In case you haven’t heard, May is National Small Business Month! At Neighborhood Community Development Fund, we’re passionate about helping small businesses. Why? Because these businesses help our communities – whether it’s a restaurant providing homemade meals to local families, a private practice offering mental health services to the community, or anything in-between.

We also never pass up an opportunity to shine a spotlight on local businesses. Read on to learn about some businesses in Allegheny County that we’ve been fortunate to assist.

The Sandwich Shoppe: Owned by restaurant lifer Tony Folini, The Sandwich Shoppe has been a North Side mainstay for over four decades, cooking up “quality meals with the home-cooked feels.” “They’ve known for 42 years what they’re getting, so it’s all about carrying on that tradition,” Folini said.

Growing From The Heart: Dr. Samantha Marino opened Growing From The Heart, her own private practice that offers psychological and counseling services, in December 2022. Marino dreams of opening a larger practice in the future, going bigger and better to provide for those who need mental health support and services.

Here or There Designs: A woman-owned business in Penn Hills that specializes in event designing and decorating, Here or There (H.O.T.) Designs creates stunning and personalized designs for a wide range of events – from weddings and corporate events to birthday parties, baby showers and more – at either its state-of-the-art studio or a customer’s venue of choice.

Supporting small businesses in your community goes a long way – not just in the month of May, but all year long. And if your small business needs a hand, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 412-322-0290 or send us an email at

Happy National Small Business Month!


By Mark Masterson, Executive Director