State Steering Committee

State Quick Facts

Mark Alderman

Owner, Discover Health Chiropractic

Earl Baker

Principal; Former Senator, Earl Baker Consulting; Pennsylvania State Senate

Paul Battista

Owner, SunySide Supply, Inc.

David Bertges

Financial & HR Manager, American Tinning and Galvanizing

Patricia Campbell

Owner, Campbell House Bed and Breakfast

John Chichilla

Principal, Diversified Services

Perry Christopher

Former Westmoreland County GOP Chairman, Owner, Christoper Optometry

Calvin Ernst

President, Ernst Conservation Seeds

Steve Fisher

Sales, DJB Group

Carlos Graupera

CEO/Executive Director, Spanish American Civic Association

John Harris

Owner, Stereo Shop

John Hauser

Owner, Drexel Automotive

Vic Hensler

HR Director, Becker Wholesale Mine Supply

Dwanye Keller

Owner, Keller Financial Group

Debbie Keys

Owner, Pealer’s Flowers

Al Loranger

Owner, Avas, Inc.

Chad McCutcheon

Vice President, McCutcheon Enterprises

William Neuhauser

Owner, JW Neuhauser

Peter Sides

Owner, Robert M. Sides Music Centers

Thaddeus Stevens

Owner, Land Management Company

John Trainor

Owner, J.T. Auto Body

Mike Woodland

Co-Owner, Dan’s Camera City


Keystone State



2016 Population:


Gross State Product:

$724.9 Billion

Total Nonfarm Employment:



Tom Wolf (R)


Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D)
Patrick J. Toomey (R)

Representatives: 18

Support For Local Business

Governor Tom Wolf (R) “Pennsylvania’s small businesses are integral to building a strong state economy with stable communities. I am committed to ensuring that our small businesses remain successful by helping cut through the red tape that can sometimes stifle business creation efforts before they start.”

(Governor Tom Wolf, “Wolf Administration Celebrates Pennsylvania Small Business Week 2017,” 5/1/17)

Representative Bill Shuster (R) “As a former small business owner, I know how difficult it can be to not only run a business day-to-day but also keep up with complicated tax codes at the local, state, and federal levels. That’s why I have always believed that Congress needs to set tax policies that help our most innovative and entrepreneurial citizens, not slow them down with complex laws.”

(Representative Bill Shuster, “Budget & Taxes,”


Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA): “Helping small businesses expand and fueling the economy is something both Republicans and Democrats should support.”

(Senator Bob Casey, Jr., “Casey Unveils Bipartisan Jobs Bill,” Press Release, 6/4/13)


Business Highlights

Pennsylvania’s 1 million small businesses represent 99.6% of all employers in the state and employ 2.5 million workers.

Women-owned businesses make up 304,700 of Pennsylvania small businesses.

Veteran-owned businesses make up 97,900 of Pennsylvania small businesses.

A total of 15,758 companies, which operate internationally, competing in global markets on a daily basis for inputs, capital, and customers, export from Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania exports reached $36.6 billion in 2016.

Eighteen Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Keystone State.

Sources: Small Business Administration, U.S. Census Quickfacts, International Trade Administration, Business Roundtable State Data, Fortune 500, FRED Economic Data, Bureau of Labor Statistics