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.

You are viewing 65 posts for 15 June 2011 with the tag Retail

  • SDC Nutrition

SDC Nutrition

As a personal trainer and athlete, Sean Marszalek was always frustrated that there was not an all-natural, and great tasting, whey protein product on the market. In 2008, Sean partnered with…

  • Zeigler's Cider

Zeigler's Cider

Maurice Henry Zeigler started his fresh pressed apple cider business in 1932. Three generations later, Zeigler’s cider is available in 32 states during all four seasons. Since apple cider is traditionally…

  • Roy Pitz

Roy Pitz

From the time they were in high school, Ryan Richards and Jesse Rotz dreamed of owning a brewery. Quite unlike the dreams of most teenagers, Ryan and Jesse were determined to…

  • Northern Lite Fine Clothing

Northern Lite Fine Clothing

Rob Ferguson has worked with the Lock Haven Small Business Development Center (SBDC) since he had the idea of becoming a business owner. He attended the First Step for Starting a Small…

  • Pittsburgh Cloth Diapers

Pittsburgh Cloth Diapers

Lillian and Adam Cannon are a happy family of five. They've spent years looking for the best products for their children. Like many other parents, going with green choices for their…

  • Uncle Buck's BBQ

Uncle Buck's BBQ

The road to restaurant ownership has been an adventure for Brian Gardner (aka Uncle Buck). The first building he was interested in required too much repair and retro-fit, and Buck backed…

  • New York Fashion House

New York Fashion House

Marjorie Viard has always had a love of all things fashion. Over the years, she had made small purchases of the latest shoe and purse designs from New York and had…

  • Cheryl's Southern Style Restaurant

Cheryl's Southern Style Restaurant

When Cheryl Stevens came to the Widener University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), she was operating her southern style cooking business out of a small pick-up window. She dreamed of one…

  • Nibbles & Bits

Nibbles & Bits

When Maggie Calpin came upon an unexpected opportunity to purchase Nibbles & Bits, a gourmet basket and gift business in Dunmore, PA, she knew her education, creativity, and professional experience would…

  • Elements Board Shop

Elements Board Shop

Elements Board Shop, founded December 2009, had a very positive winter season selling snowboards and winter apparel while the area received just shy of 100” of snowfall. Elements Board Shop now…

  • Pag-Omar Farms Market

Pag-Omar Farms Market

Marian and Oliver Butler own a farm that has been in their family for more than a century. They have a dairy operation (over 50 cows) in Wellsboro, Pa., where they…

  • Nature Soy, Inc.

Nature Soy, Inc.

Groups like the Small Business Development Centers are key to creating a business-friendly environment and helping small business thrive, Dr. Gene He of Nature Soy, Inc., testified before the Pennsylvania…

  • Colorfin, LLC

Colorfin, LLC

Colorfin LLC, an art supply manufacturer in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, has opened to artists a new avenue of pastels. Traditionally, pastel colors are packaged as sticks; but, Co-founders Ladd Forsline and…

  • Inn to the Seasons Specialties

Inn to the Seasons Specialties

Bernard Jurkowski had gone to chef school and worked at several restaurants. His wife Virginia was a self-taught cook with a talent for combining herbs and spices to produce a delicious…

  • Keggle Brewing

Keggle Brewing

Terry Denham is following up his longtime passion for making home-brewed beer into a successful business. Combining this passion with his 25 years of management and business experience, Terry and his…

  • Kathy's Deli

Kathy's Deli

Kathy Pugh’s passion for food lead her to open -- and later expand -- her own business. She originally opened Kathy’s Deli with husband Glenn on King Street in November 2002.…

  • Pompeii Street Soap Company

Pompeii Street Soap Company

Nearly two thousand years ago, in a small quiet town of Pompeii, Italy, there was small soap shop producing and selling all natural soap. In the year of 79 AD, the…

  • Farmer Smith's Gift & Garden

Farmer Smith's Gift & Garden

Farmer Smith’s Gift and Garden Center has been a family owned and operated business for over 30 years. The business offers an extensive garden center and greenhouse, as well as a…

  • Manchester Farms

Manchester Farms

Originally established in the 1770s by Isaac Manchester, Manchester Farms -- then called Grandview Dairy Farm -- has remained in the family for more than two centuries. It was recently purchased…

  • Giá Pronto Restaurants

Giá Pronto Restaurants

Marco Lentini just opened the fifth of his Gia Pronto "fast casual" Italian food shops. Lentini, 31, is a prime example of small businesses who are creating jobs, which is exactly…