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He had a hunch there was a market for monocles
Dennis Berry said to his three kids a few years ago: "Which one of you wants this?" By "this," the longtime West Chester resident meant a home-based business that was more like a hobby - one that his children and friends had regularly razzed him about.
Talking Small Biz: When Breyers closed its West Philly plant in 1995, Coleman and Ilene Poses were concerned. They founded their company 3 years later.
Talking Small Biz: Two Wharton juniors get ready to launch website to sell five shades of blue denim.
Talking Small Biz: The Conshohocken firm Think Brownstone is fast-growing, has a diverse client base, focuses on long-term relationships.
The Street: Here’s a look at how small businesses can offer more work-from-home benefits to employees, and why they shouldn’t be afraid to embrace the change.
Diane Mastrull: You might think that to those in the jewelry business, one Christmas is indistinguishable from the next, an exhausting onslaught of men and women looking to wow someone with a watch, a pendant, or an engagement ring that will inspire a "Yes!". But for Harvey Rovinsky, Christmas 2007 will forever be "embedded in my brain." And not for anything worthy of an eggnog toast.
The news is bad. Bad for the weary, end-of-day Chestnut Hill West commuters who get off the train at Evergreen Avenue and stop by this fanciful place - not necessarily to buy something, but to be someplace fun.
Talking Small Biz: After rebranding hair salon Suite Extensions, Yolanda Keels-Walker is branching out into natural hair and face products.
PhillyDeals: Barrett Ersek is co-owner, with self-taught scientist Stephen Lange, of Holganix - as in 'holistic organics' - a Glen Mills-based company that made and sold more than $4 million worth of chilled organic compost starter in the past year, to clients like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Harvard University and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Dave Ramsey: I've been renting a 5,000-square-foot space for my small business. I've been at this location for just over a year, and the landlord has asked me if I'd like to buy the entire location. It includes two adjacent tenants, and he's asking between $150,000 and $200,000. I'm currently paying $1,300 a month rent, and that amount would almost cover the monthly mortgage payment if I bought the building. What should I do?
The Street: Ask neighbors if they know why the seller is letting go of the property. It may be for aboveboard reasons (the kids are off to college, a transfer at work or a divorce, for example). But there may be some hidden reasons you'll want to know about, such as ongoing problems with the home.
The Street: It is said that pirating music, movies, TV shows, software, and other digital content is stealing from starving artists. But if you're such an offender, this kind of stealing may be the least egregious form of piracy you're committing.
After an epic breakdown in customer service this summer, Comcast Corp. has appointed a fast-rising executive, Charlie Herrin, to a new position with broad powers to fix Comcast's relationship with its customers.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A bankruptcy court auction for Revel, the failed luxury casino-hotel on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, is scheduled to resume.
A former ratepayer advocate has been fined $11,000 for ethics violations, most of which stem from her simultaneously working for the state while serving...
The Street: The International Council of Shopping Centers reports that 74% of households are planning to spend a boatload of cash on Halloween-related goods. The average family will spend $125 apiece on Halloween fun, and another 20% say they'll spend more this year than last year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Card data of Supervalu and Albertsons shoppers may be at risk in another hack, the two supermarket companies said Monday.
The Street: A 2013 study published by the journal Climatic Change studied historic emissions and compiled a list of leading investor- and state-owned producers of oil, natural gas, coal and cement over a 156-year-period
The Street: There’s usually two layers of fees for using another bank’s ATM: the fee the other bank charges for the convenience, and the fee your bank spanks you with for your disloyalty. The total damage for using another bank’s ATM has risen to an average of $4.35 per use.
The Street: Typing something inappropriate — or just downright strange — and sending it to a business contact is bound to happen at some point. Here’s how to recover quickly and professionally so you can get back to business as usual.