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March 5, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frustrated by a large number of small, fraudulent competitors, two of the largest Philadelphia-area ambulance operators recently joined forces. "The last couple of years have been really difficult for both companies. It's a very tough market," said Steve Barr, president and chief executive of Keystone Quality Transport Co., which has taken over the management of rival EMStar L.L.C. Company officials described the deal - which took effect Feb. 9, shortly after federal regulators launched an intensified crackdown on ambulance fraud in the Philadelphia region - as an alliance rather than a merger of the two privately owned medical transportation companies.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2012 | By Candice Choi, Associated Press
Consumers are demanding better service in unprecedented ways. In the last several months, public outrage has helped beat back efforts by Bank of America Corp., Netflix Inc., and Verizon Communications Inc. to raise fees or significantly alter services. The victories come at a time when money is tight all around and consumers are tapping into social media to air their frustrations with like-minded individuals. "In the past, people would be angry, but they'd be all over the country talking to their neighbors," said Kit Yarrow, a professor of consumer psychology at Golden Gate University.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The companies headed by Nicholas Schorsch have bought more than $10 billion worth of hotels, clinics, stores, apartments, stockbrokerages, and investment funds across the United States, doubling their collective size. And that's just so far this year. "This is not growth for growth's sake," the fast-moving, solidly built Schorsch, 52, insisted in a conference call with investors Thursday. Rather, he said, "it is an all-out effort to gain competitive advantage" by growing so big that the group can buy and sell assets more cheaply.
NEWS
August 6, 1992 | By Claire Furia, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Berwyn and Paoli Fire Company officials agreed Tuesday to let Chester County's 911 task force decide for them the most efficient service boundaries for the two companies. The agreement, reached at a meeting with Tredyffrin Township officials, ends a longstanding dispute over which volunteer company could better serve certain areas in Tredyffrin. The dispute focused particularly on the Chesterbrook development of 2,392 homes and dozens of businesses now in the Berwyn company's service territory.
BUSINESS
October 19, 1989 | By Glenn Burkins, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nelson Bean's business depends on tragedy. Tuesday's earthquake in Northern California and last month's hurricane in South Carolina are the stuff on which his Evans American Corp. thrives. Founded eight years ago in Houston by his father, the company specializes in catastrophe management - helping companies rebuild their crumbled facilities far more quickly than normal. "I don't know anybody who does exactly what we do," said Bean, president of the company. "I know people who rebuild damaged buildings, but we fit into a niche market inside of a niche market.
NEWS
August 14, 2011 | Mike Armstrong, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shareholders had their say on pay in a big way at public companies this year. But anyone expecting widespread revolt over the big sums that many executives earned was probably disappointed. Just 37 of 2,293 companies whose shareholders had voted on compensation practices as of June 21 had failed to receive at least 50 percent of the shares voted in favor of those practices, according to Semler Brossy Consulting Group L.L.C. , a Princeton compensation consulting firm.
NEWS
March 6, 2013
I TRACE MY roots back to 1862 (yes, during the Civil War) and railway legislation signed by Abraham Lincoln. Based in Omaha, I'm a top American transportation enterprise, with a railroad network spanning 23 states (mainly in the West) and more than 30,000 miles. I employ more than 40,000 people, use more than 8,000 locomotives and rake in more than $20 billion annually as I serve about 10,000 customers. My biggest customers include steamship lines, vehicle manufacturers, agricultural companies, utilities, intermodal companies and chemical manufacturers.
NEWS
October 31, 1991 | By Valerie Reed, Special to The Inquirer
Ten Bucks County companies earned places on the Philadelphia 100, an annual list of fast-growing, privately held small companies in the Delaware Valley. "This year's companies are smaller than last year, more highly focused and probably have better long-term prospects," said David Thornburgh, director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center and manager of the project. "These are companies that have better defined their niche and have served those markets. They haven't had a strong economy to benefit from.
NEWS
October 10, 1991 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, Special to The Inquirer
Bill Madway decided to take his own advice. After helping hundreds of people start their own companies, Madway started a research firm specializing in helping businesses buy and sell. "Research can help a company plan for the future by finding strengths and weaknesses and what the demand is for the company's product or service," Madway said. "The key is gathering information.. . . In a recession like the one we are in now, companies have to be more cautious about how they spend their money.
NEWS
October 15, 1997 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
E. Walter Karkut, 78, who owned and operated mailing and marketing companies before he retired, died Monday at his Abington home. A native of Harrisville, R.I., Mr. Karkut was raised in Fulton, N.Y. He enlisted in the Army before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and he graduated from Officer Candidate School before he served in the Signal Corps. He had attained the rank of captain before his five-year hitch ended. Mr. Karkut was employed for 11 years by Mailing Service Inc. and left in 1958 as managing director to form Modern Mailers Inc. in Northeast Philadelphia.
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August 18, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt were at the fabled Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard the other night, where Sylvester Stallone , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Harrison Ford , Mel Gibson , Wesley Snipes , Antonio Banderas , and Jason Statham rolled up in limos and posed for photos before trotting in to The Expendables 3 premiere. Rothenberger and Benedikt were right alongside them. The couple, who moved to Los Angeles from Philadelphia seven years ago to make it in the movie business, share screenplay credit - with Stallone - on the second sequel in the elder-statesmen action romp.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has forced a retail chain, USA Discounters, to pay $400,000 and a mortgage lender, Amerisave Mortgage Corp., and its owner to pay more than $20 million in refunds and penalties for deceptive charges imposed on service members and home buyers, the agency said this week. The CFPB said Amerisave used a deceptive "bait-and-switch" scheme, luring customers with mortgage rates available only to people with an unusually high FICO credit score of 800 - even when they had entered a lower score on a referral site that led to Amerisave.
NEWS
August 9, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard H. Beltz, 92, of Wynnewood, a carpet manufacturer and decorated World War II veteran, died Friday, Aug. 1, of an artery ailment at his home. Mr. Beltz worked with his father, Clarence, in the family's carpet manufacturing business, Beltz & Son, in Philadelphia. Later, he and his son, Rick, operated the business until it was sold a decade ago. Mr. Beltz retired in 1983. The role that Mr. Beltz most valued was being a provider for his family. "His family's well-being was always of utmost important," his relatives said in a tribute.
NEWS
August 4, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
William D. Widerman was a starting pitcher for the Duke University baseball team and a member of the V-12 Navy College Training Program intended to produce officers during World War II. There came a time when his North Carolina college team played an exhibition game against a military team, starring no less than the Red Sox leftfielder Ted Williams, who had led the American League in homers in 1941 and 1942. The reason that the major-league star was playing against a college team, likely in 1943, is lost to Widerman family memory, but a Marines website reports that some of Williams' training to become a Marine Corps pilot took place at Chapel Hill, N.C. The Splendid Splinter made the day memorable.
NEWS
August 1, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard Schmid, 65, of Cinnaminson, a member of the board of directors of Pemberton Fabricators Inc. in Rancocas, died of lung cancer Saturday, July 26, at home. "He was extremely dedicated, very loyal to the company," said Robert Murnane, president of the firm. Mr. Schmid had been a board member for the last five years, Murnane said, and had been production control and computer systems manager since he joined the firm 19 years ago. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Schmid graduated from Father Judge High School in 1967 and served as a medic in the Army Reserve until 1973.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the region's deteriorating bridges and ailing train stations is lucrative opportunity for a niche of businesses also in need of a helping hand: small, minority, and female contractors. SEPTA is trying to play matchmaker. With the agency planning more than $570 million in Philadelphia-area capital projects over the next two years - and more than $6.8 billion by 2026 - the transportation agency made a pitch Tuesday to involve more so-called Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in that work.
NEWS
July 27, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
'I want to build beautiful things the world wants to use. " So said an application to an internship program with Girls Who Code, a national group that encourages young women to consider careers in computer science. Lots of women want to code, design, and be part of the communications/Internet/Web/mobile world. So do lots of people from all sorts of racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Problem: That world is a male shop. A white male shop. Always has been. As a report released Wednesday by Twitter Inc. makes clear, the tech workplace is not diverse.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia is loaded with small dance companies, as anyone who has ever been to Fringe knows. These troupes rarely get to perform in fancy theaters, and it takes a lot of motivation for audiences to trek out to dingy performance spaces and sit on uncomfortable folding chairs all night. For the second year, Koresh Dance Company invited its colleagues to perform in the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in the Come Together Dance Festival. Over five days, which began Wednesday night, 24 companies have their 15 or so minutes of fame.
SPORTS
July 18, 2014 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
THE LIST OF quarterbacks who played in the United States Football League includes two Hall of Famers (Jim Kelly, Steve Young), a Super Bowl MVP (Doug Williams), an NFL MVP (Brian Sipe) and six Pro Bowlers (Kelly, Young, Sipe, Bobby Hebert, Doug Flutie and Greg Landry). The league's most successful quarterback, though, turned out to be a guy who barely made a ripple in the NFL. Chuck Fusina appeared in just 14 NFL regular-season games as a backup for the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Green Bay Packers.
NEWS
July 18, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
Its finances are precarious, the mortgage is in foreclosure. Real estate agents are busily showing its home to potential buyers. A possible savior - Philadelphia's Roberts family - might offer a helping hand, but not yet. As the Philadelphia Theatre Company hangs on by a thread, theater leaders say its loss would be a blow - artistically, and to the city. "It's tragic for them, but also to the entire Philadelphia arts community and the idea of an Avenue of the Arts. You lose something like that and you'll need to take the sign down" on the Avenue of the Arts, said playwright Bruce Graham, who has had two plays produced by PTC. Terrence J. Nolen, the Arden Theatre Company's producing artistic director, said the PTC's abiding interest in American theater has made it a pioneer, and "certainly an important theater here in Philadelphia.
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