Featured Clients & Testimonials

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Paw & Order Dog Training

The work the SBDC has done helping Paw & Order with business analysis, long term planning, and critical connections will help them sustain and grow their business.

Arile Clatty, owner of Illumina Cafe, standing in her kitchen hold a mixing bowl.


Illumina Cafe has overcome multiple obstacles, including starting a business in the middle of the pandemic. However, Ariel’s hard work has been paying off.

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The Small Business Development Center came in to help BAPS through organizing the startup process, expanding the market and in the process, helping to raise investor capital for their Bear Attack Prevention Suit (BAPS).

“Once I met with my consultant at the SBDC, things definitely changed. It was immediate. I had been turned down by lenders and had drafts ripped up in front of me. The SBDC helped to push me forward!”

— Bradi Rhoades, Owner of The Vault Shack

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Marbull's Restaurant & Tavern

David was not sure how to acquire Marbull’s. He worked with his SBDC consultant to write a business plan and obtain funding needed to buy the business.

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Patti’s Pasticceria

With the help of their SBDC Consultant, Jeff, and the SBA, Andrew and Patti were able to secure funding by the end of 2022 and finalized their purchase of their second location for their bakery on January 13, 2023.

Tom Lauwers, owner of BirdBrain Technologies holding an award.

BirdBrain Technologies

Congratulations to SBA Award Winner, Tom Lauwer, Founder of BirdBrain Technologies.

"I couldn’t have done it without these folks...the honest and objective advice provided by the SBDC was truly what brought me forth from dream to reality."

— Craig Hennemuth, Hennemuth Metal Fabrications

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2bn contracting

Theresa worked with her SBDC consultant starting with registering a new LLC in 2021. Our consultant served as a sounding board, helping her accept risks, encouraging her, and working through the certification processes for her business.

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EZ Pet Care

Madelyn reached out to the SBDC when she wanted to expand her business and acquire a new building. The SBDC played a vital role in this entrepreneur’s expansion, with strategic guidance including a centralized business plan, industry research, and business guidance.

GI Haul, veteran owned business in Allegheny county, PA


From Veteran to Business Owner, Mike McCloskey and David McCloskey made their entrepreneur dreams come true.