Dental Hygiene Nation

Caitlyn is a registered Dental Hygienist on a mission to provide dental fashion for dental enthusiasts. Her business based out of Oakdale, PA was created to bring a sense of community to like minded professionals in her profession. “We are a dental scrub line for dental professionals, made by dental professionals, who are changing the look of dentistry everyday.” Dental Hygiene Nation started as a social media presence known as Dental Hygiene Problems. Caitlyn created the Twitter account, Dental Hygiene Problems, in college as a prank for her dental hygiene class. Soon the page grew to have thousands of followers...

Thriving Business Thursday presents D’s Natural Products

D’s Natural Products is a cosmetic and body products line that includes an array of natural pain creams, body butters, natural deodorant, oils, scrubs and more! Five years ago, owner Danielle Darr began creating all-natural products for herself and her family.  Soon after, she started selling to co-workers, family members, and those who heard about D’s Natural Products through word of mouth. With the help of a Kiva loan, Danielle has been able to make her products available to an even wider audience!   “Kiva has not only been able to help my business financially but has given me opportunities...

Thriving Business Thursday presents Popsburgh

Popsburgh is a small business that brings Mexican-style, handcrafted, ice pops to the people of Pittsburgh. Established in 2014, Popsburgh makes all-natural, hand-crafted, delicious frozen treats for people and dogs of all ages. The business’ goal is to craft wholesome food products using only natural ingredients and strive to make refreshing, delicious, and nutritious snacks. Popsburgh can be found all over Pittsburgh! Pops are for sale in open-air public venues around the city via custom bicycle carts as well as being featured in some local retailers. Craig McCloud is the owner of Popsburgh and loves owning his small business. Craig...

Urban Innovation21 Awards $120,000 in Grants to Winners of 2016 Inclusive Innovation Community-based Business Grant Competition

–Non-Profit Focuses Awards on Revitalization of Homewood and Hill District Neighborhoods   Since 2012, Urban Innovation21 has recognized the strong entrepreneurial spirit in the Hill District and Homewood communities by hosting a Small Business Grant Competition.  To date, $500,000 in grants have been awarded to 68 businesses in those communities.   In addition to grants, Urban Innovation21 has provided these companies with a wide array of business support to help them grow their businesses.  The non-profit works with many community-based entrepreneurs each year to create a cluster of successful businesses owned by residents of underserved communities. Urban Innovation21’s president and CEO,...

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