Van Brunt Grill

After toying with the idea of opening his own business for a few years, Jim James came to the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 2015 along with his partner, Jack Ware. Together, the partners were interested in purchasing a property in Moscow, Pennsylvania, to open a sit down bar/restaurant. They were working with lenders from Fidelity Bank and needed assistance in business planning and in creating financial projections for their loan package.

SBDC consultants provided the clients with business & continuity planning information and created a project cost estimate along with financial projections. Through the planning process, the SBDC has provided and continues to provide education on business and continuity planning, Internet and social media marketing, and assistance in planning the grand opening of the new business.

In June of 2015, Jim and Jack were approved for financing. The combined total from the owner and from Fidelity Bank was $233,000. Van Brunt Grill has opened in the summer of 2015.