Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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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.
The conundrum for Superfit Inc. of Philadelphia is as complicated as love itself: The family-owned company has created a product it wants ring-wearers worldwide to know about, yet it's designed to go unnoticed.
The Street: The crash could delay the initial demonstration flight of SpaceX's ultra-heavy lift rocket, the Falcon Heavy, past its company's end-of-year target. And it is an unwelcome black eye for SpaceX just after the company had won Air Force certification to use its Falcon 9 rocket to launch national security satellites.
Philadelphia-based paint manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems and NASCAR star Jeff Gordon said Tuesday the racer will use the iconic rainbow paint scheme for the final time on Aug. 22 in Bristol, Tenn.
The Street: The few weeks preceding the launch of Apple Music haven't exactly been the smoothest for a company that fiercely guards its image. But with the curtain going up at 11 a.m. today, here is what you need to know about Apple Music.
Liberty Property Trust is set to break ground on a 94,000-square-foot office building at the Navy Yard.
Liberty Property Trust is set to break ground Tuesday on a 94,000-square-foot office building at the Navy Yard designed by the architect behind Two World Trade Center, a plan that is among the developer's boldest bets yet on the sprawling business center.
Could cost Philadelphia $60 million+
The Street: Greece is not a new problem and while it may cause some additional short-term market volatility and pressure bond yields and currencies, the Mediterranean nation is hardly economically significant enough to cause any real global economic impact.
Pep Boys announced Tuesday morning that the board of directors is considering merging or selling the company. The board will be assisted in its review by Rothschild Inc. as its financial advisor and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP as its legal advisor, the company said in a press release.
PATCO riders will face a new schedule with 24/7 single-tracking starting Sunday, as the agency tries to finish its rail replacement project by the end of the year.
The Street: Experts predict the Millennial generation — young Americans who've come of age since the year 2000 — will soon surpass Baby Boomers and Generation X to become America's No. 1 home buyers. But where can they afford to buy?
Remember when the business conference and other manner of corporate gathering were going to be supplanted by virtual experiences such as the webinar? It was post-Sept. 11, when the public was skittish about travel and the economy had gone into a slide, forcing companies to scale back on events spending.