April 23, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney has banned nonessential business travel by city employees to North Carolina and Mississippi after the states enacted controversial laws that critics say discriminate against LGBT people. "They're going to learn as a state that the powers of good and decency are well overpowering those of discrimination and hate," Kenney said Thursday. "And they're going to lose a lot of money as a result of making this stupid decision. " The mayor notified employees of the change in an email Wednesday, according to his spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt.
March 7, 2016
Good riddance to the decades when leather-and-brass briefcases were the hallmark of chic business travel. Legions of their bearers did not find their classy looks worth their (substantial) weight in gold. Thank goodness for high-end manufacturers who mercifully mine the realms of tastefully wrought polyester and other lightweight synthetics to create stylishly functional business bags. Take the new 2.2-pound Booq Saddle Carbon Business Brief. The sleekly tapered, meticulously tailored polyester shoulder bag is spacious enough to accommodate a 15.6-inch laptop in its own padded compartment, with several books, file folders, electronic devices, a water bottle, coffee mug, and other accessories in an efficiently organized array of zippered, slip, and mesh pockets - some with designated duties.
September 11, 2014 |
The City Controller's Office has reviewed Philadelphia's two marketing agencies and concluded the city has one too many. A 38-page analysis found that lack of coordination, interagency friction, and administrative overlap between the city's two marketing arms was undercutting Philadelphia's ability to sell itself to visitors. Controller Alan Butkovitz recommended Tuesday that the city combine the two agencies - the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) and Visit Philadelphia - into a single entity.
August 2, 2013 |
Robert B. Logan Sr., 86, of Mount Airy, a business owner who savored summer road trips, died Wednesday, July 17, at Einstein Medical Center of complications from a stroke. Mr. Logan worked for an exterminating company before starting his own business, Robert Logan Exterminating Service, in 1960. The firm in Mount Airy offered exterminating and fumigating services to customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. He never really retired. Prior to his work in extermination, Mr. Logan was an organizer for garment- and fishing-industry trade unions.
July 25, 2013 |
US Airways Group and American Airlines have offered to give up a pair of landing and takeoff slots at London's Heathrow Airport to a competitor that would fly between Philadelphia and London. European Union antitrust regulators have one concern: that after the $11 billion merger of US Airways and American, the new American, as the airline will be called, could substantially hike airfares between London and Philadelphia. Why? The only other competition would be British Airways, which has a joint business agreement and financial stake in American's trans-Atlantic flights.
July 14, 2013
Stop hiding from your friends. With this website, meet-ups just got easier, whether you're traveling the globe for business or pleasure. Name: MochaMeet.com What it does: Simplifies planning for group meet-ups around the world. What's hot: Enter a city and dates for your next trip. Then MochaMeet pulls data from your Facebook friends to let you know who will be near your destination. You can also add people by e-mail if they're not on Facebook. Click on the friends you want to invite, pick a date or dates if you want to offer a choice, and do the same for location.
April 12, 2013
EXCUSE ME for bringing up a bad subject, but Monday is when you pay Uncle Sam what you owe in taxes. And tax experts say too many entrepreneurs often leave legitimate small-business tax deductions on the table. According to online publication Small Business Trends , there are 10 key deductions entrepreneurs should not overlook. 1. Health Care Tax Credit If you provide insurance to your workers under ObamaCare, you may be eligible to claim a tax credit of up to 35 percent, if certain criteria are met. 2. Business Use of Personal Car Use your personal vehicle for business purposes?
March 16, 2013 |
A business travel industry group on Friday urged the Transportation Security Administration to delay implementation of a new policy allowing passengers to carry knives onboard passenger aircraft. The Global Business Travel Association, whose 5,000 members manage more than $340 billion in business travel and meetings expenditures annually, said the new knife policy "raises significant safety concerns for business travelers who make nearly 40 million business trips each month. " The TSA policy shift to allow some small knives and other objects on flights is also opposed by pilot and flight-attendant groups.
January 14, 2013
With the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's long-held reputation as a patronage haven, it comes as little surprise that top turnpike officials enjoy liberal expense accounts. Nor that hundreds of turnpike employees are allowed to cruise the toll road for free, even on personal trips. Even so, a just-released review by state Auditor General Jack Wagner should prompt needed reforms, especially at a time when other state and local government agencies are having to trim spending. In a 93-page audit covering a nearly five-year period, Wagner blasted what he called "overly generous and permissive" perks for the turnpike's five governing commissioners.