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.
March 27, 2013 |
Keith J. Mastronardo, 24, of St. Petersburg, Fla., an Upper Merion native who was a partner in a skin-care start-up seen on reality TV, died Tuesday, March 19, in a motorcycle accident in Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Mr. Mastronardo was riding a motorcycle east on Belleair Road in Largo when he swerved to avoid hitting an animal and was thrown off the bike. Police said Mr. Mastronardo was hit by a car driven by Jerome E. Mullarkey, 77, of Clearwater. Mr. Mastronardo died from his injuries at Largo Medical Center; the driver and a passenger were unhurt.
March 15, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I'm a high school junior and I hate it. I am not bullied, but I don't have a lot of friends and the whole thing is just ridiculous. I am already taking a few AP courses and finally talked to my guidance counselor today about graduating early. He said I can if I really buckle down, take on some independent study, and do one GED requirement class online. School is pretty easy for me, and I don't have any other distractions.
February 1, 2013 |
Local and Chicago investors behind the SugarHouse Casino have settled a dispute over terms of their partnership that had created a roadblock to an expansion of the city's first gaming hall. The two sides reached a settlement Tuesday but did not disclose terms of the agreement, said Jack Horner, a spokesman for SugarHouse. "The pending lawsuit relating to SugarHouse Casino and its partners has been resolved amicably, concluding a dispute regarding the casino's business plans," Horner said in a statement.
January 29, 2013
C HRIS STANCHAK, 35, a Wharton grad who lives in Center City, is CEO of TicketLeap, an online ticketing and event-marketing firm he founded in 2003. The company , on Walnut Street near 24th, has 25 employees. In 2012, it handled $55 million in gross ticket sales on its platform, which is integrated into social-media sites. Q: What was the idea for the business? A: A buddy was having a party at a club he wanted to sell tickets to, and asked me to build a Web-based system to process ticket sales for the event, but it got canceled.
January 15, 2013 |
As officials described the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program last week, I was reminded of another educational effort aimed at ongoing enterprises. The U.S. Small Business Administration launched its Emerging Leaders 200, or e200, training program - described as providing MBA-like curriculum to people with little time or money to pursue one - in Philadelphia in 2008. Both programs focus on operating businesses, not start-ups. The required minimum is at least two years in business for the Goldman Sachs effort and three years for e200.
December 18, 2012 |
Lucy and Herman Bigham's home on a tidy West Philadelphia block is more than 7,400 miles from the litter that has both bothered and inspired them. Inspired them, that is, to start a small business with anything but a small agenda. They are out to turn plastic shopping bags in her native Kenya into a valuable commodity and elevate the fortunes of impoverished women there. Of course, they also hope it leads to profit - which their backers here think is doable. After all, that's part of the goal of social enterprise: to make money to do more good.
December 11, 2012 |
It seemed like a good idea at the time, Evy and Ted Inoue advertising their new business by customizing their $25,000 Ford van to resemble their beloved dog. Kudos was a basset hound-cocker spaniel mix, whose personality was so bright he inspired a business plan: a start-up that would let people share online thanks to everyone from good Samaritans to great contractors. The New Hope couple named their business after the pooch, OurKudos.com. "That was supposed to be our promotional vehicle," Evy says in her kitchen, looking out the window at her creation - brown and white, with soft eyes, arched eyebrows, furry black ears that droop over the rear doors, a red tongue that sticks out of the grill and a white, adjustable tail.