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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  • Plant-it Earth Greenhouse

Plant-it Earth Greenhouse

Karin Eller had a vision. She dreamed of a business focused on her love of gardening and on growing heirloom tomatoes and peppers. However, not only was the concept a new…

  • Grace Security, LLC

Grace Security, LLC

Barbara Strothers has been in the private security business for 14 years. While working as a security guard, she dreamt that one day she would have her own firm. Years passed…

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AcousticSheep, LLC

The Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has been assisting Dr. Wei-Shin Lai since March 2008, when she first contacted the SBDC regarding guidance on writing a business plan for…

  • Stacy Mahle’s Family Hair Care

Stacy Mahle’s Family Hair Care

Stacy Mahle’s Family Hair Care is a newly established beauty salon serving the Strattanville area of Clarion County. The salon focuses on accommodating individuals of all ages. The venture started with…

  • Team Clean

Team Clean

Donna Allie states, “Our Wharton University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) consulting team’s suggestions made all the difference in our winning the contract to clean the newest ‘jewel’ of Philadelphia -…

  • Kelly O's

Kelly O's

Nearly 10 years ago, Kelly O’Conner went after her dream and purchased a small diner in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. After years of hard work to grow her business, Kelly…

    • Success Story - Penn State - Websters Bookstore

Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe

In 1999 the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) assisted Elaine Meder-Wilgus and her partners restructure and reposition a long standing local used bookstore. With SBDC assistance and bank funding,…

  • Kinzua/Wolf Run Marina

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.…

  • New York Fashion House

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…

  • Cheryl's Southern Style Restaurant

Cheryl's Southern Style Restaurant

When Cheryl Stevens came to the Widener University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), she was operating her southern style cooking business out of a small pick-up window. She dreamed of one…

  • YIKES, Inc.

YIKES, Inc.

In 1996 Tracy Levesque and her partner Mia Levesque founded YIKES, Inc, now a substantial business with 8 full-time employees. Located in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia, YIKES provides…

  • Nibbles & Bits

Nibbles & Bits

When Maggie Calpin came upon an unexpected opportunity to purchase Nibbles & Bits, a gourmet basket and gift business in Dunmore, PA, she knew her education, creativity, and professional experience would…

  • MLP Reporting, Inc.

MLP Reporting, Inc.

In 1992, Maureen L. Pritchard started MLP Reporting, Inc. in Lock Haven, PA. She began her career as a registered court reporter in the early 1980s and worked at the Clearfield County…

  • See Jane Ride

See Jane Ride

In the Fall of 2009, three friends, Kristin Peterson, Carla Myers, and Maria Wherley were discussing the idea of transforming their passion for riding bicycles into a business opportunity.Carla, an…

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Katie Benson School of Dance

Katie Benson had been working at a local dance studio for several years and was presented with the opportunity to purchase the business in a few years. In order to prepare…

  • Touch of Paradise Salon & Spa

Touch of Paradise Salon & Spa

It’s a new year, one the Shippensburg University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and a Franklin County woman are greeting with a sense of accomplishment. The center, which opened its doors…

  • Simmonds Veterinary Hospital

Simmonds Veterinary Hospital

Growing up on a farm on the island of Jamaica, Dr. Debby Cougar always dreamt of becoming a veterinarian.  She never dreamed she would become a veterinarian who would lunch with…

  • Robotics Engineering Excellence

Robotics Engineering Excellence

Robotics Engineering Excellence (RE2, Inc.) is a women-owned Carnegie Mellon University spin-off company specializing in mobile defense robotics, with an emphasis on Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems software development and unmanned…

  • Kathy's Deli

Kathy's Deli

Kathy Pugh’s passion for food lead her to open -- and later expand -- her own business. She originally opened Kathy’s Deli with husband Glenn on King Street in November 2002.…

  • Pronto! Provisions with Passion

Pronto! Provisions with Passion

Scotta Magnelli had many years of experience in food preparat ion and food styling and had always loved sharing her passion for high quality, specialty food. After years of working many…