September 4, 2015 |
City Controller Alan Butkovitz this week became the latest critic of the city's handling of the coming papal visit, with the release of a survey of businesses that largely lambastes the Nutter administration's outreach efforts while offering optimism for the lucrative potential of the weekend. The survey, however, contains several inconsistencies, and includes the responses of only 30 restaurants, 27 hotels, and 11 retail or alternative businesses of the estimated 400 within the most secure perimeter.
June 18, 2015
ISSUE | ENERGY Solar, not tankers Philadelphia should be exceedingly proud that it has created a sustainable business center at the former Navy Yard. The $129 million U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub hosts numerous energy-efficient buildings and a 35-megawatt unregulated electric grid with leading smart-grid research. Let's hope that Philadelphia's future lies with safe, sustainable energy rather than explosive tanker cars and leaking pipelines that could endanger the city.
December 24, 2013 |
One woman was sitting in a window seat at La Colombe, lost in a discussion about a Macy's sale, when someone snatched her wallet from her purse. Alyssa Abbott had just finished lunch at a Chestnut Street cafe when she noticed how light her tote bag felt. And Temple University student Rachael Young was packing up her laptop at Starbucks when she realized her wallet was gone. Pickpockets. Or, more precisely, the work of what police now call "sneak thieves. " If the best friend of the coffeehouse thief is distraction, then the holiday season, with its crowded shops of hurried shoppers, offers the pickpocket prime opportunities.
April 29, 2013 |
When floods of data - linking patients to doctors, gadgets, images, and medicines - used to surge through two aging computer centers near Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals' Walnut Street headquarters, senior director Paul S. O'Connor Sr. worried his network could be "one waterpipe-break away" from paralysis. That's why, over the last two years, Jefferson contracted two off-campus computer-server operators to link its network to Verizon, Comcast, and a half-dozen specialty telecom carriers.
March 31, 2013
Taxing for growth must be goal Having been in business in Philadelphia for more than 50 years, I've watched the city's slow decline from a vibrant business center to one that has driven away most large firms and made it extremely challenging for small companies to survive or grow. This didn't have to occur, since Philadelphia has more to offer than almost any other city with which it competes: great history, a walkable downtown, a fabulous array of restaurants and shops, world-class cultural institutions, and much more.
April 8, 2012 |
Microsoft has joined with some of its big technology clients to fill showrooms in Malvern and 26 other business centers around the globe with fancy, elegant gadgets and applications designed to make offices obsolete. Think. for example, of iPads as big as your wall or as accessible as your home TV screen, where colleagues, clients, and customers can share notes, data, and links, and design and promote projects, in real time. A Canadian company, Smart Technologies, has developed generations of these interactive whiteboards over the last 20 years.
December 12, 2011
Wells Fargo & Co., the bank with the most deposits and the most branches in the Philadelphia region, said Monday that it is giving the Wharton Small Business Development Center at the University of Pennsylvania $500,000 to help entrepreneurs start and expand businesses. The multi-year grant will be used to support the small-business center's courses and consulting programs. The Wharton Center said it has worked with 25,000 business over 30 years. - Harold Brubaker
February 14, 2011 |
In the eight years that Therese Flaherty has been running the Wharton Small Business Development Center , she's seen boom and bust. The center's client base has remained pretty consistent at about 600 businesses annually, but their questions and challenges have changed since the brutal recession. Money, of course, is on the minds of nearly every businessperson, Flaherty said. When they hear that the SBDC has no money to lend to them, that ends the conversation for some of them.
August 25, 2010 |
From the brick house where she has lived for 40 years, Joyce Curry has watched with a heavy heart as neighbors move out and Mount Holly Township boards up the houses around her. The 69-year-old resident's Mount Holly Gardens neighborhood soon will grow even emptier. The prominent contractor Winzinger Inc. is assigned to demolish several homes next to Curry's to make way for a 54,000-square-foot business center - a project a Winzinger official has been voting to fund under a state program through her position on the Mount Holly Urban Enterprise Zone board.
March 10, 2009 |
The son of murdered businessman Robert Chae told a rapt courtroom audience yesterday in Montgomery Township that he was shaken awake on the morning of Jan. 9 by two men, one of whom pistol-whipped him. Blank-faced and bespectacled, Richard Chae, 29, told how the pair had "dragged" him from his bedroom into the basement of the Chae family home in Montgomeryville, where they and a third man bound him with duct tape. The men wanted money from a safe; the family acquiesced, but it didn't appear to matter, the son testified.