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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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…

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From Grandmother’s Cooking to a Mexican Restaurant: La Abuela

James Castaneda and Glenda Delcid always wanted to be restaurant owners. James grew up in Mexico enjoying his grandmother’s authentic Mexican cooking. His grandmother’s tamales and pozoles were irresistible. When he…

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Food for the Soul – MOKA Art Gallery

The Entrepreneur Charlotte Ka, a resident of the Hill district, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Maryland Institute College…

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Connecting the Dots for Assistive Speech: Project Vive

Mary Elizabeth McCulloch is a Penn State senior majoring in bio medical engineering. In 2010, prior to her freshman year at Penn State, Mary Elizabeth spent time as an exchange student…

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The McConnell Group, Inc

Founded in 1996 by Irving W. McConnell, The McConnell Group, Inc. (TMG) is a health sciences and biomedical research company that provides a comprehensive selection of professional and technical services and…

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New Business on the Block: Homeline Expressions

David H. Tillard II had a dream of owning his own retail gift shop in his hometown of Cresson offering unique and specialty items. His dream was to have a shop…

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Choigoda: Entrepreneurial Spirit Leads to Kenya

Beatrice Agono moved to the U.S. from Kenya in 2006 as a Permanent Resident. Her background was in accounting. One of her first jobs was bookkeeping and then she did some…

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From Designer to Businessman: Forager Company

Bryan Norris started Forager Company  in 2015 to provide handmade small batch clothing and leather goods located in Lancaster. Forager Company located in Lancaster PA, designs and produces utilitarian products…

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Performing an Encore: Halbrendt Vineyard & Winery

John and Noemi Halbrendt personify the definition of encore careerists. More specifically, they represent the growing ranks of encore entrepreneurs. Recently concluding professional careers, they retired into winemaking. Not that it…

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Pittsburgh’s Creative Culture Shines through The Glassblock

Adam Shuck’s writing has been called honest, snarky, irreverent, and even merciless, but his voice is one that resonates with progressive-minded Pittsburghers young and old. In 2014 Adam began publishing Eat…

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Glamour & Sass Nail Spa & Salon

Tami Jean Lowe is no stranger to the hair and nail industry. She has extensive experience as a nail technician, and has received years of training and certifications in the field.…

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Castlerigg Wine Shop: Carlisle’s Cozy Gem

The Castlerigg Wine Shop is in a charming older building in Carlisle, PA, replete with interior wood shutters on floor to ceiling double hung windows, 12-inch oak baseboard trim, an antique…

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G&B Construction, Inc.

In 2011, George (G) and Berla (B), two very experienced masons, began offering concrete and masonry services to homeowners and commercial concerns in the Eastern Montgomery County and Philadelphia areas. Within…

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Talluto’s Authentic Italian Food

At an awards ceremony held on April 30, 2015, Talluto’s Authentic Italian Foods, Inc. was recognized as the Small Business Administration’s “Family Owned Business of the Year for 2015” for…

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Mi Casita

Melissa Page founded Mi Casita, a bilingual Spanish-English preschool, in Spring 2015. Mi Casita engages children in learning Spanish and English, participating in the community through gardens, and immerses them…