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April 20, 2013

Small Business Administration salutes St. Francis professor

LORETTO — An adjunct professor at St. Francis University in Loretto will be honored as the federal Small Business Administration’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Western Pennsylvania on Thursday at St. Francis.

Jonathan Miller of Dysart will be lauded at a Mentor Month forum at 1 p.m. in Rooms 213-214 at the DiSepio Institute.

Miller, a small business owner who needed to pinch pennies for both his enterprise and education expenses, fine-tuned some computer typefaces that enable him to not only save on internal printing costs, but also to create a new business that he dubbed Dimples.

Miller studied computer fonts and how printers produce text on paper. He discovered that when certain light and dark spaces are placed within a font, the printed text retained legibility while consuming less toner.

The end result is a perforation, or dimple, in the text that preserves the outline of each letter, which appears whole to the human eye.

Carl Knoblock, director of the Western Pennsylvania Small Business Administration, said Miller was able to visualize a solution to a business-printing problem and spin off a completely different company that complements his background.

“He truly exemplifies the cutting edge of entrepreneurial talent abound in western Pennsylvania,” Knoblock said. 

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