Small Business Spotlight

As part of our celebration of small businesses and the spirit of our entrepreneurial community, we have highlighted some great stories from our partners across the state. Read more to learn about small business activity in your region.


Expand each region to view its Success Stories

Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes, LLC

Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes, LLC

Overview: The Central Region PREP partnered to increase cyber security, revenues, and employment at Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes, LLC. Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes manufactures quality, affordable kiln-dried log homes, timber frame homes, and log cabins.

Gilson Boards

Gilson Boards

Founded in 2013 by Nicholas Gilson, Austin Royer and Adam Vanderhyden, Gilson Boards is based in Winfield, Pa., operating from the Gilson Snowboard Farm in the Appalachian Foothills. The artisan snowboard manufacturing company locally sources its hardwoods from sustainably harvested poplar trees 15 minutes from the snowboard farm.

Soltech Solutions

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.

Mezzimatic, LLC.

Mezzimatic, LLC

Mezzimatic’s flagship product is Goblies – paintballs that you throw by hand. They’re painless, like a water balloon, but make a colorful splash like a paintball. [ Read more on how this company is finding success in Pennsylvania.. ]

The Fluffy Baby Boutique

The Fluffy Baby Boutique

As the mother of two young daughters, Michele Panek understands the glorious mess of motherhood firsthand. Michele previously worked in finance at a prestigious law firm in New York, later making the transition to another important career: stay-at-home mom for her two girls.

Preen Pets Corporation

Preen Pets Corp.

Preen Pets Corporation is a manufacturer of all-natural dog treats that has relocated its operations from Deer Park in Long Island, NY to Eldred, McKean County, PA.

Vigion International

Vigon International, Inc.

Vigon International is a supplier of high-quality specialty ingredients, providing more than 2,000 different products to clients in the flavor, fragrance, and cosmetic markets. Comprehensive manufacturing and distribution capabilities coupled with key strategic partnerships with major global ingredient manufacturers has established Vigon as one of the most progressive companies in the industry.

Noble Materials

Noble Biomaterials, Inc.

A global leader in bacterial management solutions, Noble Biomaterials (formerly Noble Fiber) develops and manufactures advanced antimicrobial technologies designed to manage all forms of bacterial contamination for medical, defense, industrial, and consumer markets.

Woody's Ale House

Woody’s Ale House & Grill

As the new owners of Woody’s Ale House & Grille, Kevin & Debbie West knew they had a lot to learn about running a restaurant and bar. They thought the restaurant and bar, former mainstay of the downtown Towanda area, was in the perfect location, and they were committed to running a business.

Solid Ground Services

Solid Ground Services, Inc.

“Providing solid ground for employees and customers” is their motto… hard work and experience is its start and success. Offering excavation and heavy equipment services in commercial, residential, agricultural, and oilfield operations, Solid Ground Services, Inc., under the watchful eye of Krystle and Kyle Bristol, can easily serve customers with a variety of needs.

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PMP Printing

PMP Printing offers specialized printing services for sports-related clients that require digital printing for products such as season ticket booklets, parking passes, and parking tags. Read more to see how this company was started in Pennsylvania.

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Abbott Furnace

Abbott Furnace is a manufacturer of industrial sintering furnaces in Northwest Pennsylvania. See how this small business is being led by Lean Champions.

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.

- Advanced Plasma Solutions (APS)

Advanced Plasma Solutions (APS)

Advanced Plasma Solutions (APS) creates high tech solutions, incubates tech-based businesses and supports entrepreneurship and job creation in Chester County. Find out how the Wharton Small Business Development Center assisted APS to get them where they are today.

Mission Critical Solutions

Mission Critical Solutions, LLC

Mission Critical Solutions, LLC (“MCS”), located in Alum Bank, PA (Bedford County) offers a full range of engineering, fabrication, and machining services.

Tracy Colbert

Williamsburg Beverage

Tracy Colbert received assistance from the Small Business Development Center in acquiring Williamsburg Beverage in Williamsburg, Blair County. She had approached Kish Bank about financing the project, and the commercial lender referred her to the SBDC for assistance.

Adponia Beauty

Adonia Beauty Bar

Amy Brown of Blair County has more than 20 years of experience in the hair salon industry. She worked for Regis Corporation for many of those years as a salon manager. She was tiring of the corporate life and decided to look into opening her own salon.

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Military Apparel Company

Military Apparel Company specializes in crafting handbags and accessories from military uniforms. The company is in the business of touching lives. When someone receives a creation, it enables them to tell a story. [ Read more on how this company is finding success in Pennsylvania.. ]

RGM Watches

RGM Watch Co.

In 1992, Roland G. Murphy founded RGM Watch Co. in Mount Joy, Pa. in an effort to build upon Pennsylvania’s long history of watchmaking. Now, RGM is one of only two watchmakers in Pennsylvania – and the only one to make its own movements — attracting watch enthusiasts from across the U.S.

o Versatex Building Products, LLC

Versatex Building Products, LLC

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. [ Read more on how this company is finding success in Pennsylvania.. ]

Birdbrain Technologies

Birdbrain Technologies

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. [ Read more on how this company is finding success in Pennsylvania.. ]

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