October 22, 2015 |
CHAKA FATTAH JR. had connections, a name and access - and he dreamed big - a former roommate and business partner testified at Fattah's federal trial yesterday. "He had a name. His father's a congressman," Matthew Amato told a federal jury. Fattah could get in the front of lines at clubs and get hard-to-get seats at restaurants. How? "Just by saying, 'Hey, I'm Chaka Fattah Jr. Can I have a table or get in front of the line?' " Amato said. With that access, Amato testified, he thought Fattah's idea of launching a high-end luxury concierge service for "high-net-worth individuals" would be successful.
October 13, 2015
L YNNE CUTLER, of Penn's Landing, is founder and president of Women's Opportunities Resource Center (WORC). The nonprofit helps low-income women and men get entrepreneurial training and access to business and financial resources to start businesses and become economically self-sufficient. A companion organization, the Economic Opportunities Fund (EOF), is the lending arm of WORC. Since inception, WORC has assisted 5,000 people, 85 percent of whom are low-income. It's made 543 loans totaling more than $2.2 million that created or retained 1,527 jobs.
October 6, 2015 |
At a training program before school started last year, student employees at Rowan University's recreation center were discussing how to get more students to use the rec center. "I've always noticed from my experience that people are more motivated to engage in fitness when they have a friend or partner," said Nick Dennis, 22, of Morris County, N.J., who is graduating this fall with a bachelor's in mathematics and minor in business administration. Dennis thought about the social networks so popular on campus.
September 18, 2015 |
After 13 years on the road, the Moorestown Theater Company would like to build a home of its own. The nonprofit group dreams of building a new performing arts center on the site of the soon-to-be-demolished former Moorestown library. "I have not heard one person say it's a bad idea," declared company founder and promoter-in-chief Mark Morgan, whose troupe stages 14 to 16 Broadway musicals annually at churches, schools, and other venues around town. Although Moorestown contemplates using the library site for green space, parking, or additional municipal facilities, the theater company would like to lease the ground while trying to privately raise perhaps $10 million to build the performing arts center.
August 5, 2015
AS FAITH LEADERS from across Pennsylvania, we are proud to publicly support Planned Parenthood and the essential care they provide. As providers of pastoral service in our houses of worship and faith communities, we trust Planned Parenthood to offer quality reproductive health care and educational programming, and we know that their mission and work is consistent with the teachings of our various faiths. This is just the latest political attack on women's health - and a clear cynical and coordinated effort designed to undermine this essential health-care provider.
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.