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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…

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Saint Francis University SBDC Honors Family-Owned Pharmacy as Small Business Person of the Year

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The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) held its annual Small Business awards honoring the 2015 Small Business Person of the Year on Thursday, October 15th in the JFK Center on the Saint Francis University campus.

This award recognizes the outstanding achievements of the Southern Alleghenies Region’s most successful entrepreneurs and small business advocates.

This year’s winner is Thompson Pharmacy, a family-owned independent pharmacy which owns five retail pharmacies in Blair and Centre Counties with over 160 employees and 12 pharmacists.  Thompson Pharmacy offers a unique selection of gifts, groceries, bill-pay services, dry cleaning services, notary services, post office, drive-thru, flu clinics and much more.  Thompson Pharmacy also operates a Long-Term Care Pharmacy that services approximately 3000 beds in long-term care facilities throughout six counties.

Fifty years ago, Thompson Pharmacy was started in Altoona by Bill Thompson Jr.  His son, Bill Thompson III worked in the family business throughout his school years.  While the other kids were going to football games or dances, you could find Bill III at the family business waiting on customers, delivering prescriptions, or stocking the shelves.

When Bill III graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 1988, he returned to the family business and soon became vice president of the company.  At that time, Bill III began offering pharmaceutical services to local long-term care facilities which was the beginning of Thompson LTC Pharmacy, Inc.  He became president/owner in October of 2005.

Thompson Pharmacy has experienced continuous growth since 1965 when it began with six employees.  Today Thompson Pharmacy employs over 160 people and 12 pharmacists, 25 drivers and a fleet of 16 vehicles.

As an independent pharmacy competing in a world where national chain pharmacies control much of the atmosphere, Thompson Pharmacy has faced the challenges head on and have not only survived, but prospered and grown through the years.  Bill works very hard to ensure employees are treated fairly and our customers receive the best products at the best prices. Team work is one of the things where Thompson Pharmacy and their employees, also known as Team Thompson, have always excelled.  Thompson Pharmacy has an open door policy for any suggestions or complaints and that keeps them all pretty close.  The ideas that come from team leaders and members have added to Thompson Pharmacy’s diversity and ability to beat the “big guys” at their own game.

Thompson Pharmacy has been a client since of the Saint Francis University SBDC since 1999. The SBDC helped this client with projected income statements and an expansion.

For more information, please contact the Saint Francis University SBDC at (814) 472-3200 or .