SpringBoard awards grants to two local businesses | Centre County Gazette
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SpringBoard awards grants to two local businesses | Centre County Gazette

BELLEFONTE — Kelly Scott Voice Studio and Poppy Designs recently received $2,500 from SpringBoard to support each company’s ideas.

SpringBoard, an initiative of Downtown Bellefonte Inc., is a small business and innovation center that “provides co-working space, business resources, programming, and more,” according to its website.

As part of its efforts to revitalize downtown Bellefonte, SpringBoard is helping to invest in business development, including providing financial support through grants. This is the fourth round of grant funding SpringBoard has provided to local businesses, made possible by the Centre County Commissioners and SpringBoard sponsor Arize Federal Credit Union.

“As part of our mission to support local businesses and help create a vibrant and diverse business community in Bellefonte, DBI is honored to support Kelly Scott Voice Studios and

“Poppy Designs received a $2,500 SpringBoard grant,” said Michael Scott, chairman of the board

DBI directors. “Our organization hopes that the grants will allow them to grow their businesses and continue to support entrepreneurship in the region.”

In addition to the monetary benefits awarded to both companies, each received access to SpringBoard workshops and resources as part of the grant.

Karly Scala, owner of Poppy Designs, noted that the company will use the funding it receives to purchase a computer and software to help with design work.

“When I first came across the grant opportunity, I was really excited to see my local

community that supports entrepreneurs like me,” Scala said, noting that she also planned to use the SpringBoard space and attend workshops to help her business. “For me, it was less about

money and more about the connections and awareness I will gain through my business.”

Kelly Scott, owner of Kelly Scott Voice Studios, noted that her vocal coaching business recently expanded and moved to a larger studio. The funds will go toward equipment needed for the new vocal studio.

“Springboard is a community full of business owners and business advocates who do what they do,” Scott said. “They are dedicated members of our community who want to see our community thrive and see other local businesses do the same.”