February 20, 2012 |
Palma "Rosie" Sorbello was an Italian-immigrant "farm wife" 51 years ago when she opened a summer produce market on busy Route 322 bordering her family's 60-acre spread in Mullica Hill. For staff, she relied on her peach-farmer husband, Michael, seven children, siblings, and in-laws. After Sorbello died of breast cancer in 1992, Michael added running Rosie's Farm Market - by then a popular Gloucester County stop among Shore-bound tourists - to his long list of chores. His death at 78 a little more than a year ago dropped those duties into the laps of the couple's children - especially daughter Lisa Westermann, 50, who took over as manager of the farm, which grows fruit and vegetables on several hundred acres in the county.
February 19, 2012 |
With a bit of life in the economy, this could be the time to start that business you've been considering. There's more to it than meets the eye, so check out these sites for practical advice. Take it to SXSW. Entrepreneur.com serves a buffet of tips for anyone thinking about starting a business, including how to make a splash with your interactive business at the sprawling South by Southwest (otherwise known as SXSW), an annual cultural event set for March in Austin, Texas.
January 24, 2012 |
From afar, Burlington Island appears uninviting. There is no easy access to the uninhabited Delaware River island. A bridge connecting it to nearby Burlington City was planned but never built. There are no docks. But for 400 years, the island has been a tantalizing prize, according to historians. It was seized during a conflict between the English and the Dutch in the 1600s, settled by people of several nations, battled over in courts, and targeted for a number of failed ambitious projects.
September 19, 2011 |
Garrett Melby acknowledges that many believe "social entrepreneurship" is a good way to lose money slowly. He is not one of them. Melby is the CEO of GoodCompany Ventures , which has run a summer incubator program for the last three years for start-ups that address significant social issues. Last Wednesday was graduation day, and the 10 pitches that I heard were as polished as any made by capitalists focused on just profit as opposed to the "triple bottom line" of people, planet, and profit prized by the sustainable-business movement.
September 12, 2011 |
Like any good son, Fred Allegrezza wanted to make life easier for his mother. Unlike most sons with magnanimous ambitions, Allegrezza's actually led to a business - one aimed at helping the AARP generation turn on and tune in. To the Internet, that is. Allegrezza's business plan has a financial and a social bottom line - build profit and make isolation a less pervasive part of growing old. At the center of his entrepreneurial endeavor...
August 29, 2011 |
Chuck Matasic gently squeezed the trigger, releasing an arrow that streaked across the warehouse at 330 feet per second before piercing the center of a bottle cap. His target was just eight yards away, the demonstration of his crossbow's accuracy limited by the size of his company's tight headquarters near West Chester. Matasic offered assurances that he would have achieved the same dead-on results from 40 yards out. Hitting his business target might not be as easy. His plan is to take his crossbow-manufacturing company, Kodabow, which made its first sale about a year ago, from relative obscurity to sales of $30 million to $40 million within five years.
August 15, 2011 |
Wearing a T-shirt with the laid-back message "Poop Happens" and a wrist tattoo made of paw prints and a heart, Amy Parsons seems the picture of whimsy - until she details her lows as a small-business owner. Those include losing her family's four-bedroom Cape Cod in East Whiteland Township to foreclosure 2 1/2 years ago and the 20 percent drop in business experienced by the dog-day-care portion of her multifaceted Canine Creature Comforts in Malvern. The latter came about a year after the recession hit. Parsons started losing customers as layoffs wiped out their income - and thus the need for someone to watch their pets.
August 11, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - The state's ill-fated venture into wine vending machines might never have been uncorked if the Liquor Control Board had listened to its own evaluation panel's warnings in 2008. So say copies of documents distributed Wednesday by state House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, who is pushing to privatize the liquor board. According to the records handed out by Turzai's office, an LCB evaluation committee recommended in July 2008 that the board not enter into a contract with Conshohocken-based Simple Brands, the company proposing to supply the wine kiosks.
August 8, 2011 |
Mohamed Ali Niang will skip his Aug. 26 graduation from Temple University. The budding entrepreneur, 23, will be busy trying to lift a West African country out of abject poverty and to save lives. In the process, Niang said, he hopes the rice-processing and rice-distribution business he traveled to Mali this weekend to start will make him "a rock star. " But not in a pile-of-money, limousines-and-swooning-young-women kind of way. Niang said he would consider himself rich if Malians stop dying from malnutrition, a condition said to claim one child every 10 minutes in the beleaguered country of more than 14 million people, where his parents were born.
August 7, 2011 |
The eyes simply couldn't ignore Ameet Shah's toes. They were just so unexpected in the all-business, nothing-out-of-place office of Anthony DiFabio, chief executive officer of Robins' Nest Inc., a Glassboro nonprofit organization that helps troubled children and their families in South Jersey. And they were so obvious. Shah was wearing flip-flops - odd attire for a company executive such as himself, and yet his year-round footwear choice unless a client objects. DiFabio wasn't objecting - he was too busy raving about the services Robins' Nest is getting from Conigent, the Haddonfield-based technology-consulting company Shah formed in 2007.