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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Simple Car Wash

Taylor Mitcham’s car was dirty. It was the middle of winter, and she was living in an apartment that had no access to a hose and no detailing supplies on hand.…

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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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Gia Hair and Things

Gia Jones opened a Beauty Boutique specializing in the sale of beauty products, hair weaves, hair extensions, wigs, accessories, and much more. Gia is operating out of a remodeled room in…

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24/7 Body Central

Michelle McGinness and Randy Haffley have opened a fitness center specializing in fitness, weight/cardio training, and general health improvement. The center also sells fitness clothing and accessories as well as energy…

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J. Barker Paving

J. Barker Paving was established by James Barker in June of 2014. J. Barker Paving’s services include asphalt paving and sealcoating. Jim also offers snow plowing in the “off season” winter…

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Thomas at the Book Shop

Thomas at the Book Shop recently found its home within the Moravian Book Shop and will bring back the allure of a classy, casual dining experience to the historical site. Owner…

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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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Peiffer Machine Services

Kelly Ressler began her working career as an elementary school teacher in Pennsylvania. The New Holland native did not consider joining the family business in Mount Aetna until years later, after…

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H & W Global Industries

H & W Global brought a heightened environmental consciousness with it when it moved its production from a space near Pittsburgh to a location in Indiana in 2005. The Indiana University…

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Disobedient Spirits

Robert Begg and Robert Sechrist had long, distinguished careers as professors at Indiana University of PA (IUP), but as they approached retirement, they wanted to pursue some of their other interests.…

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Ellwood Crankshaft & Machine

In October of 2014, leadership at Ellwood Group and Ellwood Crankshaft and Machine (ECM) invited several guests to celebrate the groundbreaking for their “new” facility in Sharon (Ellwood Group is a…

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CIMA Life Science

Dr. Jashwant Sharma migrated from India to the US in 1970 to further his studies, arriving with only eight dollars in his pocket. He graduated with a degree in internal medicine/nephrology…

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CJ Spirits

CJ Spirits celebrated their grand opening on June 14, 2014 by having a full day of food, craft vendors, music, and distillery tours. CJ Spirits is a craft distillery located in…

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Gilson Boards

Ever since he was a teenager, Nick Gilson had a vision for an innovative new snowboard design. The idea stayed on the back burner for a long time, but a few…

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Plant-it Earth Greenhouse

Karin Eller had a vision. She dreamed of a business focused on her love of gardening and on growing heirloom tomatoes and peppers. However, not only was the concept a new…

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The Cutting Board Factory

In 2012, Joe Fesolovich came to the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as a referral from the Carbondale Technology Transfer Center. Joe needed assistance in improving traffic to…

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Image of Beauty Salon and Day Spa

In the fall of 2011, the flood waters from Tropical Storm Lee devastated the salon and spa where Silvana Graziano had been working for several years to the point where the…

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Sky View Drive-In

Like many people, Liz Walker’s life includes fond memories of seeing movies at a drive‐in. She believes it is an experience everyone should be able to enjoy, which is one reason…

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Proud to Serve Mini Mart & Deli

Talk about chance. Barbara and her husband Rachid Houggati, had patronized this convenience store when it was previously NS Deli. They had always thought about how great it would be to…

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aEORNG, LLC

aEONRG (pronounced “eon-ergy”) was founded by William Belknap and his wife Cass Forkin in March of 2012. Bill served for twenty years in the US Army and 10 years with Pfizer,…