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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Bon Tool Co.

In 1958, Carl P. Bongiovanni and his family started a company on the foundation of their Masonry Guide, an alignment system for masonry work. The company was named Masonry Specialty Inc.…

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Mix Salad Concept, Inc.

Mix Salad Concept launched in 2014 with the desire to bring working professionals throughout the city of Pittsburgh healthy, nutritious lunch options. Co-founders Rachael Bane and Lia Vaccaro saw an opportunity…

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Saladax Biomedical, Inc.

Saladax Biomedical, Inc., located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County is a privately held company that develops and commercializes novel diagnostic blood tests for the practical delivery of personalized medicine.…

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Excellent Restaurant

As diners walk into Excellent Restaurant, they are hit by the sweet aroma of fresh arepas, a corn bread staple in Venezuelan cuisine. The restaurant, a new dining hotspot in downtown…

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Kush-Nuba International Petroleum

Sharif Ali and Faheem Bilbal had a long history in the petroleum business that dated back dozens of years. Neither owner had ever investigated direct sales to the government of their…

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Van Brunt Grill

After toying with the idea of opening his own business for a few years, Jim James came to the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 2015 along with…

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Glubbers, LLC

Once upon a time, a mom of three struggled to find winter gloves for her children. She bought a pair, but they were too cheap: her oldest put a hole through…

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SouthWest Savory Grill

Donald Jones is an advocate for fresh gourmet food that is also fast and accessible. Don first came to the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in April of 2015.…

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Shaffer Transfer & Moving

Jamie and Lindsay Frampton had been talking about owning and operating their own business for a few years when the owners of Shaffer Transfer & Moving indicated that they were looking…

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Bella Bambini’s Daycare

Background: Through a referral from the Peoples Security Bank, Charles & Jennifer Collura came to the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 2012 for assistance in obtaining a construction…

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Salisbury Hometown Pizza

Penny Baker and Kandy Patton put their idea of starting a pizza shop into action. The sisters first approached the St. Francis University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in September of 2013…

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Refresh PGH

Pittsburgh natives Sean Devine and Baldwin Dawkins don’t like the term “sneakerhead.” They prefer terms like “collector,” “enthusiast,” or “connoisseur.” Whatever you call them, you have to admit they have a…

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Kane’s Ideal Truck Service

At only twenty-two years old, Zachary Kane had already gained experience well beyond his years, having worked on cars and trucks since he was seventeen. After graduating college with a degree…

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Countryside Agility

Countryside Agility was started in 2002 in Edinboro by Denise Thomas. Denise had trained and shown in dog sports since she was nine years old.  She had started a small grooming…

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LightLabs Inc

While Ph.D. candidates at Carnegie Mellon University, Elijah Mayfield and David Adamson collaborated to develop a computer platform using state-of-the-art machine learning for writing education. The goal was to create a…

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Saving Grace Quail Farm

William Flickinger grew up on a dairy farm where he learned a high standard of work ethics and animal care skills. From that point on, his entire life has revolved around…

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Sultana’s Gifts & Apparel

Dr. Gina Z. Morrison and Mr. William Morrison of Forty Fort are owners of one of the area’s most popular gift boutiques, Sultana’s Gifts & Apparel.  Dr. and Mr. Morrison…

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Charlie B’s Texas Bar-B-Que

Carl Everett is the owner of Charlie B’s Texas Bar-B-Que and credits his childhood and the numerous lessons he received from his parents for the success that he has been able…

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Artisan Exchange

Frank Badassarre, the founder of Artisan Exchange, had worked for over thirty years in the financial services industry. Many of those years include executive level experience. Frank possesses extensive managerial,…

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Made in America Again

In mid-2013, a light bulb went off for Jim Stuber when he saw a GE commercial for lightbulbs made in China. After a successful career in government, law, and helping others…