Sunday, July 5, 2015

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When Shawn Blackburn started writing computer code as an eighth grader in Minnesota, his goal was to create a hockey game, which he never finished.
Biking as a corporate team-building exercise.
'How are your tires?" It might be one of the oddest pickup lines ever. But it launched a love match 21 years ago that also led to an entrepreneurial partnership balanced on two wheels.
Bob Byers Jr. is president of Byers' Choice Ltd., the Chalfont company that employs 100 artisans in creating its popular caroler figurines and Christmas accessories, sold at 1,500 stores and online.
For no logical reason, Eric Fausnacht, 46, who grew up near Lancaster, then lived in downtown Philadelphia for 15 years, developed such a fascination with farm animals that he devoted his art career to painting them.
Perhaps why Marvin Weinberger chose to feature zombies - bloodied, hollow-eyed, stalking creatures - in a promotional video for his latest invention is not nearly as important as the astonishing result.
On Fishtown's now-thriving Frankford Avenue commercial corridor, a small-business owner who recognized the strip's potential even before restaurateur Stephen Starr put his imprimatur there is calling it quits.
Toppers Spa/Salon to open a massage school in Center City.
If anyone is in need of a massage since the recession took a sledgehammer to discretionary spending, it's Richard Keaveney.
The competition was for an invaluable entrepreneurial opportunity. But which of the 18 contestants would win? The double-amputee with a fledgling landscaping business? The artist with post-traumatic stress disorder launching a fine-arts clothing line? The hearing-impaired retiree with a solution for tinnitus?
Her arms draped in Hermes Birkin handbags that retail for $13,000 each, a laughing Linda Lightman had to confess: She doesn't own a single one herself.
LIA Diagnostics, the Philadelphia designer of an environmentally friendly, ergonomically configured, easy-to-read pregnancy test, took the top prize Friday in the U.S. Small Business Administration's national competition InnovateHER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge.
After I met Jim Boscov for the first time, he wanted me to lie down. "Try this bed," he said.
Like many Americans, Tina Brunetti worries about climate change and wanted to spend her household's energy budget on a power supplier more mindful of the environment.
Ask Dave: How do cash-back rebates work on electronics and other items?
The racketeering lawsuit filed against the carpenters' union by the Pennsylvania Convention Center is a "public relations stunt dressed as a federal lawsuit," the union said in its motion to dismiss, filed Tuesday.
Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health-care overhaul.
Since 1682, the first planned city in the United States, Philadelphia, was and is a city of firsts in America:
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Motorists are seeing slightly lower prices at the pumps in New Jersey.
Renée James, the company's highest-ranking woman, spent 28 years there. She'll seek a CEO role elsewhere.
Intel Corp. president Renée James will step down to seek a CEO role elsewhere, in a reshuffle that cements CEO Brian Krzanich's control over the world's largest chipmaker.
Nancy Glass is no longer on screen, but her company has become a leader in cable programming.
Nancy Glass slid open a door at her TV production company in Bala Cynwyd to a soothingly darkened room. There, video editor Travis Greene was tweaking the first episode of a Discovery ID special based on the book Let's Kill Mom.
The latest twist in federal airline oversight - word that the Justice Department is looking for evidence that major carriers collude to prop up fares by keeping empty seats scarce - should be enough to make even a frequent flyer dizzy.