Success Stories

Occasionally, SBDC clients are featured in success stories. These stories demonstrate how the SBDC can assist clients, and they give the clients some exposure. Some current success stories can be accessed by clicking on the titles below.

The Square Café & Bakery: Where Happiness Is Homemade

Kayla Zook
The Square Cafe & Bakery


Exhibit at trade show

Natural Product Banishes Bed Bugs

Dr. Nina Jenkins


Controlling Traffic: Long-Term Employee Becomes the New Business Owner

Shannon Snare, Owner
JRK Enterprises, Inc.


An Elective Ultrasound Business Opens, the First of its Kind in Centre County

Jennifer Miller
Hide and Seek Prenatal Peek


Man nealing on grass using a tool to remove some grass

Growing Solutions with Phospholutions

Hunter Swisher


Energy Rehab logo the logo is maroon and green, two swirling lines are to the left of the words

Energy Rehab Wellness and Training Is “Well” on Its Way to Success

Renee Frank, Doctor of Physical Therapy and co-founder
Energy Rehab Wellness and Training


Chasing Trophy Fish

Reeling in Customers

Vaughn Holderman
Chasing Trophy Fish


Candy machine

Penn State Freshman finds Sweet Spot on Craigslist

Matthew Modricker
Social Entrepreneurship


Matt Woods 3D metal printing

Penn State Grad Is Printing Possibilities as a CEO

Matt Woods
3D Metal Printing


Students Work with Penn State SBDC

Marketing 422
Buttonwood Campground and Executive Detail and Wash


Connecting the Dots for Assistive Speech

MaryElizabeth McCulloch
Project Vive


Brothers Use Their Education and Imagination

Dan and Ryan Yosua
eVubble Lite App


Busy Mom Entrepreneur Keeping it Green

Lydia Myers
Rugrats Resale


Helping Others Find Peace of Mind

Kim Bingaman
A Place for Everything Home and Business Solutions


When Ron Arnoldsen drew up the first designs for a mini biodigester, the unit was meant simply to help make manure management an easier task for his wife, who suffers from debilitating back pain.

Husband’s Invention Helps Wife

Ron & Keppy Arnoldsen


Martin’s Feed Mill, Inc., was established in 1960 when the Martin family purchased Rote’s Flour Mill, which had been in operation as far back as 1845.

Decades-Old Tradition of Service will Continue

Eliza Walton
Martin’s Feed Mill, Inc.


Apparel designer Denise Meyer had the modest goal of replacing the salary she was earning while working for a large clothing manufacturer with income from her own sewing studio.

Apparel Designer Expands her Business

Denise Meyer
Restitch Studio


Penn State Schreyer Honors College student Bridget Dougherty came to the SBDC on behalf of a student team that was competing in a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition.

Penn State Students Blow Away the Competition

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition


By introducing sustainable business practices using next-generation approaches to innovative learning through energy efficiency (E2) assessments, the Penn State SBDC environmental consultant and Penn State students inspire next-generation business leaders to operate sustainably.

Experiential Learning Opportunity for Penn State Students

Student Engagement


Caperella contracts for energy audit.

Capperella Success Story

Dave Capperella
Capperella Furniture


Drs. Diana and Adri van Duin, who were both employed at Penn State, had been toying with the idea of starting their own business for some time.

Commercializing Force Fields

Drs. Diana and Adri van Duin
RxFF Consulting


Innovation and Animal Welfare

Randall Bock
Bock Industries, Inc.


Dr. Jessica Young

The Doctor Is In

Dr. Jessica Young
State College Eye Care


Rising Spring Meat Company

Rising Spring Meat Co. Rises to the Challenge

Jay and Laura Young, Mike and Virginia Byers
Rising Spring Meat Co.


Bushmen Landscaping

A Family’s Dream and Team Effort

Jon and Jeannie Bush, Caleb and Tara Bush
Bushmen Landscaping @ Home


Wei-Shin Lai

SleepPhones: Pajamas for your Ears

Wei-Shin Lai and Jason Wolfe
Acoustic Sheep, LLC