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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SBDC Client Open New Donatos Franchise in Erie

Christine Vogel wanted to open a new pizza parlor in the Erie area in 2014. She decided that a franchise would work best for her but she wanted a unique pizza…

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Bison Hill Stonecrafts: Engineer Finds Creative Outlet in Giving New Life to Reclaimed Stone

Andrew Church is the founder and owner of Bison Hill Stonecrafts, a business dedicated to creating new housewares products from reclaimed slate and marble. A 2013 Penn State graduate with…

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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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Ellwood Crankshaft & Machine

In October of 2014, leadership at Ellwood Group and Ellwood Crankshaft and Machine (ECM) invited several guests to celebrate the groundbreaking for their “new” facility in Sharon (Ellwood Group is a…

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McKean Veterinary Hospital

McKean Veterinary Hospital was started in 2002 by Eric and Caroline Twitchell. The hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility located in McKean PA. The staff of nine professionals provide the…

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Beelzebub's Salsa

Eric Laughery is a young man who enjoys gardening and has developed a taste for salsa. In 2005 he began home kitchen experimentation with small batches of original recipe salsas featuring…

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Pennex Aluminum

Pennex Aluminum is owned by Metal Exchange Corporation, based in St. Louis, a global metals trading, manufacturing and processing company. Pennex has over 33 years of experience and is a global…

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TM Industrial Supply

Established in 1976, TM Industrial Supply originally focused on the manufacturing of separators, receivers, pulsation dampening bottles, and knockout pots for the air and gas markets. In 1986, the Fluid Engineering…

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DuraTite

Jim Karnes, inventor and President of DuraTite Systems, is a perfect example of the perseverance needed by entrepreneurs to succeed. Karnes came to the Gannon University Small Business Development Center…

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Aetna Machine Company

Aetna Machine Company, Inc., a provider of precision computer numerical control (CNC) machining services is located in Cochranton Borough, a rural community of approximately 1,100 situated in southeastern Crawford County.…

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Kinzua/Wolf Run Marina

Since the 1980s, Diane DeLarme has operated the Kinzua/Wolf Run Marina and Docksiders Café on the Allegheny Reservoir, a vast body of water in northwest Pennsylvania that crosses into New York.…

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Maxpro Technologies

Maxpro Technologies began as a two-person operation in 1995. The company has experienced solid sales growth throughout the last sixteen years. Maxpro is a manufacturer of and distributor of liquid pumps, gas…

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Moore Research Services, Inc.

Moore Research Services, Inc. is a market and opinion research company that provides unbiased information about consumer opinions to business partners. As a second generation business owner, Colleen Moore Mezler knows the…

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Elements Board Shop

Elements Board Shop, founded December 2009, had a very positive winter season selling snowboards and winter apparel while the area received just shy of 100” of snowfall. Elements Board Shop now…

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Park Restoration LLC

Park Restoration, LLC is an entrepreneurial company founded in 2008 to rehabilitate and operate hotel, restaurant and bar, and entertainment venues at Conneaut Lake Park, a resort complex located in…

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York-Seaway

Rick York started York-Seaway, a company that has provides precision machined parts and custom engineered assemblies and products, more than 30 years ago. He remains actively involved in the operations…

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Wood Technologies

Wood Technologies is a Meadville, Pa. based software development company. Founded by Sheila Wood in 1996, it initially offered consulting, training, programming, and software implementation services to manufacturing companies. The company…

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Solar Revolution

In just six months, John Purvis saw sales reach the $2 million mark for his new business. Solar Revolution, which Purvis opened in July 2008, offers residential PV Electric Systems,…

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LL Kurtz

Bill Kurtzhals, a veteran of the United States military, started LL Kurtz several years ago, and has consistently shown an extremely unique approach to business: Do what others can’t. With a…

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Harrison Machine Company

When Pat Farver took over Harrison Machine Company, which was founded in 1939, his vision to “combine University research with commercial innovation” may have been a bit different than the…