Each year, the Small Business Development Center honors our small business clients who have achieved high marks during the past year. With our experts’ assistance, they have successfully gained momentum in their development and growth. 2016 Success Award Winner: Rigo Dental Lab Rigo Dental Lab is family owned and has been in operation for over 20 years, as a result of providing superior products and outstanding service. Owner, Rigoberto Lopez, has developed innovative products for dental patients and dental laboratories’ processes that improve designs and increase patient’s comfort as well as saving time and money in their production. Mr. Lopez originally contacted the William Paterson University SBDC for assistance in marketing his services to dentists in the Passaic County area. 2015 Success Award Winner: PyroSense Technologies LLC Jose Alberto and his partners, Julio Morales and Lou Saia, were not aware of the services of the SBDC when they came to us for guidance in starting their own manufacturing company. They needed guidance and funding when they decided to start their own manufacturing company PyroSense Technologies, after their previous employer closed the NJ facility, which resulted in a loss of over 30 full time jobs. Although they had decades of knowledge of the industry, they were still looked at as a start-up when speaking with lender, and financing became a major obstacle. However, In January 2014 they had funding offers from both financial institutions and private investors. In March 2014 the company was formed with private investor funding, comprising $150K capital and $250K loan facility. 2014 Success Award Winner: Mario’s Classic Auto Body of Paterson Mario’s Classic Auto Body Repair is owned and operated by Mario Tommolillo, a successful Paterson auto body repair company in business for over 20 years.