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.

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Embellish Salon and Formal Wear Now Open in Lock Haven

Ashley Kramer has been in the beauty supply industry for 11 years. Ashley has worked for Bonnie’s Hair, Nails & Tanning Salon for the last 5 years. Once the opportunity to…

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Beloved Home-Town Ice Cream Shop Under New Ownership: Buff's Ice Cream

Buff’s Ice Cream celebrated its grand opening under new ownership on June 17th with lots of food, ice cream and prizes to spare. However, Buff’s is far from a new business…

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Kum & Go Convenience Store Up and Running with Capital Acquisition Assistance of the SBDC

Right on the corner of Sunshine Avenue in Central City is the one stop for the local community providing dining and a convenience store in one location. Paula Contrillo and Keith…

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Chasing Trophy Fish Luring New Customers

Vaughn Holderman is a recent Penn State graduate with a degree in commercial recreation management. Vaughn grew up in Julian, a small rural town in Pennsylvania, and developed a passion for…

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The ART Café Paints a Picture of What an Excellent Restaurant Looks Like in the Lehigh Valley

The ART Café is now open and feeding the Lehigh Valley’s hungriest, as the name is catching attention. That’s A-R-T, which stands for Ann and Rick Takacs, owners of the new…

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Accountant Starts Her Own Practice: Singer Accounting

In August 2015 Lindsey Greenleaf attended a Saint Vincent College (SVC) SBDC training seminar - The First Step to Small Business Success. At that time she was employed by a local…

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G&S Fasteners: Fastener Company Makes the Connection

In 2015, G&S Fasteners, a company serving the industrial, building and trades markets with fasteners and tools, decided it was time to look at government sales. With over 35 years…

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Doc G’s Brewing Co. is Bringing Brewing Back to DuBois

For the last 15 years Jeff Gilbert has dreamt about bringing brewing back to the greater DuBois area. "I've talked about this for about 15 years and my wife, Jen, finally…

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Hooded Scarves Becomes Sustainable Business With Help From SBDC: Wild Mantle

Avi Loren Fox understands how important it is to find your passion. Based on this perspective, she has combined two of her own; fashion and saving the planet. She has turned…

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Perfect Harmony Center for the Arts

Beth and Jeremy Connor are creative people. Beth has taught music education in the public school system for 10 years and Jeremy is a former Montessori teacher. In their individual academic…

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A Subway Stop on Independence Street

111 West Independence Street, in the heart of downtown Shamokin, is now home to central Pennsylvania’s newest Subway franchise. Seeking assistance with business planning and financial analysis, owners, Jeffery and Jason…

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River Town Hot Spot Growing In Popularity: Salatino’s River House Café

Celebrating their 8th year in business, Salatino’s River House Café (RHC) is becoming a local tradition in Charleroi and the Mon Valley region of Washington County. Whether it’s lunch or dinner…

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The Tradition of Fine Dining in Foxburg Continues Under New Ownership: Allegheny Grille

The Allegheny Grille is an existing restaurant and bar located in the heart of Foxburg. The Allegheny Grille has a well established reputation and clientele within the area and region. Located…

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Let there be light: American Gas Lamp Works

There is something nostalgic and beautiful about the flickering flame and warm glow of a traditional gas lamp. This beauty was not lost on David Jardini, owner of American Gas Lamp…

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Sub Zero Franchise Opens First PA Location in Altoona

Tom & Cherie Brandt really enjoy ice cream. While watching an episode of the television series Shark Tank, they saw a pitch for an ice cream operation called Sub Zero.…

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Hobby Turns into Small Business Dream in Mayfield: From Drab to Fab

In early 2014, owner, Shiloh Richner, started painting and refinishing old furniture as a hobby in her home. It did not take long before her friends and family started to notice…

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Performance Biomedical Inc.

Approximately five years ago, Ron and Jane Carter decided to open a medical supply company out of their Mountain Top home. They started distributing compression stockings and lymphedema pumps. When orders…

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First Craft Distillery in Fayette County opens with SBDC assistance: Ridge Runner Distillery

Mr. Christian Klay was seeking assistance in opening a craft distillery in Fayette County and was encouraged to reach out to the Saint Vincent College SBDC. Upon meeting Christian at…

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Solid Ground Services, Inc.

 “Providing solid ground for employees and customers” is their motto… hard work and experience is its start and success. Offering excavation and heavy equipment services in commercial, residential, agricultural, and oilfield…

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International Water Company

Founded in 2010 by three partners and outside investors, International Water Company (IWC) of York, invented, manufactures and sells water purification units powered by conventional electricity, solar or wind power. The…