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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.
SPORTS
November 19, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers, coming off a 2-0-1 road trip, have three winnable games this week as they face Ottawa, Buffalo, and the Islanders. The problem is, all three games are at the Wells Fargo Center. For the Flyers in the season's first six weeks, home is where the hurt is. The Flyers (7-10-2) are 3-7 at the Wells Fargo Center, and 4-3-2 on the road. They have points in their last six road games, going 4-0-2. "It's obviously important that we get going at home and set the tone in our building," coach Craig Berube said after Sunday's practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.
LIVING
November 15, 1996 | By Alan J. Heavens, INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Two magazines sit side-by-side in the supermarket rack. On the cover of one is the smiling face of America's best-known home-improvement guru. Behind him is a lovely Victorian cottage with an attractive woman tending a beautiful garden filled with petunias and impatiens. On the cover of the other are two similarly familiar faces, armed with fishing gear and standing in water in poses reminiscent of Neptune. Which would you choose? Some folks would take the plunge with fishermen Steve Thomas and Norm Abram, cohosts of This Old House, the venerable PBS show watched by more than 10 million Americans each week.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2012 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
I'm asked more home-improvement questions than questions about real estate, by a ratio of 4-1. When, in a "Your Place" column in a recent Friday Home & Design section, I requested help for a reader needing to replace a rusted dishwasher rack for less than the manufacturer's $200, I got 25 e-mails within two hours of the newspaper's hitting the front steps, and more are coming even as I write this. My every-other-Monday webchat on Philly.com welcomes all questions from noon to 1 p.m., but the 99 percent in this realm have to do with renovating, not selling or buying.
BUSINESS
March 7, 1988 | By Neill A. Borowski, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Tocana Development Inc. talks about a home-improvement center, it doesn't have your typical dusty hardware store in mind. The Toronto company plans a $20 million home and design center on the grounds of the former Liberty Bell Race Track. The center will house 35 stores in a complex rivaling the combined size of the two largest stores at some shopping malls. Tocana - short for "Toronto, Canada" - and its home-center project helped boost the amount of Philadelphia regional nonresidential building contracts in January nearly 14 percent over January 1987, according to statistics from the F.W. Dodge Division of McGraw-Hill Information Systems Co. Residential- construction contracts, however, were down nearly 50 percent from January 1987.
NEWS
April 30, 1993 | by Earni Young, Daily News Staff Writer
Depending on who you talk to, FHA's 203(k) program is either the answer to a fixer-upper's prayers or a curse. Hope Glover is withholding judgment. It's been nearly 1 1/2 years since the Philadelphia school teacher first saw the ad offering a HUD repossessed home for sale in East Mount Airy. According to the ad, the house was eligible for 203(k) financing. Glover knew just enough about the program to know that a 203(k) mortgage would provide purchase money as well as funds to fix up the house.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
REAL_ESTATE
January 15, 2012 | By Al Heavens, Inquirer Columnist
Inquirer real estate writer Alan J. Heavens' home improvement column appears Fridays in Home & Design. See instructional videos at Al's Place. Go to philly.com/yourplace
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NEWS
September 4, 2016 | By Lisa Scottoline, Columnist
There's nothing like home improvement to improve your life. At least, in theory. I say this because I'm adding a garden room to my house, even though I don't know if that's a thing, because I have a garden and I want to see it from a window. Like TV, only with flowers and butterflies. In other words, children's TV. The garden room is attached to the kitchen, and since it needed a door, the oven and cabinets had to be moved, and, in any event, you see where this is going.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
February 10, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2016 | Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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