Cumberland Co. company recognized by Small Business Admin.

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Jan 31, 2013 4:30 AM
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(Carlisle) -- A Cumberland County company is expected to be recognized by the federal Small Business Administration later today.

Carlisle-based Z-Band makes electronic boxes used in video distribution at places like Gettysburg Hospital and Hollywood Casino in Dauphin County.

Vice President of Marketing and Sales Dick Snyder says a visit by the SBA's Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator this morning shows how the company has turned advice from the agency into business success over the past 13 years.

He says work with SBA-backed, Berks County-based Kutztown University Small Business Development Center also helped fill in some of the gaps in areas small companies might not know.

"They have a little bit more of that knowledge," Snyder says. "It's sort of developing the team and getting away from the individual silos that seem to exist when you get into government agencies, and it's looking for somebody that can speak with one voice with authority and with knowledge."

The firm has 14 employees and distributes its products made in the midstate to countries like South Korea, Bermuda, Canada and China.

In years past, Z-Band has provided the technology needed for American troops at a base in Afghanistan to watch the Super Bowl.

Snyder says while the company has used $500,000 in loans and grants over its lifetime, it's also contributed up to $25 million in economic development to the midstate.

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