The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers have helped thousands of entrepreneurs launch successful new business ventures, expand an existing business, or return a business to profitability.

Read about some of our clients who have allowed us to share their stories, representing a wide range of assistance provided across a variety of industries.

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Historic Estate Gets A New Life: Bush House Estate

If the walls of the historic 6000 square foot Bush House Estate could talk, they would tell a tale that started in the mid 1800’s and continues today with the latest…

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FirstLight Home Care

 Mykal Kousins served proudly in the Navy for 22 years, working mostly in logistics and distribution. After his retirement in 2011, Mykal and his wife Christine moved to the Pittsburgh region…

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New Salon Receives Blair County Community Action Agency’s First Micro Grant: Vivid Hair Design

Ashley Barroner had been working in the hair industry for the past five years, primarily for large corporate salons. She always had the goal of becoming an entrepreneur and was finally…

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Smokin’ Outlaw BBQ

Eric Neith attended the First Step program held by the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center in 2012. At the time he was operating a small, catering type barbeque service from…

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The Salon @ Lavish

In late 2015, Micah Woodard, owner of Lavish Body & Home, approached the University of Scranton SBDC for assistance in expanding the hair salon portion of his downtown Scranton business,…

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Johnnie Lustig's Frankfurters

New Street in Bethlehem is now home to daily made smoked hot dogs and other local treats. Johnnie Lustig's Frankfurters may be new to Bethlehem, but owner John Lustig Jr is…

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Dr. Rachel Penney Brings New Vision to McKeesport

Dr. Rachel Penney has always had an interest in optometry. Nearsighted as a child, she would visit her optometrist frequently, developing a mentorship that guided her on a career path. She…

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Let your pet be spoiled with Pampered Paws

Ever since attending grooming school Renee Fisher-Garcia had a passion for providing this service to pets. Before starting her own grooming business Pampered Paw Renee had previously worked for more than…

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Frosted Fox Cake Shop

Jennifer Low and her husband Sean Williams opened the Frosted Fox Cake Shop at 6511 Germantown Avenue in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia in November 2015. They make artisanal cakes…

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Business Turns Crafts into Cash: Crafty Creations

Sandy Westover loves crafts, artists, and opportunity. She also loves her hometown of Benton. In recent years, Benton has become something of a tourist destination for shoppers who enjoy “antiquing.” In…

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Business Nanny

In late 2015, Denise Boyle approached the University of Scranton SBDC for assistance in starting a home-based business. Ms. Boyle was interested in becoming a virtual assistant from her home in…

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Cook Forest State Park Welcomes Bearfoot Cabin

Ken and Nancy Skeddle had always enjoyed the relaxing environment they felt at their home located near the beautiful Cook Forest State Park. With the encouragement of friends and family, who…

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Pain Medicine at Ease: Vital Pain Center

The Entrepreneur Dr. Jorge Rivero’s family emigrated from Cuba when he was 8 years old. He took advantage of a new life filled with opportunities and started his medical career. He…

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Sick of Single: Teaching Us All How to Love Again

Sick of Single is a dating coaching firm that teaches women how to go from dating to relationship to marriage. Annie White is the CEO and founder of SOS. She began…

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Entrepreneur spices up career, opens “Rosa’s Southern BBQ”

Although entrepreneur Dante Batten had successfully opened and managed a catering business, the idea of running a restaurant kept simmering in his heart. As a long-time client, Mr. Batten had sampled…

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

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.…

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Quality Mould, Inc. Expands Operations

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…

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RunLitesTurn Night Into Light!

After spending a long day at work and a full evening caring for her three active sons, Mary Tiffin was finally ready for her daily run. Seeing it was well past…

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Holloway Seating Expands into New Facility

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…

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Advanced Plasma Solutions

Roman Federovsky, CEO, and Igor Shamis, COO, co-founded Advanced Plasma Solutions in 2012 and soon joined by managing partner Simon Kassas, EVP to commercialize new products and solutions utilizing non-thermal plasma…