SBDC Hall of Fame

Designer Glass, Inc.

Designer Glass, Inc.

George and Maria Rodriguez
Designer Glass, Inc.
Queens SBDC

George and Maria came to America from Argentina to build a successful business based on their 80-year family tradition of decorating glass. They began the company in 1982 in College Point, Queens, offering sandblasting for glass, mirror, stone, plastic, and metal. Designer Glass specializes in custom etched, carved, painted, and architectural glass. They continue to develop increasingly sophisticated techniques for decorating glass and have worked on an impressive array of projects around NYC including Police Plaza, City Hall, Trump Towers and the Vietnam Memorial Wall. They have also completed several international projects that include highly detailed sculptures, decorative murals, and specialized glass treatments.

George first consulted the SBDC in 1997 when seeking financing and assistance in relocating to a larger facility. He worked closely with Business Adviser Rosa Figueroa, representatives from lending institutions, city agency officials, and others over the next two and a half years to secure financing, deal with an oil spill on the site, and resolve problems with new equipment. Since moving into its new space, Designer Glass has doubled the number of employees and total sales. George and Maria are committed to developing new products and techniques to further improve their services.