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Services provided by the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center are funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), The US Small Business Administration (SBA), and Wilkes University. Our ability to continue providing these services at no cost to the client stems from client feedback.

Featured Testimonial

Sugar & Loaf Bakery

Phillip Pecora always knew what he wanted to do. Growing up surrounded by farmland, he was familiar with “farm to table” before it became the new buzzword.

Instinctively using all fresh ingredients to make baked goods as wholesome as possible, experimenting with taste combinations, and focusing on visually appealing presentations, Phillip attended the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, NY to formalize his craft.

Sugar & Loaf Bakery logo

Buying his grandmother’s house, Sugar and Loaf Bakery opened in 2015. Converting the kitchen to a commercial space, Sugar & Loaf began by selling at farmer’s markets, local festivals, and by order only to family and friends.

As Sugar & Loaf grew, Phillip began thinking about the second part of his plan. The plan included converting the rest of the house into a walk-in bakery and café, and importing a heritage flour mill from Germany to stone grind locally sourced wheat and other grains into flour.

After working with an architect to design the ideal space, it was time to seek funding for the project. Phillip was directed to the Wilkes University SBDC by his commercial lender to obtain help with a business plan to submit with his loan request.

Starting as an SBDC client in June of 2019, the business plan went through several revisions before it conveyed exactly what the client was looking for. In March of 2020, when many businesses saw a decline in orders, Sugar & Loaf found that their customer sought comfort in the high quality, home-style bread and sweets the bakery produced. With increased sales and a growing customer base, Sugar & Loaf was approved for an expansion loan in the late fall of 2020.

About Sugar & Loaf Bakery

  • Industry: Bakery
  • Address:26 Pecora Rd., Drums, PA 18222
  • Phone: (570) 926-1593
  • Facebook Page: @BakerySugarandLoaf

Funding support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development, through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, and through support from Wilkes University. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling 570-408-4340. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

SBDC services are not available to individuals or entities that have been debarred or suspended by the federal government. By agreeing to receive assistance from the SBDC you are self-certifying that you are not currently federally debarred or suspended and also agree to cease using SBDC services if your become federally debarred or suspended in the future.

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