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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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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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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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…

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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…