As New York Grows Upward, Start Elevator Grows With It

New York City has been on the move for nearly 400 years. The famously fast-paced metropolis attracts movers and shakers from all corners of the world, intoxicating with its entrepreneurial energy and “I can do it better” mentality. Though New York has seen plenty of ups and downs during its long history, its dynamism has never really faltered.

Today, as a global finance and innovation hub, New York City is in the midst of a nearly unprecedented building boom. Few cities pack as many souls into as small a space; Manhattan is America’s densest county by a considerable margin. New York’s famous skyscrapers seemingly multiply by the month. Who’s making sure millions of New Yorkers move rapidly and safely through the city’s vertical cathedrals?

Companies like Start Elevator do. And, like the city that demands its services, Start Elevator is growing briskly. Founded in the early 1990s as a small family outfit, the company pioneered “bootstrapping” before bootstrapping was even a thing. After years of steadily growing its revenues and client roster, Start is now a $22 million-a-year company with enough employees to fill a Manhattan penthouse to capacity. It operates across the Tri-State Area, serving clients in New Jersey and Connecticut with the same dedication as those in its historic New York City homeland.

It’s worth remembering that the Tri-State of the early 1990s was a very different place than the Tri-State of the mid-2010s. Crime was near an all-time high, with more than 2,000 murders per year in New York City alone. The economy limped along, hampered by successive crises and capital flight to less costly parts of the United States. And population growth stagnated as longtime residents followed the money (and sun) to greener, warmer pastures.

Those days are now distant memories. The region’s population and economy are booming, outpacing Sun Belt regions that once sucked money and talent out of the Northeast. Crime is way down, to levels not seen since shortly after World War II. And a more favorable regulatory regime makes it easier than ever to start and grow a business.

Perhaps that’s why Start Elevator recently took an ambitious step toward greater growth by purchasing Al-An Elevator, a family firm with nearly four decades of experience in New York City and surrounding areas. The Al-An acquisition allows Start to grow its client roster and expand its team without sacrificing the values that helped the company grow in the first place. And with things looking brighter for New York City, there’s sure to be lots of work in the years ahead.

Onward and Upward for Start Elevator

The final chapter of Start Elevator’s story has yet to be written. But just as the company’s founder never dreamed his passion project would one day extend its reach across three states and earn millions of dollars in annual revenues, it would be foolhardy to predict what’s in store for Start’s future. Only one thing is for sure: Start Elevator’s growth is proof positive that, at least in New York City, anything is possible.

5 New York Charities Proudly Supported by Start Elevator

Despite its fast-paced lifestyle and reputation for brusqueness, New York City has a thriving philanthropic community that supports virtually every worthy cause under the sun. Local companies proudly do their part to provide financial, logistical and people-powered momentum to resource-strapped organizations. In return, they enjoy the satisfaction that comes with truly making a difference.

Few small New York City businesses are more active in the charity circuit than Bronx-based Start Elevator, one of the city’s top-rated elevator construction, maintenance and repair companies. Here’s a look at five New York charities that the company has supported over the years:

  1. Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House is a well-known charity that provides homes away from homes for thousands of families who need to travel to provide their children with medical care. Start Elevator provides in-kind donations of time and expertise for Ronald McDonald House’s numerous New York location, often fixing or maintaining elevators free of charge. Owner John O’Shea and other employees are also all too happy to donate to the charity out of their own pockets, as well as to sponsor Ronald McDonald House’s many charity events.

  1. Bottom Line

Bottom Line is a Brooklyn-based organization that provides underprivileged students with one-on-one mentorship and financial support. Its simple, admirable goal: to help kids get into and graduate from college. Start proudly participates in Bottom Line’s summer internship program, taking in bright-eyed young interns for months on end and showing them what it means to run a family business.

  1. Mount Sinai Hospital

Start Elevator supports Mount Sinai Hospital, one of New York City’s finest medical centers and a legitimate champion of innovative children’s medicine, through its work with Ronald McDonald House. The company has done work around Mount Sinai’s main Manhattan campus and boasts close ties to the institution’s provider network.

  1. Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

The compassionate practitioners at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore work tirelessly to treat rare and complex childhood disorders, often against great odds. The entire Start team understands the solemnity of Montefiore’s mission and stands ready to help the institution however it can.

  1. Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church

Brooklyn’s Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church isn’t a traditional nonprofit, but it was in dire need of assistance after Hurricane Sandy. The ravaged church couldn’t afford to fix its mission-critical elevator, which ferried people and supplies from the basement to the main levels. Start Elevator stepped into the literal breach, fixing the machine free of charge. According to a press release from the company, the repair would have cost as much as $5,000 at going rates. Start was all too happy to shoulder the burden and help a proud institution get moving once more.

If you own a business in New York City, why not consider donating your time and resources to one or all of these fine organizations? After all, we’re ultimately judged by our deeds, not the numbers in our bank account statements.