July 29, 2016 |
Small-business advocates attending a champagne brunch and panel discussion on the state of micro-business and microfinance in Philadelphia Wednesday got a shot of inspiration from a surprise guest. An hour into the 90-minute event, held in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention, Rhett Buttle hurried into the meeting room at the Hotel Monaco on Independence Mall. A familiar friend to small business, most recently as president of the Small Business Majority, Buttle was coming with added clout.
June 26, 2016 |
Mary Livingston didn't need to utter a word. As an African American woman, her presence said it all. But she said what she came to say anyway. "We have really transitioned from the look of old, retired white guys," she told her audience one evening in May. Twenty women were participating in a retirement- planning course offered by the Women's Opportunities Resource Center. Livingston was there to explain how her business- mentoring organization, SCORE Philadelphia, was changing - starting with her appointment as its first female leader.
June 15, 2016 |
The digital world is global, but when it comes to buying, it's all local - even online. And that's lesson one for small businesses to understand about marketing online, said David Bell, a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Most people spend most of their money within a very small geographic area, he said. So, while business publications are full of articles about entrepreneurs finding global customers through the internet, most of the money that the owner of a small coffeehouse or small service business will make will come from someone right outside his door.
April 9, 2016 |
Pennsylvania is home to 1 million small businesses employing 2.4 million people, while New Jersey boasts 820,303 small companies with 1.7 million employees, according to the Small Business Administration's annual state-by-state profiles released Thursday. In both states, SBA profiles showed, small business represents a little more than 98 percent of all businesses and at or close to 50 percent of all employees. In Pennsylvania, the industries with the most small-business jobs were health care and social assistance, accommodation and food services, and manufacturing, according to the report, compiled by the Office of Advocacy, an independent unit within the SBA. In New Jersey, they were professional, scientific and technical services, "other services," and retail trade.
March 28, 2016 |
Gone are the days in the 1940s and '50s when Clete Cunningham's father opened a welding supply company in what oldtimers call Fishtown, and "there was so much manufacturing in the city that there was plenty of business to go around. " But these days, amid coffee shops and brew pubs, the area has been rebranded as East Kinsington and is becoming a business incubator, nurturing small arts- and tech-based companies. "They are tiny little customers now, but we know from experience that some of them will grow into huge, multimillion dollar corporations," said Cunningham, who leads J.A. Cunningham Equipment Inc., founded in 1946 on Trenton Avenue.
March 14, 2016 |
When a blizzard blankets a customer's business, making entrance impossible, when a fallen tree blocks a driveway, when leaves or ice clog a drain, flooding the parking lot, landscaper Bob Keller wants to be there for his customers. Which is why Keller said he decided to invest more in his employees by offering 401-K retirement plans to the full-time employees of his small business, R.P. Keller Landscaping Inc. in Wenonah. "It's job security for them and for me," said Keller, 38, who employs six to eight people full time year round and more seasonally.
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.