Entrepreneurs invited to ready their pitch for the Penn State SBDC Lenders Expo

June 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Small businesses will have a one-on-one opportunity to present financing needs to funding professionals at no cost during the Penn State Small Business Development Center Lenders Expo.

Penn State SBDC client expands business by reimagining the banana

February 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — State College entrepreneur Gracienne Myers teamed up with the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to launch a new product that will give bananas a competitor in convenience for people on the go.

Doing It All: Five female entrepreneurs share their secrets for success

February 2018

When the subject of women entrepreneurs comes up, before long, someone asks, “How do they do it all?”

PNC Gives $1 Million to Happy Valley LaunchBox

January 2018

PNC Bank has committed $1 million to Happy Valley LaunchBox, Penn State’s innovation hub in State College dedicated to providing support and resources to early-stage startups.

New State College business to hold grand opening

January 2018

Two new business owners have worked for Cirque Du Soleil, the Philadelphia 76ers and have 31 combined years of experience. They have combined their expertise to open Revive Modern Massage, which will hold a grand opening in downtown State College.

Grand Opening Planned for New Spa in State College

January 2018

A new spa offering a variety of massage therapies, services and amenities in downtown State College is getting ready to open its doors.

Revive Modern Massage, located in the Allenway Building at 311 S. Allen St., will hold a grand opening from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 30.

Startup Creating Tech to Battle Addiction Wins Top Prize Among TechCelerator Graduates

December 2017

A local startup developing technology to help battle addiction was awarded top prize from Ben Franklin Technology Partners as the TechCelerator@State College program graduated its newest class.

Kimberlee MacMullan Named Director of the Penn State SBDC

December 2017

Kimberlee MacMullan has been named Director of the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC). With more than 20 years in executive and financial roles, she brings significant experience in management, business and economic development.

New Penn State SBDC Director Looks to Build on Efforts to Help Area Entrepreneurs

December 2017

Kimberlee MacMullan began on Monday her new role as director of Penn State Small Business Development Center, bringing more than 20 years of experience working with businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Penn State SBDC names new director

December 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Kimberlee MacMullan has been appointed the new director for the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Her first day at the Penn State SBDC is Monday, Dec. 4.

Global Entrepreneurship Week: State College CEO reveals secret to succeeding in business

November 2017

Jeremy Frank encourages students to get on board with entrepreneurship. He just doesn’t want to deceive them about their chances of drowning.

“If your goal is to go to school, pay off your college debt and earn money, then you’re better off getting a job,” the Penn State alumnus and co-founder of KCF technologies, said.

Global Entrepreneurship Week at PSU

November 2017

WTAJ at Global Entrepreneurship Week

We are…entering the golf business.

November 2017

How does a 23-year-old entrepreneur break into a relationship-based industry? He relies on a powerful turf network.

GEW Penn State orchestrates town and gown events for entrepreneurs

November 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State, organized by the Penn State Small Business Development Center, is set to bring entrepreneurs from campus and the community together the week of Nov. 12-16.

Lecturer shares cybersecurity tips to protect small businesses

October 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Speaking to a group of small business owners, Ed Glantz, an associate teaching professor in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), issued a chilling warning: “You may not realize it, but you are all up against very sophisticated attackers.”

Business coach to offer best practices for success at SBDC workshop

October 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Small Business Development Center will host “Six Steps to a Better Business,” presented by Ken Sevick, founder and president of ActionCOACH of Western PA. The workshop for existing business owners will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 27, at the Technology Center, located at 200 Innovation Blvd. at University Park.

Workshop to Help Small Businesses with Cybersecurity

October 2017

The Penn State Small Business Development Center will help business owners tackle complex issues of cybersecurity during an upcoming workshop.

Cybersecurity for Small Businesses will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 200 Innovation Boulevard. Penn State researchers will discuss the reasons why companies are at risk for a cyberattack, current and emerging cyber threats and steps business owners need to take.

Penn State SBDC to hold cybersecurity workshop for businesses

September 2017

The Penn State Small Business Development Center will help proprietors tackle the complex issue of cybersecurity during an upcoming workshop. Cybersecurity for Small Businesses will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 19.

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.