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J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship

The J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurial activity at York College. The Center offers you -- a budding entrepreneur or existing business owner -- the opportunity to tap into the intellectual capital of YCP's professors, the energy and skill of our students and a first-class network of business people to help grow your business.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf visiting the J.D. Brown Center.
JD Brown Business Incubator conference room at York College

Business Incubator

The Business Incubator within the J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship serves as the epicenter of the entrepreneurship and innovation at YCP. Incubated Client Companies enjoy a variety of benefits including:
  • Office space in a collaborative, state-of-the-art work environment in the King's Mill Depot, YCP's newest campus building
  • A direct connection to the intellectual resources of the College, including faculty expertise and student interns
  • Ongoing access to our Council of Entrepreneurs
Henry D. Schmidt Lecture Series in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Bringing in experts to discuss entrepreneurship, a liberal arts education, and pursuing innovation.
Alyssa McDevitt Noise Hub elevator pitch
Three minutes to pitch why your brilliant idea helps solve a problem and what you need to help make it a reality.
JD Brown Business Incubator conference room at York College
Office space, intellectual resources, innovative businesses and more make this the epicenter of entrepreneurship and innovation at York College.

More about J.D. Brown Center

  • Our mission, goals, and services

    Our Mission
    The Center serves to link the region's entrepreneurial community with the knowledge and resources York College has to offer entrepreneurs through the start-up and early stages of developing a business.

    Our Goals
    The Center's goals are to:

    • Assist entrepreneurs grow companies in high skill, high wage industries.
    • Provide meaningful experiential learning experiences for our students to better prepare them for professional life.

    Our Services

    The Center offers:

    • Networks of scholars and practitioners who can help promote entrepreneurial success in today's global marketplace.
    • Entrepreneurship education and resources for students, faculty, and business and community leaders to take advantage of.
    • Collaborative work environment inside a state-of-the-art business incubator equipped with technology resources, shared conference rooms, training space and office equipment.
  • Council of Entrepreneurs

    Our Council of Entrepreneurs supports the Center's development and advises staff on both specialized matters and programmatic direction.

    Michael Barley
    Barley Advisors

    John Brown
    Blockhouse Furniture

    Dale Carey '84
    Shared Access, LLC

    Keith Eldredge '87
    Reinsel, Kuntz, Lesher, LLP

    Ronald Hershner, Esq.
    Stock and Leader, LLC

    David Hogg
    Springwood Hospitality, LLC

    Timothy Kinsley
    Kinsley Construction

    Jon Kirssin '78
    CFMC, Inc.

    Mike Kolar '84
    Patriot Equities

    Dr. Jefrey R. Woodall, MBA '99 (Ex Officio)
    York College Graham School of Business, Chairman

    Jeff Poet

    Lynda Randall
    New Level Advisors

    Rick Smith '63

    Prudential Real Estate - Rick Smith Team

    David Stauffer, Jr.
    David E. Stauffer, Jr. Investments, LLC

    Shawn Stine

    Steve Wand
    Alcoil, Inc.


  • Memberships/Affiliations

    Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers

    Founded in 1996, the GCEC provides a coordinated vehicle through which participating members can collaborate and communicate on the specific issues and challenges confronting college and university-based entrepreneurship centers.

    National Business Incubator Association

    NBIA is the world's leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. Each year, it provides thousands of professionals with information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies.

    York County Economic Alliance

    The YCEA's mission is to lead economic growth, connect local businesses to resources and each other, and advocate for business and the community to create a prosperous York County.

    York Keystone Innovation Zone

    KIZ's are designated zones in communities that host institutions of higher education - colleges, universities, & associate degree technical schools. KIZ's will focus on the four key areas that entrepreneurs, new companies & mature companies need to grow & expand - capital, facilities, technology innovation & workforce.

About John Brown

A passionate support of entrepreneurship

John Brown, Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Blockhouse Furniture, Inc. and a trustee of the York College of Pennsylvania, created the J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship in 2006 to promote collaboration among the traditionally separated communities of business and academia.

Mr. Brown's vision was for the Center to serve as a catalyst for collaboration among academic, public, and private entities, harnessing their knowledge and expertise to promote the growth of private enterprise throughout the region. Today, the Center is the focal point for entrepreneurial activity on the York College campus and has established itself as one of the region's premier leaders in providing business resources and education to those interested in launching their own business.

A proud Nittany Lion, Mr. Brown received both his bachelor's degree and MBA from Penn State University. His passion for entrepreneurship has been realized in numerous successful ventures, chief among them his time as President of Brubaker Kitchens, Inc., Owner of SSK, Inc., and most recently the tremendous growth he has experienced at the helm of Blockhouse Furniture, Inc.

In addition to serving as a York College trustee and advisory board member for the Center, Mr. Brown also serves on the board of directors at York Traditions Bank. His community service volunteerism includes directorships with the York County Blind Center and the Baltimore Symphony. In 2001 his business acumen was awarded by Ernst & Young when he was named "Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year" in Central Pennsylvania.

John Brown, founder of the JD Brown Center for Entrepreneurship at York College
Contact Us
J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship
Jeff Vermeulen, Executive Director
Kings Mill Depot, Room 106
Phone: 717.815.6601
Hours 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Kings Mill Depot is located on Kings Mill Road between Grantley Road and S. Penn Street.