Tag: Small Business

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the reinvestment of $5.5 million from the New PA Venture Capital Investment Program into four venture capital funds to support the growth of early-stage Pennsylvania companies. “Supporting small businesses means investing wisely in early-stage companies that just need a little bit of funding to take off,” said […]
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 […]
Lewisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local leaders for a walking tour of small businesses in downtown Lewisburg, Union County, as part of Small Business Week. Secretary Davin discussed Wolf Administration initiatives like the PA Business One-Stop Shop, which help promote entrepreneurship, develop a stronger workforce, […]
Women are storming the entrepreneurial landscape and making it a space where others can follow. Since 1972, the number of U.S. women-owned businesses has dramatically increased from 402,000 to 12.3 million. According to American Express’s 2018 State of Women-Owned Business Report, between 2017 and 2018 alone, U.S. women started an average of 1,821 new businesses […]
In 2013, Onex — a western PA-based, family-owned manufacturer that specializes in industrial furnace production and maintenance — was in trouble. The company, which had been operating in Pennsylvania for more than fifty years, needed a major turnaround to stay in business. Ashleigh Walters was asked to take on the formidable task of becoming the […]
Sue Miller and her family run Birchrun Hills Farm, a first-generation, family-owned dairy farm in the highlands of Birchrunville in southeast Pennsylvania. While contemplating how she would make the farm sustainable into the future, she decided to embark on a new venture and begin making cheese with high-quality milk from her cows. With help from […]
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we’d like to recognize the contributions of the more than 300,000 women-owned businesses in Pennsylvania with a list of go-to resources for female entrepreneurs. Whether it’s becoming certified as a small diverse business, applying for funding, finding business mentors, or contracting with government agencies, Pennsylvania can help its women-owned […]
Pennsylvania offers many resources for minority-owned businesses to help them, along with all Pennsylvania businesses, build a bright future for themselves, their families, and their communities. As part of our recognition of Black History Month, we’ve compiled a list of the go-to resources available to minority business owners across the commonwealth. Whether it’s helping them […]
The thought of launching a business can be daunting — it requires grit, motivation, and determination to turn an idea into a living, breathing, sustainable business. However, we’re here to help you finally take the plunge and develop that business concept you’ve been considering with the assistance of the PA Business One Stop Shop, which […]
November 11 marks Veterans Day, a time to celebrate the brave military personnel who have served in the United States Armed Forces. According to a 2017 report from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Pennsylvania ranks fifth in the country for the total number of veteran-owned businesses (97,969). This number includes Pike County’s ConnexiCore, a drone […]
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 — veteran-owned businesses contributed more than $50 billion to the state economy in 2012, and Pennsylvania ranks fifth in the country for […]
Creekside Springs provides high-quality water to beverage companies, supermarkets, large retailers, and businesses located within a 500-mile radius around its facilities in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The company currently has two operating facilities in Ambridge, PA and Salineville, OH, and one warehouse located in Ellwood City, PA. A warehouse in New Brighton, PA was purchased in […]
Ashland Technologies, Inc. (Ash-Tec) is a leading contract manufacturer of machined and fabricated parts with a mission to become the first national chain of machine shops in locations throughout the United States. The company, headquartered in Schuylkill County, is known for manufacturing roller coaster cars and other items for amusement parks and arcades. Most recently, […]
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 […]
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 […]
State-Supported Incubator to Assist Emerging Bakers in Launching Careers Pittsburgh, PA – Today Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local leaders and partners in a cake-cutting ceremony for The Bakery Society Pittsburgh, a bakery incubator supporting a cohort of bakers-in-residence in the Mount Oliver neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County. “This […]
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 […]
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 […]
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local economic development leaders, legislators, and small business owners at the Ben Franklin TechCelerator @Carlisle to discuss how Governor Tom Wolf’s new PA Business One-Stop Shop can help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, operate, and grow their business. The […]
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 […]
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 […]
In 2015, Penn State University President Eric Barron launched the Invent Penn State (IPS) program, an initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success. With the goal of leveraging Penn State’s research, knowledge, and entrepreneurial spirit, IPS currently helps fund 13 Innovation Hubs — which are free to the community — at […]
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin continued the ‘Jobs that Pay’ tour at Chemical Solutions Ltd. (CSL), a heavy metals testing company, highlighting Governor Tom Wolf’s commitment to supporting small businesses. “Governor Wolf remains committed to small business through initiatives like the PIDA program that can help […]
While California’s Silicon Valley may be home to the most tech startups, several cities in Pennsylvania are spurring new technologies and offering ideal locations that boast lower costs of living, quality resources for early-stage entrepreneurs, and a stronger sense of community than many other tech city giants. Check out six of Pennsylvania’s best locations for […]
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 […]
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, […]
Part of The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, the University of Pittsburgh’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps start, grow, and sustain businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania. We spoke to Michael Wholihan, Manager of Training & Community Outreach, to learn how the SBDC is providing this training and meeting the needs of entrepreneurs and business owners in […]
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 […]
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the state is investing nearly $5.5 million through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program to help spur statewide development and create and retain 79 jobs. “These loans are another example of our commitment to assisting small businesses in their efforts to expand their operations which […]
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, […]
Pennsylvania is a place where entrepreneurs and business owners flourish and succeed — and State College’s recent ranking as one of Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top 15 Best U.S. Cities for Entrepreneurs to Live and Launch” confirms just that. Listed among other innovation hotbeds, including Boulder, Minneapolis, and Ann Arbor, State College boasts an 18 percent business […]
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, […]