January 24, 2016 |
Own a small business and want a piece of the action when the 2016 Democratic National Convention comes to Philadelphia for four days in July? Well here's a start. The Democratic National Convention Committee and Google are holding a series of workshops aimed at helping area small businesses boost their online presence so they have a better shot at capitalizing on the big political event. The first workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 3 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St. Dates for other workshops have not yet been released.
January 23, 2016 |
Question: I am a childless woman. My husband and I work hard, and we like the way things are in our life. How do I respond when my friends say, "You can't be that busy; you don't have kids"? I am on call 24 hours per day, seven days a week, and my husband works mid-shifts, so we are quite busy. We also run a small business from our home and have pets and other hobbies. I am stunned when I hear this and always feel like I am being excluded on purpose. Do I just let these friends go or what?
December 24, 2015 |
WE JUST MIGHT save the city's oldest African-American bookstore. If things keep going the way they have since my column about Hakim's Bookstore - family-owned-and-operated since 1959 - the struggling black literary institution just may be around for another half-century. The response has been overwhelming, said owner Yvonne Blake. People have called and written from all over with memories about the bookstore that was started by Blake's late father, Dawud Hakim. Many, including Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter of the Roots, have shared the story on social media and put out a plea for support under #savehakims.
December 5, 2015 |
Since its launch last December, Kiva.org/Philadelphia, the crowdfunded small-business, no-interest lending program, has funded 57 loans totaling $261,000. Fund-raising is underway for an additional eight loans totaling $40,000, said Kiva spokesman Jason Riggs. Of the Philadelphia businesses that have received funding, 59 percent are owned by ethnic minorities, Riggs said. To qualify, small businesses create a profile at Kivazip.org, where they outline their business plans and crowdfunding loan goals.
November 26, 2015 |
The traditional start of the holiday season saw 5.1 million fewer shoppers heading out to the malls and big-box retailers on Black Friday last year, according to the National Retail Federation. Millions of shoppers no longer seem willing to fight traffic, wait in long lines, or do physical battle for early-morning deals on the day after Thanksgiving. Instead, a record number of shoppers are venturing to their local towns and Main Streets in support of Small Business Saturday.
November 23, 2015
The two visitors from England occupied window seats at HubBub Coffee in Center City on a recent rainy afternoon, huddled over hot drinks and the real reason they had stopped in: free WiFi access. Free for them, but not the coffee shop's owner. When Internet squatters' time at a small business lasts long after they've swallowed the last sip of their caffeinated cover, that WiFi becomes an even pricier perk, said Alan Jacobson. He and friend Jesse Bookspan are out to change that with GuestNet, a software and hardware product that aims to make small-business owners money off every log-on to the WiFi they offer.
October 28, 2015 |
Kathryn B. Weinrich, 80, the public face of Weinrich's Bakery in Willow Grove and a dedicated volunteer, died Friday, Oct. 23, of Alzheimer's disease at St. Joseph's Manor in Huntingdon Valley. Known as "Kippy," Mrs. Weinrich was born in Atlantic City and grew up in Ventnor, N.J. She graduated from Atlantic City High School, where she met Edward Weinrich. The two married in 1956 and started their life together in Honolulu, where he was serving in the Army. After the couple returned to the Philadelphia area, he worked in the family's bakery business.
October 20, 2015 |
I repeat: Unless she's indicted, Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination. I wrote that six weeks ago, amid fevered dreams of a Clinton collapse and a Joe Biden rescue. That those were a mirage is all the more obvious after Tuesday's debate. The reason, then as now, is simple: Clinton has no competition. She's up against three ciphers and one endearing, gesticulating, slightly unmoored old man. If Vice President Biden was ever thinking of getting into the race, he'd be crazy to do so now. It's over.
October 17, 2015 |
A couple of hundred Hillary Clinton supporters, already high off her debate performance the other night, gathered at Philadelphia's Mutter Museum Thursday to hear her husband fan their fervor and rally them to reach for their checkbooks. Bill Clinton is good at that. Six black SUVs heralded the former president's arrival at the museum's rear entrance. And there he was, in a fitted blue suit, his iconic shock of white hair highlighted by the afternoon sun. He smiled, waved, and disappeared into the building to greet some 200 buttoned-up, high-powered lawyers and politicos, who later emerged from the closed-to-the-press campaign fund-raiser almost giddy.
October 5, 2015 |
A MURDER is going down on the corner of 12th and Chestnut streets. The victim is Philly Cupcake, the charming little upscale bakery that opened in 2009. The shop is dying from a blow it never saw coming: Three massive construction projects are happening within a block of its door, diverting pedestrians and blocking drivers from parking spots that would allow them to dash in for a quick purchase. "We took a risk and opened our business in a seedy neighborhood that no one would come to," says Johnny Columbo, who co-owns Philly Cupcake with partner Michael Lewis.