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Small Business Week 2014: Are you small business strong?

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What makes a business strong? More specifically, what makes a small business strong? In honor of national Small Business Week, we highlight nine small businesses that strengthen the midstate economy.

Elite force: Physical therapy business owner forges ahead

When Jose Dominguez decided to build a fitness training facility to complement his growing Cumberland Physical Therapy business, he expected hurdles to cross. Continue reading

'Army Strong' more than a slogan for RLS

When Bob Schopfer joined the Army as a teenager, he didn’t know just how much the experience would influence his life. Continue reading 

Quiet strength: Shank's Extracts' products are strong, and so is the Lancaster County company

You might think you know Shank’s Extracts Inc. — that yellow Shank’s Vanilla bottle you see in grocery stores, right?

But you don’t. Not really. Continue reading

Abel and willing: Staffing firm's revenue increases nearly 100 percent since 2010

Abel Personnel Inc. has 300 to 350 employees on assignment throughout the region at any given time.

That means people are working and employers have temporary and permanent positions filled. Continue reading

Alternative path to hearty growth: Neat is going big and fast

“This isn’t meat — this is neat!”

Phil and Laura Lapp’s oldest daughter said that in fall 2011 upon tasting the pecan-and-garbanzo-based meat replacement that Laura had concocted. The description seemed apt, and they ran with it. Continue reading

They're on a roll: Ox Industries' vertical integration has built York County company strong

For 10 years, Ox Paper Tube and Core Inc. was a successful family business on Maple Avenue in Hanover. Continue reading

Leap of faith: In a down housing market, Joy Daniels became a brand-name broker

Joy and Chris Daniels don’t mix faith and fear.

“You can’t start a business and be fearful,” said Joy, who took her team at Re/Max Realty Professionals Inc. and launched her own brokerage — Joy Daniels Real Estate Group Ltd. — in 2010. Continue reading

The power of community: Jonestown Bank looking forward to 140 more years

Troy A. Peters worked and lived in Lebanon County for years, but the first time he drove to Jonestown Bank and Trust Co. headquarters, he needed help. Continue reading

Bold outlook: In a new home, Tex Visions following steady growth plan

Tex Visions set up shop in 2004 with two employees inside the former Murata Business Center in Carlisle.

By the time the business departed the incubator nine years later, it had pretty much taken over Murata because of multiple expansions. Continue reading

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