Another TJC Incubator Graduate Wins Award

Oct 24, 2010 by

In September 2000, when Larry Edgerton put $10,000 into a home medical equipment business, he had a desk, a chair and a 136-square-foot office; and he was his only employee.

In collaboration with TJC’s Tyler Area Business Incubator and its Small Business Development Center and Service Corps of Retired Executives, the incubator provided Edgerton with the guidance and counseling needed to make sound decisions in Edge Medical Supply’s first few years of existence, ensuring the success of the fledgling business.

“When I started out, I knew a whole lot about home medical equipment; but I didn’t know how to run a business,” Edgerton said. “I cannot say enough about TJC, the Tyler Area Business Incubator, Small Business Development Center and SCORE. They were with me every step of the way.”

“I cannot say enough about TJC, the Tyler Area Business Incubator, Small Business Development Center and SCORE. They were with me every step of the way.”

Today, Edge Medical Supply has 10 locations, about 50 employees and could achieve a multimillion-dollar payroll this year.

The National Business Incubation Association named Edge Medical Supply as the 2010 Outstanding Incubator Graduate in the nontechnology category during NBIA’s International Conference on Business Incubation in May in Orlando, Fla.

This marks the second time in four years that a product of TJC’s Tyler Area Business Incubator has won top honors at the international level.

A 2009 graduate of the Tyler Area Business Incubator, Edge Medical Supply enhances community health by providing excellent customer service to those needing wheelchairs, oxygen equipment, orthopedics, nebulizers and many other products in the durable medical equipment industry.

In 2007, the same award was won by TJC NBIA graduate Exceptional Home Care, which specializes in pediatric home medical care.

Brian Bersano, chief operator officer, and Larry Edgerton, owner of Edge Medical Supply, at the NBIA meeting in Orlando with Tyler Area Incubator Director Tony Tadasa.

Edgerton serves as the company’s president and chief executive officer. Brian Bersano joined the company in 2002 as a partner/owner and serves as chief financial officer and chief operating officer.

Business incubation programs like the Tyler Area Business Incubator serve as catalysts for starting and growing companies by providing entrepreneurs with the expertise, networks and tools they need to make their ventures
successful.

NBIA estimates that in 2005 alone, North American incubators assisted more than 27,000 start-up companies that provided full-time employment for more than 100,000 workers and generated annual revenue of more than $17 billion. Approximately 7,000 business incubators operate worldwide.

“I get great joy out of watching start-up client companies grow from the incubation stage into multimillion-dollar businesses,” said Tony Tadasa, director of the TABI, which is located on the TJC West Campus. “I see them and all other TABI clients as valued customers. Their success is our success.”


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Elise Mullinix is Tyler Junior College's Editorial Manager. She can be reached at 903-510-2370 or at emul2@tjc.edu.