The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 16, 2014

Officials: Danville Pharmacy makes ImPAct in community

By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News

— DANVILLE — Local legislators, business owners and members of Bucknell University’s Small Business Development Center celebrated Danville Pharmacy’s nomination for a 2014 Governor’s Small Business ImPAct Award as part of National Small Business Week.

Among the community members congratulating pharmacy owner Kathy Grandizio and her staff were Rep. Kurt Masser, Sen. John Gordner, Mayor Bernie Swank, Danville Business Alliance director Jim Wilson, the Columbia/Montour Chamber of Commerce’s Fred Gaffney, M&T Bank’s Jim Minitti, Small Business Development Center director Steven Stumbris and Brad Bason of Danville’s Bason Coffee. Bason supplied coffee for the event, which was held at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, at Danville Pharmacy.

The Small Business Development Center had previously named Grandizio its Small Business Person of the Year for 2013.

The ImPAct Awards recognize businesses that help create jobs and serve their community, Stumbris said. The Danville Pharmacy, which previously received assistance from the Small Business Development Center, is a business “that has been an innovator in its industry, increased its workforce and is committed to the development of its employees and community,” Stumbris said.

“We wouldn’t be here today without their help,” Grandizio said of the SBDC. “People are remiss if they open a business and don’t make use of their service.”

Grandizio said she was “shocked and surprised” by being named a finalist in the ImPAct Awards.

Mayor Swank said Grandizio has “given her heart to our community” and that she wanted to give her the “key to our hearts” in return.

“She’s a wonderful ambassador of the community,” Swank said, saying Grandizio and her staff have been kind to everyone who enters their store. “We’re fortunate to have them in our borough.”

Compliments came from many of the other visitors as well.

“She’s been a success almost from the beginning,” said Wilson of Grandizio. “We look forward to having her in downtown for many years to come.”

“Small business is what drives the country,” Masser added. “We’re very proud of her success … As a small business owner myself, it’s not always an easy task.”

The Small Business Center is also highlighting other local businesses which they have assisted and are finalists for the ImPAct Awards.

These are Selinsgrove’s Sire Advertising, for a Community ImPAct award, Mifflinburg’s Pompeii Street Soap Company for an Entrepreneur ImPAct, and Selisngrove’s Stahl Sheaffer Engineering for a Jobs First ImPAct.