LEWISBURG — She used to power rockets, now Rebecca Mohr is firing up her passion.
An artisan jeweler, Mohr was the first of five small businesses to start or expand in Lewisburg in a ribbon-cutting extravaganza Thursday that included Secretary Dennis Davin of the state Department of Community and Economic Development.
The event was part of “Startup Lewisburg,” hosted by Bucknell University’s Small Business Development Center and which became part of the state “Jobs that Pay” tour.
Davin, Deputy Secretary Sheri Collins and local officials joined Mohr, a former chemical engineer who developed rocket fuel, in cutting the ribbon to her new business, which for now will run out of her Front Street home.
From there, state and SBDC officials bus-hopped to four other borough businesses:
n The new Lewisburg Pharmacy at 50 N. Second St.; Bradley Gill, proprietor.
n The expanded Pronto! Provisions with Passion at 232 Market St,; Scotta Magnelli, owner.
n The expanded Brighton Training Group at 434 Market St.; Mike Matukaitis and Eric Hunt, co-founders.
n The new website and production company Novipod at 416 Market St.; Michael Levan and David Capatch, proprietors.
Davin called Lewisburg “beautiful” and noted the importance of small businesses to “what makes them go. It’s important to show how businesses like these are important” to communities.
Davin noted Gov. Tom Wolf’s commitment to support entrepreneurs and small businesses and increase technology investments.
“Today’s ribbon-cuttings show state-supported synergy between entrepreneurs and academic institutions and helps create a pro-business climate throughout Pennsylvania,” he said. Reforms proposed in Wolf’s budget “will give small businesses the tools needed to succeed.”
“Innovation and entrepreneurship are part of Lewisburg’s core, and these themes are being played out in countless homes and offices throughout this town,” said Steven Stumbris, director of Bucknell’s SBDC. “Lewisburg continues to diversify its startup ventures, many of whom prosper through collaborations with faculty, staff and students at Bucknell.”