Raising $10,000 for South Brevard Sharing Center – Catania

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Catania Product Development Raises $10,000 for South Brevard Sharing Center in Annual Charity Auction 

Company event focuses on living local, giving local.

Melbourne, Fla. (December 16, 2022) – At its 2nd annual Live Local, Give Local event held on December 9th at Groundswell Startups, Catania Product Development, a product-design engineering firm out of Melbourne, Florida, raised $10,000 for the South Brevard Sharing Center (SBSC), a non-profit, community-based agency whose mission is to support, strengthen and empower families to achieve self-sufficiency in south Brevard County, FL.

Live Local, Give Local provides a platform for local businesses and individuals to give back to their own community. The event features local food and entertainment while attendees bid on auction items of which 100% of proceeds are given to a local charity. This year’s proceeds more than tripled last year’s total and double the company’s goal for the evening. In addition, the value of this year’s charity auction items was $10,000, coming from over thirty Space Coast individuals or organizations.

“We understand the value of connection and wanted to provide a way for local individuals and businesses to learn about each other in a relaxed, fun atmosphere,” said Stefanie Catania, CEO of Catania Product Development. “In 2021, after our first annual party, I felt we could do better and involve the whole community by giving back to the locals most in need. This led us to finding SBSC; their goal of helping people achieve self-sufficiency inspired us in how they solve problems, which is something we do every day through our product design.”

“We are so grateful to Catania Product Development for hosting this extraordinary event. We were blown away by the support from the local business community at groundswell. The success of the event sends a clear message of their dedication and compassion to help those in need in our community,” said Pamela Huffman, Executive Director of the South Brevard Sharing Center.  

The Mission of the South Brevard Sharing Center (SBSC) is to support, strengthen and empower families to achieve self-sufficiency. Assistance includes food, clothing, household items and financial vouchers for prescriptions, utilities, rent and other miscellaneous items through case-managed services. Seasonally, the SBSC also provides food and gifts over the holiday season to qualified residents. 

“Groundswell’s mission is to cultivate Space Coast innovators to build, grow and thrive and we are proud to watch members of our family give back to raise our community and those in need, showcasing how our mission positively impacts the Space Coast,” said Jarin Eisenberg, COO of Groundswell Startups. 

To learn more about Catania Enterprises, visit www.CataniaEnterprises.com

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Catania Product Development is a Brevard-based startup that focuses on artistic designs that elevate the user’s experience.  Their team is passionate about their projects, resulting in designs that the end-user will love and delivering engineering services in the most efficient and productive ways. 

How our Form and Function got us on Good Morning America

A feature on Good Morning America is a big deal for any business, but for a small business, it is game-changing. Groundswell member Catania Enterprises teamed up with Amaranth Vase Company to produce a reimagined flower vase so innovative, it was promoted on Good Morning America’s “Deals & Steals” this fall.

Talk to any entrepreneur and they will tell you that business success is impossible without the right team and some room for trial and error. When Amaranth Vase Company needed help bringing their unique flower vase idea to fruition, they found the budding partnership with Catania Enterprises to be just what they needed to put their ideas in motion.

Raymond and Stefanie Catania of Catania Enterprises recall meeting the founder of the Amaranth Vase Company, Mendel Schectman, years ago. Schectman had an idea for a modern flower vase that made stem trimming and replacing the water much easier, but struggled to find the right company to help move the idea into production. Showing the long-term value of networking, the Catanias and Schectman were reunited and proved to be that perfect team for the project. Together, the partners solved design, engineering and production challenges needed to put the vase into the market. Then, this fall, it was showcased as a problem-solving product from a small business during Good Morning America’s “Deals & Steals.

Catania Combines Form and Function

When asked what sets Catania Enterprises apart from other development companies, Raymond highlighted the marriage of design and functionality. “We have a breadth of experience, which helps us to take on nearly any task and run with it with little or no startup time,” he said. “We have the ability to work through even the toughest problems that customers can throw at us. On the inventor side, we strive to provide well thought-out designs that have an artistic and quality feel to them that really helps products stand out in the market.”

In the case of the vase design, Schectman has plenty of experience in online sales and marketing, but needed help with the design and the engineering of the product. Instead of navigating the “form versus function” battle between two teams, they together came up with the current Tapered Diamond design now seen on the vases. The complex geometries posed some manufacturing challenges, but Catania was able to work through the engineering and aesthetics of the final product. It was Catania’s combined expertise that not only saved Amaranth money, but time.

“I especially love when an inventor truly believes in their idea and can make me believe too. That is when I know it is going to be something great. I feed off of their excitement.” – Raymond Catania

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A History with Groundswell Startups

Catania Enterprises has a long history with the Groundswell community, helping companies grow with “The Triad” approach. Customizable for every project, Catania combines each company’s three big needs, technicalscheduling and cost, to come up with a personalized engineering experience. At Groundswell, they began applying that technique to Tomahawk Robotics. Catania provided mechanical design for early projects and has seen tremendous growth since those small beginnings. As the company expanded, and after seeing how Groundswell supported companies through to their successes, Raymond and Stefanie decided to officially join the community. Since becoming members, their portfolio has expanded, providing mechanical engineering help to SwiftPaws, machining services to CFD, and proposal work with Sentry View Systems.

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What started as a passion project for their two sons turned into another beautiful product

 

Catania has prioritized networking over the years, and has worked with many companies. But what makes Groundswell Startups so unique? According to Raymond, it’s the level of member support. While traveling and networking along the east coast, they said that while they met amazing people at other incubators, “none of them compared to Groundswell’s ability to take an interest in your company and introduce you to others that can help you both succeed. It is these connections and passion for helping others that sets Groundswell apart.”

IMG_20200614_202349Raymond & Stefanie love to travel and gain inspiration from the people they meet and places they go

When Catania looks to the future, one thing is clear: growth. Catania Enterprises is excited about the possibility of expanding their team. However, it is not a process they take on lightly. Catania values relationships and quality of service, so they make sure that every member of the team upholds those values to their high standards. That way, all who work with Catania Enterprises can be confident that they are investing in a long term, exciting and successful partnership.