August 16, 1999 |
When many entrepreneurs set up shop, they do so with a good idea and a passion for their work but without a business plan or a blueprint for growth. For those who have gotten off the ground but now need direction, the Women's Business Development Center in Philadelphia is offering an 11-week business course this fall. The Fasttrac II program boasts graduates from throughout the suburbs, including Janis von Culin, founder of Von Culin Associates in Blue Bell. "In some ways, I act as an on-call vice president of human resources," she said.
April 17, 1986 |
Eighteen residents who live near 1001 Fayette St. attended a Conshohocken Zoning Hearing Board meeting to voice their opposition to a variance sought by Charles J. Stein and Steven W. Jackman. The two men, business partners, have an agreement of sale on a house that they want to convert into an office and design studio for their graphic arts business, Type Masters Inc. The house is in a residential zone. The company is currently in Ardmore, but the two want to relocate to Conshohocken because the borough is close to King of Prussia and Philadelphia.
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.
January 16, 1998 |
Two months to the day before the contract with its Transport Workers Union employees expires, SEPTA yesterday unveiled a five-year business plan it admits can't succeed without radical TWU work-rule concessions in any pact negotiated with the union. "We want to change the way we do business, change the work rules. Work rules now are economic issues," SEPTA general manager John K. Leary Jr. said. Thirty minutes after Leary made his remarks at the SEPTA board room, TWU Local 234 president Steve Brookens told the same group of reporters during a Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel press conference there's no way this will happen.
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 23, 2003 |
So you want to start a business? Among other things - like an idea, money and a whole lot of moxie - you should have a business plan. The plan is a formal document that fleshes out the details of a business idea. Lenders often require one before making a loan. And prospective employees might be enticed into a new venture by what they read in the plan. "You can start a business without a business plan, and a lot of people do so successfully, but the business plan is a great tool to be sure you dot all the i's and cross all the t's," said Elizabeth McCrea, who teaches courses on new ventures in the graduate school at Pennsylvania State University's Great Valley campus.
August 4, 2009
In a city rife with government agencies that specialize in patronage, waste, and inefficiency, the Philadelphia Parking Authority has long stood out among the crowd. It would be hard to find anyone among its 1,000 employees who wasn't hired because of his political connections rather than professional qualifications. With a workforce and organizational chart built mainly on political agendas, it's easy to see why the day-to-day mission is obscured. So it comes as no surprise that a recent audit by City Controller Alan Butkovitz's office found that the Parking Authority is top-heavy with managers, lacks cost controls, operates without a long-range business plan, and has apparently evaded state law on bidding out large contracts.
December 26, 1997 |
If there is never an economic renaissance here, it won't be for a lack of official involvement. The latest discussion of revitalization in the borough drew federal, state and local officials, as well as merchants, developers, planners and civic association representatives, all saying the same thing: Jenkintown needs a concrete plan that can be put into action. "Everybody was on the same page," said U.S. Rep. Jon D. Fox (R., Pa.), who headlined the political lineup at the session, also attended by State Rep. Lawrence H. Curry (D., Montgomery)
March 30, 2002 |
A high school sophomore who wants to help youth, a young man seeking to promote braid stylists, and a would-be force in fashion each have been named Youth Entrepreneur of the Year by a national group. The area teenagers, Damaris Y. Walker, Michael Green, and Erica Lynn Quigley, will be honored by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship at New York's Marriott Marquis Hotel on Tuesday. In addition to an awards dinner, they will be treated to two nights at the hotel, and receive plaques and $1,500 each in award money.
February 4, 1993 |
The president of J&J Snack Foods Corp., the Pennsauken maker of soft pretzels and other snacks, yesterday predicted a strong 1993 despite a 36 percent drop in earnings for the first quarter, ended Dec. 26. "We're looking for each successive quarter from this point on to be better than last year's," said Gerald B. Shreiber, speaking to several dozen shareholders at the annual stockholders' meeting in Cherry Hill. He said the drop in first-quarter earnings "was in accord with our business plan.