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Monroeville business owner named Small Business Person of the Year

| Monday, July 1, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Regina Broudy Clayton Kendall President 2013

The ratio of women to men in the U.S. workforce has narrowed over the last 20 years, thanks in part to risk-takers such as Monroeville business owner Regina Broudy.

Broudy, 64, recently was named the Pennsylvania Small Business Person of the Year by the Western Pennsylvania Small Business Administration.

“It's satisfying, and it's humbling,” Broudy said. “It's been a great experience.”

Broudy's journey as an award-winning entrepreneur began when she left a job in the billing department at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, where her husband, Arnold, works as an orthopedic surgeon.

In 1999, Broudy and her two sons, Dan and Michael, purchased the assets of a local screen-printing and embroidery business and transformed it into business that provides promotional materials and decorated apparel. They opened Clayton Kendall Inc. and set up shop on Dexter Drive in Monroeville. The staff has since grown from 9 to 65 employees, and the family recently bought 8 acres next door, with an eye toward expansion.

“I look around, and I say, ‘Wow, isn't this amazing,'” Regina Broudy said.

Dan Broudy, 38, said he was confident when he invested in the business that it would take off.

“(Brand merchandising) is a business that's not going away,” he said.

Broudy said that he and his brother, Michael, 35, each entered the business with a strong technology background.

Regina Broudy brought people skills. She joined nearly every chamber of commerce and business network in the area.

Her search for clients paid off at a Cranberry Chamber of Commerce meeting 14 years ago, she said.

“When I came in (to the meeting), no one would let me sit down at their table, but in my mind, you should be sitting with people you don't know,” Broudy said.

When she did find a seat, it was across the table from a Panera Bread franchise owner.

“And the rest is history,” Dan Broudy said.

Regina Broudy said her vision for the business has in many ways come to fruition, and sharing the experience with her sons is an added bonus.

“It's been fantastic,” Broudy said. “We each know what we have to do. There's no downside. It's all good.”

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755.

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