The Pennsylvania SBDC helps makers of all products, from fabricated metal to furniture to food.

We can help you with:

  • Business planning
  • Market research
  • Identifying potential funding options to start or grow your business
  • Finding new markets locally, internationally, online, or within the government
  • Product development planning & commercialization
  • Understanding environmental regulatory requirements
  • Business continuity planning
  • Succession planning

Maker Success Stories

The following stories are a representation of the small businesses that the Pennsylvania SBDC has helped grow across the state.

Therm-Omega-Tech: A Company on the Move

Therm-Omega-Tech, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of products using proprietary self-actuating temperature control valves.  Founded in 1983 the first product was a valve that uses thermal actuator technology to provide reliable and cost effective freeze protection to the railroad industry. The company returned to its beginnings…

Pennsylvania SBDC Network Planning Statewide Events for Small Business Owners and Aspiring Entrepreneurs during Global Entrepreneurship Week

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) have announced a statewide series of events for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), November 14-18, 2016. Events will take place across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to celebrate the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas…

Pennsylvania SBDC Celebrates Manufacturing Week with Statewide Series of Events

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are hosting four events during Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week, October 1-7, 2016.  The events are part of a nationwide effort to change perceptions of manufacturing today, draw attention to career opportunities available in a variety of sectors, and educate the public on the significant…

Levity Brewing Company

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Background More than 15 years ago, Luke McKelvy started teaching himself to brew beer in his apartment while attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His passion for brewing inspired other friends to start brewing beer at home, including Erich Walls and Jered Herman. Each of them had full time careers, Luke in…

Penn State Grad Is Printing Possibilities as a CEO: X Material Processing

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Matt Woods founded X Material Processing in 2015 while still a mechanical engineering student at Penn State. His interest in business began when he met Joe Sinclair, his earliest business partner. They began working together as interns at the CIMP-3D Lab. Joe’s company, Solid Dynamics, LLC, had experience using 3D printing…

Quality Mould, Inc. Expands Operations

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DJ Danko and Jamie Danko, owners of Quality Mould, Inc. approached the Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center for assistance in developing a business plan for financing to purchase a larger manufacturing facility to accommodate the increased demand resulting from diversification of industry services QMI now provides to their…

Holloway Seating Expands into New Facility

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Background – The Challenge Holloway Seating, LLC has been in the spectator seating industry since 1991. They provide quality seating such as Indoor Arenas, Outdoor Grandstands, Stadium Seating, Grandstands and Press Boxes. They have a reputation for providing customers with complete turnkey projects on time and within budget. The company assists…

AC Power Tech

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Jeremy Wallace is an entrepreneur who after working for Fortune 500 companies, decided to apply his business expertise to his family business, a manufacturer of high electric power systems for underground mines. He figured the company is an expert in its field. There are only 4 companies of its kind left…

Erie Ale Works

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Erie Ale Works, LLC is a privately owned microbrewery that is operated and managed by Jeff McCullor, president, and Steve Anthony, vice president and general manager.  Jeff oversees and implements the actions plans and daily operations; while Steve works closely with him in all aspects as his right hand man. Erie…

Bucknell University SBDC Honors Small Businesses during Annual Award Ceremony

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On Friday, July 15, at the Elaine Langone Center of  Bucknell University, seven small businesses participated in an exhibition of their products and told their stories of success as aided by the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), including Gilson Boards, Novipod, RunLites, Heritage Springs Memory Care, Upper Desk, Threading…

Doc G’s Brewing Co. is Bringing Brewing Back to DuBois

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For the last 15 years Jeff Gilbert has dreamt about bringing brewing back to the greater DuBois area. "I've talked about this for about 15 years and my wife, Jen, finally said you know, you just turned 40 and you're gonna blink your eye again and you're gonna turn 80, and…

Let there be light: American Gas Lamp Works

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There is something nostalgic and beautiful about the flickering flame and warm glow of a traditional gas lamp. This beauty was not lost on David Jardini, owner of American Gas Lamp Works (AGLW). Founded in 2012, when David purchased the assets of a defunct predecessor company, AGLW prides itself on…

First Craft Distillery in Fayette County opens with SBDC assistance: Ridge Runner Distillery

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Mr. Christian Klay was seeking assistance in opening a craft distillery in Fayette County and was encouraged to reach out to the Saint Vincent College SBDC. Upon meeting Christian at the SBDC’s Fayette County Outreach location, he shared that he was interested in starting a micro-distillery. Micro-distilleries are also known…

From Designer to Businessman: Forager Company

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Bryan Norris started Forager Company  in 2015 to provide handmade small batch clothing and leather goods located in Lancaster. Forager Company located in Lancaster PA, designs and produces utilitarian products while incorporating foraged vintage and historic textiles, old stock denim, and salvaged leather. The company brings the values and artisanship of…

Integrated Machine

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Integrated Machine Company was started in July 2001 by Mary Jo Light. The company prides itself in American-made products and the use of American suppliers. The initial purpose of the company was to manufacture quick disconnect fire hydrant storz. This unit has since universalized the fire hydrant connection and allows fire…