February 9, 2013 |
What entrepreneur Yasmine Mustafa didn't know definitely hurt her. What Mustafa didn't know was the basics of coding - a problem, considering that her blog marketing business, 123LinkIt, relied on coding. "It cost me time and money and a lot of stress," she said. "If I would have been able to code, it would have helped me a lot. " That's why, in April 2011, Mustafa founded the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Develop It, an international nonprofit organization based in New York that provides low-cost tech instruction to women - or, as they are called in the GDI world, nerdettes . Since then, 750 women have taken classes in Philadelphia.
February 8, 2013 |
When Patty Pickup, 54, started working in computer technology more than 20 years ago, the Drexel University software developer was a true rarity - one of the few females involved in a field that was overwhelmingly male. "It was so professional. Everyone wore suits. It was more mathematical," she said. "It wasn't casual like it is today. " Since then, more women have joined the field and T-shirts and jeans have replaced business suits, but the gender gap remains in an industry sector where men outnumber women by a 2-1 ratio and where the women in the business struggle to avoid being marginalized.
February 6, 2013 |
With winger Wayne Simmonds sidelined indefinitely because of a concussion, more responsibility has been handed to rookie Tye McGinn. In almost two full games since replacing Simmonds on the top line, McGinn has played solidly on a unit with Claude Giroux and Danny Briere. "He's a big body, and he makes a lot of room for us," Briere said after a longer-than-usual practice Monday in Voorhees. "He creates a lot of turnovers. He's always on the puck. I was very impressed the first time I had to play with him. I think Claude, too, really liked the chemistry that formed quickly between the three of us. " McGinn, who began the season with AHL Adirondack and was a healthy scratch last Tuesday against the Rangers, was on the ice for power-play goals by Briere and Giroux in Saturday's 5-3 win over Carolina.
January 29, 2013
By Stephen M. Curtis, Jerome S. Parker, Stephanie Shanblatt, and Karen A. Stout Federal economists estimate that two million jobs go unfilled today as a result of skills, training, and education gaps. In Pennsylvania, a report submitted last year by the governor's Manufacturing Advisory Council noted that the number of new workers entering the industry, coupled with the growth in manufacturing, has left a staggering gap of available skilled workers. Simply put: Every decent-paying job today takes more skill and more education, but too many Americans are not ready.
December 19, 2012
As part of the city's effort to better coordinate outdoor free meals for homeless people, Mayor Nutter has created the Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative, which includes many groups that give food to people in need. The collaborative grew out of a yearlong attempt to bridge the gap between groups that feed homeless people on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and those that want them to move indoors. Bill Golderer, the convening minister of Broad Street Ministry, said the collaborative was "positioned to drive our city toward new solutions to this vexing problem.
December 11, 2012 |
I'm fascinated by start-ups because of the sheer amount of energy on display within them. By their nature, those who start businesses are optimistic souls, believing they have the solution, or at least a better one, to some problem. If they have sold others on that vision, founders can attract the talent and capital needed to turn those ideas into reality. But few new firms are truly high-growth enterprises, which are as prone to frenetic expansions as they are to spectacular implosions.
October 27, 2012 |
The Nutter administration is expected to announce Friday two initiatives, including a seed-capital fund aimed at supporting the city's growing entrepreneurial community. Through the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., the city intends to invest up to $3 million in a new "Startup PHL Seed Fund," which would be managed by an outside professional investment firm. That money would need to be matched by private investors at least dollar for dollar, according to a request for proposals that the city intends to issue.
October 26, 2012 |
It didn't take long for the expat community to discover that Pat and Seiko Dailey had opened a Japanese market by the Narberth train tracks. Finding the place was another matter. "People used to call us and we'd have to talk them in, like aircraft controllers," Pat says. "Because no thoroughfare goes through town. " When he thought about the borough he chose for his business in 2003, Shangri-la came to mind - that mythical place, untouched by time and totally isolated. "It is hard to find," says Tracy Tumolo, owner of Sweet Mabel, a folk-art shop at the foot of the Narberth Avenue Bridge.
October 24, 2012
For years, joggers, walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts have had a tough time reaching Schuylkill River Park. Not any more. A 680-foot pedestrian bridge now connects the park to the riverfront trail known as Schuylkill Banks in Center City. The safe passageway should give users some peace of mind, in that they no longer have to put themselves in harm's way to ride their bikes or head out for a hike. That is, no more dodging freight trains or crossing CSX railroad tracks to get to the popular waterfront spot at 25th and Spruce Streets, where thousands flock daily.
October 12, 2012 |
With most of its money gone, Coatesville narrowly averted shutting down by transferring $2.1 million from a rapidly dwindling city trust fund. City Council approved the transfer after voting three times in recent weeks against tapping the fund, which it has relied on to bail out the cash-strapped city for several years. Finance director John Marcarelli noted that the $2.1 million represented a quarter of the city's $8 million budget. "It's an unfortunate thing that we have to do, but the city has been doing it for years," he said after council unanimously approved the transfer Monday night.