February 5, 2016 |
Google is the colossus of the search engine business, profiting by the billions as users lend their eyeballs and click on ads. But with the company's first in years local workshop for small business entrepreneurs Wednesday at the Kimmel Center, Google sought to portray itself as a wise benefactor on a noble rescue mission: valiantly pulling last-century stragglers onto the digital gravy train. And their cause célèbre - increasing your business' online presence and "hits" - had lots of local endorsers on board, too, including the Afro-American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the now Philadelphia-focused Democratic National Convention Committee.
April 16, 2016 |
A Pennsylvania nonprofit, nonpartisan, entrepreneur-driven advocacy group is expected to launch July 1 with the outgoing president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, Matthew J. Brouillette, at its helm. Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs will consist of entrepreneurs and philanthropists "working in partnership to advance better public policies in Pennsylvania," according to an announcement issued Thursday. Brouillette's term at the Commonwealth Foundation, a think tank in Harrisburg that advocates fiscally conservative and libertarian public policies, will end June 30. The new agency he will lead, also to be based in Harrisburg, will work to advance public policies in Pennsylvania, educate the public regarding laws and policies, and advocate for legislation to improve economic and educational opportunities for every resident of the state, according to the statement.
November 4, 1987 |
Sharon Reading said she was frustrated at her old job - seeing her boss charge $10,000 to a customer for one of her graphic designs and then turn around and pay her a minimal salary. "I sold the idea, I did the design, and he got the money," she said. Reading has turned a recent layoff into a business opportunity. This fall she opened her own firm, Reading Design Express, in Fort Washington. The payoff: She's her own boss, she's able to implement all her own ideas and, best of all, she collects all the fruits of her labor.
July 10, 1986 |
In South Philadelphia yesterday, a few enterprising young men were going door-to-door and finding their neighbors willing to pay 50 cents to $1 a bag to have trash hauled to an emergency dump site. In Northeast Philadelphia, protesting residents forced the closing of one dump last night, and during the day police were guiding a steady stream of dumpers onto a vacant plot between the Riverview Home for the Aged and the Delaware River - even though the city had announced that no dumping would be allowed there.
March 4, 2016 |
Independence Blue Cross and Thomas Jefferson University on Wednesday announced the first participants in their joint Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program. Two teams at Jefferson were awarded $150,000 each to support projects addressing surgical treatment of complex epilepsy and bone graft and joint replacement infection. Jefferson researchers Noreen Hickok and Irving Shapiro are working with Rothman Institute orthopedic surgeon Jay Parvizi to pursue new ways to make a longer-lasting antibiotic coating for use in bone grafts of donated tissue and replacement joints for orthopedic surgeries.
June 3, 2013 |
This friendship started as so many do between high school girls: Abby Kessler liked Katie Loftus' clothes and makeup; Loftus liked Kessler's. "That's all I cared about," Kessler, now 34, recalled recently. "That, and boys. " The North Penn High School graduates went on to Drexel University together to study design and merchandising, and then on to New York to work in the garment industry. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, inspired them to move back here and start a line of edgy, embellished T-shirts.
March 19, 2013 |
No beckoning searchlights, no red carpet, not even a drop-in by a city dignitary marked Bottle Bar East's grand opening in December. Still, it was a big deal - another first in a string of new ventures, with plenty more planned, for a stretch of Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia's transitioning Fishtown neighborhood. Major credit for the ongoing metamorphosis from Girard Avenue to Master Street goes to restaurant royal Stephen Starr, who since 2011 has opened two culinary outposts - Frankford Hall, a beer garden, and Fette Sau, a barbecue joint - in a place where for decades the primary entertainment draw had been restaurant/music club Johnny Brenda's.
July 10, 2016 |
Pennsylvania's medical marijuana bill was signed into law in April, but it will be two years before most patients can take advantage of it. That's how long the state has to come up with specific regulations to build this industry. Judging from the range of topics and speakers Friday at a daylong "Medical Marijuana Regulatory-Palooza," it may take at least that long to figure it all out. "We are about to do something that has never been done before," said State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery)
January 15, 2013 |
Jacob Hurwitz and David Neill are a couple of young Main Line guys who sit around in their free time and, they're not ashamed to admit, talk about trench coats. That usually happens when they're talking about the U.S. economy. Think one doesn't have to do with the other? The Wynnewood residents, friends since childhood, are out to show they do with American Trench. It is a company these otherwise employed men - Hurwitz, 33, at an energy firm; Neill, 40, at the family painting business - have developed to help revive the American manufacturing sector.
January 25, 2013 |
IT'S HARD TO FORGET that Ross Berkowitz's new office in Center City used to be part of the 12th Street Gym. Move-in boxes brimming with office supplies pile where fitness instructors recently demanded more sweat from wheezing aerobicizers. The clunk of a dropped weight occasionally interrupts the quiet, a reminder that the gym still thrives beyond Berkowitz's walls. But in his mind's eye, Berkowitz sees and hears only young professionals clattering away on laptops, the hubbub of entrepreneurs cooking up brilliant business plans.