies and practices that are responsive to the needs of that community. Read More

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Are you are trying to eat healthier, but find that it’s a challenge because healthy meals can take more time to prepare? Then Planti Meals is for you! Planti Meals offers a delicious menu derived from a plant-based diet. All Planti Meal dishes are vegan and use organic produce, grains, and spices. Plus, they are gluten-free and contain no preservatives or oils. Planti Meals can be delivered to your home or office for lunch, or you can pick one up at select Chicago area retailers. Read More

PJ McGuire owner of Wrapperoo

If you’re like most people, your morning routine is probably a bit hectic. Anything that could help simplify things would be an improvement. Wrapperoo might be just what you’re looking for! Wrapperoo is a hair towel that easily transforms into a water and heat resistant styling cape. It’s the all-in-one solution to protect your skin and clothes from those annoying drips and spills. Sort of like the Swiss Army Knife of your hair and beauty routine! Read More