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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Sauereisen: Selling into Latin American Mining Countries

Luis Granes is currently the Latin American Manager for Sauereisen, a third generation manufacturer of corrosion-resistant materials located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He developed an expertise in technical sales and is…

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Soupie Brothers –The Taste of Tradition

Nestled in the heart of coal country, innovation and entrepreneurship collided with nostalgia and tradition to bring about a tasty new business, Soupie Brothers. It was the idea of business…

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Solidworx: Woman-owned Kitchen Counter-top Manufacturing Company

Nancy Geller first approached the Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in April 2016 for assistance in starting a custom countertop manufacturing company specializing in the use of solid…

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Local business changes ownership: Briar Hill Rustic Furniture

Duane Hedgecock had been working for Briar Hill Rustic Furniture for 23 years when the current owner, Denny Pierce approached him to inquire if he was interested in purchasing the business.…

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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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Therm-Omega-Tech: A Company on the Move

Therm-Omega-Tech, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of products using proprietary self-actuating temperature control valves.  Founded in 1983 the first product was a valve that uses thermal…

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Penn State Grad Is Printing Possibilities as a CEO: X Material Processing

Matt Woods founded X Material Processing in 2015 while still a mechanical engineering student at Penn State. His interest in business began when he met Joe Sinclair, his earliest business partner.…

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Quality Mould, Inc. Expands Operations

DJ Danko and Jamie Danko, owners of Quality Mould, Inc. approached the Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center for assistance in developing a business plan for financing to purchase…

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Holloway Seating Expands into New Facility

Background – The Challenge Holloway Seating, LLC has been in the spectator seating industry since 1991. They provide quality seating such as Indoor Arenas, Outdoor Grandstands, Stadium Seating, Grandstands and Press…

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AC Power Tech

Jeremy Wallace is an entrepreneur who after working for Fortune 500 companies, decided to apply his business expertise to his family business, a manufacturer of high electric power systems for underground…

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Erie Ale Works

Erie Ale Works, LLC is a privately owned microbrewery that is operated and managed by Jeff McCullor, president, and Steve Anthony, vice president and general manager.  Jeff oversees and implements the…

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Doc G’s Brewing Co. is Bringing Brewing Back to DuBois

For the last 15 years Jeff Gilbert has dreamt about bringing brewing back to the greater DuBois area. "I've talked about this for about 15 years and my wife, Jen, finally…

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Let there be light: American Gas Lamp Works

There is something nostalgic and beautiful about the flickering flame and warm glow of a traditional gas lamp. This beauty was not lost on David Jardini, owner of American Gas Lamp…

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First Craft Distillery in Fayette County opens with SBDC assistance: Ridge Runner Distillery

Mr. Christian Klay was seeking assistance in opening a craft distillery in Fayette County and was encouraged to reach out to the Saint Vincent College SBDC. Upon meeting Christian at…

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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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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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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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Peiffer Machine Services

Kelly Ressler began her working career as an elementary school teacher in Pennsylvania. The New Holland native did not consider joining the family business in Mount Aetna until years later, after…

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H & W Global Industries

H & W Global brought a heightened environmental consciousness with it when it moved its production from a space near Pittsburgh to a location in Indiana in 2005. The Indiana University…

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Disobedient Spirits

Robert Begg and Robert Sechrist had long, distinguished careers as professors at Indiana University of PA (IUP), but as they approached retirement, they wanted to pursue some of their other interests.…