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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  • Endless Mountains Farm Fresh

Endless Mountains Farm Fresh

Melissa Haertsch is a freelance copywriter who works for advertising agencies. She also has a passion for the land she lives on, an appreciation for the hard working farmers in her…

  • Farmer Smith's Gift & Garden

Farmer Smith's Gift & Garden

Farmer Smith’s Gift and Garden Center has been a family owned and operated business for over 30 years. The business offers an extensive garden center and greenhouse, as well as a…

  • Manchester Farms

Manchester Farms

Originally established in the 1770s by Isaac Manchester, Manchester Farms -- then called Grandview Dairy Farm -- has remained in the family for more than two centuries. It was recently purchased…

  • Giá Pronto Restaurants

Giá Pronto Restaurants

Marco Lentini just opened the fifth of his Gia Pronto "fast casual" Italian food shops. Lentini, 31, is a prime example of small businesses who are creating jobs, which is exactly…

  • Harrison Machine Company

Harrison Machine Company

When Pat Farver took over Harrison Machine Company, which was founded in 1939, his vision to “combine University research with commercial innovation” may have been a bit different than the…

  • ORIONVEGA

ORIONVEGA

Joe Serkoch and Chris Lewis lost their corporate positions producing television commercials. Their entire department was eliminated due to cutbacks related to the down economy.With only two months until their…

  • EcoTech Marine LLC

EcoTech Marine LLC

EcoTech Marine LLC began in the science labs, where Lehigh University engineering students Patrick Clasen and Tim Marks and University of Oklahoma physics major Justin Lawyer observed a deficiency in reef…

  • The Dlubak Group

The Dlubak Group

Frank Dlubak, head of the country's leading architectural glass manufacturer, is known as an inventor, entrepreneur and visionary in his industry. Products from his Blairsville-based cluster of companies, The Dlubak Group…

  • Dinsmore Welding and Fabricating, Inc.

Dinsmore Welding and Fabricating, Inc.

Think business is slow in a recession? Not for Melvin Dinsmore. Last year, Mr. Dinsmore decided the growth of the company was enough to continue to expand--even as other manufacturers were…

  • The Naval Company

The Naval Company

The Naval Company manufactures the U.S. Coast Guard approved Model CG85 Bridger Line Throwing Gun™ Kit, used for line deployment or line throwing, life saving, and access solutions by offshore drilling…

  • Deuce Transport

Deuce Transport

Daron Murton had worked as a well tender for 10 years, and was intimately familiar with the movers and shakers in the industry. So when companies became interested in the Marcellus…

  • Danielle & Company

Danielle & Company

Danielle Fleming was pursuing a graduate degree in psychology when she took up a new technique for helping others cope with the stress. She created a line of natural bath soaps…

  • 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,…

  • 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…