December 22, 2014
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Beacon’s video on A Family Tree featured on SBA site

Earlier this spring, the Warwick Beacon submitted a video to be featured at the National Small Business Week convention in Washington, D.C. The video highlighted A Family Tree School Age Enrichment Program, a local business that benefited from SBA loans and support.

Though the video didn’t win a competition that would have earned it a spot on the big screen in D.C., it has gotten the attention of the SBA – the video is now highlighted on “Small Business Owners Speak,” a page designed to showcase the diverse stories behind America’s small businesses.

The page was launched in late August, and features all of the videos submitted during the video competition leading up to National Small Business Week.

“I have the great privilege of meeting small business owners from across the country as I travel every week. But now, thanks to ‘Small Business Owners Speak,’ you can hear their stories, too,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills in a statement. “This page will highlight the voices of successful small business owners who have started or grown a business thanks to help from the Small Business Administration.”

Erika Saccoccio, the founder of A Family Tree, was featured in the video submitted to the SBA by the Beacon.

“Things are going great,” said Saccoccio in an interview last week.

A Family Tree has five locations, and Saccoccio said they’ve recently expanded, growing their ASM Dance Company and performance group. The students in the ASM program are currently busy readying routines for a dance competition on Oct. 7 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and Saccoccio said other troupes from throughout New England are coming to the event as well.

For Saccoccio and her sister, Christine Alexander, who was also featured in the video, it’s a busy time.

“Things have been good,” said Saccoccio, who mentioned a recent talk radio interview she had about the SBA.

“The SBA is great,” she said. “They’ve always been really good to us.”

To help reach out to more small business owners, the SBA has opened “Small Business Owners Speak” to other entrepreneurs interested in submitting a video.

The videos, including the Warwick Beacon video about A Family Tree School Age Program, can be viewed at www.sba.gov/stories. More information about the video submission process can be found on the same page.


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