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The U.S. Small Business Association visited York City on Monday to salute a minority-owned small business in celebration of Black History Month.

SBA representatives met with Angela Huyghue, CEO and founder of One on 1 Accounting and Consulting Services, at MANTEC's offices to discuss and commend her utilization of local and federal government resources.

Huyghue began her professional career as an accountant at a large national firm before moving on to become a airline flight attendant. When she decided she wanted to come back to accounting, she didn't want to compete with new graduates for a position and elected to open her own business in 2003, she said.

Huyghue said that getting her business off the ground was difficult, in part, because she's not from the York area, and "York residents tend to work with people they grew up with."

Still, she said, York offered an affordability and centralized location that helped her business grow. She currently shares an office space on East Market Street with tax attorney Seth Springer, who is also one of her clients. Huyghue's husband also owns a small business, a DJ service, in York City.

Among other benefits, Huyghue has taken advantage of SBA offerings by renewing her certification as a disadvantaged, minority-owned, woman-owned business in all 50 states every year.

The certification allows each state to send her solicitations for proposal opportunities at no charge. She said she has used these solicitations to aid many of her clients in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Maryland and Virginia.

Linda Grove, a government marketing specialist with Kutztown University's Small Business Development Center, said at the meeting that renewing these certifications can be tedious, but Huyghue's persistence bodes well for her business.

"Her tenacity is unbelievable," Grove said. "She's run her flag up so many areas and that's why I know she'll be successful."

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.

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