Presidents’ Day: How will the Trump Presidency Affect Business?

Monday February 20 is Presidents’ Day and many have the day off (lucky ducks). Originally, this holiday started as the celebration of George Washington’s birthday (February 22) but has since evolved. Now it’s a Monday holiday that celebrates our nation’s presidents past and present. Presently, we are one month into the Trump Presidency, and like it or not, there have been many changes. Trump campaigned with the slogan “Make America Great Again,” with the promise to invigorate businesses and the American economy. Now that he has spent a month in the Oval Office, what can we expect the effect of his proposed changes will be on businesses, nationally and abroad?


During his election bid, Trump promised to make taxes simpler and to lower taxes for all Americans. This sounds great, but there’s a catch. President Trump’s tax plan for businesses could hurt small business owners. His proposed tax plan would have all
businesses pay a 15% tax, which is higher than what many small businesses pay currently. So the tax plan is great for the private citizen, but not so great for small business owners. There is a bright side to this, however. With more money staying in the hands of consumers rather than the government, that means they could potentially spend more. This could benefit small businesses; if those extra dollars are spent on their products and services.


Trump is the first U.S. President to never have held a public office prior to his presidency. Much of his campaign was run focusing on his experience as a businessman and how he would make the United States a more profitable nation. The Republican Party typically takes a hands-off approach when it comes to governing and regulations. Trump followed party ideology by reversing many of the previous administration’s regulatory decisions, such as the Keystone Pipeline. His stance on coal, oil, and gas regulations can provide quite a boost for these industries; but deals a blow to the “Green Initiative” companies favored by President Obama. It is the support of industries like coal, oil, and gas which may have indeed won Trump several states like Pennsylvania (a typically Democratic-leaning state), in which these industries are a major part of the local economy.

Global Economy

Another key platform issue during the 2016 presidential campaign was foreign trade and the global economy. President Trump plans to make changes to trade agreements and taxes on U.S. companies that manufacture items outside of our domestic borders. This is in hopes that bringing industry back to the States could help the national economy and employment levels. Many companies that manufacture goods in foreign countries, such as Carrier, have now chosen to return to America to do business due to Trump’s proposed policies, and regulation changes in countries like China. The cost to do business abroad may soon increase and no longer be a profitable option. This will have a direct effect on the countries and their economies in which these industries are pulling out and could have a negative effect on the global economy.

Whether you love it or hate it the Trump administration is poised to make changes. How do you think this presidency will affect business? Will President Trump keep his campaign promises, or will he keep us guessing?

#ShopSmall: Small Business Saturday is Coming!

“Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores – these didn’t come out of nowhere.” – Paul Ryan


Many of us will look forward to Black Friday Shopping after we eat our turkey this week. With so many deals and steals, who can resist? However, you should make sure to save some of your Christmas budget for November 26th and help celebrate Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday encourages consumers to shop small and shop local. The event was first observed on November 27, 2010, and was sponsored by American Express. To this day, it is still a registered trademark of American Express and has been celebrated Saturday after Thanksgiving every year since 2010. In 2011, the United States Senate passed a resolution in support of Small Business Saturday.

The event has taken on its own life on social media through Facebook advertisements and “likes”, various hashtags such as, #SmallBizSat and #ShopSmall, and American Express sponsored ads for small business owners. According to American Express, in 2015, 95 million people went out to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Supporting local small businesses is both good for your community and good for the business owners. Small businesses are the backbones of many communities across the country. Are you planning to celebrate Small Business Saturday this year? American Express has provided us with this handy tool that allows you to easily locate your local small businesses, just click here! Although the point of Small Business Saturday is to visit brick and mortar shops, if you are an online shopper you can still find local business on their webpages and online shops like Etsy.


Have you shopped Small Business Saturday in the past? Share your favorite small businesses and products in the comments section!

Small Businesses and Security – Are You Prepared?

In the past it was very unlikely to hear stories about the average American small business being a target for a sophisticated cyber attack.padlock-lock-chain-key-39624-large For obvious reasons; they have fewer financial resources and relatively unknown brand recognition. Fast-forward to 2016 and you’ll find that these assumptions have been flipped upside down.

The dam has broken for small companies when it comes to security. Smaller companies have become more and more attractive to hackers because they have weaker online security. Smaller companies, like most, are conducting almost all of their business online as well. Particularly, by using cloud services that don’t require encryption. This is every hackers dream. Unlimited information behind an easily-picked, locked door without a deadbolt. Even worse, say your clients are Fortune 500 companies. Your hacker just hit the jackpot.

Although the public typically only hears about cyber attacks against high-profile companies, banks, and government websites, small businesses make prime targets for cyber-criminals, competitors, and disgruntled parties.

Unfortunately due to their lack of knowledge and resources, small businesses have the least-protected websites, accounts, and network systems making cyber attacks a walk in the park.

So what can small businesses do to further their protection? We asked two rock-stars from ABG Capital’s IT and Development Departments for some answers. We spoke with Chief Information Officer Adam Scott and Director of Development Jerry Eddy to discuss some of the best practices and tools to utilize for optimal security in your small business.

Right now, what is the biggest security threat to a small business such as ABG Capital?

Jerry: The biggest threat to small business is hackers looking for opportunities to obtain confidential information. Hackers will try to exploit any perceived weakness in the network as well as trying to obtain information via social engineering. They use social media sites and even contact employees and try to learn more about the staff and the company. By using that information, they attempt to gain access to confidential information through misrepresentation and trickery. It is important for the business to make their employees aware of this type of hacking, so they are able to defend it as much as possible.

Beyond anti-malware and anti-virus protection; where should a small business begin when implementing security programs to protect against these threats?

Jerry: They need to examine each step of every procedure that has something to do with a customers’ confidential information such as credit card and social security numbers. By examining each step, they need to make sure that they are doing everything possible to protect the confidential information through both technical and human means.

Are these services/tools affordable?

Jerry: One thing that can be done is use the controls of ISO/IEC 27002. It is a popular, internationally-recognized standard of good practice for information security.

Governance, risk management, and information security management are broad topics with impact throughout the organization. ISO/IEC 27002, is relevant to all types of organizations including commercial enterprises of all sizes, not-for-profits, charities, and government departments. The security risk and control requirements provide a common framework that any company can adopt, follow, and implement. It also addresses the need of the information security risks relating to their employees as well as contractors, consultants, and the external suppliers of information services.

data thiefThe standard is concerned with information security, meaning the security of all forms of information (e.g. computer data, documentation, knowledge and intellectual property). It provides controls that can be measured and that outline a comprehensive review of things that every company should evaluate about information security.

Is two-factor authentication for an employee’s computer/emails/etc. a safe bet?

Jerry: It helps by adding authentication to the authorization process of logging in. When you login, you now need two independent pieces of information, so therefore, if I have your username and password, I still need something tangible such as your smartphone or key fob to further authenticate that the person logging in fact, is the actual person.

Hypothetically speaking, how would a company best protect itself if a cloud provider we use went up in smoke?

Jerry: With any information that you store on a cloud provider, you will want to see if they offer the ability to back up to a separate site and/or provider. Also try and use cloud providers that have a good reputation or that you have heard of before or have been recommended by others to minimize the potential for a loss of cloud provider.

What should a small business do to educate its employees regarding security best practices?

Adam: Make sure to use secure, complex passwords. Learn to protect your information, don’t leave PII (Personally Identifiable Information) laying around. Locking their computers when they leave.

Should companies develop a security policy that is ingrained into company culture?

Jerry: Yes, the company needs to get buy-in from every employee to make sure that every effort is being taken to protect any confidential information that the company possesses. When you engage employees in the creation, development and implementation of security policies you get better security.

Adam: Yes, you want to make your security polices and training as easy to remember as possible. Regular security emails to the staff is a good start. Then move on to videos or Lunch and Learns and encourage employees to attend.

How is ABG Capital’s policy tied to its culture?

Adam: Our C.O.R.E Values state it-

We Cultivate our employees by encouraging them to learn.

We Overcome the security hurdles that face us to improve data security.

We Respect our staff, and they give us the reliability that they are keeping our systems and data safe.

We Evolve by adapting to changing network threats to protect us against data losses.

Do you have an incident response plan, and do you practice it?

Adam: Yes, we have security meetings on a weekly basis where we discuss existing security issues, plan a path to correct them, and learn about new threats we need to protect against. We developed these plans and test them internally and externally using outside vendors for vulnerability and penetration tests.

Lastly, what security threat scares you the most? Any additional advice for preparation?

Adam: Data loss from a data breach would be #1. Having your systems crash is an easy fix; you repair the hardware, restore the data, and you’re up and running. But how do you get back all of your customers’ data once it’s out the on the web for anyone to see? We plan and test on a regular basis to prevent these losses. Intrusion detection systems, dual factor authentication, and employee training are just the start. You need to train your teams and work with the experts in the field to constantly prepare for the new threat coming down the road. Keeping up with the latest security blogs is a good start, but putting together an information security committee is probably the best first plan of action. Get the best minds together in your company, then you can bring together the skills of the best people to plan and protect your data.

Now ask yourself;

Is your small business ready for the unknown? Applying the insight given to us by Jerry and Adam is a great first step. However, it doesn’t stop there. Be proactive and do your research. Remember that educating your employees about security and compliance starts offline. As stated by author and security privacy specialist Bruce Schneier; “If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don’t understand the problems and you don’t understand the technology.” They want what you’ve got. Don’t give it to them.

Aligning the Herd One Gazelle at a Time

Aligning the Herd One Gazelle at a Time

“Goals without routines are wishes; routines without goals are aimless” is a quote taken from Scaling Up: The Rockefeller Habits 2.0 by Verne Harnish. This book has inspired a business and leadership event that ABG Capital has been fortunate enough to attend; the Gazelles ScaleUp Leadership Summit.

It’s been three months since eight of our leaders attended Gazelles 2016 ScaleUp Leadership Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Seventeen dynamic speakers and authors captivated our team by sharing their wisdom, experience, and talent for success.  We gathered for discussions throughout the conference spending time reviewing notes, sharing ideas, and reflecting on strategies and initiatives that would best benefit our organization in the short term. Upon returning to the office, our leadership team agreed to meet once a week to hold ourselves accountable, narrow down our top take-ways, and decide on the one big rock or number one priority for the remainder of the year. Together we came to a similar conclusion of what that one big rock is and what we feel is needed to be even more successful, creating alignment through shared consciousness and empowered execution.

The first step in this process is to share the plan with each employee and identify opportunities for all employees at all levels in the organization to make decisions and solve problems by enabling rather than directing. This concept of engagement through empowerment leads to a “team of teams” approach to foster transparency and allow for stronger communication and understanding of the company’s strategic plan. The execution portion of ScalingUP pinpoints three critical components that must happen throughout the organization in every team; priority, data, and rhythm.



Promoting trust and purpose with and between teams will contribute to bottom-up results from daily interaction. Our company initiative for quarter three and four is to ensure that each team is meeting regularly to define its big rock for the week, month, and quarter.  We’ve been instrumental at achieving improved communications resulting in better efficiency and enhanced teamwork between departments.

Align Today is a tool we use to keep everyone in the loop by sharing a one page plan available for all to see, update, and work together toward aligning department initiatives with the company’s common goal or BHAG (big, hairy, audacious goal). We recently outsourced Centric Performance to conduct employee surveys and management review meetings for selected teams to help identify each employee’s understanding of his or her role and how it contributes to the common goal of the company. Leadership is serving others and bringing out the best in people.  It’s important to rally the emotional connection and understand the importance of what each employee values to truly have an engaged staff who wants to develop individually and succeed as a team. Our plan is to involve the employees in designing a plan for their own critical numbers and KPIs to create buy in, appreciation, accountability, and involvement toward the common goal.

As you can see, the quote we began this with has a lot to do with the processes and tools we have injected into our environment. Routine matters. Let’s face it–if you’re moving without a routine, your priorities are most likely scattered and you have no analytical evidence to uphold any of your efforts. Even more important, your goal, or “big rock” that every employee and department should be focusing on as a priority, should be backed by rhythm. The rhythm within your day-to-day tactical progress is your routine–that “groove” or effortless pattern you get into when you master your priorities and data.

We realize that growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together in synchrony. If there’s one key we continually take away from the Gazelles it’s that our people are our rhythm. They are the force that continually pushes us toward success. If we cease to invest and cultivate in our employees, then there will be no perpetual development. All of our growth depends upon their activity within our organization. Activity that sprouts innovation.

Leadership in a Small Business

At some point in everyone’s career, they will have a supervisor who gives them direction and expects them to be followed with no deviation. In most organizations today, this can be considered an “old school” way of overseeing an organization or department. This way of thinking has been replaced by models of leadership. Being a leader, rather than a “by the book” supervisor is incredibly important in any size organization, but especially in a small organization. So how do you ensure you have leadership in a small business?

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Small organizations, such as ours (which has around 55 employees), need to use resources wisely. By leading your team, rather than telling them what to do, you are able to give everyone a voice which leads to ideas and invention; rather than just “getting the job done.” Leadership also inspires future leaders and helps with organizational succession planning.

The following, from General Patton’s book on Leadership, will help you understand the basics of good leadership. At ABG Capital, we try to inspire current and future leaders through innovative leadership training.

L – Leaders develop through ability, desire, and opportunity

E – Effectively develop people

A – Address issues proactively

D – Develop potential by leading and making decisions

E – Earn the respect of others

R – Respond

S – Single out and clearly define expectations

H – Have desire and trust to lead unpredictable times

I – Identify the right questions

P – Provide open, honest, trusting, and respectful communication

We’ll leave you with a few more Patton quotes to take with you and keep in mind while you’re leading at the office.

“Always do everything you ask of those you command.” – George S. Patton

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – George S. Patton

Do you have any favorite quotes or mantras that help you as you lead your team?

Just another Friday at ABG

Welcome back to your Just another Friday at ABG Capital blog post! We have a few things to share before you wrap up your week. Let’s start with the blog posts that we featured this week that are sure to help you with your growing business.

Health InsuranceFor the first post on the ABG Capital blog, we talked about choosing the right health insurance plan for your small business. Have you truly evaluated the best plan for your employees? If not, we have some good news! We’ve provided you with a few options of plans that might be good for you. The biggest takeaway from this post is that you shouldn’t just settle for any ordinary health insurance plan. There are plenty out there and there’s one that perfect for you.

The second post that we featured on our blog surrounded the idea of businesses giving their employees the opportunity to participate in online education. Providing this benefit is something that every business can do, but we want you to understand some of the advantages of an online learning environment.

The last big update that we have for this Just another Friday at ABG Capital is about our Biggest Losers Challenge. Today wraps up the 7th week of the challenge and that means we only have one week left! All of the challengers are doing a fantastic job and we’re proud of everyone who has been involved and has made a change in their lives.

As you know, every week the challengers are asked to do a weekly challenge as a way to ramp up the competition a little more. Some of the challenges have been to record the minutes of exercise you’ve done all week, try a new type of exercise and even to track your Non-Scale Victories.

The challenge for week 7 was to put together everything we’ve been doing and all the tips we’ve learned. These things included getting enough rest, exercising frequently, eating fruits and veggies, avoiding junk foods and drinking plenty of water.

If you started your own Biggest Losers Challenge, we hope that you’ve seen some changes in yourself and your eating and exercising habits. We know you can accomplish your goals if you stick with it and don’t give up! If you’re finding that you keep making up excuses to get up and exercise, take a look at these motivational sayings to give you the push you need.

Hit the Gym

Just another Friday at ABG

Happy Friday and welcome to this week’s Just another Friday at ABG Capital! I want to start this week’s updates by talking about some blog posts we have coming up next week. The first one will be all about small business and the different health care options that are available for them. You should never have to feel like your small business isn’t capable of competing with the big guys so by providing a great health insurance plan, you are on your way to playing at their level.

Up next we have a post on whether or not you should be sending your employees to an online university. Starbucks is one of the companies that is talked about this post since they offer students free tuition at an online university. Make sure to check this article out so you can see if this is something your company should be looking into.

In other exciting news for the week, one of our portfolio companies, Inspira, has launched a brand new website. Inspira has a few other sites (such as Payday IRA, Pinnacle IRA, and Total IRA) that have already undergone and complete transformation. The main Inspira site was the last one and believe us when we tell you that it looks AMAZING! You should take a look for yourselves and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Now it’s time to chat about week 6 of our ABG Capital Biggest Losers Challenge! The mini challenge for this week was to track your Non-Scale Victories (NSV). The number that shows up on the scale isn’t the only thing you should be concerned about. Some examples of NSVs are walking further without getting out of breath, wearing a pair of jeans you haven’t been able to in a while, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol or even more energy. If you’ve been doing your own challenge at home, what NSVs have you noticed?

Here’s a great exercise and recipe that were provided to us by Sara Warhold, the fantastic person who’s been running the challenge and motivating everyone to do their best. For the exercise you will need an exercise mat, a set of dumbbells or hand weights, and a timer. 30 minutes is needed for beginners and 45 minutes will be needed for those who are more advanced.

Warm up:

Breathing exercise – lay on your back, knees bent, feet flat on floor. Place a hand over your lower abdomen. Take a very deep breath in, filling your lower belly with air and NOT moving your chest or shoulders. The point is to get the breath in deep, not shallow. Do not breath with your shoulders or shrug them. Feel your stomach rise and fall. Take 10 deep breaths here.

Crawling – Repeat 5 to 10 times – On hands and knees, crawl forward 5 times and backwards 5 times. If you can, do this on your hands and feet with your knees up off the ground. Keep your hips low, don’t rock side to side.

Pogo Jumps – For 30 seconds jump in place using the momentum from the ankle, not the knee. Add some air for the last 10 seconds if you can. Beginners – march or jog


Alternate 45 seconds on/15 seconds recover for advanced and 30 seconds on/20 seconds recover for beginner

Exercise 1:

Hard Plank – Plank position, engaged core muscles, “push the ground away” and create space in your armpits, hips neutral

Exercise 2:

Crossover Squat – This is also called a “Curtsey Squat” but Crossover Squat sounds cooler. Stand with feet hips width apart, check that your toes are facing forward. Put your left foot behind you, and across the center line of your body and sink down into the squat, aiming to get your knee just a couple inches from the ground. Push back up to parallel feet. Alternate with the other leg. Advanced: Hold a dumb bell in your hands at chest level. Beginner – Either eliminate weight, or eliminate the crossover and just do a split squat.

Exercise 3:

Rows – Holding a dumbbell in each hand, tip from the hip with a natural bend in your knees. Let the weights hang straight toward the floor without pulling your shoulders down (engaged your shoulder blades to keep them neutral, not hunched). Pull your belly up and in, engage that core. Row UP with the weights, pulling your shoulder blades in towards your spine, then lower the weights down again using resistance not gravity. Repeat.

Exercise 4:

High Knees – Jog in place as fast as you can while pulling your knee up as high as you can. This is tougher than it sounds. Use the first 10 seconds of your interval to “warm up” into it before hitting the high knee. Beginners – Jog but eliminate the high knee

*Cool down with some side-to-side stepping then STRETCH!

*Drink water throughout this workout, stay hydrated!

Sesame and Garlic Flank Steak with Grilled Asparagus

Makes 6 Servings

Prep time: 10 minutes plus 4 hour marinate and 15 minute cook time


2   large cloves garlic, finely chopped

2   pinches salt plus additional for seasoning

1 1/2 tablespoons honeyABG Capital Biggest Losers Recipe

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1 1/4 pounds lean flank steak, patted dry

Freshly ground black pepper

1 pound asparagus, trimmed


1. Using the flat side of a knife or a mortar and pestle, mash together the garlic and pinch of salt until the mixture forms a paste; transfer to a small bowl. Mix in the honey, lemon juice and soy sauce; slowly whisk in 1 teaspoon oil.

2. Place the steak in a shallow dish or bowl. Pour the marinade over steak and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

3. Heat the grill to high. Remove steak from marinade and season lightly with salt and black pepper. Transfer to grill; close the cover and cook to desired doneness, about 5 minutes a side for medium rare. Let meat rest on a cutting board 5 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, toss the asparagus with remaining oil and sprinkle with pinch of salt. Place in a grill basket; close cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes a side, until tender. Slice meat thinly and serve with asparagus.

Thanks for reading this week’s Just another Friday at ABG Capital!

ABG Capital to Participate in Strategic Planning Session

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December brings us many things.  The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is among us, the final quarter draws to a close, many businesses are preparing year-end reports, and thoughts of the upcoming New Year are in our heads.  Many people take the time to reflect, both personally and professionally, on the past year and look forward to 2013.  On a personal level, many look at what they have accomplished over the year and make new resolutions for 2013.  Corporately, businesses may draw up year-end reports and analyze numbers to determine their goals for the upcoming year.  At ABG Capital, we do all of those things.  We utilize our ideals to enhance our work and personal lives.  Our ideals are to cultivate ideas and people through our C.O.R.E. (Cultivate, Overcome, Respect, and Evolve) Values for the purpose of Giving Back.

Employees of ABG Capital utilize these ideals personally in many ways.  We participate in various activities throughout the year, where we are given an opportunity to Give Back to our community.  These activities include working at the food bank, fundraising for Make-A-Wish, and cleaning headstones at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.  In addition to Giving Back, employees also are encouraged to live healthy lifestyles.  We do an annual Biggest Loser contest, where interested employees weigh-in on Fridays, and the biggest loser receives a cash reward.  Also, we bring in an inspirational speaker/author in on a regular basis to educate our team about healthy eating habits.

In terms of business, we take our goals, or New Year’s resolutions, very seriously.  Every year around this time, our companies participate in Strategic Planning Sessions, where goals for the upcoming quarters are brainstormed and strategized.  These 2-day sessions employ strategic planning and executive education adopted from the Gazelles Growth and Leadership Summits.  As discussed in this earlier post,, ABG Capital sends key employees to these Gazelles Summits to gain valuable training on how to lead and grow their companies.  This education, along with a Gazelles coach, enables each of ABG Capital’s portfolio companies to evolve solid annual strategic plans.

As 2012 draws to a close, employees at ABG Capital are busy preparing for holiday festivities, gathering gifts and monies for Giving Back causes, and focusing their energies on having a productive 2013.

ABG Capital is 14th Among the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania

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What makes a workplace outstanding?  Ranking on Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work list 5 out of the past 7 years, perhaps ABG Capital has the answer.  The focus at ABG Capital is on people and culture, which creates a work environment in which both businesses and individuals thrive.

ABG Capital is pleased to announce that it is ranked 14th among the top 71 small/medium employers in the state, according to the thirteenth annual Best Places to Work in PA awards program.  In addition to this honor, ABG Capital was also recognized locally by the Pittsburgh Business Times, ranking 41st on their list of Best Places to Work in Western Pennsylvania.  This was their 6th showing in the past 8 years.

The Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania program was created by four companies: Central Penn Business Journal, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Team Pennsylvania Foundation, and Best Companies Group.  These organizations developed this program for several reasons.  The organizations were interested in helping Pennsylvanian companies retain their current workforce, attract new workers, and to distinguish the businesses in the state that attract and retain Pennsylvania’s talented workforce.

This program evaluates and ranks the best places of employment in the State based on employee satisfaction and engagement, as well as workplace practices and policies.  To be considered for this award, companies are required to complete the assessment process, where employers complete Benefits and Policies Questionnaires and employees complete Engagement and Satisfaction Surveys.  Once this information is collected, Best Companies Group then sorts and interprets the data to determine company rankings.

“It is such an honor to once again be ranked with an elite group of outstanding companies in PA,” stated Sharon Kolesar, Human Resources Manager at ABG Capital.  “Here at ABG Capital, we create values to foster a healthy life balance for our employees.  To know that 75% of our ranking is based on our employees’ responses and feedback exhibits that our culture is effective.”

The winners’ rankings were announced Thursday evening, November 29, 2012, at an awards ceremony at the Lancaster County Convention Center.  Additionally, the ranked companies will be profiled in a supplement to the Central Penn Business Journal and other business journals across the state.

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ABG Capital leverages its unique business management model to reduce costs through the consolidation of back office operations for its portfolio companies. By consolidating services like accounting, legal, IT, software development, employee administration and HR, we are able to eliminate redundancy among, increase efficiency and be very nimble to the changes that occur in the market.  To learn more, visit

Happy Thanksgiving from ABG Capital

Turkey Bowl

5th Annual ABG Capital Turkey Bowl

In 2008, ABG Capital started a popular Thanksgiving tradition, their 1st Annual Turkey Bowl.  Employees wanting to participate were put into teams, and spent an afternoon playing flag football games.  This activity quickly became a favorite among the ABG Capital team.

This year, the team carried on the tradition and hosted their 5th Annual Turkey Bowl last Friday.  Four teams played until there was a champion.  Afterwards, the participating employees chose an MVP and Hands of Stone award.  Those winners will be announced at the ABG Capital Holiday Party next month.

ABG Capital would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.  We are truly grateful our valued customers and dedicated employees.

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