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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From “This Old House” to ‘Desert Wind’ Air Dynamics leads the pack with Innovation and Technology

As a U.S. Air Force veteran, Daniel Lehman never imagined how Bob Vila would be the inspiration for a business endeavor. Inspired after watching an episode of “This Old House” Lehman…

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Therm-Omega-Tech: A Company on the Move

Therm-Omega-Tech, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of products using proprietary self-actuating temperature control valves.  Founded in 1983 the first product was a valve that uses thermal…

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Growing Solutions with Phospholutions

Hunter Swisher founded Phospholutions in the spring of 2016 while still a student majoring in plant science at Penn State. In the fall of 2015 while taking a class, he learned…

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Evolve Build: Wharton SBDC Programs Help Serial Entrepreneur Redefine Renewable Energy

Michael Sebright loves to start and build businesses, literally. Through his company Energy Reconsidered and his partnership with Evolve Build, he continues to find new ways to conserve and renew…

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The Secret Tradition Continues: Santinoceto's Market

Santinoceto’s Italian Market celebrated its grand opening on March 4, 2016. However, the Santinoceto family name is far from new to the Clearfield area. Nick Santinoceto’s grandparents, Joseph and Mary, opened…

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Leap of Faith Leads to New Design Studio

Diane Ruggiero has been helping people with interior designs for kitchens, bathrooms, and flooring for over twenty years. Ruggiero decided last year to take a leap of faith and start her…

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Reviello’s Insurance Agency: Working for Clients, Not Insurance Carriers

John Reviello was referred to the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) by M&T bank. Reviello wanted to open an insurance agency offering home, auto, life and health insurance.  He has…

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Northeastern Chiropractic LLC

In the summer of 2016,  Dr. Vanessa Warninger was referred The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) by her local bank after being denied a loan. Dr, Warninger was…

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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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Golden Coast Opens in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

In the spring of 2016, Bridget Brown approached The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for assistance in starting a up-scale retail women’s clothing store. Not knowing much about…

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Castlerigg Wine Shop: Carlisle's Cozy Gem

The Castlerigg Wine Shop is in a charming older building in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, replete with interior wood shutters on floor to ceiling double hung windows, 12-inch oak baseboard trim, an antique…

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Restauranteur Returns to His Roots: Bacon, Bourbon & Beer

Shawn Janovich, Washington native, has made a career in the restaurant industry.  After successfully starting a bar in the South Side of Pittsburgh, he sold it to pursue another business goal.…

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Gardens All Year Long

Mike Bastin has a passion for hydroponics. He started as a hobby at age 19 and as a young man opened a store selling equipment and supplies. He eventually sold the…

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4K Outdoors

Chris Klonowski’s working life included 23 years of progressively responsible management experience with seven different employers.  This background gave him the requisite experience and a very strong desire to take the…

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Historic Estate Gets A New Life: Bush House Estate

If the walls of the historic 6000 square foot Bush House Estate could talk, they would tell a tale that started in the mid 1800’s and continues today with the latest…

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FirstLight Home Care

 Mykal Kousins served proudly in the Navy for 22 years, working mostly in logistics and distribution. After his retirement in 2011, Mykal and his wife Christine moved to the Pittsburgh region…

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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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Smokin’ Outlaw BBQ

Eric Neith attended the First Step program held by the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center in 2012. At the time he was operating a small, catering type barbeque service from…

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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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Johnnie Lustig's Frankfurters

New Street in Bethlehem is now home to daily made smoked hot dogs and other local treats. Johnnie Lustig's Frankfurters may be new to Bethlehem, but owner John Lustig Jr is…