April 7, 2015 |
Moroccan immigrant Ali Hajjaji's business plan fills a notebook. But his back-of-a-napkin version is just a rectangle labeled "hub" and a handful of lines representing "stores" and "pick up points. " A master of cellphone repair, Hajjaji, 37, came to America in 2010 with a green card he won in the State Department's diversity lottery. He has worked for resellers and retailers, including RadioShack. Two months ago, he opened iSmartTech, his South Ninth Street shop amid the bump and bustle of the Italian Market, where broken phones are as common as cabbage.
March 30, 2015 |
It takes vision to start a new fast-casual restaurant concept in a town like Philadelphia that's brimming with lunch options. And it takes something rarer and bolder than that to do so while still in college. While his Tulane study-abroad pals in the Netherlands no doubt were taking advantage of Amsterdam's more famous offerings, Brennan Foxman was busy studying restaurant business models. At the tender age of 22, the New Jersey native launched the Asian-inspired Wokworks at 1935 Chestnut St. It serves stir-fries of both the predesigned and build-your-own varieties, and he hopes it'll become the next Chipotle.
February 3, 2015 |
BEACH HAVEN, N.J. - Those with front-row seats for at least part of the ongoing drama of keeping the historic Surflight Theatre afloat may think they've seen this play before, too. But the directors of the beleaguered theater company - billed as "Broadway at the Beach" in this Long Beach Island town - say their latest plea to save the 450-seat venue from going out of business is now a once-and-for-all proposition, not the sky-is-falling dialogue....
January 15, 2015
TENS OF THOUSANDS of disabled GIs have returned home from war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan to face daunting challenges ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to lost limbs and other injuries. Getting help starting or growing a business should not be one of their challenges. Now, thanks to an anonymous donor, St. Joseph's University is lending a helping hand. In March, the university's Office of Veterans Services will launch the Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart Program.
January 13, 2015 |
Imani, 18, delights in creating different looks with hair and makeup. She also loves animals. Put those two interests together, and you've got a career goal. She hopes to attend college as a business major. After that, if her dream comes true, she'll open a pet grooming salon. "I want to make dogs pretty," she says. Blessed with abundant energy and talent, the teenager enjoys participating in arts and crafts, playing basketball, and listening to R&B and hip-hop music in her spare time.
December 30, 2014 |
As young lawyers at Pepper Hamilton L.L.P. in Philadelphia, toiling late into the night and on weekends over mergers and acquisitions and contract negotiations, Nirvana Dove and Zakiya Black realized one important thing about their profession: It is not especially conducive to maintaining a beauty regimen. "To get to a salon before they close is often difficult," Black said. And if they did manage to get weekends off, those hours were mostly spent on errands. How is a time-starved professional and/or housebound new mother supposed to get pampered, they wondered over breaks fueled by Chinese takeout.
November 20, 2014 |
Sixteen companies have expressed interest in all or part of about 200 vacant acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. They include energy companies, marine terminal operators, auto processors, and multipurpose terminal operators with ideas for the maritime property, south of the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware River. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) said Tuesday that it would evaluate the responses and make recommendations to its board, which will have the final say. Southport is three waterfront parcels: 119 acres referred to as Southport Marine Terminal; 75 acres known as Southport West Terminal; and the Pier 124 "north berth," a 1,132-foot-long finger pier.
August 19, 2014 |
Eight-and-a-half years after the judge sent him upstate, Pennsylvania's parole board sent David Downey home from Waymart State Correctional Institution , after stints at Graterford and Camp Hill , to suburban Philadelphia, and his business plan. He had been convicted of drug delivery resulting in the 2005 death of a teenage escort-service worker, Ashley Burg . She was killed by a cocaine overdose at Downey's home. Downey had been a government intelligence veteran and then turned to being a business consultant.
June 21, 2014 |
For the fourth time in the last nine months, the troubled Chester County SPCA is looking for a new executive director. Russell "Wolf" Harper, cofounder of Justice Rescue, on Wednesday announced that he was out as interim executive director of the agency, which takes in about 5,000 stray animals a year from Chester and Delaware Counties. Pat Biswanger, board president, said that Harper's 90-day contract was nearing its end, but she would not say why the board terminated the contract before it expired.
May 25, 2014 |
Entrepreneurship is the risky business of starting and running businesses. Some people are naturals, but can you learn to be an entrepreneur? Yes, say some of the experts. Here's how. Thinking like an entrepreneur may not come naturally, but this brief guide to cultivating an entrepreneurial mind-set, at Entrepreneur.com, will point you in the right direction. First among writer Murray Newlands' directives is to "anticipate failure. " That might sound counterproductive. However, says Newlands, "in a study conducted by Duke University and the University of Southern California, 549 successful company founders said the most important reason for their success was their ability to learn from mistakes.