Meet the people on the cover of our special edition.
In honor of Small Business Week, we took a look at the changing face of small business in Central Pennsylvania.
Owner of Anastacia's, Dauphin County
Ricardo Suarez and his wife, Gladys, own and operate Anastacia's, a Puerto Rican restaurant and bar at Sixth and Reily streets in Harrisburg. Anastacia's was surrounded by vacant lots and blighted buildings when it opened in 2008. In 2012, the area is seeing revitalization as the 1500 Project, a five-story, mixed-use residential project, rises across the street and as plans advance for the new federal courthouse next door.
Owner of This Little Piggy and East Side Community Kitchen, Lancaster County
When Lancaster County native Leah Margerum started her organic baby-food business, This Little Piggy, in 2007, finding a suitable commercial kitchen was a challenge. Two years later, when the building in which she set up her operation came on the market, the mother of three decided to buy it, not only to expand her own business but also to offer space to fellow culinary entrepreneurs. Today her venture, East Side Community Kitchen, boasts 18 members, among them personal chefs, caterers, bakers and market-stand holders. The amenities include a 10-burner gas range, two convection ovens and a walk-in freezer and refrigerator.
President and principal owner of Laserfab, Lebanon County
Laserfab president and principal owner Leon Zimmerman founded the metal fabrication company in 2000 with partners Joel Gockley and Anthony Martin. Since then, the Lebanon County firm, which specializes in laser and waterjet cutting and precision bending, has grown to 15 employees. In 2004, Laserfab relocated to its current 32,000-square-foot facility in the Lebanon Valley Business Park. The park provided a pro-business industrial site with the services needed to grow, Zimmerman said.
James Jones and Marquita J. Jones
Vice president (James) and CEO and education director (Marquita) of Heaven Sent Academy, Dauphin County
Established in 1997 by Marquita J. Jones and her husband, James, Heaven Sent Academy has grown from a small, home-based program serving a maximum of 12 children to a full-service child care and learning center for students ages 18 months to 12 years. Based in Susquehanna Township, Heaven Sent Academy recently received a Pennsylvania Department of Education Pre-K Counts grant.
President of Tex Visions, Cumberland County
Marcel Ruhland founded Tex Visions in 2004. The Carlisle-based company manufactures custom-printed products such as banners, flags and backdrops and display hardware. The company is based in its original location in the Murata Business Center, but plans are in the works to build a 60,000-square-foot facility in Cumberland County.
Steve and Cindy Heisey
Owners of Tempforce of Lebanon, Lebanon County
Husband and wife Steve and Cindy Heisey have owned and operated Tempforce of Lebanon since purchasing the local staffing business in 1999. Cindy is general manager, and Steve is the financial officer. During peak season, the downtown Lebanon company recruits and provides administrative services for more than 1,300 temp and temp-to-hire workers, primarily in light industrial, warehousing and clerical positions.
Founder and president of MenuDrive, Cumberland County
Blending his family background in restaurants with a master's degree in information security from Johns Hopkins University, Adrian Fang, 31, founded MenuDrive in 2006. Based in the Murata Business Center in Carlisle, the software company specializes in online and mobile ordering technology for the food industry. One of the bigger challenges is creating the right marketing strategy, Fang said. A successful approach, he said, has been to forge partnerships with other hospitality industry vendors. The Murata staff has provided valuable connections to mentors from the local business community, Fang said.
C.S. Davidson Inc., York County
Representing C.S. Davidson Inc.'s employee ownership are, from left, engineers Chad M. Clabaugh, Benjamin S. Craddock, William F. Sauers, Andrew J. Ferrari and Kerryn E. Fulton. Privately held for three generations by the Davidson family, the York-based engineering firm became employee-owned in 2003, with 60 percent of stock held through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan. The change is reflected in the company's new tagline, "Owners work harder," which appears on the firm's website, ads and displays. C.S. Davidson has 90 employees at locations in Gettysburg, Lancaster and York.
Editor's note: This item has been modified from its previous version to correct the spelling of Chad M. Clabaugh's name.