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September 30, 2007 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
Entrepreneurship is alive and well, and endlessly studied on the Web. Here are a number of sites to inspire, help and warn the would-be business owners among us. Success stories. Business consultant Scott Allen runs this blog-style discussion of entrepreneurship at About.com, where we caught up on Ben and Jerry (of Ben & Jerry's ice cream fame), and perused "10 Legitimate Businesses You Can Start for Under $20. " These included "Webpreneur," house sitter, and eBay seller. For the latter, the $20 was to go for inventory - from a garage sale.
NEWS
February 9, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Andrei Fritz was itching to let loose a torrent of drumming that could be heard in the classroom upstairs and by passersby in the hallway outside. But there was a problem. "Uhh, there's no power," said Fritz, 21, crouched down and looking at a thick black cable. Oops. "On any of them?" asked Jeffrey Hiatt, a head engineer and staff producer at Turtle Studios in Philadelphia. Something wasn't working right, but Hiatt was unfazed. What better dose of reality for a group of Rowan University students learning about the music industry?
BUSINESS
December 4, 2012 | By Jane M. Von Bergen and Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writers
An Abington High School graduate-turned-private equity magnate - a man wealthy enough to hire Rod Stewart and Patti LaBelle to play at his birthday party - will spend $3 million to launch an entrepreneurship program in the Philadelphia area. Technically, the money comes from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Blackstone Group, a publicly traded $3.2 billion private equity fund led by Stephen A. Schwarzman, whose name graces the high school stadium. But the push behind the Blackstone LaunchPad comes from Schwarzman, co-founder of the New York company.
NEWS
November 21, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Calling the federal government "inept" and "bloated," Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told a Philadelphia audience Thursday that the country's "secret sauce" of innovation and entrepreneurship is at risk of being destroyed by government overreach. "We are making entrepreneurship excessively difficult in this country," Fiorina said to about 100 people at the University of Pennsylvania. "We have become a nation of rules, not a nation of laws. " Fiorina spoke at the Keystone Conference on Business and Policy, hosted by Keystone Business magazine, a Philadelphia-based publication started this year.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robots playing hockey, even driving. Gaming gear that enables 3-D examination of human cells. The world's largest video game. These are part of the creative legacy of Drexel University. Then there's the experiment headquartered at Suite 402 in Drexel's Leonard Pearlstein Business Learning Center. "I call this a disruptive innovation in higher education," Donna De Carolis said of the goings-on she leads there. It's the new Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, the first such freestanding school in the nation to offer degrees - currently a bachelor's in entrepreneurship and innovation.
NEWS
May 4, 2007 | By Angel Rodriguez
Over the last 25 years, entrepreneurs have reinvented the cup of coffee, built the ultimate hardware store, made a world of information searchable, and shown us that a thoughtful, committed capitalist can change the world. America's 23 million entrepreneurs - of all races, ages, and sexes - prove that there are no insurmountable obstacles on a road of possibility. They personify the future, creating most of our economy's new jobs and accounting for variations in wages across regions.
NEWS
February 1, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
With a $12.5 million gift, Drexel University will start a school of entrepreneurship that will help students start and grow their own businesses - and get paid for it, president John A. Fry said Wednesday. The new school, named after the late Charles D. Close, a 1936 Drexel graduate in engineering, will offer joint degree programs in entrepreneurship and other disciplines across the university. Some programs within the school will begin in the fall, but students won't officially enroll in the joint degree programs until September 2014.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
  Villanova University has named Patrick G. Maggitti the new dean of the School of Business, effective June 1. Maggitti will succeed James Danko, who left on July 31 to become president of Butler University. His post has been filled in the interim by Kevin Clark. Maggitti, 44 and part of Villanova's faculty since 2008, is currently director of the school's Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, where he is also assistant professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship.
NEWS
July 10, 2007 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A cofounder of Jiffy Lube, now a vice provost at Babson College in Massachusetts, has been named the new president of Philadelphia University. Stephen Spinelli Jr., 52, vice provost for entrepreneurship and global management at Babson, will take over at the 3,250-student East Falls campus on Sept. 1, following a unanimous vote by the board of trustees, the college announced yesterday. "From a broad field of highly qualified candidates, we were impressed with his commitment to higher education, his experience in entrepreneurship and global business, his appreciation for and understanding of the particular mission of Philadelphia University, and his vision for the future," Elizabeth H. Gemmill, the board of trustees' chair, said in a statement announcing Spinelli's appointment.
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December 27, 1992 | By Kathi Kauffman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Students at Lower Merion and Harriton High Schools next year may get the chance to design floor plans, create newspaper advertisements and draw up job descriptions for a new company, Pizza Inc. A new entrepreneurship course being considered by the Lower Merion school board would include a simulation of starting and running a pizza shop, said Alan E. Rosenau, Lower Merion's director of secondary education, at a school board meeting Monday night....
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February 9, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Andrei Fritz was itching to let loose a torrent of drumming that could be heard in the classroom upstairs and by passersby in the hallway outside. But there was a problem. "Uhh, there's no power," said Fritz, 21, crouched down and looking at a thick black cable. Oops. "On any of them?" asked Jeffrey Hiatt, a head engineer and staff producer at Turtle Studios in Philadelphia. Something wasn't working right, but Hiatt was unfazed. What better dose of reality for a group of Rowan University students learning about the music industry?
NEWS
November 21, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Calling the federal government "inept" and "bloated," Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told a Philadelphia audience Thursday that the country's "secret sauce" of innovation and entrepreneurship is at risk of being destroyed by government overreach. "We are making entrepreneurship excessively difficult in this country," Fiorina said to about 100 people at the University of Pennsylvania. "We have become a nation of rules, not a nation of laws. " Fiorina spoke at the Keystone Conference on Business and Policy, hosted by Keystone Business magazine, a Philadelphia-based publication started this year.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
    St. Joseph's University has been selected to offer the acclaimed Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) with Disabilities, a small-business education program founded in 2007 at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, the schools announced Thursday. At St. Joseph's, the program will be offered through the Erivan K. Haub School of Business. To date, nearly 1,000 veterans have graduated from EBV programs throughout the U.S., resulting in the creation of more than 200 veteran-owned businesses.
REAL_ESTATE
March 16, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
A carriage house on North 35th Street is home to one of Mantua's more successful businessmen. Rick Young is a real estate developer who also teaches entrepreneurship at a local elementary school, hoping to inspire the next Ford or Facebook. Now 50, Young has a success story that started when he was just 19. While recording hits such as "We Could Be Lovers" for his record label, the Beat Factory, he worked at a Domino's pizza franchise at the University of Pennsylvania campus.
NEWS
February 2, 2015 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
How can you "monetize" the assets in your life: the idle car in the driveway, the unworn fashions, and, of course, the spare room? Imagine that you wake up one Saturday morning, roll out of bed, and step over guests still sleeping in the living room, whom you're hosting through Airbnb or Craigslist. Out of your closet, you grab a suit or a dress to rent out through a fashion-swap Internet site. Then you hop into your car to drive around all weekend as a Lyft or Uber driver. There's a word for this phenomenon: uberization , as in the "Uberization of the economy," or making money off all the stuff you've accumulated.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robots playing hockey, even driving. Gaming gear that enables 3-D examination of human cells. The world's largest video game. These are part of the creative legacy of Drexel University. Then there's the experiment headquartered at Suite 402 in Drexel's Leonard Pearlstein Business Learning Center. "I call this a disruptive innovation in higher education," Donna De Carolis said of the goings-on she leads there. It's the new Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, the first such freestanding school in the nation to offer degrees - currently a bachelor's in entrepreneurship and innovation.
NEWS
August 12, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE HOT August sun beat heavily on 19th Street and Hunting Park Avenue yesterday. But that didn't stop Jameer Greer, 10, and Jhafi Sexton, 15, from standing at the corner, directing drivers to a car wash on the block. Greer and Sexton spent the day working the event at Time Out Car Wash, in Nicetown, as part of a fundraiser for WANPAE - Worry About Nothing Purpose is Alive in Everyone - a Philly organization that teaches preteens and teenagers entrepreneurship and how to pursue their passions.
NEWS
January 1, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
COLLEGEVILLE Ursinus College will establish a center for entrepreneurship to help students develop creative projects that cross disciplines and apply what they are learning on the small, liberal arts campus. As part of the effort, the 1,600-student Collegeville college will hold a competition in April to encourage students to develop ideas for a marketable product or service, or that address a social problem. The top prize will be $7,500, plus free housing for the summer so students can carry out their projects.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
  His Twitter handle is @SpinelliS. His blog address: http://wordpress.philau.edu/president . There, and on Facebook too, Stephen Spinelli Jr. has sounded off on such topics as the ill-advised but brief decision by Maker's Mark to water down its bourbon, the end of Yahoo's work-from-home practices, the parallels between preventive car care and employers' needs, and so much more. Through the electronic chatter, Spinelli, president of Philadelphia University and a cofounder of Jiffy Lube, is trying to inspire on his 3,500-student campus development of more of what he is to his core: a hopelessly addicted entrepreneur.
BUSINESS
February 18, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Can you teach creativity to business students? Can colleges prep graduates to go out on their own, instead of Working for the Man? To be founders, innovators, industry disrupters - in a word popularized by 20th-century economist Joseph Schumpeter, entrepreneurs ? Two schools are trying extra hard. In Philadelphia, Drexel University last month announced a new college, the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, backed by a $12.5 million gift from the late chairman of Compudyne Corp., a 1936 Drexel engineering graduate.
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