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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Smokin’ Outlaw BBQ

Eric Neith attended the First Step program held by the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center in 2012. At the time he was operating a small, catering type barbeque service from…

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Johnnie Lustig's Frankfurters

New Street in Bethlehem is now home to daily made smoked hot dogs and other local treats. Johnnie Lustig's Frankfurters may be new to Bethlehem, but owner John Lustig Jr is…

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Entrepreneur spices up career, opens “Rosa’s Southern BBQ”

Although entrepreneur Dante Batten had successfully opened and managed a catering business, the idea of running a restaurant kept simmering in his heart. As a long-time client, Mr. Batten had sampled…

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Beloved Home-Town Ice Cream Shop Under New Ownership: Buff's Ice Cream

Buff’s Ice Cream celebrated its grand opening under new ownership on June 17th with lots of food, ice cream and prizes to spare. However, Buff’s is far from a new business…

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The ART Café Paints a Picture of What an Excellent Restaurant Looks Like in the Lehigh Valley

The ART Café is now open and feeding the Lehigh Valley’s hungriest, as the name is catching attention. That’s A-R-T, which stands for Ann and Rick Takacs, owners of the new…

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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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A Subway Stop on Independence Street

111 West Independence Street, in the heart of downtown Shamokin, is now home to central Pennsylvania’s newest Subway franchise. Seeking assistance with business planning and financial analysis, owners, Jeffery and Jason…

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River Town Hot Spot Growing In Popularity: Salatino’s River House Café

Celebrating their 8th year in business, Salatino’s River House Café (RHC) is becoming a local tradition in Charleroi and the Mon Valley region of Washington County. Whether it’s lunch or dinner…

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The Tradition of Fine Dining in Foxburg Continues Under New Ownership: Allegheny Grille

The Allegheny Grille is an existing restaurant and bar located in the heart of Foxburg. The Allegheny Grille has a well established reputation and clientele within the area and region. Located…

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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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Venice Café and Pizzeria

Sefir Cokguler’s dream was to own his own pizzeria so he kept his eyes open for the opportunity. He found one far from where he was living, but he acted and…

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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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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.…

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Gresham's Chophouse

Tom Regenski, Jr. came to the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 1995 as he flirted with the ideas of several businesses. In 1998, Regenski decided that along…

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Comfort Zone Restaurant and Deli

Pedro Reyes has lived and worked in New York City for most of his life. He has made a living by waiting tables at some of the more notable restaurants in…

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Horn O Plenty

Mandi Horn and her husband operate an organic farm in Bedford that has weekly subscribers for harvest. She wanted to transform the business to maximize the profit of the farm’s yield. She knew…

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One Eleven

In 2009, One Eleven opened in the historic district of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, providing a unique and spirited eatery. The restaurant featured “progressive food, exquisite cocktails, exotic music, lush atmosphere, and a…

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Whitey's Peetza & Eatery

Steve and Megan White opened Whitey’s Peetza & Eatery in January of 2010. They made a significant investment in taking over and upgrading the facility. Within 1 ½ years of acquisition, they…