In the mid-1990s, the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) had a tiny office in Centre County staffed by a single full-time employee. As demand grew, so did the SBDC. The Penn State office now has an eight-person staff that serves more than 500 clients annually.

“We provide our counseling in both Centre and Mifflin counties and have two offices to engage both the resident community and student entrepreneurs. Our base office in Innovation Park allows access to the University’s extensive innovation centers with whom we network and collaborate, and is adjacent to key incubators, faculty and technology experts. Innovation Park is easily reached by clients from Centre and Mifflin counties, both served by our Center,” said Kimberlee MacMullan, Director of the SBDC.

Remember these awesome kids from the 310 Innovation Blvd groundbreaking? CC4-H Robotics is helping them prepare for future career success, but they need your help.

Congratulations to ConidioTec LLC, honored by the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, at the 2017 Excellence in Business Awards, held earlier this month at the Nittany Lion Inn. These annual awards celebrate the best of the best in local entrepreneurs, startups and businesses. ConidioTec LLC was named Startup Company of the Year.

A timelapse camera is set up at the construction site of 310 Innovation Boulevard. Since the groundbreaking in June, the camera has captured the fast build time, from the tilt-up walls that were cast on the foundation and lifted into place, to the single-story, 17-foot-high ceilings that allow for tall equipment. The exterior design that rises from bare earth in the timelapse video — as groundbreaking and innovative as it is — is just the beginning of the story at 310 Innovation Boulevard.

Consider a world where you dent your car in an acci­dent and, instead of heading to the body shop, you head to your local 3-D printer, where, with the right specs, they’re able to print you a new panel. Many might think such a world is far off, but Michael Hickner, the new co-director of Penn State’s Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP- 3D) contends we’re almost there.