Penn State faculty network and learn at annual entrepreneurship retreat

August 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Faculty and staff from across Penn State came together Aug. 15-16 at University Park in support of entrepreneurship teaching and learning at the fifth annual ENTI Summer Gathering. ENTI, launched is 2013, is Penn State’s Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Penn State SBDC client, artist participating in Festival of the Arts

July 2017

James Byrnes began blowing glass in 1978, first as an occupation, then as an artistic creation. Byrnes set up a home studio, began selling decorative pieces on consignment, then went into business for himself after winning a contest in the early 1990s. While Byrnes is often recognized for his Christmas ornaments, he said his work is anything but expected.

Local leaders react to low Pa. business ranking

July 2017

A theme emerged when community leaders learned Pennsylvania was named the sixth worst state in which to start a business, a retort that maybe economic analysts shouldn’t paint with such a broad brush. Every community is different — the economic climates of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh can’t compare to Bellefonte or the Moshannon Valley.

SpringBoard Takes Leap as Latest Business Incubator

June 2017

SpringBoard in Bellefonte is the latest in a series of small business incubators to open in Centre County, some already completed and some still in the works.

New 30,000-square-foot building breaks ground for businesses

June 2017

A new building has broken ground in Innovation Park, and it marks the fifth time GLP Development will build in the community.

The developers hope to have the building, which offers about 30,000 square feet of available space, completed in late 2017. GLP Development has invested more than $60 million in Innovation Park in five years.

After Moving to State College from Brazil, Business Owner Builds Company with International Reach

June 2017

At the age of 14, Gracienne Myers moved hours away from the small town in Brazil where she was being raised by her grandmother to São Paulo, the nation’s largest city and the largest in the Americas. Working in a flower shop, she earned money to send back to her grandmother while saving to pursue her dream of being an entrepreneur.

Penn State News: Penn State SBDC created jobs, added millions in economic development in 2016

June 2017

The Penn State Small Business Development Center secured $8.6 million in financing, drove an increase in sales of more than $5 million for clients, and helped to save or create more than 200 jobs in Centre and Mifflin counties in 2016. The private-public partnership offers free consulting services to new and existing entrepreneurs and small businesses in all sectors including manufacturing, retail, health care, veterinary services and educational technology.

Penn State SBDC Helped Create Jobs, Economic Impact in 2016

June 2017

Penn State’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helped create millions of dollars in economic development while creating or saving hundreds of jobs in Centre and Mifflin counties in 2016, the organization reported this week.

Penn State startup Phospholutions demonstrates product on White Course

May 2017

Penn State President Eric Barron joined providers of entrepreneurship resources in celebrating innovative Penn State startup Phospholutions on Thursday, May 18, at the Penn State Golf Courses in State College.

Local Startup Is Growing a Business by Growing Healthier, More Sustainable Turf

May 2017

Hunter Swisher is growing a business while helping grass and plants grow in a healthier and more sustainable way. While an undergraduate studying plant science at Penn State, he learned about decades of university research into ways of growing stronger plants while using less fertilizer. Now he’s the entrepreneur taking that research out into the market as the founder of Phospholutions, a State College-based startup company he incorporated while still a student.

State College startup to celebrate grand opening as Pa. Small Business Week ends

May 2017

Brian Kinney opened the Organic Garden Center about a year ago. The store, set on the lower level of a barn at 201 Elmwood St. in State College, sells a number of products dedicated to sustainable gardening practices, and has hosted workshops on things such as hydroponics and edible landscaping.

Local business owner taking different route than traditional MBA

April 2017

When Eliza Walton bought Martin’s Feed and Fertilizer, her father’s Coburn feed mill, four years ago, she was doing a bit of everything. She helped make the animal feed and delivered it across the county. When a salesperson left, she took over, meeting with customers on the road. Wearing the janitor’s hat was not beneath her.

New elective ultrasound business comes to Centre

April 2017

The 15th new business to come to Bellefonte in just a little over a year is the first of its kind in Centre County: an elective ultrasound studio that offers 4-D and HD imaging.

Officials OK grant for flood damage

April 2017

Five properties that were damaged by the October 2016 flooding in Centre County will be receiving assistance from the federal government.

Invent Penn State’s Fund For Innovation helps start seven new ventures

April 2017

A little less than two years after the launch of the Fund for Innovation, Invent Penn State has backed nearly 50 emerging Penn State technologies and has provided startup funding to promising new ventures that were born out of the program.

Elective ultrasound business opens in Bellefonte

April 2017

Before the big moment comes a yawn. But for expecting parents, seeing their baby before birth can educe a far different reaction, somewhere between excitement and euphoria.

Cultural series provides community for female entrepreneurs

March 2017

With her career behind her, Vanessa Wade rediscovered her calling more than 5,400 miles from home. Even in a foreign country, she slipped into a familiar role.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners TechCelerator to welcome 12th class

February 2017

The 12th class of Ben Franklin Technology Partners TechCelerator Boot Camp will kick off on March 21 and its sessions run from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays until May 23. The winning team takes home the spoils — seed funding to help lay the groundwork for a new idea.

Happy Valley LaunchBox generates more than startups

February 2017

When Penn State President Eric Barron launched the Invent Penn State initiative in 2015, the goal was clear: Use the innovation and research prowess at Penn State to drive job creation, economic development and student career success.

Digging Deeper: Starting a Business

February 2017

President Barron explores entrepreneurship and small business development.

DCED Secretary Davin to Continue ‘Jobs that Pay’ Tour at PSU-Technology Center Incubator in State College, Highlighting Entrepreneurship

January 2017

Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin today continued the ‘Jobs that Pay’ tour at PSU-Technology Center Incubator, part of Penn State’s Innovation Park network that offers business support to early-stage entrepreneurs, inventors, and Penn State faculty.

Barron’s WPSU show to highlight entrepreneurship, small business development

January 2017

The best practices for and challenges facing student entrepreneurs and small business owners will be discussed during the next episode of WPSU Penn State’s “Digging Deeper” with Penn State President Eric J. Barron. The show will premiere at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, on WPSU-TV.

For some aspiring entrepreneurs, New Year’s resolutions include new business

January 2017

Shortly after New Year’s in 2015, Renee Frank bypassed the usual resolutions attendant with the turn of the calendar. Instead, she and her husband, Adam, were thinking bigger. Both physical therapists, they had seen an underserved population — individuals well enough to be discharged from home health care, but unable to get to therapy as needed — and when coupled with their dream of building something on their own, the pair decided to take the leap.

Want to start a new business? Timing is everything

December 2016

Penn State News. The first few months of the year are when many people who are thinking of starting a business take the initiative to make it happen. But Michael Ryan, business consultant for the Penn State Small Business Development Center, believes timing is critical to success.

Penn State EdTech Network Searching for ‘Big Idea’ Contest Entries

December 2016

StateCollege.com. If you have a great idea about how to use technology, media, or new teaching theories to create a positive learning environment for students of any age, then the Penn State EdTech Network wants to hear from you

Blue I.V. Boutique to close

December 2016

Centre Daily Times. Blue I.V. Boutique, a women’s clothing store located at 226 W. College Ave., plans to close its doors in about two-and-a-half weeks, owner Susan Dreibelbis said.

Canines Get Own Bellefonte Bar, Boutique to Call Home

November 2016

State College.com. It’s definitely not a dog’s life for the pooches in and around Bellefonte anymore. Now, thanks to the vision of local businesswoman Carly Andriaccio, local canines have their own hangout to call home.

Penn State team puts hope within reach for kids with upper limb deformities

November 2016

Centre Daily Times. Guadalupe longs to play the violin. Like many musically inclined third graders, she is a willing student. But unlike her peers, she is — at this point — unable to play. It’s neither for a lack of talent nor motivation. Guadalupe, you see, was born without her left hand.

Penn State holds free entrepreneurial workshop for U.S. military service members and veterans

October 2016

Daily Collegian. Local military veterans looking to become entrepreneurs need look no further than the Penn State Small Business Development Center for a way to best prepare for success.

Local Veterans Receive Free Entrepreneurship Training

October 2016

StateCollege.com. “As a veteran I have a decision now,” says Mark Roland, a recently retired 21-year Army veteran. “I’m kind of in the middle of my life so I’m trying to choose the next path. What am I going to do, and how am I going to do it.”
That’s where the Penn State Small Business Development Center comes in.