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February 9, 1997
If you've been thinking about contributing to our Community Voices page on welfare reform, now's the time. Essays of 100 to 200 words must be in our office by Friday, and should answer the following: If you're an employer, can you see your business hiring former welfare recipients, and how many? Do you already have a program in place that you'll continue or expand? What accommodations are you willing to make to help them succeed? Have you had any problems in the past that would keep you from hiring someone who has been on welfare?
BUSINESS
December 10, 2007 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia region's biggest employers include a diverse list of drug and chemical makers, military contractors and specialized financial firms. At the top are the universities and their affiliated hospital networks - Jefferson, Penn and Temple - nonprofit groups whose size and growth make them major economic players. In the 10 counties stretching from New Hope to New Castle, Del., drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. and military electronics contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. each employs more people than Wal-Mart Stores Inc. , Supervalu Inc.'s Acme Markets or any other retailer.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2012 | By Jane M. Von Bergen and Jessica Smith and INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
When the U.S. labor secretary came to Philadelphia a few weeks ago, she helped Mayor Nutter launch the city's ambitious teen summer employment program. "When you know people are relying on you, you have to do your best," Hilda L. Solis told dozens of teenagers in an ornate room in City Hall. "You have to show up on time, and you have to understand the culture of the place. " On Wednesday, in a rundown strip shopping center at the edge of Camden, teenagers showed up for job interviews for a new county program aiming to put 50 youngsters to work in science and technology summer jobs.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
In slow-growth America, beyond urban centers with their forests of cranes, attractive design of a shopping center isn't enough to create new businesses, replace jobs vanishing in mergers, or keep the bankers from the door. Consider Hercules Plaza, a half-million-square-foot pile of blue-glass boxes built by a now-vanished chemical company and upgraded with $20 million in recent and pledged improvements by owner McConnell Johnson Real Estate, such as an atrium, shops, and an "Innovation Center" for start-ups.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
"I already know what it's like to be homeless, hungry, and abused," said Carmen Williams, 22, weeping Wednesday as she spoke at a breakfast meeting of educators and business people at Community College of Philadelphia. Now Williams, a single mother and college student, is learning what it's like to be a success, en route to a promotion to shift manager at Starbucks. "Take your time, honey, take your time," murmured someone in the group, as an academic meeting suddenly turned achingly personal.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chief financial officers typically have a solid grasp of costs and how to cut them. It's their job. "Yet when it comes to health care, they leave that at the door," said Stephen P. Kelly, president of ELAP Services, a Chester Springs company with a painstaking approach to cutting hospital bills for self-insured employers. Instead of paying premiums to an insurance company, which then pays medical bills, self-insured employers set aside money to pay the bills themselves through a third-party administrator.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Joseph Brock, a former Teamster who now gets hired by companies trying to stave off union organizing drives, isn't worried about new reporting requirements promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor. "I report everything," said Brock, who runs East Coast Labor Relations L.L.C., based in Delran. "A lot of employers don't want to report that they spend money on consultants. I have a hard time understanding their angst," he said. Whatever angst they have is about to get worse.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2015
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is looking for software developers. Lots of them. The giant bank needs not just front-end Silicon Valley-style programmers trained in cutting-edge languages to build smartphone apps, but also meat-and-potatoes Java and .NET developers ready to update the vast, aging enterprise software to cope with exploding data volumes, applications, and attacks. It has a special need in the Philadelphia area because it's gearing up to hire several hundred programmers for its new 1,800-employee Fairfax, Del., tech center over the next year and a half, says Jennifer McDermott , a JPMorgan executive director.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
City employment trends are improving, but not fast enough for the 55,700 Philadelphians who are jobless but want to work. Mark Edwards, 51, chief executive at Philadelphia Works Inc., leads the government-funded, quasi-public agency tasked with putting Philadelphia's citizens back to work. Philadelphia Works Inc. operates CareerLink offices in Philadelphia for unemployed job seekers and EARN offices for the jobless on cash assistance. In Pennsylvania, unemployed people who want to receive jobless benefits must enroll in the state's online job-posting system through CareerLink, administered in Philadelphia by Edwards' organization.
NEWS
July 19, 2011 | By Drew Singer, Inquirer Staff Writer
West is the best - at least, that's what Mayor Nutter says. Nutter was one of many West Philadelphia natives at Drexel University on Monday to announce the rebirth of the city's Home Buy Now program. ("If you lived in West Philly, you'd be home by now," Nutter quipped, explaining the pun.) The program, cut by the city during the uncertainty of the 2009 state budget debacle, will use $735,000 of public funds to match grants from employers to help their employees buy homes in the city.
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BUSINESS
August 15, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
It's time to pick a new president, and review that familiar question: Are we better off than eight years ago? Democrats brag about low inflation, cheap energy, cheap loans (if you can get one), and low unemployment. Republicans say too many people don't work, investment isn't profitable enough, and the economy is growing too slowly. There's no more basic measure than jobs. So I asked the boss of one of the nation's biggest employers - Steve Jones, chief executive of the newly consolidated Conshohocken- and Santa Ana, Calif.-based AlliedUniversal - how hiring has changed since President Obama was elected amid the 2008 financial meltdown.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Accolade Inc., which contracts with self-insured employers and insurers to help beneficiaries navigate health care, on Thursday announce that it raised more than $70 million from investors led by Andreessen Horowitz, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Founded in the Philadelphia region in 2007, Accolade now has joint headquarters in Plymouth Meeting and Seattle, where the company's new chief executive, Rajeev Singh, is based. Accolade, which employs around 500 in Plymouth Meeting, said it will use the new venture capital to further develop its technology, invest in research and development, and expand its sales and marketing reach.
NEWS
August 9, 2016
ISSUE | UNIONS A matter of respect In "Coping with a union workforce" (Philly.com, Wednesday), Team Clean president Donna Allie dismissed some of her employees, saying, "Some people don't want to do anything. Then they run to the union for protection. " I've been a cleaner for 16 years and a proud member of Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ for 11 years. We work hard and take pride in our work. Our hard work makes Team Clean and many other businesses profitable.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
First in an occasional series on recruiting In retailing, "e-commerce is driving the bus," said Ann Burton, founder of Wolfgang Harbor, a boutique Philadelphia-based company that recruits upper management in fashion, beauty, design, e-commerce, and retailing. When it comes to employment trends, specialty recruiters such as Burton are on the front lines of what is in demand in their sectors. In the United States., nearly 16 million people work in retailing and, Burton said, what is developing are twin career tracks - online and in-store - that used to be separate but are now increasingly intertwined.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
In slow-growth America, beyond urban centers with their forests of cranes, attractive design of a shopping center isn't enough to create new businesses, replace jobs vanishing in mergers, or keep the bankers from the door. Consider Hercules Plaza, a half-million-square-foot pile of blue-glass boxes built by a now-vanished chemical company and upgraded with $20 million in recent and pledged improvements by owner McConnell Johnson Real Estate, such as an atrium, shops, and an "Innovation Center" for start-ups.
NEWS
July 6, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A Burlington County man was charged Monday in the shooting death of his former employer, whose body was found Friday in his Tabernacle home, authorities said. David Stead, 42, of Pemberton Township, was charged with first-degree murder, robbery, weapons offenses, and related charges in the death of Thomas Wright II, 49, who was shot and killed inside his home on the 100 block of Patty Bowker Road in Tabernacle Township, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said in a news release.
NEWS
May 21, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Defense lawyers lit into U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's hired political gun Thursday in a dogged cross-examination of the man who has emerged as a key witness in the government's racketeering conspiracy case. It remains to be seen whether their attacks on Thomas Lindenfeld, the chief strategist behind Fattah's failed 2007 mayoral bid, were enough to sway the federal jury weighing the fates of the congressman and his four codefendants. In six hours of testimony, Lindenfeld parsed words with the smoothness of a man who had spent the last three decades working in Washington politics.
NEWS
May 7, 2016
ISSUE | PHILA. ECONOMY Cut the wage tax A commentary discussed positive and negative aspects of Philadelphia's economy ("Use key assets to promote Philly growth," April 28). It cited state legislation endorsed by Mayor Kenney that would increase the property-tax rate on commercial real estate from 1.4 percent to 1.61 percent of value , with the increment devoted to reducing the wage tax and the business net income tax. Data from a report by Econsult Solutions show that property-tax revenue on commercial real estate will amount to $220 million this year, and the new rate would boost it to $253 million if the tax base does not change.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Amazon.com Inc. plans to open two new New Jersey fulfillment centers, including one in Burlington County, the online retailer said in a release on Wednesday. The planned 600,000-square-foot facility in Florence will employ more than 500 workers when it opens, it said. The company said it also plans a new 800,000-square-foot center that will employ 1,500 in Carteret. It will be Amazon's second facility in the North Jersey city. The company did not immediately respond to an e-mail asking when the new centers would open.
NEWS
April 14, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Doctors' role is key Dr. Peter Ubel's commentary about the complexity of health-insurance plans made the important point that caregivers are unprepared to help patients make cost-conscious decisions about their care ("Choices, plans overwhelming for patients," Friday). Yet many employers that adopt consumer-driven coverage pay little attention to the evidence that employees with high-deductible plans tend to cut back on beneficial as well as wasteful care. That jeopardizes patients' health and could undermine employers' savings when poorly managed health results in high-cost care or disability leaves.
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