November 15, 2013
D OUG BALDASARE, 29, of Rittenhouse Square, is CEO of ChargeItSpot, a startup he founded on Arch Street near 17th that enables shoppers to charge cellphones for free. The company, launched in August 2012, has phone-charging kiosks in Pennsylvania and five other states. Q: How did you come up with the idea for ChargeItSpot? A: I was with friends in Miami in 2011 and all of us had forgotten to charge our phones overnight and we were splitting up and wanted to stay in touch.
November 8, 2013
M ICHAEL A. BROWN, 38, of Blackwood, Camden County, is the founder and president of Environmental Construction Services, an HVAC company in Somerton that does energy-retrofit projects. Brown was one of 23 small-business owners who recently completed the Goldman Sachs "10,000 Small Businesses" training program at Community College of Philadelphia. Right now, he's with Mayor Nutter and other business leaders on a trade mission to London and Tel Aviv. Q: What did you learn during the Goldman Sachs program?
November 6, 2013 |
Leaders of the largest employee union at The Inquirer on Monday declared they would stay neutral in the fight for control of the newspaper's parent company, despite fresh lobbying from co-owner George E. Norcross III. After meeting with him for nearly two hours, the executive board of the Newspaper Guild rebuffed Norcross' request that it back his effort to persuade co-owners Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest to sell their 42 percent stake in...
October 7, 2013 |
Developer Ken Weinstein has a knack for finding opportunities in places where others see none. Upper Darby and Norristown, to name two suburban locations, as well as city neighborhoods. In 2009, Philadelphia-based Weinstein and business partner Stan Smith paid $1.1 million for the 84,000-square-foot former Verizon Corp. building across from the Upper Darby Township building. They rehabbed it for offices as 7200 Chestnut. In Norristown, Weinstein's firm, PhillyOfficeRetail, is completing work at 317 Swede St., across from the Montgomery County Courthouse, and commercial space at 401 DeKalb St., in the county seat's reemerging business district.
August 16, 2013 |
WHY DID 76ers owner Josh Harris and business partner David Blitzer decide to buy the New Jersey Devils? Because they can. Yesterday, they bought the Flyers' nemesis and the lease to the Prudential Center from Jeff Vanderbeek for a reported $320 million. While at a news conference to announce the sale, Harris was asked about rumors he might look to move the Sixers to Newark, N.J., even though he has a lease at the Wells Fargo Center with Comcast Spectacor, which owns the Flyers.
August 13, 2013 |
IT WASN'T a particular love of bicycling that prompted Izzat Rahman to start his business, Kayuh Bicycles, even before he graduated from Temple University. "I'd say that biking is an interest, but entrepreneurship is my passion," Rahman, 24, recently said. In 2009, Rahman, then 21, came from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to study at Temple as a transfer student. "Kayuh" means "pedal" in the Malay language. Initially, Rahman started his business in the basement of the house where he was living as an undergraduate.
June 28, 2013
IT'S NO surprise to find a veggie burger on a diner menu. Nowadays, anyplace with burgers that lacks a veggie option is self-consciously retro. Surprising to some, though, is that the same thing is now happening with pizza. To celebrate Vegan Pizza Day - a national event taking place this Saturday - let's survey the local scene. Just a few years ago, vegan pizza in Philly was as scarce as a medium-rare unicorn, but today you can find it at a dozen places, as more businesses apply the veggie-burger principle (don't give a party of people that includes a vegan a reason to go elsewhere)
June 16, 2013 |
Glenn Gross and Ed Willis had been searching for an avenue to dive into the barbecue business when a "brownish-orange-colored, barn-looking building" along South Delsea Drive in Vineland, N.J., kept catching their eye. "We just kept driving by this place, looking at it and saying, 'Man, that looks like a barbecue restaurant,' " said Willis, 55, of Gloucester Township. That's where the two longtime friends opened the first Fat Jack's BBQ & Blues. The original site is now closed and their business partnership has changed, but their barbecue acclaim has spurred them to national exposure.
June 14, 2013
DAVID GAVIGAN, 26, of Fishtown, is owner of Everybody Hits, a batting cage on West Girard Avenue near 6th Street that opened in mid-May. It's the only automatic batting cage near Center City and it's open every day from noon to 9 p.m. Gavigan, a native of Reading, moved here in 2009 after graduating from Penn State. Q: What were you doing before? A: After college, I worked for a year with a nonprofit, Cradles to Crayons [which provides clothes and school supplies to homeless and low-income children.]
April 2, 2013
LAST WEEK, a new parent from North Philadelphia dropped off her daughter at my day-care. I could see that the child wasn't feeling well and when I asked her mom about it, I could see the sadness and the fear emerge. "I will lose my job if I stay home with her," she told me as tears welled up in her eyes. Thanks to 11 Council members who voted for earned sick time, fewer moms and dads will be forced into this heart-wrenching position. Keeping our kids healthy and making sure that their hard-working parents have money in their pockets to cover the basics are priorities that our elected leaders should be standing up for. I speak not only as a Philadelphian concerned about our families, but also as a business owner concerned about keeping the doors open.