September 26, 2011 |
A little more splash and panache may be associated with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's 29th annual Small Business Excellence Awards in November. The splash comes courtesy of Scott Mirkin , of ESM Productions , who was named the Chamber's small-business person of the year. Founded in 1996, ESM is an event and video-production firm that handled inaugural ceremonies for Gov. Ed Rendell in 2007 and Mayor Nutter in 2008 as well as Welcome America's huge free outdoor concert each July since 2008.
August 30, 2011 |
William L. Rosenberger, 84, a retired president of Rosenberger's Dairies, which was founded by his father and grandfather on the family farm in 1925, died of complications from a stroke Thursday at the Dock Woods Community in Lansdale. In his 64 years with the family business, Mr. Rosenberger was known for doing whatever it took to make sure milk arrived on porch doorsteps or on supermarket shelves. Mr. Rosenberger delivered milk door-to-door in glass bottles and hauled large cans of it on company trucks.
July 25, 2011 |
As business challenges go, Stephen Klein has known his share. There was the gun shoved in his ribs by a union agent unhappy with his family's nonunion company, long named Anthony, the Family Plumber. And the brick thrown through the living room window of Klein's former home in Philadelphia's Mayfair section. And the beatings and tire slashings endured by his employees. "A nasty time" is how Klein, 58, of Rydal, recently summed up that period in the mid-1970s when the economy was rough, and the region's plumbers even more so. It would be a primer for the business trials ahead - including the loss of a nearly 20-year service contract with Sears that constituted most of Anthony's revenue.
July 8, 2011 |
NYEME TAYLOR was the kind of guy you liked to have around. He had a winning smile and a friendly personality that drew people to him. He also was a devoted family man, who was raising six children as part of an extended family that also included his parents, a grandmother and five brothers and a sister. But Nyeme's brief sojourn in life ended tragically June 26 when he was shot to death in a neighborhood dispute at a party on the Mander Playground in Strawberry Mansion. He was 30. A daughter, Kianna, 15, was hit by a bullet that shattered her left leg, but she is recovering.
April 28, 2011 |
For entrepreneurs, the road from inspiration to creation can be long and rocky. But the local companies that shared glimpses of their innovations and business plans Tuesday at Switch Philly, a start-up showcase at the Wharton School, all hope they've traversed the toughest section. One presenter was a Wharton sophomore, Joseph Cohen, founder of Coursekit, which aims to remake the way students and teachers interact online - a field he says has long been dominated by clunky software.
April 21, 2011 |
In a move that paves the way for a successor to its octogenarian chairman, the Boscov's department-store chain announced Wednesday that a member of the founding family, Jim Boscov, had been named vice chairman of the Reading company. The move came about a year and a half after Boscov, 61, rejoined the company following its emergence from a swift Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization orchestrated by chairman Albert Boscov, his 81-year-old uncle. It underscores the family's intention to stay in business, squelching any notion that the company might one day soon be sold to outsiders.
April 7, 2011 |
Meet John Vena. At 58, he is the third John Vena in the family produce business, but he doesn't use stuffy suffixes like Junior or the Third. The first John Vena started in 1919 selling apples and oranges on Dock Street. He didn't live long enough to see the produce vendors moved from there in 1959 and into a wholesale produce market in an industrial park south of Packer Avenue that most Philadelphians would come to call the food distribution center. No doubt, though, that first John Vena would be proud to see his namesake serve on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (the food distribution center's formal name)
January 8, 2011 |
Joseph S. Grasso, 90, of Woolwich Township, longtime owner and president of Grasso Foods Inc., which sells frozen peppers to restaurants and food companies across the country, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, of heart failure at his home. Having grown up during the Depression, Mr. Grasso was a hardened, self-taught man who became a successful entrepreneur. "Every penny mattered to him," said his daughter Rosemary Miller. "He was a tough businessman. " Mr. Grasso took his frozen-produce business from a small freezer operation to a processor of 22 million pounds of peppers each year.
January 1, 2011 |
After he sold his family business in 1986 to his son, Donald B. Remmey decided to help the homeless. Working with the Philadelphia arm of the Catholic Worker Movement, his son, Donald Jr., said, Mr. Remmey in the 1990s helped rebuild houses in the Yorktown neighborhood of North Philadelphia. And for the last 15 years, his son said, Mr. Remmey, who lived in Abington Township, helped with breakfasts for the homeless on two mornings a week at the Kensington office of St. Francis Inn. On Dec. 15, during a trip to attend a sister-in-law's funeral, Mr. Remmey, 86, took ill. He died of endocarditis at San Diego Hospice in Carlsbad, Calif.
December 26, 2010 |
As the calendar is poised to turn to a new year, Jon Costanza, owner of Sunpower Builders in Collegeville, shares the anxiety of many Pennsylvania solar installers. It's an uneasiness born of concern that with a new administration in Harrisburg, years of financial incentives that have nurtured the fledgling, yet steadily growing, solar industry will disappear. There are 700 solar contractors now. "We're going to see three-quarters of those guys go by the wayside," Costanza said.