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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Twisted Olive

With an abundance of awards, recognition, and experience in the restaurant industry under his belt, Steve Kershner saw a tremendous opportunity to showcase his talents where the Starfish Brasserie once operated.…

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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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McKean Veterinary Hospital

McKean Veterinary Hospital was started in 2002 by Eric and Caroline Twitchell. The hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility located in McKean PA. The staff of nine professionals provide the…

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Cartridge World

Ever look back and think, "I did not see myself in this position a couple years ago?" After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 with a degree in Media…

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Beelzebub's Salsa

Eric Laughery is a young man who enjoys gardening and has developed a taste for salsa. In 2005 he began home kitchen experimentation with small batches of original recipe salsas featuring…

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Salon Taboo

Jessica Lujak had a vision and a dream to own her ultimate, dream salon. Her desire was to provide the services and quality of a top-level hair salon at affordable prices…

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ecō

In 2012, Jamie Fox was struck with a vision.  She saw a need in the area for high-quality, gently-used clothing that is both affordable and fashionable.  She understood the importance for…

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Rising Spring Meat Co.

In the fall of 2011, long time Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) clients Jay and Laura Young, along with business partners Mike and Virginia Byers, came to the SBDC…

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Caledonia Power Sports

Jeff Katusin and Tony McIntyre found their passion for power early, riding dirt bikes and four wheelers as children. As Katusin got older, many of his life experiences would prepare him…

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The Upper Crust Italian Market

Mark Kennison was raised in an entrepreneurial family; his father founded and built a successful franchise business. In 2013, Mark decided to follow his dreams and follow in his family's footsteps.…

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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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Engine Cleaning Technology

Bruce Tassone joined Engine Cleaning Technology as a project manager in 1985, a year after the company was formed. He became CEO after buying the company in 1996, and under his…

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Blue Moon Lites, Inc.

Why and when did John Tondra start his business?  In 2008, after the stock market crash and his job ended, Tondra moved to Pittsburgh. He looked at opportunities during the recession…

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NovaTech, LLC

NovaTech, LLC designs and manufactures power communication and industrial automation equipment. The company has over 30 years of experience with a global presence and thousands of systems installed in 50 different…

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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…

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Steadfast Industries

With over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry, Jameel Worthy was one of 45 contractors selected in 2004 to participate in the Emerging Contractors Program with the City of Philadelphia,…

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Wash Cycle Laundry

Founded in 2010 by Gabriel Mandujano, Wash Cycle Laundry, is a sustainable laundry business using eco-friendly detergents and energy-efficient machines, and delivers via bicycle. Wash Cycle provides laundry wash services…

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Twin Pines Manufacturing

In 2001, when Bob Kovalcik moved his small manufacturing operation, Twin Pines Manufacturing, to Indiana County, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helped him obtain financing…

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BX3, Inc.

BX3, Inc. was formed in 2006 as a partnership between William H. Kelley Sr. and William Kelley Jr. as a way for the younger Kelley to return to Montrose to…