Success Stories



Stephen Weiss, President, LaFrance Cleaners

“We did this in the middle of the pandemic and thought, we can make this work. The OAQDA team was very helpful and made it easy for us. The financing will benefit our business, our employees, our customers and our community. OAQDA made it doable during a challenging time.”

– Stephen Weiss, President, LaFrance Cleaners

Dan Root, President, QT Equipment

“We are extremely appreciative of the support received from OAQDA. Our paint department is critical for productivity and quality. Having the right equipment helps us achieve both and provides our team a clean, safe, well-functioning work environment. This means that we can build more and sell more, which helps us create solid entry-level and skilled jobs in the Akron area.”

– Dan Root, President, QT Equipment

Jim Gault, owner, Gault's Cleaners

“Without the funding from OAQDA, a small business like ours would likely not be able to take on this type of equipment upgrade right now. I am so grateful for this great program, and I would encourage other small businesses to see if it might be a fit for them. The team at OAQDA was very knowledgeable and great to work with throughout the entire process. They made it easy to navigate.”

– Jim Gault, Owner, Gault's Cleaners

Daenam and Sam Kim, owners, Hale Cleaners

“This financing takes some of the monetary burden off our business and allows us to remain sustainable in a very trying time. By making this change, we are also championing a cleaner world for our children and grandchildren.”

– Ki Kim, Owners' Son, Hale Cleaners

Todd Voelkerding, Chief Financial Officer, Urban Sites

“The Jackson Street project is one that we are very proud of for many reasons. The improvements that we have made to the building will preserve it for decades to come and provide campus-like student housing in a vibrant urban setting. In addition, the project was completed in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. The fact that this project was completed during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 makes the accomplishment even more special. We were thrilled to partner with OAQDA. The team was an absolute pleasure to work with, helped us as a first-time user of the program to navigate the process and was always professional.”

– Todd Voelkerding, Chief Financial Officer, Urban Sites

KAP Signs was forced to rebuild after a tornado damaged their facility

“We didn’t know what we were going to do or if we could pick up the pieces after the tornado. The financing from OAQDA provided the answer we were looking for and saved the jobs of our employees.”

– David Blang, President, KAP Signs

KAP Signs’ new crossdraft pressurized spray booth


Roto Group, LLC

“As a result of this project, Roto will see a significant increase in internal capabilities to perform finishing work for our custom-made exhibit and interactive structures. We will be able to reduce our reliance on external subcontractors and improve the quality of the working environment through the ability to control air contaminants. We are grateful for the support of the OAQDA which allowed us to proceed with this exciting upgrade in our production abilities to continue to deliver on the promise to create ‘awesome’ for our clients.”

– Maurice Twomey, Chief Financial Officer, Roto Group

Henry's Dry Cleaners & Care Center

“The process was easy as could be. The grant has allowed me to save on utility bills and help prevent putting toxic emissions in the air.”

– Eric Warren, Owner, Henry’s Cleaners