CEO Saskia Foley of Radius Corporation with their sustainable toothbrushes

Radius Corporation

Kutztown University SBDC Client Success Story
SBA Eastern Pennsylvania’s 2020 Exporter of the Year

Kutztown, Pa.– The U.S. Small Business Administration announces RADIUS Corporation in Kutztown is the Eastern Pennsylvania Exporter of the Year for 2020. 

Radius was established in 1983 by Kevin Foley, an architect who had the idea to take a mundane product – a toothbrush – and revolutionize it to be simply put, better by design: better quality, better looking, better for the environment, and deliver better results. In 2011, his daughter Saskia Foley became the CEO, and in 2014 assumed the role of President, making RADIUS a certified women-owned enterprise.

CEO Saskia Foley of Radius Corporation with their sustainable toothbrushesRADIUS innovates, designs, engineers, and manufactures specialty toothbrushes and USDA organic-certified toothpastes for adults and children, and complementary products such as travel cases and dental floss. With a world-wide target market of highly educated and high disposable income consumers, RADIUS customers expect their products to be on the cutting edge of design. Famous customers include Cher, Whoopi Goldberg, Martha Stewart, and Kourtney Kardashian. In 2018 the company expanded and moved its operations and manufacturing to a restored silk mill in Kutztown where they have their own injection molding and bristling machines. Today they have expanded their products to include organic pet dental care.

Exporting comprises about 40% of RADIUS’s sales and over 50% of corporate profits. Exports are an essential element of their core business, growth strategy, profitability, and corporate expansion. Major export markets are South Korea, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, United Kingdom, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Chile, Peru, Brazil, and Canada. RADIUS is taking advantage of opportunities to expand sales into Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and other Persian Gulf counties.

“It’s a privilege to recognize the achievements of women-owned and second-generation owned Pennsylvania small businesses like RADIUS Corporation. Exporting allows RADIUS to pursue an additional source of revenue and profits,” said Steve Dixel, SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District Director. “Export sales translate into more job creation and more regional employment opportunities to serve the rural region surrounding Kutztown. SBA and our resource partner Kutztown University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are proud to play a role in helping them grow internationally and succeed.”

As a manufacturer of a premium, niche product in a small town, RADIUS must remain lean, innovative, and creative to build new and profitable exports. They maintain active digital and social media platforms, an aggressive sales lead and follow-up effort, and constantly review to lower shipping costs. Careful selection of the right exclusive distributor based on their marketing plan, reputation, customer relations, and quality of communications is RADIUS’ key to bulk sales and its future to export growth in the Pacific Rim, European Union, and the Persian Gulf.

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Lean Med Innovation, LLC

Duquesne University SBDC Client Success Story

After developing an interest in improving global health and many long conversations with experts, LeanMed Innovation Founder James Newton came to the realization that supplemental oxygen is not easily accessible in various parts of the world. During his time as a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh, James was determined to find a solution and execute his vision of providing essential healthcare to developing nations.

James’s idea, the O2 Cube, was first introduced at the University’s 2018 Blast Furnace Competition. As a result of the win, funding was allocated toward creating a functional prototype, growing their company and developing a brand image. He then competed in Duquesne University’s New Venture Competition and placed 3rd, which led to his SBDC referral by the School of Business Administration’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

Newton’s co-worker, Steven Donahoe, used funding from Pittsburgh’s Idea Foundry to do target research in Malawi. With the Idea Foundry funding, they launched a project to collect pulse oximetry data from the Balaka District in Malawi while building relations with their healthcare system.

The SBDC business consultant helped primarily to guide the Lean Med team to finding new connections in East Africa, specifically with medical device companies. This location was a primary focus for James and his team because of the lack of supplemental oxygen. Countries include Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. As a duo, Lean Med and the SBDC took time to further develop the business plan draft and seek new funding opportunities.

This company’s main goal was to create a technology that checked all the boxes: low cost, portable yet durable, solar power, and the ability to regenerate oxygen. Lean Med does what competing entities cannot. For now, the O2 Cube is targeted at Rural Health Centers (RHC’s), but the company acknowledges the future potential of implementing their innovative technology as a backup source for larger hospitals. Recently, the company has recruited 3 graduate bioengineering students to work on a 5-year road map that will continue to bring essential healthcare to developing nations.

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Angie, of Angie's Auto Tags, wearing a pink jacket and standing in her garden

Angie's Auto Tags Inc.

Widener University SBDC Client Success Story
Angie Millan Strengthens Her Business with Widener University SBDC

Angie Millan, originally from Cali, Colombia, started her entrepreneurial career in 1998 when she opened Angie's Auto Tags Inc. In 2008, she became an insurance broker to provide additional services to her clients. In 2019, Angie was part of the first cohort of Ella Emprende, (She Undertakes), a Leadership and Entrepreneurial program lead by Widener SBDC. Ella Emprende is a year-long women’s entrepreneurship program through which participants develop a personalized strategic growth plan. Through Widener SBDC’s bilingual consultants, Angie was able to receive quality business services in Spanish that enabled her to strengthen, innovate, manage, and expand her business ventures.

Silvia, owner of Silvia's Bakery, standing in front of her bakery

Silvia's Bakery

Silvia of Silvia's bakery with her team

Widener University SBDC Client Success Story
SBA Eastern Pennsylvania's 2020 Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year

Long before Silvia Paulinho created Silvia’s Bakery, she grew a love for the kitchen and a talent for creating delicious foods and pastries at her childhood home in the Dominican Republic. After living in the US for just five years, Silvia decided to start her bakery as a home-based business in 2002.

As her business outgrew her home, she saw the need to create a traditional Latino bakery in her community and after moving to two different locations, she moved once again, this time taking on an expansion. When she moved to her current manufacturing facility and retail store at 2530 N 2nd Street, situated in the middle of an area designated as the American Street Empowerment Zone, Sylvia noticed significant growth. Her family-built team includes her oldest daughter, a culinary school graduate, who runs production; her son who manages finances; her sister-in-law who serves as Sylvia’s right-hand; and her husband who manages distribution.

In 2019, Silvia became a part of the first cohort of Ella Emprende (She Undertakes), hosted in partnership with Widener University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Finanta, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Ella Emprende is a year-long women’s entrepreneurship program through which participants develop a personalized strategic growth plan. Through Widener SBDC’s bilingual consultants, Silvia was able to receive quality business services in Spanish that enabled her to strengthen, innovate, manage, and expand her business.

As the pandemic began, Silvia was among many that felt the affects. However, she again worked with the Widener University SBDC, joining in webinars like Pequeno Empresario VS. Coronavirus (Small Business Owner VS. Coronavirus), and, Reinventa y Reactiva tu Negocio (Reinvent and Reactivate your Business). These programs acted as a guide for Silvia to navigate the difficulties of running her business amidst a pandemic, breaking down how small business owners, like herself, could maintain what they had built, and bounce back even stronger.

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Paw Pack Doggy Daycare grand opening and ribbon cutting

Paw Pack Doggy Daycare

Paw Pack Doggy Daycare grand opening and ribbon cutting

The University of Scranton SBDC Client Success Story
New Doggy Daycare Offers Dogs a Pocono Vacation!

Danielle Humphreys and her husband Andrew reached out to The University of Scranton SBDC in April 2018 for help starting a dog daycare business in Hamlin, Wayne County.

Keith Yurgosky, SBDC Business Consultant, worked with the Humphreys to go over the process of starting a business, writing a business plan, creating financial projections, and obtaining financing. The process proved lengthy as the initial site for the business changed hands and a new location was needed. As the project grew, so did the need for financing. The SBDC referred the Humphreys to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) Business Finance Center for their financing needs.

The clients were approved for financing in August 2019 and construction began. The project was held up in the spring of 2020 with construction delays due to the global pandemic. Finally, the SBDC celebrated with them at a long-awaited grand opening event in September 2021. The SBDC also provided information and guidance with regard to hiring employees and creating an employee handbook.

At Paw Pack Doggy Daycare (a play-on-words given the business location near Paupack in the Poconos), they tell customers Your Dog Deserves a Poconos Vacation Too! They strive to offer dogs a fun, safe, and interactive dog daycare experience. The business also offers boarding, grooming, training, and transportation services.

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Aliner, LLC

University of Pittsburgh SBDC Client Success Story
Easy Outdoor Experience Goes to Europe
The enjoyment of experiencing the outdoors is more accessible with the Aliner camper. It is a convenient pop-up trailer that is light weight, towable, small in size and able to be stored in a garage. Brett Randall needed information on growing the company and enter the European market. Brett had the team here in the U.S. and in Belgium but needed information and international trade contacts.image of Aliner camper

After meeting with the consultant for International Trade at the University of Pittsburgh SBDC, the process started in developing a list of due diligence steps in order to be successful. Appointments with members of international commercial banks such as Wells Fargo, FNB and Huntington were made as well as with COFACE, the EXIM and SBA International finance, the U.S. Commercial Service and the State of Pennsylvania international program thru the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. Information about the CE Mark was shared and company attended the Go Global webinar series where they met many more international trade contacts and speakers. Finally a research using the KOMPASS database was able to produce many more international contacts for the company.

"The Pitt SBDC-IEE Go Global webinars gave us key information to do business in Europe."

The company was able to analyze the market, scout the market needs and comply with the U.S. and European regulations. European customers are more independent, and want to enjoy nature more. The company is working on growing the "Aliner Europe, SA" into the markets of Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

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Dan and Giana of Blue Dog Farms standing with family on their farm

Blue Dog Farms

Dan and Giana of Blue Dog Farms standing with family on their farm

Shippensburg University SBDC Client Success Story
A Partnership that Connects People to Their Food

Blue Dog Farms is a true partnership that has brought together DanVanNices’s life-long passion for farming with the business skills of his wife Giana to provide food that connects people living in South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland with the land and the farm that grows their food. Giana and Dan have raised grass fed and finished beef and pasture-raised chickens, turkeys and now pigs for sale on their farm since 2015. Giana is a proud veteran of the US Navy and has previously worked outside the farm in a variety of business industry roles but faced some unexpected challenges in 2020. “Being laid off, during the COVID -19 pandemic from my job, it was difficult to make ends meet,” said Giana. The business has adapted to the trials 2020 brought and continued to grow, as people looked for different and better options for their food. In the end, it was a good time for Giana to transition to working on the farm full time alongside Dan and their four hardworking children.

Attending the PA Veteran Farming Project’s annual meeting, Giana was introduced to the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) in PA and all the services provided to small business owners. Dan and Giana began working with Jen Horning, Business Consultant, with the Shippensburg University SBDC in March of 2020. “Jen jumped right into our agricultural world without a moment of hesitation. She keeps us honest by asking tough questions, and pointing out things we are too close to see,” said Giana. The Shippensburg University SBDC offered Giana and Dan assistance with business planning, marketing and research. Dan said, “Jen Horning is a wealth of information and our trusted confidante. She is always willing to review our business and marketing plans, or assist us with any business function.”

Blue Dog Farms utilizes sustainable farming techniques that use other wildlife to control the weeds in pastures and the manure produced by their livestock instead of using pesticides and other chemicals that may harm the animals and land. “We envision a world where people know the farmers who grow their food and understand the value of locally grown, sustainable and responsibly grown meats,” said Dan. Being good stewards of the land is important to the husband and wife partners as well as connecting people with their food. “Nowadays, most Americans are at least 3 generations removed from agriculture,” Gianna added, “It is a true need for people to be more aware of where their food comes from.”

In fact, 2021 has marked a significant milestone for Blue Dog Farms as they offered their first agri-education and agritourism event, “Meet the Piglets.” Blue Dog Farms plans to offer additional opportunities to connect people with the farm that include Calf Cuddling, Llama Visits and Family Time with the Goats.

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Hawa, owner of DECA City Farms, holding broccoli while standing on a farm

Kutztown University SBDC Client Success Story

Hawa Lassanah is the proud small business owner of the wholesome DECA City Farms in downtown Lancaster, PA. DECA City Farms is a technologically innovative, utility independent, modular urban micro-farm system which enables neighborhoods, businesses, and public-facing institutions to ensure food security and resource autonomy both locally and globally.

Hawa originally sought the services of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) outreach office in Lancaster to review options for financing a commercial-grade freeze dryer. This piece of equipment was essential to the processing of her wellness products.

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Smell The Curry

Smell the Curry

Temple University SBDC Client Success Story

Juby George, founder of Smell The Curry, reached out to Temple’s SBDC in April 2021, for assistance with starting up his business. Smell the Curry is an authentic Indian caterer that specializes in regional South and North Indian cuisines. It offers vegetarian, non-vegetarian, and Indo Chinese cuisines and provides catering for celebrations of any size.

Throughout working with Temple’s SBDC, Juby has been able to officially become an LLC, has had a website created through our Digital Connect program, and is currently working with the legal clinic to address some additional questions related to trademarks.

“…the SBDC team was amazing! From day one the team was very professional and easy to work with. Thank you so much for you and your team for the help.”

As one of the first projects in our Digital Connect program, Juby worked with students who helped bring his website vision to life. Today, Juby has an active and functional site,, where prospective customers can view his services and products, as well as place orders.

Smell The CurryWhen asked about feedback regarding the Digital Connect program, Juby had this to say, “Hannah was very knowledgeable and knew the platform that best fit my business. She and I worked great together and got everything finished within the timeline allocated. I couldn’t ask for anyone better to get this job done!”

Temple SBDC looks forward to assisting Juby as his business continues to grow!

Diggity Dawg Day Care crew standing in front of their business

Diggity Dawg Daycare Resort & Spa

Kutztown University SBDC Client Success Story

Nicole and Eric Ray worked for 30 years in the corporate world before deciding to make a change and do something fun with work! Growing up, Nicole and Eric’s homes were not complete without a family dog. Having pets taught them responsibility, love and patience.

Kodi the dog standing in green turf play areaEric and Nicole’s dog, Kodi, was the main inspiration to open Diggity Dawg Daycare Resort & Spa. Nicole had been driving to West Chester often for work and found a daycare for Kodi nearby. It was rewarding for both. Kodi was able to get attention and exercise and it eased Nicole’s mind knowing he was having fun and being properly looked after. She realized this was the new career she was seeking.

Nicole decided to leave her corporate job while Eric continued to work in construction. Together, they planned to open a dog daycare, grooming and boarding facility near their home in the Berks County area. They found a location in Wyomissing but were not interested in the year-to-year lease requirement. Nicole and Eric first approached SCORE for help in starting a small business for the first time. SCORE recommended they speak with the Kutztown University SBDC for the assistance they were seeking. Mark Rentschler assisted them during the long process of choosing the right location and dealing with the subsequent zoning and legal issues required to obtain their final location in Wernersville. Mark also assisted the Rays with preparing the necessary financial projections to obtain financing from M&T Bank.

Diggity Dawg Day Care crew standing in front of their businessEric put his construction background to use and completed much of the work needed to make the changes they wanted to the building. All work has been completed and the business opened in January 2020. The facility has three indoor play areas and four outdoor play areas. Dogs will be carefully placed into appropriate play groups based on temperament. Diggity Dawg Daycare Resort & Spa also offers a variety of services including dog training, daycare, grooming and boarding, all at a reasonable price. The daycare and spa are open Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm with boarding year-round. The business is excited to provide dogs with a unique experience during their stay! Diggity Dawg Daycare Resort & Spa welcomes dogs of all sizes and breeds and promises to provide your dogs with a clean, safe, fun and stress-free environment while they are away from you.