Our Loan Clients

Whether they’re start-ups or decades-old businesses, our clients look to UCEDC for the support they can’t find through conventional lending. We’re pleased to have helped them get through a rough period or jump on a fabulous opportunity.

Learn how the right loan at the right time made a difference for these businesses. And consider how we could help you.

When Catherine La Vecchia (Katie) decided to become a hairstylist, she never intended to work for herself. She says, “I thought the easier option was to work for someone else.” For several years, she did just that. While managing other…
Carolina Rosa always knew she wanted to try running her own business. She remembers being inspired by her old boss, who came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic. He started out washing dishes before going on to own several…
When asked if he always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur Mike Kelly, owner of Garden State Strength and Fitness, says, “I always knew I wanted to do this. I’ve been doing this for 20 years now. My first…
Name: I Excel Childcare
Location: Perth Amboy, NJ
When Elizabeth Sanchez worked for Citigroup in New York City, she was presented with a challenge. Her son was about to head off to elementary school, but she couldn’t find any after-school care that included transportation. Instead of waiting for…
Name: Quisqueya Meat Market & Grocery
Location: New Brunswick, NJ
Felix Abreu immigrated to the United States in 1983 when he was 20 years old. His first job was working as a dishwasher at a diner in East Rutherford. He also drove a taxi at night. Having little money and…
Name: Renna Media
Location: Cranford, NJ
Repeat loan clients are not unusual at UCEDC – we’re proud to say that many small business owners have looked to us to help support their growth over time with more than one loan. But few, if any, can match…
Name: Ghenet
Location: North Bergen, NJ
When Workye Ephrem wanted to open a NJ location for her successful Ethiopian restaurant, she couldn't get the financing she needed. Until she met the team at UCEDC.
Name: New Jersey Natural Medicine
Location: Bedminster, NJ (future location)
Jason Frigerio started his natural medicine practice in 2004 with a little help from a UCEDC microloan. Now he's ready to take it to the next level with our Community Advantage 7a financing.
Name: Parris Chic Boutique
Location: Cranbury, NJ
When Parris Chic Boutique (PCB) outgrew its retail location, Alyssa and Dan Thiel found the perfect spot. They also found the perfect financing option - UCEDC's SBA 504 Loan Program.