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.

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Your Full Service Collision Repair–Hometown Collision

Matthew Rosmus has been involved in collision repair service in various aspects of the business for the past 15 years. Rosmus has worked at different types of  auto body shops from…

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New Salon Receives Blair County Community Action Agency’s First Micro Grant: Vivid Hair Design

Ashley Barroner had been working in the hair industry for the past five years, primarily for large corporate salons. She always had the goal of becoming an entrepreneur and was finally…

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Kum & Go Convenience Store Up and Running with Capital Acquisition Assistance of the SBDC

Right on the corner of Sunshine Avenue in Central City is the one stop for the local community providing dining and a convenience store in one location. Paula Contrillo and Keith…

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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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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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Rogers Brothers Trailers

Rogers Brothers is a manufacturer of high capacity trailers that are used in the mining industry. The company, located in Erie County, has been in operation since 1905 and conducted its…

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Price Funeral Service, Inc.

Ashley Price had had the goal of owning her own funeral home. She graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2006 and during that time worked for a mortuary…

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Shaffer Transfer & Moving

Jamie and Lindsay Frampton had been talking about owning and operating their own business for a few years when the owners of Shaffer Transfer & Moving indicated that they were looking…

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Salisbury Hometown Pizza

Penny Baker and Kandy Patton put their idea of starting a pizza shop into action. The sisters first approached the St. Francis University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in September of 2013…

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K-Vay’s Restaurant

K-Vay’s Restaurant is a full-service restaurant and catering business located in Irwin, Westmoreland County. The business has been in operation since 1988 providing their customers delicious food ranging from pizza to…

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Golden Eagle Inn

Connie Clark and her family were very interested in reopening the Golden Eagle Inn in Downtown Bedford. It had been closed for the past few years as the owner was having…

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Mrs. Chalkbox

Holly Rosenthall has always loved the idea of being a business owner. Several years ago, she and her husband owned and operated their own Subway franchise. Rosenthall would be retiring from…

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ServiceMaster by Ryan

Katy Ryan began working for an Altoona ServiceMaster franchise in 2001. She started out working as a part-time cleaner for Merry Maids, the residential portion of the ServiceMaster brand. She also did part-time…

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Horn O Plenty

Mandi Horn and her husband operate an organic farm in Bedford that has weekly subscribers for harvest. She wanted to transform the business to maximize the profit of the farm’s yield. She knew…

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ITSI-Biosciences

ITSI-Biosciences is a Johnstown, PA based biotechnology company performing contract research and manufactures ready to use kits for biomedical research. It prides itself on providing the highest quality contract research services,…

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Richland Fitness

Being a Johnstown City Police officer, Dave Morgan knows the importance of keeping himself in the best shape possible. Combined with his wife Kelly’s nursing background, together they are a team…

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Brick House Gym

Carla Heaton and Steve Dell both know physical fitness. And, being avid body builders both felt that none of the current fitness facilities met their needs as body builders. So, rather than continue…

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Geochemical Testing

Since 1981, Tim Bergstresser had worked at Geochemical Testing, a company that provides environmental and energy analytical services for a broad range of clients that range from utility and coal…

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Jean Bonnet Inn & Tavern

When the historic Jean Bonnet Inn and Tavern in Bedford went up for sale, Melissa and Shannon Jacobs were determined to purchase the struggling business and make it a success. Their…

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Helsel Lumber

When Helsel Lumber, which now exports its products around the world, first came to the Saint Francis Small Business Development Center (SBDC), its sales were entirely domestic and beginning to decline.…