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.
May 22, 2014 |
With increased state funding and stable ridership, SEPTA officials are unveiling a five-year plan to attract more riders, repair crumbling infrastructure, and improve customer satisfaction. Having emerged from last year's doomsday scenarios into a hopeful era of what SEPTA planners call "innovation, integration, and renewal," the officials outlined Tuesday a blueprint for the future that was to be presented to the agency's board for approval in July. Meeting with transit users and supporters at SEPTA's Center City headquarters, Byron Comati, director of strategic planning, said legislative approval late last year of a $2.3 billion boost in statewide transportation funding has allowed SEPTA to plan more boldly.
April 25, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The bad news for Philadelphia bicyclists: A bike-sharing program, like ones other cities have, won't be launched here this fall, as previously hoped. The good news: Officials plan to announce Thursday that it will happen next spring. Mayor Nutter's office has chosen the contractors who will operate the fledgling system. B-Cycle, a Wisconsin-based firm that supplies bike-share systems around the nation, plans to provide 1,800 bikes and 185 stations for Philadelphia.
April 4, 2014 |
"ROB the Mob" is an intriguing little indie about a New York "Bonnie and Clyde" who had an understandably brief career knocking down mafia social clubs, circa 1992. Theirs was a very bad business plan, but in "Rob the Mob" it acquires a certain appeal - their victims are so deserving, their demeanor so pleasant, their methods so amateurish, that the doomed enterprise (in the hands of "City Lights" director Raymond De Felitta) takes on an agreeably quixotic tone. Tommy (Michael Pitt)
February 19, 2014 |
Marilyn Allena values faith, Catholic education, and the quiet of country living. All three drove Allena, 54, to recently enroll her fourth-grade son and seventh-grade daughter at St. John the Baptist School in Ottsville, Bucks County. "I feel St. John's is absolutely the right school for them," Allena said. "I don't know what I would do if they said they were considering to close. " Two years ago, St. John's was indeed slated to close, one of more than four dozen schools targeted as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sought ways to save money and consolidate shrinking schools.
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...