Rick Scott Is Coming to Take Our Jobs

Florida Gov. Rick Scott waves after the swearing in for his second term as governor of Florida at the Florida state capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. The inauguration took place in front of the Old Capitol. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott waves after the swearing in for his second term as governor of Florida at the Florida state capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. The inauguration took place in front of the Old Capitol. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will be in Pennsylvania next week, ostensibly on a mission to steal businesses from the state and take them back to his sunny home. The odd thing is, some of Pennsylvania’s leading business and conservative organizations are cheering him on.
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10 Reasons Paid Sick Leave Is Great for Business

Illustration courtesy of Shutterstock.

Illustration courtesy of Shutterstock.

As business owners we sure like to complain, don’t we?

We complain about collecting cash and the price of supplies and the state of the economy and the dog-eat-dog competitive world we live in. But there’s fantastic news if you’re a business owner: Mayor Nutter recently came out in support of a city law that would require us to provide up to five days of paid sick leave to our employees, even for companies with as few as 15 employees.

Wait. Fantastic news?

How can this be fantastic news for a business owner? That’s because you’re just not getting it. Providing paid sick leave will benefit our companies in at least ten ways:

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Florence Henderson Has a New Job in Philadelphia

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Forty years after the original Brady Bunch series was cancelled, Florence Henderson, the actress who played mom Carol Brady on the show, has signed on as the spokesperson for Medical Guardian, a medical alert company (Think: “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!”) based in Philadelphia. Read more »

Five Below Sued for Securities Fraud

Photo by Ildar Sagdejev via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Ildar Sagdejev via Wikimedia Commons

If you have kids, you no doubt are familiar with Five Below, the Philadelphia-headquartered chain of strip mall stores selling mostly toys and small household goods for $5 or less. Five Below was started in Wayne, Pennsylvania, in 2002 by Encore Books and Zany Brainy founder David Schlessinger and today boasts some 350 locations in 20 states. The company went public in 2012. And now Five Below and Schlessinger, among others, are named in a federal suit filed in Philadelphia alleging securities fraud. Read more »

Florida Governor Coming to Philly to Poach Jobs

Florida Gov. Rick Scott waves after the swearing in for his second term as governor of Florida at the Florida state capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. The inauguration took place in front of the Old Capitol. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott waves after the swearing in for his second term as governor of Florida at the Florida state capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. The inauguration took place in front of the Old Capitol. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he’s coming to Philadelphia next month to try to lure businesses and jobs here back to his state — making a rhetorical assault on Governor-elect Tom Wolf before Wolf even takes office.

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What’s in Store for Philly in 2015

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Clockwise from top left: Nordstrom Rack will falter; Bradley Cooper will get an Oscar nod; projects like East Market will fuel the millennial boom; and throwback cuisine will become a full-blown trend.

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Predictions by Jason Sheehan and Art Etchells, editors of Foobooz

  • Culinary nostalgia will totally become a full-fledged trend. With Juniper Commons already bringing back the cuisine of the 1980s and Bud & Marilyn’s set to do the same for diner food, it looks like we’re all going to be eating a lot more raspberry vinaigrette and chocolate lava cake. The next big thing? Upscale TV dinners.

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9 Reasons Business Owners Hate the Holidays

Run a small business? Then you’re keeping a big secret. C’mon … fess up. It’s about the holidays.

Sure, December is a festive, wonderful, joyous month. You’re not completely insensitive to the meaning of the season. You can party with the best, soak up the goodwill, and wipe away a tear when Will Ferrell gets everyone in New York to sing “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”

You love Christmas time! At least that’s what you tell everyone.

But deep down inside, behind that smile plastered on your face and your wishes of “peace on earth” and “happy holidays” there’s something else you’re feeling. It’s panic. For a business owner, the holidays churn up fears and bring out the worst of your financial anxieties. You know this is true. And you know the reasons why:

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Longtime Aramark Chairman Joseph Neubauer Stepping Down

Joesph Neubauer accepts the 2012 Philadelphia Award. Photo | HughE Dillon

Joesph Neubauer accepts the 2012 Philadelphia Award. Photo | HughE Dillon

In a statement yesterday, Aramark announced that Joseph Neubauer, the company’s longtime chairman of the board, intends to step down from that role after 30 years. Eric Foss, who succeeded Neubauer as the company’s president and CEO in 2012, has been elected by the company’s board of directors to be the new chairman.

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Four Reasons Philly Business Will Find Things Tougher Next Year

So far, the outlook for 2015 is pretty good. Most experts are predicting a continued economic strengthening with even one member of the Federal Reserve saying Monday that the “dreary days” of the economy may be over. The Hartford says both small- and medium-sized businesses are “successful” and “optimistic” about next year. Additional surveys of businesses conducted by Sage, Principal, ADP, PNC and others confirm the same: increased financial strength, growth and optimism as we head into the new year. Seems like good times ahead.

Uh … except for businesses in Philadelphia. Here, we face a few unique challenges. Challenges that may mean 2015 (and 2016) may not be so good. If you’re running a business in or around the city, be careful of these four potential bumps in the road.

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