Pennsylvania’s Small Business Owner of the Year
Joe Santelli, owner of Santelli Tempered Glass in Monessen, PA, was recently named Pennsylvania’s Small Business Owner of the Year and was honored in ceremonies both in his home state and in Washington, DC.
Joe began his company’s operations in 2006 in a former steel mill, creating 23 jobs in Pennsylvania, which he doubled within a year. In 2010, after achieving $5 million in sales, he expanded his company utilizing a loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Joe took advantage of key federal resources that promote business development, such as SBA loans and Small Business Development Centers. Utilizing these tools helps entrepreneurs meet the challenges of starting, sustaining and growing their small business.
Joe is one of 275,000 small business owners in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which combined employ over 3.2 million people. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and I will continue to advocate for increased access to capital and key federal programs that help businesses create jobs and grow revenue. I applaud the courage and entrepreneurial spirit displayed by Joe Santelli and millions of Americans in establishing such enterprises.