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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The Salon @ Lavish

In late 2015, Micah Woodard, owner of Lavish Body & Home, approached the University of Scranton SBDC for assistance in expanding the hair salon portion of his downtown Scranton business,…

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Let your pet be spoiled with Pampered Paws

Ever since attending grooming school Renee Fisher-Garcia had a passion for providing this service to pets. Before starting her own grooming business Pampered Paw Renee had previously worked for more than…

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Frosted Fox Cake Shop

Jennifer Low and her husband Sean Williams opened the Frosted Fox Cake Shop at 6511 Germantown Avenue in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia in November 2015. They make artisanal cakes…

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Business Turns Crafts into Cash: Crafty Creations

Sandy Westover loves crafts, artists, and opportunity. She also loves her hometown of Benton. In recent years, Benton has become something of a tourist destination for shoppers who enjoy “antiquing.” In…

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RunLitesTurn Night Into Light!

After spending a long day at work and a full evening caring for her three active sons, Mary Tiffin was finally ready for her daily run. Seeing it was well past…

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Beloved Home-Town Ice Cream Shop Under New Ownership: Buff's Ice Cream

Buff’s Ice Cream celebrated its grand opening under new ownership on June 17th with lots of food, ice cream and prizes to spare. However, Buff’s is far from a new business…

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A Subway Stop on Independence Street

111 West Independence Street, in the heart of downtown Shamokin, is now home to central Pennsylvania’s newest Subway franchise. Seeking assistance with business planning and financial analysis, owners, Jeffery and Jason…

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Sub Zero Franchise Opens First PA Location in Altoona

Tom & Cherie Brandt really enjoy ice cream. While watching an episode of the television series Shark Tank, they saw a pitch for an ice cream operation called Sub Zero.…

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Hobby Turns into Small Business Dream in Mayfield: From Drab to Fab

In early 2014, owner, Shiloh Richner, started painting and refinishing old furniture as a hobby in her home. It did not take long before her friends and family started to notice…

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Performance Biomedical Inc.

Approximately five years ago, Ron and Jane Carter decided to open a medical supply company out of their Mountain Top home. They started distributing compression stockings and lymphedema pumps. When orders…

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From Grandmother’s Cooking to a Mexican Restaurant: La Abuela

James Castaneda and Glenda Delcid always wanted to be restaurant owners. James grew up in Mexico enjoying his grandmother’s authentic Mexican cooking. His grandmother’s tamales and pozoles were irresistible. When he…

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Food for the Soul – MOKA Art Gallery

The Entrepreneur Charlotte Ka, a resident of the Hill district, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Maryland Institute College…

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New Business on the Block: Homeline Expressions

David H. Tillard II had a dream of owning his own retail gift shop in his hometown of Cresson offering unique and specialty items. His dream was to have a shop…

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Choigoda: Entrepreneurial Spirit Leads to Kenya

Beatrice Agono moved to the U.S. from Kenya in 2006 as a Permanent Resident. Her background was in accounting. One of her first jobs was bookkeeping and then she did some…

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From Designer to Businessman: Forager Company

Bryan Norris started Forager Company  in 2015 to provide handmade small batch clothing and leather goods located in Lancaster. Forager Company located in Lancaster PA, designs and produces utilitarian products…

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Performing an Encore: Halbrendt Vineyard & Winery

John and Noemi Halbrendt personify the definition of encore careerists. More specifically, they represent the growing ranks of encore entrepreneurs. Recently concluding professional careers, they retired into winemaking. Not that it…

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A Place for Everything: Home and Business Solutions

Kim Bingaman first contacted the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in September of 2014. She had recently become aware that a local retail store was for sale. She had…

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Macri's Sports

Beth and Tyler Krivosh have taken their spirit for sports and combined it with their management skills and a loan from First Commonwealth Bank to purchase a screen printing and embroidery…

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Dries Orchards, Inc.

Dries Orchards is a retail and wholesale orchard offering fresh produce and a variety of jams, teas, honey, cider, baked goods, and candies at stores, farmers markets, and produce stands in…

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Mix Salad Concept, Inc.

Mix Salad Concept launched in 2014 with the desire to bring working professionals throughout the city of Pittsburgh healthy, nutritious lunch options. Co-founders Rachael Bane and Lia Vaccaro saw an opportunity…