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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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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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…

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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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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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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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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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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.…