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From “This Old House” to ‘Desert Wind’ Air Dynamics leads the pack with Innovation and Technology

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As a U.S. Air Force veteran, Daniel Lehman never imagined how Bob Vila would be the inspiration for a business endeavor. Inspired after watching an episode of “This Old House” Lehman installed a centralized home-vacuum system into his own home, which led him to take that project and turn it into…

Therm-Omega-Tech: A Company on the Move

Therm-Omega-Tech, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of products using proprietary self-actuating temperature control valves.  Founded in 1983 the first product was a valve that uses thermal actuator technology to provide reliable and cost effective freeze protection to the railroad industry. The company returned to its beginnings…

Growing Solutions with Phospholutions

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Hunter Swisher founded Phospholutions in the spring of 2016 while still a student majoring in plant science at Penn State. In the fall of 2015 while taking a class, he learned about a soil additive that would help plants soak up nutrients more efficiently. This technology, developed by his professor, was…

Lock Haven Outfitters

Brendan Reed and Marc Gates have always loved the outdoors. As avid fishermen and kayakers, they spent their free time on the state’s local waterways. They love sharing their experiences, techniques, and knowledge of fishing at any opportunity. In early 2014, they had the idea to start a company that would provide locals and tourists with the opportunity to experience this healthy and fun pastime. That idea would ultimately materialize into Lock Haven Outfitters.

Brendan and Marc had always had entrepreneurial spirits and had explored a few business ideas in the past. When they decided they wanted to open an outfitter, they came to the Lock Haven University (LHU) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for guidance and assistance in the process.

The timing could not have been better. While the two entrepreneurs were planning their business, Lock Haven was in the process of becoming a designated River Town. Part of the initiative was to drive more outdoor recreational businesses into the area by promoting its natural resources. The SBDC informed Brendan and Marc of this and connected them with the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP), the group involved in the designation process.

The SBDC was able to work with the pair under the recently awarded Rural Business Enterprise Grant, which specifically targeted tourist-based businesses in Lock Haven and Jersey Shore. The SBDC partnered with the SGP to create a multi-faceted approach to ensure that the communities were “River Town Ready” and housed summer student interns to facilitate this process. Over the course of a year, Brendan and Marc’s business plan went through a number of iterations, finally landing on a lean business model that placed heavy emphasis on mobility and technology to save overhead costs.

In May of 2015, the two officially launched Lock Haven Outfitters and have since been able to hire an LHU intern to help out during the summer. As a direct result of working with the SBDC, they have also been able to finance equipment purchases through Clinton County’s Revolving Loan Fund. Their business launch came at an important time for the community, as LHU had played an integral part in a river mapping project taking place as part of the River Town initiative. Brendan and Marc look forward to a successful season and are excited to bring outdoor adventure to the Clinton County area.