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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Dr. Rachel Penney Brings New Vision to McKeesport

Dr. Rachel Penney has always had an interest in optometry. Nearsighted as a child, she would visit her optometrist frequently, developing a mentorship that guided her on a career path. She…

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Let your pet be spoiled with Pampered Paws

Ever since attending grooming school Renee Fisher-Garcia had a passion for providing this service to pets. Before starting her own grooming business Pampered Paw Renee had previously worked for more than…

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Frosted Fox Cake Shop

Jennifer Low and her husband Sean Williams opened the Frosted Fox Cake Shop at 6511 Germantown Avenue in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia in November 2015. They make artisanal cakes…

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Business Turns Crafts into Cash: Crafty Creations

Sandy Westover loves crafts, artists, and opportunity. She also loves her hometown of Benton. In recent years, Benton has become something of a tourist destination for shoppers who enjoy “antiquing.” In…

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Business Nanny

In late 2015, Denise Boyle approached the University of Scranton SBDC for assistance in starting a home-based business. Ms. Boyle was interested in becoming a virtual assistant from her home in…

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Cook Forest State Park Welcomes Bearfoot Cabin

Ken and Nancy Skeddle had always enjoyed the relaxing environment they felt at their home located near the beautiful Cook Forest State Park. With the encouragement of friends and family, who…

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Pain Medicine at Ease: Vital Pain Center

The Entrepreneur Dr. Jorge Rivero’s family emigrated from Cuba when he was 8 years old. He took advantage of a new life filled with opportunities and started his medical career. He…

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Sick of Single: Teaching Us All How to Love Again

Sick of Single is a dating coaching firm that teaches women how to go from dating to relationship to marriage. Annie White is the CEO and founder of SOS. She began…

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Entrepreneur spices up career, opens “Rosa’s Southern BBQ”

Although entrepreneur Dante Batten had successfully opened and managed a catering business, the idea of running a restaurant kept simmering in his heart. As a long-time client, Mr. Batten had sampled…

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Penn State Grad Is Printing Possibilities as a CEO: X Material Processing

Matt Woods founded X Material Processing in 2015 while still a mechanical engineering student at Penn State. His interest in business began when he met Joe Sinclair, his earliest business partner.…

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Quality Mould, Inc. Expands Operations

DJ Danko and Jamie Danko, owners of Quality Mould, Inc. approached the Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center for assistance in developing a business plan for financing to purchase…

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RunLitesTurn Night Into Light!

After spending a long day at work and a full evening caring for her three active sons, Mary Tiffin was finally ready for her daily run. Seeing it was well past…

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Holloway Seating Expands into New Facility

Background – The Challenge Holloway Seating, LLC has been in the spectator seating industry since 1991. They provide quality seating such as Indoor Arenas, Outdoor Grandstands, Stadium Seating, Grandstands and Press…

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Advanced Plasma Solutions

Roman Federovsky, CEO, and Igor Shamis, COO, co-founded Advanced Plasma Solutions in 2012 and soon joined by managing partner Simon Kassas, EVP to commercialize new products and solutions utilizing non-thermal plasma…

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AC Power Tech

Jeremy Wallace is an entrepreneur who after working for Fortune 500 companies, decided to apply his business expertise to his family business, a manufacturer of high electric power systems for underground…

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East Hill Media

East Hill Video Production Company, LLC now doing business as East Hill Media was formed in 1996 by Daniel P. Watson-Bey Founder and CEO. East Hill Media is a multimedia company…

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Get a Load of This! Premium Topsoil Vendor in Central PA: Krall Contracting Inc

Barbara Krall had spent 9 years managing the day-to-day business operations of a family-owned business, and wanted to use that experience to manage her own company, as well as create future…

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Erie Ale Works

Erie Ale Works, LLC is a privately owned microbrewery that is operated and managed by Jeff McCullor, president, and Steve Anthony, vice president and general manager.  Jeff oversees and implements the…

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GM's Automotive Launches with $150,000 Loan from First National

Garrett McKenzie was born in Beaver Falls, PA and has remained in the greater Erie area his entire life as he currently lives in Cambridge Springs with his wife Starr and…

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Dalicia Bakery and Coffee Shop Opens in Harrisburg

Samra Alic, currently residing in Harrisburg, PA, is a local entrepreneur and owner of Dalicia Bakery and Coffee Shop. The combination bakery and coffee shop offers European style breads and…