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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  • York-Seaway

York-Seaway

Rick York started York-Seaway, a company that has provides precision machined parts and custom engineered assemblies and products, more than 30 years ago. He remains actively involved in the operations…

  • Wood Technologies

Wood Technologies

Wood Technologies is a Meadville, Pa. based software development company. Founded by Sheila Wood in 1996, it initially offered consulting, training, programming, and software implementation services to manufacturing companies. The company…

  • Waves in Solids

Waves in Solids

Waves in Solids is a research and development business focused on engineering and sensing for structural integrity. The firm has prior experience winning Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants.Its owner,…

  • Thinking Green Systems

Thinking Green Systems

Thinking Green Systems has brought home building materials into the eco-friendly era, providing insulation services in any building. What sets this venture apart is a new product called BioBased 501. This…

  • Therm Omega Tech, Inc.

Therm Omega Tech, Inc.

Each year, approximately 1,500 manufacturers turn to the Pennsylvania SBDC looking for help to expand their markets, obtain capital to fund new ventures, and identify cost saving opportunities. The SBDC supports…

  • Solar Revolution

Solar Revolution

In just six months, John Purvis saw sales reach the $2 million mark for his new business. Solar Revolution, which Purvis opened in July 2008, offers residential PV Electric Systems,…

  • Simmonds Veterinary Hospital

Simmonds Veterinary Hospital

Growing up on a farm on the island of Jamaica, Dr. Debby Cougar always dreamt of becoming a veterinarian.  She never dreamed she would become a veterinarian who would lunch with…

  • LL Kurtz

LL Kurtz

Bill Kurtzhals, a veteran of the United States military, started LL Kurtz several years ago, and has consistently shown an extremely unique approach to business: Do what others can’t. With a…

  • Sabre Systems

Sabre Systems

Sabre Systems, Inc., a provider of information technology and professional engineering services, began as a small, two-man office in 1989. Now with $70 million revenue, 600 employees and a market…

  • Lightning Packs

Lightning Packs

Looking to take a load off? Talk to Dr. Larry Rome, professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Biology, who happens to be an expert in the physics of muscle…

  • The Leadglow Compound

The Leadglow Compound

“We weren’t actually trying to make a sensor for toxic lead in the beginning, but the results of seeking a component to an enzyme, lead to the development of a lead-sensitive…

  • 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…

  • Robotics Engineering Excellence

Robotics Engineering Excellence

Robotics Engineering Excellence (RE2, Inc.) is a women-owned Carnegie Mellon University spin-off company specializing in mobile defense robotics, with an emphasis on Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems software development and unmanned…

  • Pronto! Provisions with Passion

Pronto! Provisions with Passion

Scotta Magnelli had many years of experience in food preparat ion and food styling and had always loved sharing her passion for high quality, specialty food. After years of working many…

  • 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…

  • Hörmann Flexon LLC

Hörmann Flexon LLC

Two years ago, the Hörmann Group acquired the business operations of Flexon, Inc. A worldwide leader in door safety and technology, Hörmann is the largest manufacturer of residential and commercial doors…

  • Hoeganaes Corporation

Hoeganaes Corporation

The impact of the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) technical assistance to Hoeganaes Corporation is dramatic and concrete. Resolving a chemical compounding issue allowed Hoeganaes to reopen a business…

  • Helsel Lumber

Helsel Lumber

When Helsel Lumber, which now exports its products around the world, first came to the Saint Francis Small Business Development Center (SBDC), its sales were entirely domestic and beginning to decline.…

  • Heartland Hall

Heartland Hall

Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers help aspiring entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams and, by so doing, meet the needs of their communities. To Nancy Pyle, civic leader, health care professional, and Bedford…