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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Sauereisen: Selling into Latin American Mining Countries

Luis Granes is currently the Latin American Manager for Sauereisen, a third generation manufacturer of corrosion-resistant materials located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He developed an expertise in technical sales and is…

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In the Zone: Spa & Salon Blossoms into Second Location

Tanya Chaney’s newest entrepreneurial venture, In The Zone, is now open in Upper St. Clair. As a successful entrepreneur, operating Chaney’s Natural Health and Wellness for over 10 years, Chaney’s…

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Sustaining Family Farms: Crop & Orchard Insurance for Sale

The Salem Company LLC was founded by Dwayne Salem in 2015 to sell crop and orchard insurance to farmers. Wayne has previously worked for agricultural insurers and had the requisite experience,…

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Onyxx Hill Masonry: Building on a Strong Foundaton

John Hill’s 30 years of construction experience includes service in the U.S. Army and as a successful business owner in another state. His Connecticut-based firm held an A+ rating with the…

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Queen Bee Collectibles: Collecting Business Success

 Melissa Stover and her husband reside in Beech Creek, Pennsylvania. Melissa has always been interested in the arts and crafts/antiques industry. Melissa became good friends with the owner of one of…

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Energy Rehab Wellness and Training Is “Well” on Its Way to Success

Renee Frank, Doctor of Physical Therapy and co-founder of Energy Rehab Wellness and Training, first came to the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 2013 for help starting…

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Judy’s Homemade Ice Cream Churns Out More Honors

With the help and support of Widener University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Judy’s Homemade Ice Cream has established itself as the premiere destination for exclusive ice cream creations in Ridley…

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SBDC Client Open New Donatos Franchise in Erie

Christine Vogel wanted to open a new pizza parlor in the Erie area in 2014. She decided that a franchise would work best for her but she wanted a unique pizza…

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Realigning Her Dream: Bloomsburg Family Chiropractic

Dr. Elizabeth Ardo was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, where she first learned the benefits of chiropractic. She has been a patient of chiropractic since high school. When she saw…

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All Fitness Events: Ultra Marathoner Builds Race Event Management Company with Over 60,000 Runners Nationwide

Kathleen Titus runs ultramarathons, which technically means more than a marathon (26.2 miles) but literally foot races up to and over 1,000 miles. Titus took the marathon approach to business planning…

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Cerulean Arts: Art Gallery Obtains Financing to Open on North Broad

Cerulean Arts, an art gallery, was opened in 2006 by Tina Rocha and her husband Michael Kowbuz. The area now called “The Avenue North Renaissance” is blocks from Center City…

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Autocare Mobile Services Celebrates Grand Opening

The Widener University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and entrepreneur, Peter Sosi, held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, for Sosi’s business, Mobile Auto Care on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.…

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Soupie Brothers –The Taste of Tradition

Nestled in the heart of coal country, innovation and entrepreneurship collided with nostalgia and tradition to bring about a tasty new business, Soupie Brothers. It was the idea of business…

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Solidworx: Woman-owned Kitchen Counter-top Manufacturing Company

Nancy Geller first approached the Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in April 2016 for assistance in starting a custom countertop manufacturing company specializing in the use of solid…

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Local business changes ownership: Briar Hill Rustic Furniture

Duane Hedgecock had been working for Briar Hill Rustic Furniture for 23 years when the current owner, Denny Pierce approached him to inquire if he was interested in purchasing the business.…

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Bison Hill Stonecrafts: Engineer Finds Creative Outlet in Giving New Life to Reclaimed Stone

Andrew Church is the founder and owner of Bison Hill Stonecrafts, a business dedicated to creating new housewares products from reclaimed slate and marble. A 2013 Penn State graduate with…

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Bonn Place Brewing Company: Crafting a Brewery with Vision and Dedication

Sam Masotto came to the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) with a signed lease and a very literal sketch of a business plan – a vision board now framed…

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Kettle Creek Corporation: Success through Determination

A client of the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center for many years, Kettle Creek Corporation President Bonnie Haas has invested her heart, soul, and plenty of sweat equity into building…

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Beer Distributor Gets New Owner: Williamsburg Beverage

Tracy Colbert had always dreamed of owning her own business ever since working for a small local beer distributor while attending college. Little did she realize that the beer distributor where…

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Elite Combative Systems, LLC

Background – The Challenge Brian Backus and Paul Tost both served in the U.S. Marines where they picked up and honed their love of the Martial Arts. Their passion for the…