Penn State SBDC holding entrepreneurship workshop for U.S. military, veterans

October 2016

Penn State News. The Penn State Small Business Development Center will conduct a free, two-part workshop for veterans and members of the United States military who want to start their own business. The training will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and Wednesday, Nov. 9, in The 329 Building at Innovation Park.

PSU student’s invention gives voice to voiceless; Johnstown woman among first users

September 2016

Tribune-Democrat. A Johnstown poet will soon have her voice heard.

Arlyn Edelstein, whose nonverbal cerebral palsy has deeply influenced her work, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Happy Valley LaunchBox, 224 S. Allen St. in State College, where she will recite poems using the newly patented, motion-activated, augmented personal speech assistant invented by Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, a recent Penn State University biomedical engineering graduate.

Ribbon cutting ceremony held for new businesses in Bellefonte

September 2016 7 new small businesses now have a place to call home in Centre County. Downtown Bellefonte celebrated today with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Bellefonte businesses to celebrate growth together

September 2016

Centre Daily Times. “On the Waterfront” is considered a gem of American cinema. Soon, the phrase may bring to mind the newest jewel of Bellefonte.

Job Training Offered to Military Personnel

September 2016 With the qualities of leadership, risk taking, discipline and teamwork, it’s no wonder 10 percent of all small business owners in America are veterans.

Older entrepreneurs look to make golden years gilded

September 2016

Centre Daily Times. Daniel Supko has spent most of his career in industrial labs, poring over the alchemy of metal, machines and manufacturing. He’s set to retire from Penn State, where he works as an engineering support specialist, in June.

Penn State student launches startup with help of Happy Valley LaunchBox

September 2016

Centre Daily Times. Ishana Shekhawat’s startup is a one-woman show.

Shekhawat, an entrepreneur and graduate student in mechanical engineering at Penn State, is working to turn her idea for a new biohealth device — a breathing-based video game for improving lung health — into a product used in hospitals across the country. She spent the summer doing everything from learning about business plans and intellectual property to connecting with potential customers and even coding a video game.

Older entrepreneurs look to make golden years gilded

September 2016

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  By Roger Van Scyoc / Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.)

Daniel Supko has spent most of his career in industrial labs, poring over the alchemy of metal, machines and manufacturing. He’s set to retire from Penn State, where he works as an engineering support specialist, in June.

But Mr. Supko, 61, isn’t looking to ride off into the sunset. For someone who has spent most of his life forging something from nothing, old habits, he’s finding, die hard.

Sweet startup seeks success

September 2016

Centre Daily Times. Penn State sophomore Matt Modricker owns a candy vending machine business. Now he has about 20 machines in the region, with most being concentrated in Bellefonte.

Entrepreneurship, Invent Penn State focus of panel discussion

August 2016

Penn State News. Hunter Swisher, a plant science major at Penn State hasn’t graduated, but he’s already taken what’s he learned and turned it into a start-up business: a product that not only reduces phosphorus run-off from golf courses but makes better turf.

Penn State faculty hone teaching skills at annual entrepreneurship retreat

August 2016

Penn State News. More than 40 faculty and staff members from eight colleges and four campuses came together Aug. 16-17 at University Park for the fourth annual ENTI Minor Faculty and Friends Summer Gathering. ENTI is Penn State’s Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Celebrating the community of entrepreneurship

August 2016

Centre Daily Times. Centre County entrepreneurship and innovation will be on full display the week of Nov. 13 when Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State officially gets underway. Organizers are hoping that an even greater connection between the university and the community will also be clearly visible at this year’s event.

Helping Entrepreneurs of All Ages Sharpen Their Entrepreneurial Tools

August 2016

Innovation Park News. Per its mission, the Penn State Small Business Development Center helps business start, grow, and prosper with no-cost, confidential consulting services and seminars in Centre and Mifflin counties. Their services have transformed community and student entrepreneurs’ dreams into realities, transmitting the knowledge and skills required to commercialize research or bring a technology to market.

State College named one of 15 best U.S. cities for entrepreneurs

August 2016

Penn State News. State College has been named one of the “15 Best U.S. Cities for Entrepreneurs to Live and Launch” by Entrepreneur magazine, citing the town’s “promising unemployment rate and business growth rate” and proximity to Penn State’s University Park campus.

Girls trade ideas and inspiration at Penn State STEM camp: BTN LiveBIG

August 2016

BTN LiveBIG. Soon the typical camp experience may no longer be filled with sing-alongs and s’mores around a roaring fire. Instead, it may involve lasers and startup plans. For Anna Stefanowicz, 14, it included diving into the deep end of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

State College made a top 10 list for a good reason

August 2016

Centre Daily Times. If you want to live in a community where entrepreneurship is welcome, you may be closer than you think. State College, according to, is the 10th best city to be an entrepreneur.

State College Named One of 10 Best Places for Entrepreneurs

August 2016 Community and university efforts to support business start-ups in State College are paying off with national recognition.

Outreach and Online Education VP to retire

July 2016

Penn State News.  Craig Weidemann, Penn State vice president for Outreach and vice provost for Online Education, announced today (July 28) that he will be transitioning from his role, effective Dec. 31, to begin a phased retirement.

Penn State students get second win(d) in Collegiate Wind Competition 2016

July 2016

Penn State News.  You never know which way the wind might blow. But one thing is for certain — the Penn State Wind Energy Club blew away the competition at the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016, held at the end of May in New Orleans.

STEM camp helps high school students think like entrepreneurs

June 2016

Centre Daily Times. Though the numbers are increasing, women are still underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. According to the White House, women in STEM fields earn 33 percent more than their non-STEM peers. But they comprise only about a quarter of computer and mathematical jobs and about 14 percent of architecture and engineering occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Penn State Professor Discusses Importance of Global Network at GEC

June 2016

We Are Gen News. At Penn State University, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) provides an extensive hands-on experience for students, faculty and the community to explore entrepreneurship and innovative skills.

Frank Koe, associate professor of entrepreneurship engineering at Penn State, attended the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Medellín, Colombia, with fellow GEW Penn State partner Heather Fennessey McWhorter, director of the university’s small business development center.

Penn State SBDC to kick off SMART Girls camp with business startup seminar

June 2016

Penn State News. First Steps of Starting a Business to 40 budding entrepreneurs at the Science and Math Applications in Real-world Technologies (SMART) Girls camp, June 20–24, at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.

Penn State grad Matt Woods is printing possibilities as a CEO

June 2016

Centre Daily Times. Despite a promising start, there were challenges for the young company. Like most startups, XMP was mainly self-funded. While Woods received support from local entrepreneurship-oriented organizations, embarking on the endeavor carried its own risks. Winning a grant from Lion Launch Pad, a business accelerator program associated the university, and getting free counsel from the Penn State Small Business Development Center were invaluable, Woods said, but much of the onus was still on him and his ability to create, market and sell his product…

S’more success

May 2016

The Sentinel. (Subscription may be needed to access this story). Buttonwood Campground in Juniata County was awarded the SBA Family-Owned Business of the Year. “To receive this award is not just a testimony to the hard work that led us to where we are today, but also the support we received from the Penn State SBDC, our lender, and the Small Business Administration,” said Dennis McFarland, campground owner.

Philipsburg Business Incubator opens its doors to entrepreneurs

May 2016

Centre Daily Times. Business development in the Moshannon Valley got a boost Wednesday as County Commissioners and business leaders opened the Philipsburg Business Incubator. Located at 220 N. Front St. in the borough, the first county-sponsored incubator features four offices at a subsidized rent for any entrepreneurs looking to start a business in the Philipsburg area. The idea for an incubator stemmed from Commissioner Mark Higgins’ desire to promote economic growth in the county.

SBDC Helps Student Entrepreneur Reel in Customers

May 2016 Vaughn Holderman’s lures may bring in the fish with ease, but responding to a sudden demand on his business — Chasing Trophy Fish — became a challenge. That’s when he turned to the Penn State Small Business Development Center.

Students Take Blue and White Chips from Class Project to Full-Fledged Business

May 2016 What started as a class project has grown into a full-fledged business start-up in the State College community that is bringing Blue and White Chips to the marketplace.

Penn State SBDC helped student entrepreneurs reel in customers in 2015

April 2016

Penn State News. Vaughn Holderman’s lures may bring in the fish with ease, but responding to a sudden demand on his business—Chasing Trophy Fish—became a challenge. That’s when he turned to the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Penn State student gives voice to problem of communication limitations

April 2016

BTN LiveBIG. Giving a voice to the voiceless: For Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, that formidable mission began in 2010 while she was an exchange student in Cuenca, Ecuador. McCulloch’s Spanish was admittedly poor, and she thought that volunteering with children might help her practice the language. That’s how the high schooler found herself working at the Mensajeros de la Paz (Messengers of Peace) Orphanage. What she found within its walls would change her life.

Colombian cafe inspires Boalsburg natives to open business

April 2016

Centre Daily Times. A little bit of Colombia has arrived in State College.

Susan Jermusyk and her uncle Gerry Kistler recently opened Barranquero Cafe at 324 E. Calder Way.
“I have been to Colombia a lot to visit my uncle, and I loved its atmosphere,” Jermusyk said. “I had a lot of coffee from there, and when he approached me I loved the idea of opening a cafe in State College. It’s something we don’t have and it’s something we need.”