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 03 August 2011 with the tag Retail

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A Place for Everything: Home and Business Solutions

Kim Bingaman first contacted the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in September of 2014. She had recently become aware that a local retail store was for sale. She had…

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Macri's Sports

Beth and Tyler Krivosh have taken their spirit for sports and combined it with their management skills and a loan from First Commonwealth Bank to purchase a screen printing and embroidery…

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Dries Orchards, Inc.

Dries Orchards is a retail and wholesale orchard offering fresh produce and a variety of jams, teas, honey, cider, baked goods, and candies at stores, farmers markets, and produce stands in…

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Mix Salad Concept, Inc.

Mix Salad Concept launched in 2014 with the desire to bring working professionals throughout the city of Pittsburgh healthy, nutritious lunch options. Co-founders Rachael Bane and Lia Vaccaro saw an opportunity…

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Glubbers, LLC

Once upon a time, a mom of three struggled to find winter gloves for her children. She bought a pair, but they were too cheap: her oldest put a hole through…

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Refresh PGH

Pittsburgh natives Sean Devine and Baldwin Dawkins don’t like the term “sneakerhead.” They prefer terms like “collector,” “enthusiast,” or “connoisseur.” Whatever you call them, you have to admit they have a…

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Sultana’s Gifts & Apparel

Dr. Gina Z. Morrison and Mr. William Morrison of Forty Fort are owners of one of the area’s most popular gift boutiques, Sultana’s Gifts & Apparel.  Dr. and Mr. Morrison…

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Made in America Again

In mid-2013, a light bulb went off for Jim Stuber when he saw a GE commercial for lightbulbs made in China. After a successful career in government, law, and helping others…

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Fun and Function

Aviva Weiss, Founder and CEO of Fun and Function launched the business to its “next level” in 2014. Fun and Function provides versions of occupational therapy toys and learning aids for…

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Amped Apparel

Adam Sitz attended Shippensburg University to pursue a college education. While at Shippensburg, he continued to develop the Amped Apparel business that he started as a teen and that is celebrating…

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Rugrats Resale

In 2009, Lydia approached the Penn State Small Development Center (SBDC) for assistance in setting up her digital media business, Pick 'em Up Productions. The SBDC helped her move through the…

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Marcela Cruz Boutique

Marcela and Eduardo Cruz are natural entrepreneurs who moved to the United States from Colombia in 1998. More than a decade ago, Eduardo started EMC Home Improvement, a successful home improvement…

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In 2012, Jamie Fox was struck with a vision.  She saw a need in the area for high-quality, gently-used clothing that is both affordable and fashionable.  She understood the importance for…

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Corbin's Footwear

Since 2004, Bob Simcox, owner of Corbin’s Footwear, has paid close attention to the retail apparel and footwear industry. His most important observation has been that the footwear industry is…

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GK World

As a high school student, Greg Legnini was looking for a way to make some extra money while working part time at a local shoe store. The idea hit him that…

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Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe

In 1999 the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) assisted Elaine Meder-Wilgus and her partners restructure and reposition a long standing local used bookstore. With SBDC assistance and bank funding,…

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Kinzua/Wolf Run Marina

Since the 1980s, Diane DeLarme has operated the Kinzua/Wolf Run Marina and Docksiders Café on the Allegheny Reservoir, a vast body of water in northwest Pennsylvania that crosses into New York.…

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Eagle Mart

Eagle Mart, Inc. was established seven years ago by Ittifaq A. Choudhry, and was incorporated last year. Eagle Mart recently purchased Schwartz Market in Pittsburgh, a well-known family-owned grocery store established…

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Airline Hydraulics

Airline Equipment Company was founded in 1949 by Joseph Loughran to distribute pneumatic tools and accessories in Philadelphia. At that time the city had a vibrant industrial manufacturing economy. Over the…

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Mach Precision Machine, Inc.

Barry Gruber had been involved in the machining industry for most of his working life. He had a wide range of experience throughout the machine shop and was fully capable of meeting…