Widener SBDC Client Earns Governor's ImPAct Award

Talluto’s Authentic Italian Food, Inc. of Folcroft, Pa, a client of the Widener University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), has been recognized by Gov. Tom Corbett with the Small Business Governor’s ImPAct Award for 2014.Widener SBDC nominated Talluto's for the award, which recognizes small businesses that have been innovators within their industry, demonstrated revenue/profit growth, increased its workforce and committed to the growth and development of its employees and community.

SBDC Consulting Manager and Adjunct Professor at Widener Jim Porter nominated Talluto's for the Small Business ImPAct Award. "I have known and worked with the Talluto family for more than five years and find them to be a role model of American entrepreneurship and integrity as well as an inspiration to the community and their network of customers, suppliers and business partners," Porter said.

Porter detailed the company's ability to preserve jobs even through past economic struggles while continuing its commitment to giving back to the community by supporting Share our Strength (No Kid Hungry), Philabundance, The Little Rock Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in addition to entrepreneurship and business management education at Widener.

Joseph F. Talluto, company vice president, routinely works with business students at Widener to run "Talluto's on Campus," which is a small business operation that allows the Widener community to purchase microwavable prepared meals provided by Talluto's. This gives the Widener students a learning platform for starting and running a business.

Joseph F. Talluto and his father, Talluto's Authentic Italian Food, Inc. President and CEO Joseph A. M. Talluto, accepted the ImPAct Award in Hershey, Pa. The Governor's ImPAct Awards honored 50 companies from throughout Pennsylvania in five categories: Jobs First, Community Impact, Small Business Impact, Entrepreneurial Impact and Export Impact. The awardees were chosen by an independent judging panel selected by the state's partners, Team Pennsylvania Foundation (Team PA) and Journal Multimedia.

The Corbett administration created the Governor's ImPAct Awards last year to honor businesses in Pennsylvania that are creating jobs and contributing to the state's economy. For more information, visit www.newPA.com/impact-awards.

The Widener University Small Business Development Center, made possible through funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides Delaware County small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with a wide variety of services and resources to help them start or grow small businesses. For more information, visit the Widener SBDC website at www.widenersbdc.org.

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