Excited About Tax Reform? Don’t Be.

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Photo by NoDerog/iStock

It’s tax deadline time, and regardless of whether we’re receiving a refund or we owe money, most of us usually take a moment to look at our returns and reflect and on just how much we’re paying to the government. Sure, we know that taxes are a necessity and we’re all willing to pay our fair share. In fact, a Gallup poll released last week found that 61 percent of us believe our federal income tax is fair. But that same poll also concluded that more than half of us still feel that our taxes are too high. So if we could pay a little less, that would be nice too.

That’s what the Republican party believes. Which is why tax reform is such a high priority on their agenda. The Trump administration and congressional leaders feel that making the system less complex and — most important — lowering tax rates for both individuals and businesses will spur economic growth and investment. That’s the reason behind their push for tax reform. Read more »

This Organization Is Implanting Chips in Its Employees … and They Love It!

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Photo by vetkit/iStock

Imagine if your employer wanted to implant you with a microchip. What would you say? According to a CNBC report, workers at Epicenter, a Swedish startup hub that’s home to more than 100 companies and 2,000 workers, are saying “Yes, please!”

Epicenter employees are being given the option to have the implant, which is the size of a grain of rice, placed between the thumb and forefinger on one of their hands. It’s reportedly a painless and bloodless procedure. Read more »

Why Trump’s Attack on Sanctuary Cities Is a Good Thing

Photo by Evan Vucci/AP

Photo by Evan Vucci/AP

Mrs. Hernandez: “I saw that man steal a loaf of bread from the store and run down the street, and I can identify him in court.”

Police Officer: “Thank you for the information, Mrs. Hernandez. That is very helpful.”

Mrs. Hernandez: “You are welcome.”

Police Officer: “Now, before you go, just a few more questions. Do you think Vanessa deserved to win on The Bachelor? Should McDonald’s tinker with the Big Mac? Can dogs can understand us? Oh, and given that your name sounds Spanish … are you an illegal immigrant?”

First of all, everyone knows that Raven was a better choice for Nick, but I guess that’s irrelevant now. Aren’t the other questions irrelevant, too? The Trump administration doesn’t think so. Read more »

Jim Kenney Owes Seth Williams an Apology

Seth Williams (Matt Rourke/AP) and Jim Kenney (Jeff Fusco).

Seth Williams (Matt Rourke/AP) and Jim Kenney (Jeff Fusco).

Back in 2015, Alex Capasso — then the chef and a partner at The Crow and Pitcher, a little restaurant off Rittenhouse Square — was arrested and charged with one count of distribution of child pornography by the U.S. District Attorney. That’s some pretty bad stuff, right? His friends and co-workers were “shocked and disgusted.” His partners threw him out of the business, with a representative saying publicly that it would “be a blessing to the innocent partners and staff if his infamy did not take them all down in flames.” The restaurant changed its name and, at the time of this writing, Capasso sits in federal custody awaiting trial. The evidence against him looks pretty solid and, if guilty, he deserves, of course, to spend a long time in jail.

But here’s the thing: Capasso is not guilty. So far, he’s been accused of a crime. He hasn’t had his day in court. He has his side of the story to tell. Still, the guy’s life has been ruined. Which brings me to Seth Williams … and Jim Kenney. Read more »

Six Sure-Fire Ways to Climb the Career Ladder

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(Ollyy/Shutterstock)

Welcome to the new workplace. You’re smart. You’re hardworking. You’re an asset. And that’s great. Except it’s not enough. It’s 2015, and there are a lot of smart, hardworking people competing for the same jobs as you. The rules have changed since I took my first job in Philadelphia in the mid-1980s. Unfortunately, the world is a much more uncertain place. The opportunities are still there, but success takes a different approach. You’re no longer just an employee. You don’t just collect a paycheck. Today, if you really want a successful career, you have to combine the qualities of a good employee with those of an entrepreneur. You have to be an employee-treneur. And here’s the way the ones I hire think. Read more »

Why Your Business Needs Google Street View, Salesforce and More Tech

Google StreetWant to change your business forever? Want to grow and increase your profits? Want more customers and more work? Of course you do. Every business owner does. There are lots of great sales and marketing technologies that will help you make that change. And here are just a few that I discussed at A Weber’s Ascend Digital Marketing Summit this week in Philly. Read more »

City Was Right To Go Overboard for Pope Visit

Pope Francis rides in the popemobile along Independence Mall before delivering a speech outside Independence Hall Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Pope Francis rides in the popemobile along Independence Mall before delivering a speech outside Independence Hall Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Can we all agree that the City went completely overboard for the Pope visit?

Here’s what I saw in Center City Saturday and Sunday:

-Locust, Spruce, Pine and Lombard Streets were vacant — literally a mile from where the Pope or any of the crowds. Was it really necessary to extend the zone that far?

-A more than quiet Rittenhouse Square, save for a lonely band of military guys sitting on their Humvee and a medical tent armed with emergency personnel looking for someone with a mosquito bite to treat. Read more »

9 Great Employee Perks Every Philly Business Owner Should Know

(Tyler Olson/Shutterstock)

(Tyler Olson/Shutterstock)

Recently, Netflix announced that it was providing up to a year of unlimited paid time off for new parents. Unlimited! This, of course raises two issues:

  1. We are all streaming way too many movies if Netflix can afford to do this.
  2. How in the hell can my business compete with companies offering these kinds of perks?

There are many benefits of working for a smaller company. OK, so you’re not able to pay $25 an hour for employees to do volunteer work (Apple), you can’t offer onsite kindergarten (Campbell Soup) and there’s just no extra room in your office for an indoor rock-climbing wall (Chesapeake Energy). Your company doesn’t have its own private busses to take employees back and forth to work (Google) and you can’t afford to pay your employees $5,000 just to…now get this…quit (Zappos). Pity. Read more »

9 Ways To Profit From The Pope Visit

Gabriel Sozzi/Wikimedia Commons

Gabriel Sozzi/Wikimedia Commons

To my Catholic friends in the city, Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia is a chance to witness a great leader in person. And to my business owner friends in the city, it’s a chance to witness a great thing too: A rise in your bank account. Are you ready? Here are just a few ways to profit from the upcoming papal visit. Read more »

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