It’s possible the Internet is about to change in a big way. An appeals court on Tuesday struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s “net neutrality” rules, potentially setting up a fundamental shift in the way the Internet does business. And Philly-based Comcast could be a big winner … eventually.
On the same day we learned Sunoco headquarters were leaving Center City, comes this: “Citibank, the global Manhattan-based loan and investment company, is shutting its remaining Philadelphia branches — five in Center City, one each in Germantown and Bala Cynwyd — and offices in Cherry Hill and the Wilmington and Princeton areas, according to letters sent to local customers this week. ”
Tomorrow, the Philadelphia Business Journal (PBJ) will debut its list of 2014′s 25 top LGBT-owned companies at a cocktail reception at Cuba Libre. The honorees include a variety of businesses — from Midtown Village natural beauty nook duross & langel to the Giampolo Law Group. PJB Editor-in-Chief Crag Ey says this is the second year they’ve released this LGBT-specific list, and the objective is to “show the largest businesses in a certain category.” This year’s winners were chosen based on objective criteria obtained from a questionnaire sent out to employees. ”We also ask a few bonus questions,” he says, “Like have you ever been discriminated against, or whether or not its easier to get a bank loan than it was 20 years ago.”
I’ve got the complete list below of honorees below, broken up into categories so you can easily reference it next time you’re in the market for, say, a gay-owned realty group or catering company. It goes without saying that these are the first companies to dole out your dollars to.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks, you’re probably aware that tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. Documentaries on PBS are re-telling the day, historical and media figures who I thought were long dead are being wheeled out of their nursing homes to share their stories, old conspiracy tales are re-hashed and, thanks to YouTube, I’ve watched the Zapruder film dozens of times (and Miley’s new video, too, which is so a-w-e-s-o-m-e).
From all of this I’ve come to two conclusions: A 48-year-old man should not be watching Miley Cyrus videos because it’s kind of creepy. And, as a small business owner, I am damned glad I didn’t live in 1963, let alone run a business back then. And here are eight good reasons why.
Philadelphia Business Journal has offered up its list of the city’s “23 most influential business people,” the results based on an online poll taken a few months ago. No surprise: Comcast is well-represented on the list, with veep David L. Cohen and CEO Brian Roberts both making the list.
Many people were surprised earlier this week when casino-mogul Steve Wynn announced he was backing out of his plans to build a gambling resort in Philadelphia’s Fishtown section. It’s really not that surprising. Wynn thinks big. He’s building a $4 billion resort on the tiny island of Macau. His casino in Vegas makes the word “opulent” seem understated. He’s after big money, big fame, big publicity. And Philadelphia is not the place for this. It’s not that big a market. There’s already a lot of competition. And most importantly, it’s not New York.
New York is the place for Wynn. So when New York’s voters last week approved a resolution that could potentially allow gambling in the city, I’m sure Wynn’s mouth watered. I mean, c’mon, if you’re a big-thinking, big-playing kind of guy like Steve Wynn, why in the world would you waste your money investing in Philly when you can make a splash in New York City, just 90 miles up the road. It’s New York. It’s not Philly.
Could our city have done anything to save the deal and keep him here?
In the news this week: Another Philly hotel battle.
A bunch of hotels are ganging up on one of their own. A group that calls itself the “Concerned Hotel Owners of Philadelphia,” along with the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, are upset that the city is offering tax breaks to a developer who’s looking to construct a 700-room W and Element Hotel on Chestnut Street. Part of their argument is “the sorry state of Center City’s hotel industry. It just can’t support another hotel, especially one this size.”
Guys, please: Stop fighting each other. You’ve got other things to worry about than getting involved in these petty squabbles. There’s plenty of opportunity to grow in Philadelphia. There’s plenty of room for you all. Instead of wasting your time with this nonsense, how about if you consider addressing some of the problems in your own backyard? Like maybe taking a few simple steps to make your hotels better for the business traveller. That’s me. I’ve stayed in hundreds of hotel rooms over the past few years. And special announcement: You all still have some work to do. What kind of work? Here are 7 suggestions.