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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Shaffer Transfer & Moving

Jamie and Lindsay Frampton had been talking about owning and operating their own business for a few years when the owners of Shaffer Transfer & Moving indicated that they were looking…

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Bella Bambini’s Daycare

Background: Through a referral from the Peoples Security Bank, Charles & Jennifer Collura came to the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 2012 for assistance in obtaining a construction…

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Salisbury Hometown Pizza

Penny Baker and Kandy Patton put their idea of starting a pizza shop into action. The sisters first approached the St. Francis University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in September of 2013…

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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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Kane’s Ideal Truck Service

At only twenty-two years old, Zachary Kane had already gained experience well beyond his years, having worked on cars and trucks since he was seventeen. After graduating college with a degree…

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Countryside Agility

Countryside Agility was started in 2002 in Edinboro by Denise Thomas. Denise had trained and shown in dog sports since she was nine years old.  She had started a small grooming…

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LightLabs Inc

While Ph.D. candidates at Carnegie Mellon University, Elijah Mayfield and David Adamson collaborated to develop a computer platform using state-of-the-art machine learning for writing education. The goal was to create a…

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Saving Grace Quail Farm

William Flickinger grew up on a dairy farm where he learned a high standard of work ethics and animal care skills. From that point on, his entire life has revolved around…

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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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Charlie B’s Texas Bar-B-Que

Carl Everett is the owner of Charlie B’s Texas Bar-B-Que and credits his childhood and the numerous lessons he received from his parents for the success that he has been able…

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Artisan Exchange

Frank Badassarre, the founder of Artisan Exchange, had worked for over thirty years in the financial services industry. Many of those years include executive level experience. Frank possesses extensive managerial,…

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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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Michelle Snow Company

Nakia Stokes, also known as Michelle Snow, left corporate America in early 2013 to start her own business. She had had a great job as a corporate training professional but felt…

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CJ Complete Cleaning Service

CJ Complete Cleaning Service, LLC provides commercial and residential cleaning services specializing in office and carpet cleaning, hardwood floors maintenance and furniture steam cleaning. The owner and operator is Mr.…

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Pizza ‘N Stuff

Tony Marchiano has been working in the pizza industry for twenty-five years, starting when he moved to the United States from Sicily. His wife, Jessica has many years of experience in…

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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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Saturated Solutions 4U

Through a referral from Peoples Security Bank, John Downer came to the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for assistance in starting his turf aeration sales and service business. A…

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K-Vay’s Restaurant

K-Vay’s Restaurant is a full-service restaurant and catering business located in Irwin, Westmoreland County. The business has been in operation since 1988 providing their customers delicious food ranging from pizza to…

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Townsend Insurance Services

Ms. Tonya McDonough was seeking assistance in opening an insurance agency in Fayette County and was encouraged by a SBA micro lender to reach out to the Saint Vincent College Small…