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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  • CounterTek, Inc.

CounterTek, Inc.

When Raymond Roux decided to open his own custom built countertop fabrication facility in Ephrata, Pa., he felt very fortunate to be able to capitalize on some timely opportunities:First, he…

  • Clarion Research Group

Clarion Research Group

Dr. James Rutkowski has maintained a private dental practice in Clarion since 1983. Using his dental lab, Dr. Rutkowski designed a device called the "VeinStay" that holds the vein in place…

  • Busy Bee Toys

Busy Bee Toys

Busy Bee Toys is a specialty toy store located in Doylestown. Nerice Kendter, owner, developed the idea of selling European toys when she and her son joined her husband on a…

  • Blanc Printing

Blanc Printing

Karen Zatta-Martin and her husband Steve have owned and operated Blanc Printing in Bridgeville, PA for 10+ years. The couple are long time University of Pittsburgh SBDC clients, having utilized consulting…

  • Micron Research Corporation

Micron Research Corporation

Micron Research Corporation, located in the rural town of Emporium in Cameron County, is a manufacturer of fine grain graphite. Currently, the company produces five different grades of graphite that…

  • Bassett’s Ice Cream

Bassett’s Ice Cream

President Obama recently stopped in at the Reading Terminal Market for a taste from America's oldest ice cream company. Since 1885, Bassett’s Ice Cream, a family owned business, has been…

  • Arvite Technologies

Arvite Technologies

A leading manufacturer of sheet metal products in the Erie region, Arvite Technologies Inc. was established eight years ago by Bud Martin.The company's main capabilities include precision handling of steel,…

  • 911 Safety Equipment

911 Safety Equipment

A lifelong dream. That's what owning a successful business was for Pennsylvania native Daniel Silvestri. With help from the Temple University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), that dream became a reality…

  • Absolute Powder Coating

Absolute Powder Coating

As a young widow, Audra Mitchell was determined to provide for her son in a business that would keep her close to home. She entered a traditionally-male sector after intensive research…

  • Alexander Perry, Inc.

Alexander Perry, Inc.

Alexander Perry, Inc. is a certified woman-owned minority business enterprise specializing in providing interior architecture and space planning to corporations, educational institutions, and private residences.The company's clients include the Philadelphia…

  • McGinnis Special Food Stores

McGinnis Special Food Stores

Ms. Noreen Campbell and her two sisters own and operate McGinnis Special Food Stores, a family owned business since 1946. In 1981 the three sisters, Bonnie, Sharon, and Noreen assumed…