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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Realigning Her Dream: Bloomsburg Family Chiropractic

Dr. Elizabeth Ardo was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, where she first learned the benefits of chiropractic. She has been a patient of chiropractic since high school. When she saw…

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Reviello’s Insurance Agency: Working for Clients, Not Insurance Carriers

John Reviello was referred to the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) by M&T bank. Reviello wanted to open an insurance agency offering home, auto, life and health insurance.  He has…

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Business Turns Crafts into Cash: Crafty Creations

Sandy Westover loves crafts, artists, and opportunity. She also loves her hometown of Benton. In recent years, Benton has become something of a tourist destination for shoppers who enjoy “antiquing.” In…

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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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Perfect Harmony Center for the Arts

Beth and Jeremy Connor are creative people. Beth has taught music education in the public school system for 10 years and Jeremy is a former Montessori teacher. In their individual academic…

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Performance Biomedical Inc.

Approximately five years ago, Ron and Jane Carter decided to open a medical supply company out of their Mountain Top home. They started distributing compression stockings and lymphedema pumps. When orders…

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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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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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Image of Beauty Salon and Day Spa

In the fall of 2011, the flood waters from Tropical Storm Lee devastated the salon and spa where Silvana Graziano had been working for several years to the point where the…

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Tarnowski's Kielbasa

John Vishnefski is a local entrepreneur who grew up within a large extended family. His grandfather, Thaddeus, started the business in 1948 as he had a knack for making delicious, homemade…

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Burke's Mountain View Printing

Peter Burke originally approached the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 2007 for assistance in purchasing his employer’s commercial printing business.  With the Wilkes University SBDC’s help, Burke was…

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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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Columbia County Bread & Granola

The owner of Columbia County Bread and Granola, Doug Michael, began his business by making and selling sprouted grain bread. As this bread gained popularity, Michael expanded his offerings to…

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Mama B's Pizzeria

Barbara Seresky and her son, David, had approached the Wilkes University Small Business Deveopment Center (SBDC) at the Pottsville outreach office, located at the Greater Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce.  The Sereskys…

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Pure MMA, LLC

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Grand Opening of Pure MMA, LLC. Bryan Slater has always been a fan of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Professional Fighting. Through his enjoyment of the sport,…

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Reading Escapades

Christine Allen first approached the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) a few years ago seeking to expand her existing tutoring business, Reading Escapades, to a second location. The original location was…

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Mach Precision Machine, Inc.

Barry Gruber had been involved in the machining industry for most of his working life. He had a wide range of experience throughout the machine shop and was fully capable of meeting…

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Uncle Buck's BBQ

The road to restaurant ownership has been an adventure for Brian Gardner (aka Uncle Buck). The first building he was interested in required too much repair and retro-fit, and Buck backed…

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New York Fashion House

Marjorie Viard has always had a love of all things fashion. Over the years, she had made small purchases of the latest shoe and purse designs from New York and had…