September 9, 2016 |
In my consulting work, I have on occasion assisted individuals intent on creating a start-up company. I tell them they must come up with a comprehensive business plan that answers key questions related to the prospects for success in the proposed venture. Some time ago I came upon just such a business plan, remarkable for many reasons, just one of which was the fact that it was written in 1947, well before the advent of many modern business practices. Also, the entrepreneur was a woman.
July 31, 2016 |
Former cleaning lady Donna Allie, 59, took a big step, or a leap of faith, to go from scrubbing bathrooms in Bryn Mawr to washing down stadiums in Philadelphia. Allie, president of Team Clean Inc., told a contractor her firm could provide 200 workers to clean Veterans Stadium when she had only eight workers, dispatched to homes on the Main Line. Team Clean now has 700. Given Hillary Clinton's nomination at next week's convention, what do women need to learn to lead? We don't think big enough.
July 4, 2016 |
Mischa Greenberg was 58 when her professional life seriously contracted: She was laid off after 38 years in pharmaceutical sales. Her bounce-back move? A business helping others live smaller. Greenberg launched Moves-Made-EZ.com in September 2013, serving as a consultant to those who need help with those heart-rending decisions about what not to take with them. She has tapped into two trends that show no signs of waning: downsizing and the difficulty people have letting go of their possessions.
May 31, 2016
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May 5, 2016 |
Though dated by today's standards, the "ladies' entrance" was once a common feature of American taverns. These secondary doorways were intended to help women circumvent the coarser elements of the typical barroom, where female customers rarely set foot. An afterthought then, the concept seems antiquated and patronizing in 2016. Yet Jezabel Careaga, 34, has never considered ditching the marker hanging on the 26th Street side of her eponymous Fitler Square cafe, even if it causes a little confusion.
February 25, 2016 |
Since returning to the ranks of publicly traded companies a year ago through its merger with Skilled Healthcare Group Inc., Kennett Square's Genesis HealthCare Inc. has had a rough ride. The price of its shares has plummeted to $1.80 from $8.77 Feb. 2, 2015, the day the merger was completed, and the company this week reported a net loss of $426 million on revenue of $5.6 billion in 2015, up from $254 million in 2014, when Genesis had $4.8 billion in revenue. Genesis' chief executive, George V. Hager Jr., assured analysts Tuesday on a conference call to discuss the earnings report that the company was in good shape for the long haul, despite near-term turbulence in the nursing-home industry.
February 1, 2016
When I first visited John Lyles and Neel Kulshreshtha three years ago, their business survival seemed a real long shot. They were two unknowns out to make a mark with an electric head shaver in a world dominated by such household names as Philips Norelco, Remington, and Braun. They're unknowns no more. Their company, South Jersey-based Skull Shaver L.L.C., has "low-seven-figures" sales, largely through Amazon.com and, increasingly, its own website, skullshaver.com, said Kulshreshtha, president and CEO. Many of those sales are of their men's shaver, the Bald Eagle, even though the women's shaver, the Butterfly, has had exposure on the nationally syndicated talk shows The Real and The Doctors . In December, Skull Shaver made its first bricks-and- mortar appearance in nearly 40 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in the United States.
November 16, 2015 |
Timothy Gallagher is a retired medicinal chemist who spent his career with some of the world's top pharmaceutical companies, immersed in the highly technical work of synthetic drug compounds. "I'm known for my creative problem solving," said Gallagher, 61, a longtime Harleysville resident who now lives in Maryland. "I can't sing at all. " Yet he has just made an album, coaxed out of his "I'm-not-musical" self by Songmaker Productions, a West Chester-based start-up that aims to help anyone put thoughts to music, from expressions of love and los Search results for philadelphia police - Listen Online s to celebrations of friendship and fun times.
November 6, 2015 |
On the morning after the last night at Guild Hall, a crew of volunteers mopped floors while the owners held back the tears. Four months. Just four lousy, four splendid, four heartbreaking months - that's all the beautiful downtown Jenkintown brewpub lasted before Jennifer McGuire and her husband, Owen Hutchins, decided to close its doors. With breweries opening at a rate of more than one per day, it's rare to hear of one closing. In 2014, there were all of 23 failures nationwide, according to the Colorado-based Brewers Association which represents small breweries.
November 3, 2015
A BDOULAYE Coumbassa, 40, of West Philadelphia, is owner and CEO of Abbi Print in West Philadelphia. Coumbassa, who emigrated from Guinea in 1998, started the printing company in June 2010. It offers a wide array of printing services, including binding, screen printing, press printing, regular and digital printing, and graphic-art design. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: A friend's father owned a printing shop in Guinea, and while I was in college we'd go to the shop after classes.