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Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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On an average day, Trina Worrell Benjamin handles invoices, returns calls and emails, directs a team of nearly a dozen employees and manages a client roster that has included big names like Rite Aid and Toys“R”Us. She admits her first steps into entrepreneurship were not easy. But with the help of…

Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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Businesses Assisted by Pennsylvania SBDC Network Win Big at 2015 Governor’s ImPAct Awards

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During last week’s Governor’s ImPAct Awards, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) were pleased to have three SBDC nominated businesses win awards recognizing their growth including job creation, export sales, and community impact.

Overall, 22 out of 50 (44 percent) of businesses awarded were current or former clients of the SBDC, showing the program’s statewide reach and depth of service delivery.  Nominations for each award were provided by the state’s Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) network of which the SBDC is an active partner. A total of 214 nominations were received in 2015.  Pennsylvania SBDC nominated client winners included:

  • Central PREP Region: Jobs That Pay Award Otto’s Pub and Brewery, State College (Nominated and Assisted by the Penn State SBDC)
  • South Central PREP Region: Entrepreneur Impact AwardMilitary Apparel Company, Gardners (Nominated and Assisted by the Shippensburg University SBDC)
  • Southwest PREP Region: Export Impact Award Cima Life Sciences, Pittsburgh (Nominated and Assisted by the Duquesne University SBDC)

The SBDC sends congratulations to all Pennsylvania business owners who received awards: 

Central PREP Region
Community Impact Award – Playworld, Lewisburg
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Cheetah Chassis, Berwick
Export Impact Award – AccuWeather, Inc., State College
Jobs That Pay Award – Otto’s Pub and Brewery, State College (Nominated and Assisted by the Penn State SBDC)
Small Business Impact Award – AE Works, Ltd., State College

Lehigh Valley PREP Region
Community Impact Award – Just Born Quality Confections, Bethlehem
Entrepreneur Impact Award – CyOptics, Inc., Breinigsville
Export Impact Award – C.F. Martin & Co., Nazareth
Jobs That Pay Award – Follett Corporation, Easton
Small Business Impact Award – Orbel Corporation, Easton

Northeast PREP Region
Community Impact Award – Harrold’s Pharmacy, Inc., Wilkes-Barre
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Golden Technologies, Old Forge
Export Impact Award – Lockheed Martin, Archbald
Jobs That Pay Award – Solar Innovations, Inc., Pine Grove
Small Business Impact Award – Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, Clarks Summit

Northwest PREP Region
Community Impact Award – Allegheny Outfitters. Warren
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Voodoo Brewery, Meadville
Export Impact Award – Forta Corporation, Grove City
Jobs That Pay Award – Autosoft, West Middlesex
Small Business Impact Award – Kuhn Tool and Die, Meadville

North Central PREP Region
Community Impact Award – American Refining Group, Bradford
Entrepreneur Impact Award – The Laughing Owl Press Co., Kane
Export Impact Award – MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company, Brookville
Jobs That Pay Award – Miller and Machine Company, Brookville
Small Business Impact Award – Atlas Press Metals, DuBois

Northern Tier PREP Region
Community Impact Award – Southwestern Energy Company, Tunkhannock
Entrepreneur Impact Award – The Wellsboro House, Wellsboro
Export Impact Award – Oak Hill Veneer dba Channel Veneers USA, Troy
Jobs That Pay Award – Cargill Meat Solutions, Wyalusing
Small Business Impact Award – Penn Troy Manufacturing, Inc., Troy

South Central PREP Region
Community Impact Award – Penn Waste, Manchester
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Military Apparel Company, Gardners (Nominated and Assisted by the Shippensburg University SBDC)
Export Impact Award – CAM Innovation, Hanover
Jobs That Pay Award –New Standard, York
Small Business Impact Award – Stoner, Inc., Quarryville

Southeast PREP Region
Community Impact Award – Communications Test Design, Inc., West Chester
Entrepreneur Impact Award – The Ciright Companies, West Conshohocken
Export Impact Award – Radius Toothbrush, Kutztown
Jobs That Pay Award – Barry Callebaut USA, LLC, Eddystone
Small Business Impact Award – Nave Newell, Wayne

Southern Alleghenies PREP Region
Community Impact Award – JWF Industries, Johnstown
Entrepreneur Impact Award – New Pig Corp., Tipton
Export Impact Award – Guy Chemical Company, Inc., Somerset
Jobs That Pay Award – Huntingdon Fiberglass Products
Small Business Impact Award – In-Shore Technologies, Inc., Johnstown

Southwest PREP Region
Community Impact Award – TowerCare Technologies (dba DonorPro), Wexford
Entrepreneur Impact Award – threeRivers 3D, Gibsonia
Export Impact Award – Cima Life Sciences, Pittsburgh (Nominated and Assisted by the Duquesne University SBDC)
Jobs That Pay Award – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington
Small Business Impact Award – Wombat Security Technologies, Pittsburgh

The annual program hosted by the Team Pennsylvania Foundation recognizes 50 outstanding Pennsylvania companies and entrepreneurs for creating jobs, developing ideas, expanding into new markets and making positive contributions in local communities.