Boca Raton Veteran Nonprofit Awards Its First Business Grant To Wounded Officer's Southeast Florida Startup
Pathway to Business Success Inc., a nonprofit created to help post 9/11 American soldiers returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq succeed in business, will award its first grant to a U.S. Army pilot wounded behind enemy lines at a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 at the offices of South Palm Beach SCORE, 7999 N. Federal Highway.
Pathway selected former U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer and Chinook helicopter pilot Fred Pollino, of Boynton Beach, as its first grantee, awarding him $40,000 to expand Better Escalator Cleaning Company. Pollino's business deep cleans escalators at airports, seaports, shopping malls and government buildings throughout Southeast Florida.
As a member of the 101st Airborne Division, Pollino was among the first to be deployed to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was wounded in combat when his helicopter crashed during a mission near Khowst, Afghanistan. Pollino was medically discharged in 2003 due to his injuries.
"With Pathway's support, I'll be able to expand and hire more employees," said Pollino, 39. "I can't wait to help grow this program and help others who have served start their own business."