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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Munio Self Defense

Michele Vorberger and Phil Ventrello of Erie, PA, are the owners of Munio Self Defense, a company that produces a keychain that is both stylish and allows the owner to…

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Rogers Brothers Trailers

Rogers Brothers is a manufacturer of high capacity trailers that are used in the mining industry. The company, located in Erie County, has been in operation since 1905 and conducted its…

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A Place for Everything: Home and Business Solutions

Kim Bingaman first contacted the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in September of 2014. She had recently become aware that a local retail store was for sale. She had…

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Macri's Sports

Beth and Tyler Krivosh have taken their spirit for sports and combined it with their management skills and a loan from First Commonwealth Bank to purchase a screen printing and embroidery…

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PMP Printing

PMP Printing opened in March of 2014 and has been booming ever since. It is a specialized printing service located in Franklin, Pennsylvania with a focus on sports-related clients that require…

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Haberberger Disposal

Haberberger Disposal, previously known as Helping Hands, has been making a name for itself in McKean County. The business serves Kane, Mount Jewett, Norwich Township, Crosby, Ludlow, James City, and…

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Custom Milling and Consulting, Inc.

Joseph G. Zidik, President and CEO of Custom Milling and Consulting, Inc. of Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, was named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Person of the Year for 2015. Zidik, with…

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Venice Café and Pizzeria

Sefir Cokguler’s dream was to own his own pizzeria so he kept his eyes open for the opportunity. He found one far from where he was living, but he acted and…

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Michele’s Pet Grooming & Boarding

On a normal day at this recently opened doggie daycare and boarding facility, Daisy the “greeter” comes up to customers, happily wagging her tail, when they enter. A groomer might be…

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Price Funeral Service, Inc.

Ashley Price had had the goal of owning her own funeral home. She graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2006 and during that time worked for a mortuary…

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Spark Art Parties

Nicole Hynes was considering opening a business to host group painting parties. With the help of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (SBDC), she was able to set-up…

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Integrated Machine

Integrated Machine Company was started in July 2001 by Mary Jo Light. The company prides itself in American-made products and the use of American suppliers. The initial purpose of the company…

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Woody’s Ale House & Grille

As the new owners of Woody’s Ale House & Grille, Kevin & Debbie West knew they had a lot to learn about running a restaurant and bar. They thought the…

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The Igloo Ice Cream Parlor

Nicholas Papoutsis first contacted the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Shippensburg University in early February 2014. Nicholas was going through a life transition at the time, having recently been “downsized”…

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G. Adams Restoration

Selina Kedziora, owner of G. Adams Restoration is a woman of the community. She had spent much of her time in the Philadelphia area, as a child growing up and as…

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Farmers Insurance

In July 2014, Linda Ungard attended a workshop at the Lock Haven University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) entitled “The First Step for Starting a Small Business.” She had a vision…

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YosuaTreeGames

Brothers Dan and Ryan Yosua, a Penn State Information, Science, and Technology (IST) alumni and student, respectively, partnered up to develop and launch the video game app eVubble Lite in 2013.…

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A.S.K. Insurance

With over seventeen years of experience in the insurance industry, Kimberly Holohan was an expert in helping people protect themselves and their businesses from financial loss. She prided herself on her…

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Dries Orchards, Inc.

Dries Orchards is a retail and wholesale orchard offering fresh produce and a variety of jams, teas, honey, cider, baked goods, and candies at stores, farmers markets, and produce stands in…

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AJC Professional Services

AJC Professional Services, LLC is a consulting engineering firm specializing in mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and fire protection systems in buildings. In July of 2014, Eric Horvat, PE began working full-time…