Bernard Irby Inc. is an integrated consulting, electrical, and construction provider specializing in delivering quality services to commercial and residential properties. As an emerging minority- and veteran-owned small business, Bernard Irby offers exceptional service to clients along the Southeast region of the U.S.
Bernard Irby Electric was recognized by the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Jovita Carranza for its resilience during these unprecedented times of a global pandemic. As an emerging minority-owned and veteran-owned electrical contractor serving the Eastern Seaboard region, the company’s commitment to selflessly serve with a can-do attitude fuels its passion for exceeding expectations. Bernard Irby’s staff has experience in all aspects of the electrical industry, proudly serving the electrical needs of commercial, industrial, mixed-use, healthcare, infrastructure, and renewable energy projects.
Bernard Irby Electric is one of 4.5 million small businesses and non-profits around the country to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a CARES Act program designed to help small businesses retain their employees and sustain their businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SBA will forgive the emergency capital loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the funds received are used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
“The PPP is meeting its mission to retain critical jobs in Charlotte, and Bernard Irby is one of many small businesses that are utilizing this emergency capital program to its fullest,” said Administrator Carranza. “Bernard Irby is a great example of a successful American entrepreneur who is committed to supporting his employees, and in the process, strengthening our economy and restoring hope in our communities.”
Both founders of Bernard Irby recognize the value of taking advantage of the SBA PPP program.
“In tough times you are forced to make tough decisions. Decisions that can negatively affect people’s lives and family. The PPP helped our company to not have to make those tough decisions. Instead, we continue to move the company forward, contributing to essential infrastructure while protecting the livelihood of our valued employees and their families” said Bjorn Bernard, Founder, Vice President.
"Without the funding, furloughs and reduced wages would have been inevitable. We would have reduced our staff by 30% or more. The PPP allowed us to keep everyone at 100 percent of their salary" said Julian Irby, Founder.
Pictured above, left to right: Chris Weaver, Acting Director Office of Consumer Policy U.S. Department of Treasury; Chris Gray, Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. SBA; Ashley Bell, Regional Administrator U.S. SBA/White House Policy Advisor for Entrepreneurship; Bjorn Bernard, Founder, Vice President, Bernard Irby Electric; Jovita Carranza, Administrator U.S. SBA; Calvin Stevens Jr, President, Bernard Irby Inc; Thomas Stith, District Director U.S. SBA; Julian Irby, Founder, Vice President, Bernard Irby Electric
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