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May 12, 1999
Bill Smolenske and two of his co-workers purchased the computer parts exporting firm where they worked in 1995. Despite low margins, price erosion and the difficulties of exporting in the era of the strong dollar, they managed to increase sales from $5.3 million to $28 million in three years, thanks in part to an export working capital loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Recently, Smolenske was named Exporter of the Year by the SBA's Los Angeles district office.
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BUSINESS
May 12, 1999
Bill Smolenske and two of his co-workers purchased the computer parts exporting firm where they worked in 1995. Despite low margins, price erosion and the difficulties of exporting in the era of the strong dollar, they managed to increase sales from $5.3 million to $28 million in three years, thanks in part to an export working capital loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Recently, Smolenske was named Exporter of the Year by the SBA's Los Angeles district office.
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April 8, 1999 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not many entrepreneurs have had a rougher start than Valencia businesswoman Margo Groger did. When her husband passed away, she knew little about the spa and whirlpool fittings business he had left behind. Then a devastating fire burned the assembly plant to the ground. But the former junior high school counselor was determined to make good on her husband's legacy.
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