April 22, 2010
Ercole Owner Ornella Pisano Receives “Women Who Dare To Cross Boundaries” Award
Brooklyn, NY – Ornella Pisano, founder and president of Ercole, Inc., an NDC Grow America Fund (GAF) borrower, was one of four business owners honored recently at the Historic Brooklyn Borough Hall by the Brooklyn International Trade Development Center (BITDC) in its inaugural “Women Who Dare to Cross Boundaries Awards.”
“BITDC created this award to celebrate courageous women during Women’s History Month and to inspire other women to export their products or services to international markets,” said Ruth J. Morrison, BITC Executive Director.
Ercole (pronounced, air’-ko-lay) is a manufacturer of glass mosaic-inlaid furniture and décor, with showrooms in New York City, Miami Beach and Del Ray Beach, Florida. Ornella Pisano is the president and creative genius behind Ercole, which she founded in New York in 1986.
Pisano became a GAF borrower in 2008, after finding conventional banks less amenable in her search for working capital for her manufacturing business, located on Jay Street in Brooklyn. Then, she visited Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC), which recommended GAF. “I called, and shortly afterwards received a visit from a GAF loan officer who was very enthusiastic.”
“GAF opened horizons for me,” exclaims Ornella, adding: “I’ve recommended GAF to other businesses looking for financing.”