PA Proud Blog:  Small Business

Four-Zag Hill is a family owned and operated dairy farm that supplies high-quality milk for the fluid market from its dairy farm in Columbia County. We spoke to owner Rosalie Zaginaylo to learn more about her story and how funding through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program helped jumpstart her small business. The PIDA […]
Located in Paoli, Pennsylvania, Turn5, Inc. is an e-commerce company that helps people customize, personalize, and build their dream car, truck, or Jeep. With more than 400 employees, the Turn5 team is driven by the company’s strong emphasis on customer experience and exceeding expectations. While Turn5’s business relationships are important components to its growth, it’s […]
With more than 19 years of experience, Ben Moyer has always had a knack for growing mums and pumpkins on his family farm — Moyers Mum Farm. In 2006, Ben Moyer took over his family’s farm and focused on growing mums and pumpkins that are unique in shape, size and color. In 2010, Ben and […]
Started in 1997 by brothers Chris and John Trogner, Tröegs Independent Brewing has made a name for itself in the Central Pennsylvania community for its signature brews and commitment to its neighbors. We caught up with John to learn more about their story and success in Pennsylvania. How did you get started with Tröegs? In […]
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we’ve compiled a list of the top go-to resources for women-owned businesses in the commonwealth. Whether it’s becoming certified as a small diverse business, applying for funding, finding business mentors, or contracting with government agencies, Pennsylvania can help women-owned businesses build a bright future for themselves and their families, […]
As we celebrate Black History Month, we’ve compiled a list of the top go-to resources for minority-owned businesses in the commonwealth. Whether it’s becoming certified as a small diverse business, applying for funding, finding business mentors, or contracting with government agencies, Pennsylvania can help minority-owned businesses build a bright future for themselves and their families, […]
Are you an employer that’s located in or has employees in Pennsylvania? We’re here to help this tax season. With tax season looming on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about filing your local withholding taxes. Don’t fear, PA employers! We have tax resources that will help your filing process go more smoothly — […]
Lampire Biological Laboratories, Inc., is a biotechnology company that has several locations across Pennsylvania. We spoke to Gregory F. Krug, CEO of Lampire, about his contributions to the life sciences industry and how recent funding through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) will help his business continue to grow. How did Lampire get its start? […]
Home to one million small businesses employing 2.5 million individuals, Pennsylvania’s entrepreneurs and innovators play a huge role in their communities. From a homegrown brewery’s “Brew Unto Others” campaign to responsible fabric, PA’s small businesses have become champions for their local neighborhoods and the greater good. At the PA Department of Community and Economic Development […]
Pennsylvania has a reputation for visionary leaders and entrepreneurs with can-do spirit, from Benjamin Franklin and Rachel Carson to Andrew Carnegie and Cecil B. Moore. Right from the beginning, our residents were willing to work hard, develop revolutionary new ideas, and take a risk in sharing them with the world. Today’s Pennsylvania is no different […]
Eleven Oak Farms LLC is a family owned and operated farm in Cumberland County that produces some of the finest beef in the nation. We spoke to Jim Shuster of Eleven Oaks about his farming philosophy and how recent funding through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) will help his business continue to grow. Why […]
Home to 1 million small businesses employing 2.5 million individuals, Pennsylvania’s entrepreneurs and innovators play a huge role in the communities in which they operate. Have a great business concept but intimidated by the idea of starting your own business? We’ve got you covered. The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has compiled the […]
Located in Chalfont, Pa., Byers’ Choice handcrafts Christmas Carolers that spread cheer and warmth by connecting collectors with their favorite holiday tradition — singing holiday songs. We spoke to Dave Daikeler, sales operations manager at Byers’ Choice, about the company, its success, and the unique touch artisans bring to its products. What makes your company […]
Pennsylvania is a state of small businesses, with our one million small businesses forming the bulk (more than 99%!) of our business economy. How have so many small businesses found success here? There are a variety of factors, but it’s largely a combination of our welcoming communities, flourishing main streets, state support and assistance, robust […]
Every Veterans Day, we celebrate the brave military personnel who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Pennsylvania recognizes the valuable contributions from our strong veteran workforce and the overall veteran community. According to a 2017 report from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Pennsylvania ranks fifth in the country for the total number of […]
Based in Wellsboro, Pa., Highland Chocolates is a nonprofit candy company that provides vocational training and employment for up to 20 adults with disabilities and four full-time staff members. Together, they learn valuable job skills while handcrafting and packaging chocolates and interacting with visitors who stop in for a factory tour. What is unique about […]
Headquartered in the Berks County, Oswalds Mill Audio (OMA) sound systems are Pennsylvania-made through and through. Using Pennsylvania slate and hardwoods, OMA creates high-quality audio equipment that marries established sound technologies with modern quality and breathtaking design, resulting in a rich, vintage sound sure to satisfy any audiophile. In February, Governor Tom Wolf announced an […]
Abram’s Nation, LLC Operating out of Pittsburgh, Abram’s Nation is known primarily for its flagship product, The Safety Sleeper — a portable, fully-enclosed bed system designed to keep special-needs sleepers safe and prevent them from wandering while unattended. Company founder Rose Morris originally designed the bed for her son Abram, who is on the autism […]
After selling two companies to Google, Guatemala native and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) professor Luis von Ahn decided that he wanted to dedicate his work to transforming education — leading him to co-found Duolingo with the mission of bringing free language education to the world. The platform sets itself apart by offering a free, engaging, […]
Makin Bacon is a family-owned and operated farm in Granville Township, Bradford County. Thanks to a Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loan, Gary Kelly and his family were able to transition their former dairy farm into a technologically advanced facility to raise pigs. Since Governor Tom Wolf announced the loan approval in December 2016, Makin […]
A fifth-generation family business in Philadelphia, Bassetts Ice Cream is proudly known as America’s oldest ice cream company. This full-service frozen dessert distributor exclusively uses Pennsylvania milk in its products, and distributes ice cream around the nation and the world. In honor of National Ice Cream month, we spoke to Alex Bassett Strange, an Account […]
Signallamp Health works with physicians and nurses to provide population health services to patients with multiple chronic conditions across six states, including Pennsylvania. In March 2016, Governor Tom Wolf toured and announced that Signallamp would add 69 jobs at a new site in Scranton with assistance from a Pennsylvania First program grant and WEDnetPA funding, […]
BrandYourself BrandYourself cofounder Pete Kistler was struggling to land internship interviews — it turns out, searching his name online came up with negative results for a criminal with the same name. After searching for assistance with a pricey reputation management company, Kistler teamed up with Patrick Ambron to start BrandYourself with the objective of providing […]
On a statewide level, Pennsylvania has nearly 1 million small businesses that employ 2.5 million individuals – that is almost half of our private workforce. I’m excited to share that the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will celebrate PA Small Business Week from April 30 – May 6, 2017. Aligning with the U.S. […]
Yards Brewing Company In the late 1980s, two college buddies learned to brew beer in their dorm room with a home brew kit, and from their newfound passion, Yards Brewing Company was born. Since then, the regional craft producer has grown from a garage-sized operation in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia to a 38,000-square-foot facility […]
Soltech Solutions Operating out of Bethlehem, Pa., Soltech Solutions develops green, energy efficient products that can enhance daily life. From planting newbies to green thumbs, Soltech’s Aspect LED grow light can turn anyone into a garden guru, providing plants with the required light to grow inside a home. A passionate team of three entrepreneurs’ designs […]
About the Small Business Spotlight The second Saturday of each month, the #PAProud blog highlights small businesses and owners who are delivering new products, services, or technology; are positively impacting their local community; or offering creative solutions to their own challenges or those of others. In 1992, Roland G. Murphy founded RGM Watch Co. in […]
About the Small Business Spotlight The second Saturday of each month, the #PAProud blog highlights small businesses and owners who are delivering new products, services, or technology; are positively impacting their local community; or are offering creative solutions to their own challenges or those of others. In honor of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, […]
Tom Lauwers founded BirdBrain Technologies, LLC in Pittsburgh, Pa, in 2010 after earning his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. BirdBrain’s flagship products are the Finch Robot and Hummingbird Robotics Kit, used in educational settings worldwide. What does your business specialize in and who are your clients? BirdBrain Technologies came to be during my […]
With Small Business Saturday (November 26, 2016) right around the corner, we wanted to take the time to highlight the free resources available to those looking to start their own business in Pennsylvania. We value our small businesses, and are committed to fostering a business environment where your services and products can grow and thrive. […]
With Veterans Day around the corner, we’re recognizing the contributions of our veteran workforce in Pennsylvania and those serving the veteran community. We had the opportunity to speak with Eve Baum, Founder and Designer of Military Apparel Company in Gardners, Pa., which creates custom handbags and accessories from military uniforms, as well as Scott Koons, […]
About the Small Business Spotlight The second Saturday of each month, the #PAProud blog highlights small businesses and owners who are delivering new products, services, or technology; are positively impacting their local community; or offering creative solutions to their own challenges or those of others. In honor of National Women’s Small Business Month, the October […]
September is National Mushroom Month, and Kennett Square, Pa., is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World. Pennsylvania produces 68 percent of the nation’s 946 million pounds of mushrooms — with almost 400 million pounds coming from the Kennett Square area alone in 2015. This month, we spoke to a long-time veteran of the […]
Versatex Building Products, LLC is located in Aliquippa, PA and was founded in 2003. Versatex manufactures trim, fascia, soffit, and decorative exterior moulding pieces for residential and light commercial buildings. What does your business specialize in and who are your clients? Our business specializes in the extruding of a polymer-based sheet product. During the process, […]
It is my honor to post the first entry in DCED’s new blog, #PAProud. This brand new communication channel presents an opportunity for our team to share timely, relevant information with you on all topics related to community and economic development in Pennsylvania.