August 20, 2016 |
The regulations that will govern Pennsylvania's nascent medical-marijuana industry are quickly taking shape. The state released a draft of the rules Thursday that all aspiring cannabis growers and processors will have to follow to win - and keep - one of 25 potentially lucrative permits. Gov. Wolf signed the medical-marijuana bill into law in April. Patients with one of 17 medical conditions expect to be able to buy state-approved cannabis by 2018. The draft regulations - more than 90 pages of them - define how Pennsylvania marijuana should be cultivated, protected, and tracked.
August 15, 2016 |
Just two years ago, Shreyas Parab was such a shy, unassuming teenager that it pained him to make eye contact. Now the 15-year-old from Aston, Delaware County, wears ties declaring himself a chick magnet and a stud muffin. And he's running a company that has sold nearly 600 of those novelty ties for close to $17,000 in its first 14 months of business, tapping into a market where whimsy is popular. Parab also makes pitches to investor panels, and has met with Sam's Club executives in Bentonville, Ark., hoping to get his Novel Tie line in their stores.
August 4, 2016
By Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan Forty-eight percent of millennials believe the American dream is dead, according to a 2015 Harvard University Institute of Policy study. Their pessimism is understandable, especially if we believe the American dream is that one can achieve success through hard work. In 1995, 62 percent of Americans with high school diplomas had jobs. Today, only 54 percent do. That's 5.7 million jobless high school graduates who, 20 years ago, would have had jobs.
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)
June 7, 2016 |
Frederick P. "Fred" Catona, a former high school wrestler and a bright entrepreneur who started a company that shipped hoagies overnight to locations across the country - and who once even tried to send hoagies into outer space - died on May 31. He was 70. His death was related to injuries sustained in an automobile accident, his family said. Mr. Catona, of Blue Bell, grew up in Delaware County and attended Ridley High School, where he created a scholarship fund for wrestlers, his family said.
May 3, 2016 |
Caroline Sarver Stevens of Lafayette Hill, a registered nurse and entrepreneur, died April 28 of complications after a lengthy illness. No age was given, at the deceased's request. "She was beautiful, warm, compassionate, loving, driven and very success-oriented," said her eldest daughter, Sandy Izzo. Born in Liverpool, Pa., and raised on a 100-acre farm, Stevens went to Liverpool High School, where she was valedictorian, Germantown Hospital School of Nursing, and Temple University.
April 25, 2016 |
This particular Thursday night in April, cold beer and thin-crust pizza were plentiful. Desks had been rolled out of the way, replaced by rows of chairs filled with mostly twenty- and thirtysomethings drinking, eating, and generally having a good time. By coworking-space standards, it seemed like a run-of-the-mill happy hour at Benjamin's Desk on 17th Street in Center City. Routine, that is, until the first name was called, a woman rose from her chair and stepped to the microphone, and the storytelling began.
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.
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.
February 8, 2016
I had a creative outlet in college motivated by the need for tuition money: making banana splits and sundaes with generous gloppings of gooey toppings and silky whipped cream, and crafting ice cream pies and cakes. It was at the no-longer-there Baskin-Robbins store on College Avenue in State College, across from the campus of Pennsylvania State University. I was an assistant manager, making a pittance. Then there are such students as Brady Acton. As is becoming the norm on college campuses, he's already an entrepreneur with one product on the market, soon to be followed by another, and he's only in his sophomore year at Villanova University.