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After Building Collapse, What to Know About Hiring Contractors

A building collapses in Center City Philadelphia and six people are killed. It turns out that the demolition being done at an adjacent site was […]

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Don’t Blame Philly for Being So Small-Business Unfriendly

I must apologize to the City of Philadelphia. Just this week, a new survey put Philadelphia #27 out of 30 cities as “friendly” for small-business […]

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9 Totally Ridiculous Personal Questions Your Employer Might Ask You One Day

Are you an employee? Is it 2013? Then welcome to the new reality! Because it’s a great time to be an employer. Those in the […]

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10 Mysteries About Girls Gone Wild Declaring Bankruptcy

A wild and mysterious thing happened last week: The company that owns Girls Gone Wild, and all its related brands, went bankrupt.

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11 Questions to Ask Employees Who Want to “Work From Home”

Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo! made big news last week when, in an internal memo, she told her employees that they must now come […]

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Successful Businesses Don’t Close for President’s Day

I love writing for the Philly Post, but I feel obligated to point this out: Businesses don’t shut for President’s Day—at least businesses that plan […]

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Can Our Local Banks Improve?

A few months ago, I called my big, national bank and asked to do what I thought would be a simple thing: a wire transfer. […]

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Survey: Fewer Than 1 in 4 Philly Businesses Looking to Hire in 2013

A group of about 50 small-business people gathered in Center City last week for a “think tank” session sponsored by Dell Computer. I was hired […]

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Employers Should Be Allowed to Ask Women Job Candidates: “Do You Plan to Get Pregnant?”

It’s 2013 and you know what? It still sucks to be a woman in the workplace. And if you want to be CEO of a […]

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Can Manufacturing Make a Comeback in Philadelphia?

Just last week, Mayor Nutter created a 25-person task force for the purpose of finding ways to bring manufacturers (back) to the Philadelphia region. I’m […]

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Fiscal Cliff Deal Helps These 9 Businesses in Philly

While this week’s “fiscal cliff” agreement may have saved us from recession, many in the business community are unhappy with the prospect of increased taxes […]

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The 7 Worst Philly Business Stories of 2012

Make no mistake, there have been many great business developments in the city and region this year. Among them are the Mayor’s Jump Start Philadelphia […]

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Mayor Nutter Gets Out of the Office. Shouldn’t You?

Mayor Nutter recently made a trip to China, and this is a good thing. For the city. For him. For you! As a local business […]

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18 Philly Businesses That Should Close or Be Shut Down

If you haven’t already heard, the Forum officially shut its doors. No surprise. Why would any grown man pay for his porn at a creepy […]

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Philly Was Too Smart to Fall for Small Business Saturday

We had Black Friday. Then Cyber Monday. For God’s sake, now someone’s even come up with Giving Tuesday. And in the middle of it all […]