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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  • 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…

  • CETRA, Inc.

CETRA, Inc.

Jiri Stekjskal, CEO and Founder of CETRA, Inc., has grown jobs and sales locally while building the foundation for a truly sustainable global business. With 20 full-time employees and almost $4…

  • YIKES, Inc.

YIKES, Inc.

In 1996 Tracy Levesque and her partner Mia Levesque founded YIKES, Inc, now a substantial business with 8 full-time employees. Located in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia, YIKES provides…

  • 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…

  • MLP Reporting, Inc.

MLP Reporting, Inc.

In 1992, Maureen L. Pritchard started MLP Reporting, Inc. in Lock Haven, PA. She began her career as a registered court reporter in the early 1980s and worked at the Clearfield County…

  • Townsend Industries

Townsend Industries

As a lifelong truck driver and supervisor in the waste industry, John Townsend had long observed the inefficiency of having two completely different types of garbage trucks required to pick up…

  • The Ink Garage

The Ink Garage

D’Ann and Mark Mowery had spent 20 years establishing themselves in their fields, D’Ann as a loan technician for the US Department of Agriculture and Mark as a commercial electrician. Both enjoyed their…

  • OHM Systems, Inc.

OHM Systems, Inc.

Twelve years ago, Praful Patel started OHM Systems, Inc. – a business providing innovative solutions to clients in the information technology and software engineering services. Despite his business’ general dedication, experience…

  • See Jane Ride

See Jane Ride

In the Fall of 2009, three friends, Kristin Peterson, Carla Myers, and Maria Wherley were discussing the idea of transforming their passion for riding bicycles into a business opportunity.Carla, an…

  • Buttonwood Campground

Buttonwood Campground

In the early 1990’s, Denny and Nancy McFarland fell in love with a picturesque piece of property outside the village of Mexico in Juniata County. The scenic site not only boasted a…

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Katie Benson School of Dance

Katie Benson had been working at a local dance studio for several years and was presented with the opportunity to purchase the business in a few years. In order to prepare…

  • Apprise Software, Inc.

Apprise Software, Inc.

Apprise Software, Inc. is a leading provider of ERP software solutions designed specifically for mid-market consumer goods distributors. Apprise Software provides enterprise-wide distribution solutions that helps drive business growth, streamline operations,…

  • ABEC, Inc.

ABEC, Inc.

ABEC designs and manufactures bioreactors and fermentors for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The reactors are used to grow cell cultures used by the pharmaceutical industry for production of vaccines and…

  • Active Learning Center

Active Learning Center

The Active Learning Centers (ALC) opened its doors in Emmaus in 2003 with a mission of providing working families with child care programs that combine education, physical and developmental disciplines. ALC…

  • Petra Drilling

Petra Drilling

Casey Heckman had over twenty-six years of experience working with and selling supplies to the operators of stone quarry and coal mining businesses. He was intimately familiar with the operating costs and…

  • 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…

  • Allegra Print & Imaging Pittsburgh

Allegra Print & Imaging Pittsburgh

Local small business owner Dave Jones helps Allegra Pittsburgh take the necessary first steps to go green. Allegra Pittsburgh is a full-service marketing communications provider offering strategic marketing planning, graphic design,…

  • Wojanis Hydraulic Supply Company, Inc.

Wojanis Hydraulic Supply Company, Inc.

Wojanis Supply Company, Inc. is a distributor of parts and equipment used in the hydraulics and pneumatics industry. Wojanis is housed in a story and a half former warehouse-type facility encompassing…

  • Sintergy, Inc.

Sintergy, Inc.

Sintergy Inc., a world class manufacturer of custom engineered powder metal components has opened the doors to their new 43,000 square feet facility located in Industrial Drive in Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania thanks…

  • Windview Farms

Windview Farms

Windview Farm operates a turkey growing operation and crop farm in Union Township, Snyder County, PA.  The two barns finish four flocks per barn and average about 6,500 birds per flock. …