2016 Success Stories

Landmark Firearms

“This may be free help, but it is great help!” - Benjamin Brown


Benjamin Brown first came to the SBDC in the summer of 2012. Benjamin, a service disabled veteran who served in the Air Force, was pursuing his interest in firearms and firearms safety and had recently achieved his Federal Firearms Certification and started an online firearms business...MORE

Castlerigg Wine Shop

“I absolutely would not have been able to get open without their help.” - Alan Tumblin


The Castlerigg Wine Shop is in a charming older building in Carlisle, PA, replete with interior wood shutters on floor to ceiling double hung windows, 12-inch oak baseboard trim, an antique fireplace with intricately carved mantel and 9-feet tall solid wood pocket doors that exude sturdiness and character. The delightful wine selection and gift shop with wine journals, local artisan goods and gadgets for wine aficionados adds to the ambiance.....MORE

Halbrendt Vineyard & Winery

“SBDC assistance made a difference – from the workshops, frameworks, planning assistance – they helped us figure out how to do things.” - Noemi Halbrendt


John and Noemi Halbrendt personify the definition of encore careerists. More pecifically, they represent the growing ranks of encore entrepreneurs. Recently concluding professional careers, they retired into winemaking. Not that it all started with a plan…MORE

2015 Success Stories

Michele's Pet Grooming and Boarding

“Oh my gosh, she was instrumental! The bank would not work with me without a business plan.“- Michele Gossard

Michele's Pet

Daisy, the “greeter,” came up to me happily wagging her tail as I approached the recently opened doggie daycare and boarding facility. Upon entering I saw Becky, a groomer, busily painting a Saint Bernard’s toenails purple to match her new collar....more

The Igloo

“Cheryl provided great insight and guidance that helped me to push through in the initial stages of getting started.” - Nicholas Papoutsis

The Igloo

Nicholas Papoutsis first contacted the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Shippensburg University in early February 2014. Nicholas was going through a life transition at the time, having recently been “downsized” after 38 years working as a manufacturing engineer and he had become aware of a local business that was for sale...more

2014 Success Stories

Pizza N' Stuff

“The SBDC was great to work with, a huge help and always available to assist us when we had questions”- Jessica Marchiano

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Tony Marchiano has been working in the pizza industry for twenty-five years, starting when he moved to the United States from Sicily. His wife, Jessica has many years of experience in the customer service industry...more

GoGreen IT

“I always knew that I would someday have my own business. The SBDC was awesome with helping me get started” - Nick Mudgett

Go Green IT

From the time he was in grade school, Nick Mudgett wanted to start a business. At just twenty years old his ambition, combined with his environmental concern and entrepreneurial outlook, led him to accomplishing just that...more

Trends in Ship

“Equate how much do I need to sell to break even and am I comfortable with that? If you’re not comfortable with that, then you shouldn’t be opening the business." - Amanda Chan

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Ever find yourself searching for something else to wear in your wardrobe only to end up settling on the same boring outfits you’re used to? Finding the right outfit for the weekend or even every day can be a challenge. It becomes even more difficult to fix this in a town without a mall. Wanting to venture out and start something new, Amanda Chan saw this problem...more

Amped Apparel

“Try and go about it [starting your own business] in the correct way. It’s easy to not want to spend as much money and time, but by taking the proper steps first, you’re establishing a brand that can grow” - Adam Sinz

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When Adam Sinz was a 17-year old, a mere six years ago, he was into the action sport lifestyle and hanging out at the local skate shop had become routine. When a friend was sponsored by the skate shop, Adam was asked to design a logo for the shop and to get shirts printed. This was the start of something big...more

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