5 Successful PA Small Businesses That’ll Inspire You to Start Your Own

Tröegs Independent Brewing
Tröegs Independent Brewing

Pennsylvania is a state of small businesses — in fact, they compose more than 99 percent of all businesses here, and their employees make up nearly half our workforce. That’s good news for everyone, especially prospective entrepreneurs: if you start a business here, there’s a strong, supportive, and successful community ready to help you along the way. We’ve rounded up some of the inspiring reasons driving our entrepreneurs to give you an example of the community you could be joining if you choose PA for your next venture.

1. Tröegs Independent Brewing | Dauphin County

“We come from a very entrepreneurial family, so we always knew we wanted to start a business together…The problem was that there was already a bunch of small brewpubs and breweries open in Colorado. This prompted us to eventually make a decision that was critical to our early success. We decided to move back home to central Pennsylvania to open our brewery.”

“Our priority is buying the best ingredients in the world. We’re lucky because about 30 miles south of the brewery is the Pennsylvania Fruit Belt — 20,000 fertile acres covering the slopes of South Mountain. It’s one of the finest fruit-producing regions in the United States.”

A popular PA brewery crafts success >>

2. ConnexiCore | Pike County


“Technology has always fascinated me.”

“Growing up, CB (citizens band) radios were rising in popularity, and I convinced my parents to install a small one in our family car…In 2001, I joined a national audiovisual systems integrator for nine years until I was recruited by a venture capitalist-funded software startup that grew into a multimillion-dollar corporation. After some time, the company wasn’t able to keep up with the pace of advancing technology — but I knew I could. I resigned and jumpstarted ConnexiCore.”

A veteran’s passion for technology grows into a national drone company >>

3. Moyers Mum Farm | Lebanon County
Moyers Mum Farm

Moyers Mum Farm

“I was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania and have seen growth in the agricultural industry.”

“I am…proud to know that my kids, Annie and Kaleb, show a promising interest in the farm life, as well. Part of my and Tonya’s interest in expanding our farm was for our children’s benefit…The promising future of agriculture in Pennsylvania and the state support to make these expansions happen will support our dreams and generations to come.”

A family-owned farm thrives in PA>>

4. Ashland Technologies, Inc. | Schuylkill County
Jurassic World VR Experience

Ashland Technologies, Inc.


“Pennsylvania has talented tradespeople who went through the proper schooling and graduated with technical education to run the complicated and unique machinery at our shops.”

“We have a very close-knit relationship with the amusement park industry here, with at least 15 years of manufacturing rides under our belt. We have helped with carnival-type rides as well as local amusement parks, like Hersheypark, Busch Gardens, and Knoebels.”

A leading PA manufacturer helps bring Jurassic World to life >>

5. Lampire Biological Laboratories, Inc. | Lehigh, Bedford, Bucks Counties
Lampire Biological Laboratories, Inc.

Lampire Biological Laboratories, Inc.

“Our support from local, state, and federal partners is part of the reason we have witnessed tremendous growth.”

“Lampire is well-connected to the life sciences community here in Pennsylvania. From prestigious medical institutions to world-class colleges and universities, there is top-ranked research and biomedical engineering happening here in Pennsylvania.”

A biotech company’s contributions to the life science industry >>

Inspired to start your own business? Visit our the PA Business One-Stop Shop website to learn more about starting, registering, operating, and growing a business in Pennsylvania. Don’t forget to also check out our 8 Tips for Starting Your Own Business in 2022.

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