March 26, 2012 |
The good news is that optimism among small business owners has risen for six months in a row, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The bad news is that it is still slightly lower than it was a year ago. Consumer optimism also slipped according to the University of Michigan. Consumer spending, 70 percent of our economy, determines how quickly the economy can rebound. I discussed the prospects for the economy and our region over breakfast recently with Joseph Wakim.
September 22, 1991 |
Just a few short weeks ago, Businesses for Fair Consumer Taxation was a couple of cleaning ladies who were upset about a new state tax on their business. Now, they have plenty of company. On Thursday night, an estimated 150 people, men and women with businesses ranging from cleaning companies and lawn-care services to temporary employment agencies attended a rally at the Center Court Restaurant in Montgomeryville to voice their frustrations over what they called Pennsylvania's most recent assault on the small-business world.
October 1, 1987 |
The race for mayor yesterday saw candidates Frank L. Rizzo and Mayor Goode offer their views on economic issues, and it saw Rizzo take Goode to task for remarks made by a supporter. Both Rizzo, the Republican candidate, and Goode, a Democrat, appeared at a candidates' forum sponsored by PSFS at which they were asked to present their views on economic issues affecting small businesses in the city. But before either candidate took part in the late-afternoon event, Rizzo had already taken a shot at Goode by demanding that the mayor disavow as racially divisive remarks made by City Councilman Angel L. Ortiz at a rally for Goode on Saturday.
September 25, 2012 |
PARIS - Europe needs jobs, and French entrepreneur Daniel Joutard wants to create them, hiring more employees for his skin-care products company. Yet he can't take the risk - in large part because of France's inflexible workplace protections. The 37-year-old is among thousands of small- and medium-size business owners who will be crucial to helping France - like other countries in Europe - reduce a double-digit jobless rate, and ultimately shrink its hefty state budget deficit by bringing in more tax revenues.
November 21, 2010 |
The Friday after Thanksgiving has seen Ali Kutner practicing a sad custom in recent years. She opens her Bohema Artisan & Vintage Boutique on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, only to experience none of the buying mania that prompted the day's designation as Black Friday - black as in profitable . "I've been here for a couple of Black Fridays now, and I might as well not be," Kutner lamented last week. "People aren't running here. " And perhaps they won't be this Black Friday, either.
December 12, 2011
Wells Fargo & Co., the bank with the most deposits and the most branches in the Philadelphia region, said Monday that it is giving the Wharton Small Business Development Center at the University of Pennsylvania $500,000 to help entrepreneurs start and expand businesses. The multi-year grant will be used to support the small-business center's courses and consulting programs. The Wharton Center said it has worked with 25,000 business over 30 years. - Harold Brubaker
May 24, 2011
As part of a push to hire 1,000 small-business bankers across the nation, Bank of America said today that it had hired 11 lenders in Southeastern Pennsylvania and six in South Jersey, based at branches in Camden, Burlington, Ocean, and Atlantic Counties. Last June, Bank of America had 102 branches with $7.7 billion in deposits, for a 6 percent market share, in the eight-county Philadelphia area. -Harold Brubaker
May 2, 2013 |
In the same way that every day is children's day, isn't every week small-business week? The difference is that for children, play is their work, while for small-business owners, never-ending work is their work. So perhaps a week that acknowledges their toil, appetite for risk, and economic impact is appropriate. This year, the U.S. Small Business Administration will stage National Small Business Week with a series of events from June 17 to 21. If you absolutely cannot wait until June, however, you can celebrate what the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is calling its inaugural Small Business Week from May 13 to 17. Yes, the region's largest chamber of commerce says this will be its first such week.
November 14, 2012
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Tuesday upgraded its online electric-shopping tool to add enhancements targeting small-business customers. The site, www.PAPowerSwitch.com , previously focused primarily on residential customers, but now includes competitive offers for small business customers. For instance, 10 suppliers have posted offers for Peco Energy Co. "general service" customers, the rate classification for small businesses. The offers include discounts up to 17 percent off Peco's default rate.
July 20, 2011
Four Pennsylvania banks were among 17 nationwide to receive a total of $214 million from the U.S. Treasury Department to boost lending to small businesses. The only Philadelphia-area bank to receive funding through the federal Small Business Lending Fund was Monument Bank, of Doylestown, which got $3.0 million. Other Pennsylvania banks to receive funding were: Centric Financial Corp., Harrisburg, $7.5 million; York Traditions Bank, $5.1 million; and Phoenix Bancorp Inc., Minersville, $3.5 million.