From pretzel vending machine to old-school signs, meet former Drexel students building 'cool stuff’

Oat Foundry specializes in building old-school split-flap boards. The 6-year-old company, however, is not pinning its hopes on those, learning early on that the ability to pivot is essential to start-ups.

Chocolate is ‘decadent and mystical.’ Here’s why the professionals come to Philly to learn its secrets.

A representative for Blommer Chocolate Company, a large supplier, pointed out emerging flavor trends — bee pollen, butterscotch, and Japanese citrus

Chocolate is ‘decadent and mystical.’ Here’s why the professionals come to Philly to learn its secrets.

A representative for Blommer Chocolate Company, a large supplier, pointed out emerging flavor trends — bee pollen, butterscotch, and Japanese citrus

From self-care to dumpling tours, Valentine’s Day is becoming more than flowers and chocolates

Fewer people are celebrating Valentine’s Day traditionally but more still plan to spend their money on some experience or event. So spending on the day is up.

From self-care to dumpling tours, Valentine’s Day is becoming more than flowers and chocolates

Fewer people are celebrating Valentine’s Day traditionally but more still plan to spend their money on some experience or event. So spending on the day is up.

DuBell Lumber shuts down amid rising competition among lumber suppliers

Since the 2008 recession, independent lumber companies have seen more closures. Competition from big stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s is ongoing and intense.

DuBell Lumber shuts down amid rising competition among lumber suppliers

Since the 2008 recession, independent lumber companies have seen more closures. Competition from big stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s is ongoing and intense.
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How former Eagle receiver Jason Avant has caught the entrepreneur bug, and is opening more trampoline parks

Former Eagles player Jason Avant opened his first franchising trampoline park in Deptford, New Jersey, in March 2017 and is opening his second one in Delran, New Jersey this Saturday and a third one next month in Delaware.

Shopping for maternity clothes? Here’s what Philly-area moms recommend.

Some moms shopped at A Pea in the Pod and online at ASOS while another suggested leggings from LulaRoe and Motherhood Maternity.

France’s BioMerieux buys West Philly biotech firm for $75 million

BioMérieux is taking over a 40-person West Philadelphia-based firm that sells Veriflow DNA Signature Capturing Technology, which detects spoilage for brewers and winemakers.

Is the Facebook, Google ‘duopoly’ bad for small business?

If you think that Facebook and Google pretty much control the Internet, you're right - at least when it comes to advertising. And that can be bad news to some smaller firms, particularly ones that run afoul of Google and Facebook’s oftentimes draconian advertising rules that restrict the promotion.

Gov. Wolf seeks increase in Pa.’s minimum wage

The governor wants to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania from $7.25 to $15 by 2025.

What small businesses can do while waiting for SBA loans to be approved after the shutdown

Now that the government has re-opened for business, many are expecting to see a quick resumption in loan processing. If that’s you, don’t get your hopes up. You need a backup plan.

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How the U.S. government shutdown is delaying SBA loans to firms like Rosati’s, putting small business growth ‘on ice’

Hundreds of small businesses that counted on SBA loans this year are having to postpone new hires and other expansion while the federal-government shutdown grinds on.

Is New Jersey’s $15 minimum wage good or bad for small businesses?

Agree or not, small business owners know for certain they will be incurring a significant cost increase over the next few years. The silver lining is that they have time to make their plans.

David’s Bridal and Advanced Sports are preparing to leave bankruptcy, with new owners and less debt

Two bankrupted Philly retailers, David's Bridal and Advanced Sports/Performance Bicycle (run by new U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean's husband), look to survive bankruptcy reorganization and threats from China-based direct sellers

Will banks be cautious in 2019? Small businesses thinking of getting loans may want to act now

The message is clear to small business owners: credit could very well tighten in 2019. If you’re thinking of getting financing – and your books are in order – now may be the best time to act.

Tech to protect children from school shootings? Medical school dropout’s Manayunk startup is on it

Manayunk start-up Kognition uses artificial intelligence, facial-recognition software, and smart devices capable of many things, including locking doors (without human intervention) if a shooter is detected in a school.

Here’s how federal workers in the Philly area can get financial help during the government shutdown

Banks, utilities, and telecommunications companies are rushing to help the 800,000 federal workers who will miss their first paychecks Friday.

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