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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  • Northern Lite Fine Clothing

Northern Lite Fine Clothing

Rob Ferguson has worked with the Lock Haven Small Business Development Center (SBDC) since he had the idea of becoming a business owner. He attended the First Step for Starting a Small…

  • Central Susquehanna Oil and Gas Expo

Central Susquehanna Oil and Gas Expo

Based on a successful Business to Business Oil and Gas Expo in 2009, the Lock Haven University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) once again took the lead in organizing a follow…

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Oral Dynamics

Dr. Michael Rowland has practiced dentistry for over 30 years in the Lehigh Valley. The company, Oral Dynamics, Inc., owned and operated by he and his wife, Esther, is a…

  • Christmas City Veterinary Hospital

Christmas City Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Lisa Cawley, a graduate of Lehigh University who earned her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania, has practiced small animal medicine in the Lehigh Valley for 16 years. When she…

  • Village Laundry

Village Laundry

Frank Buffington saw a great opportunity when a friend put a Laundromat in Halifax, PA up for sale in 2009. After careful consideration, he made the investment and became the sole…

  • Sofrito Latin Grille

Sofrito Latin Grille

Before he opened his own restaurant, Hector Ruiz paid his dues within the industry, spending a decade as a chef and possessing over 20 years of experience in the restaurant business.…

  • Keystone Fundraising Solutions

Keystone Fundraising Solutions

Everyone knows of a nonprofit organization in search of funding. When Heidi Malin returned to live in her hometown after 15 years, she realized there was a need in Indiana County for…

  • Aamco

Aamco

Dino Caporosssi wanted to assess the advisability of purchasing an operating Aamco franchise. Dino was referred to the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (SBDC) by a bank lending officer…

  • Maxpro Technologies

Maxpro Technologies

Maxpro Technologies began as a two-person operation in 1995. The company has experienced solid sales growth throughout the last sixteen years. Maxpro is a manufacturer of and distributor of liquid pumps, gas…

  • Moore Research Services, Inc.

Moore Research Services, Inc.

Moore Research Services, Inc. is a market and opinion research company that provides unbiased information about consumer opinions to business partners. As a second generation business owner, Colleen Moore Mezler knows the…

  • Pittsburgh Cloth Diapers

Pittsburgh Cloth Diapers

Lillian and Adam Cannon are a happy family of five. They've spent years looking for the best products for their children. Like many other parents, going with green choices for their…

  • Rogers Brothers Corporation

Rogers Brothers Corporation

Rogers Brothers Corporation participated in the Extemin catalog show in Peru in September 2009. The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Center for Global Competitiveness (CGC) represented the company by…

  • Paws-Itive Image

Paws-Itive Image

Jeanette Forsythe first opened Paws-Itive Image in 2001 in the basement of her home. She offered pet grooming and boarding to the local Brookville area. At the time she began she…

  • Telepole

Telepole

In 2003 Kim Digenakis was working for an awning company when he saw the demand for telescoping poles drastically increase. His company was unable to step up and fulfill the market need. …

  • Uncle Buck's BBQ

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…

  • 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…

  • CETRA, Inc.

CETRA, Inc.

Jiri Stekjskal, CEO and Founder of CETRA, Inc., has grown jobs and sales locally while building the foundation for a truly sustainable global business. With 20 full-time employees and almost $4…

  • 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…