May 14, 2016 |
Pennsylvania has relaunched its popular program offering low-interest, fixed-rate financing for energy-efficient home improvements almost two years after it went dormant for lack of funding. State officials, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Reese and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley, gathered at the South Philadelphia home of Lizzie Rothwell and John Beauregard on Thursday to announce resumption of the Keystone Home Energy Loan Program. Rothwell and Beauregard used a loan from the program to insulate their 800-square-foot South Seventh Street rowhouse and upgrade its systems two years ago. KeystoneHelp, as the program is known, provided loans totaling $110 million to 14,000 homeowners statewide in the eight years after it began in 2006.
April 15, 2016 |
Bank of America is doubling its investment in the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program that includes Philadelphia, providing a total of $20 million in loans for women entrepreneurs for 2016 and 2017. Entrepreneur Works is the community development financial institution administering the funds in Philadelphia. Through that partnership, it will be able to offer a 2 percent interest-rate reduction on loans for qualifying borrowers, according to a statement by Bank of America. Since the Tory Burch program's inception in 2014, Entrepreneur Works has issued $173,000 in loans to 16 women owning small businesses in Philadelphia.
March 7, 2016
Would you ever liken shopping for a home-improvement contractor to the ease of buying a pair of shoes online? Me either. But a Trevose start-up is out to make it so. ServiceWhale Inc., afloat since April in the Philadelphia region, expanded to New York in November and plans to offer services in Boston and Washington by the end of 2016. "We're kind of like a combination of a Priceline and Angie's List," said Aaron Rovner, vice president of business development and marketing for the company of 15 employees, half of whom are in Russia and Denmark.
March 6, 2016
$51M Quotes generated through ServiceWhale 40% Increase in conversions from website visits to sales after MyServiceWhale widget installation 3-4 Number of quotes collected before a decision is made on a home improvement SOURCE: ServiceWhale Inc.
February 10, 2016 |
Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke unveiled an ambitious proposal Monday that he said would create up to 10,000 jobs over 10 years by investing in energy improvements to municipal buildings, schools, small businesses, and low-income homes. But he and officials from the Philadelphia Energy Authority, the plan's architects, were unable to say how it would be paid for or would work. He said a more detailed plan would be prepared over the next six months. "I'm just so optimistic this is going to happen," he said when asked for specifics at a news conference in City Hall packed with reporters and people from the energy sector.
January 17, 2016
TWINS Drew and Jonathan Scott know why people show up in droves to see them talk about home improvement. And only part of it is home improvement. The studly sibs who star in HGTV's "Property Brothers" and "Brother vs. Brother," among other home improvement programs, will be at the Philadelphia Home and Garden Show this afternoon to talk about how to stretch your buck when it comes to remodeling your home. They took a break from filming the fourth season of "Brother vs. Brother" to talk with Molly Eichel about their trademark brotherly banter and how they got beat by One Direction.
January 16, 2016 |
Drew and Jonathan Scott know why people show up in droves to see them talk about home improvement. And only part of it is home improvement. The studly sibs who star in HGTV's Property Brothers and Brother vs. Brother , among other home-improvement programs, will be at the Philadelphia Home and Garden Show on Saturday to talk about how to stretch your buck when it comes to remodeling your home. They took a break from filming the fourth season of Brother vs. Brother to discuss their trademark about brotherly banter and how they got beat by One Direction.
May 5, 2015
M ATT FINEBERG, 36, of Upper Darby, is founder and CEO of Bestimators, a Web-based firm that helps homeowners find home-improvement contractors. The startup is working out of a space at Ventureforth, on 8th Street near Willow, in North Philadelphia. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I spent 10 years in sales and consulting for the home-improvement industry and saw homeowners and contractors frustrated by the process. The idea was to have a single marketplace where people could shop for home-improvement projects the same way they do airline tickets and hotel reservations.
December 31, 2014 |
About 130 contractors have been cited this year by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, which is seeking more than $2.1 million in restitution and civil penalties, the Attorney General's Office announced Monday. The announcement included results of fourth-quarter consumer complaint investigations about contracting companies that never finished work paid for, or for work done improperly. Many of the contractors also were cited for not having a New Jersey registration.
November 17, 2014 |
LEROY MALACHI Sr. didn't hesitate to grab a broom or a snow shovel and go out on his block on 61st Street near Race in West Philadelphia, to put his muscle into improving his neighborhood. And Leroy had muscle to spare. In his youth, he won bodybuilding contests and titles like Mr. Pennsylvania, Mr. Maryland and Mr. New Jersey, his family said. In the AAU Senior Nationals weightlifting event held in Philadelphia in 1956, he came in fifth in the heavyweight class with a combined lift of 865 pounds - press, 300, snatch, 250, clean and jerk, 315. Leroy Malachi Sr., a 37-year machinist for the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, an Army veteran of the Korean War, and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Nov. 10. He was 84. Leroy was a popular figure in his West Philadelphia neighborhood where he was an officer of the block committee and helped arrange events, especially those for the children.