Employees and customers of Industrial Bank are celebrating the Washington-based lender’s 80th anniversary.
And for the anniversary, Industrial Bank has offered five grants totaling $80,000 to five new small businesses angling for for long-term success. The effort is being supported by the U.S. Black Chambers Inc., FSC First of Prince Georges County, Operation HOPE, and the D.C. Chamber of Commerce.
The Winners for the Industrial bank Grant Initiative are as follows
Advance Employee Intelligence
Advance Employee Intelligence has built a successful consulting firm by providing the attention and
personal service that helps clients better their organizations. The company offers the best in highimpact
professional and management training, general consulting, project & program management,
staff augmentation, contract administration and convention/event planning. AEI is an agile
process-driven company with emphasis on innovation, and high quality. The company’s future
business goals are aimed at developing and implementing growth as a small enterprise for
newly established clients. AEI seeks expansion and progression toward being a prime
resource for government and private industry organizations.
ECORE Living, LCC
ECORE Living’s team of sustainability professionals provides comprehensive building design and
energy efficiency services. The company’s primary line of business is energy management services
for buildings, providing expertise in residential and commercial building design and ongoing
management. ECORE Living’s quantitative, data-driven approach and energy efficiency expertise
allows the company to ensure that clients make smart choices. In 2014, ECORE managed a
Retro-Commissioning Pilot for the D.C. Department of General Services, generating savings of
$145K in the first year.
Goodies Frozen Custard and Treats
Goodies, a 1950s inspired gourmet bakery and soda-fountain, offers made from scratch comfort
treats. The company serves old-fashioned frozen and baked goodies curbside in Washington D.C.
from “Gigi,” their restored 1952 vintage van. Driven by a commitment to classic recipes and the
highest level of service, Goodies has become a highly visible staple across the District for people
young and young at heart looking for a delicious treat.
Housed in a 7,300 square foot warehouse, Union Kitchen exists to grow and promote small
businesses. The company’s goal is to build a platform and a megaphone for small businesses by
providing a low-cost, low-risk, full-service kitchen for local businesses to grow and establish their
operations. Union Kitchen eliminates the need for small businesses to take on debt, purchase
expensive equipment, sign a long-term lease, or take many of the other risks that business owners
have come to expect as the norm for starting a business.
The Wealth Factory
The Wealth Factory develops WealthyLife edtech games to teach K-12 students financial literacy
and workforce development. The company’s mission is to provide equal access to quality financial
education across the world, targeting underserved communities. The Wealth Factory combines
interactive activities and online game modules to create highly engaging blended learning
experiences to make the entire class a game. WealthyLife is the only financial literacy and workforce development edtech game that targets urban youth in or outside of a classroom.