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How a Philly guy's view of Comcast evolved

Monday June 29th, 2015 09:20:20 PM Mike Maher
Like many husbands, I've learned this lesson the hard way over the years: actions speak louder than words – much louder. It's not an easy lesson; it takes placing yourself in the other person’s shoes, which is usually enough to drive the message home.And such has been my experience with Comcast. Through the years, I'd hear grumblings, "If Comcast only did this or that” (you fill in the blank). I have to admit that I would join in on the criticism from time to time – without being fully…

In hiring new president, Middleton emerges as new ownership voice for Phillies

Monday June 29th, 2015 09:08:37 PM Jeff Blumenthal
There was a commanding presence meeting with the press Monday to announce the new president of the Philadelphia Phillies. But it wasn’t incoming President Andy MacPhail or current President Pat Gillick.John Middleton, who sold his cigar company for $2.9 billion in 2007 and has been buying more shares of the team in recent years, was first to speak and made it clear that he and ownership partners Jim and Pete Buck and not the longtime faces of the franchise, Bill Giles and David Montgomery, were…

Is your compensation and performance review system making your employees mad?

Monday June 29th, 2015 08:20:36 PM Stan Silverman
As CEO, do you know if your employees are satisfied with your organization’s performance management and compensation system? Have you ever been concerned about the effectiveness of your company’s managers in assessing the performance of their employees or how effective they are at allocating salary increase dollars?As a writer, speaker and advisor on effective leadership, I receive many comments from employees on issues that are important to them. Some employees rarely get feedback from their…

Bucks apartment complex sells for more than $43M

Monday June 29th, 2015 06:57:57 PM Natalie Kostelni
Relative Properties has picked up another Bucks County apartment complex, plunking down $43.2 million to buy Polo Run in Yardley, Pa.The property consists of 11 buildings with 248 apartments. Its occupancy was about 90 percent at the time of sale. The seller, TGM Communities of New York, was represented by Karen Iman of Cushman & Wakefield.This is the second buy in that market for Relative Properties. Last fall, it bought Yardley Crossing for about $33 million.That was the first acquisition…

Salvation Army's community centers add $15M+ to local economy

Monday June 29th, 2015 06:55:36 PM Patricia Madej
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center has a halo around it, according to one report.Research conducted by Partners for Sacred Places with support from McClanahan Associates Inc. concluded that the nonprofit made a “significant economic impact” on the Philadelphia community – its “halo effect” – by contributing more than $15 million to the area with its programs, spending and more in 2014.The report, released in May, showed that the largest impact was from direct spending,…

Tech-savvy tailoring company comes to Philly

Monday June 29th, 2015 06:55:24 PM Alison Burdo
Too busy to drop your suit off at the tailor? Now Philadelphians who need a sleeve shortened or a hem raised can use an online marketplace for tailors, created by the ousted founder of Men's Wearhouse.Led by George Zimmer, zTailors launched in several major U.S. cities in early June, expanding to the Philadelphia area within that same week.Cutomers tap into the on-demand service through zTailors website – a smartphone app will be available this fall – to hire a tailor, who then goes to the…

New beer garden coming to Center City

Monday June 29th, 2015 06:22:55 PM Fran Hilario
A 9,000-square-foot pop-up beer garden will be coming to Philadelphia's business district.Teddy Sourias, owner of Bru Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn and Finn McCools Ale House, will open Uptown Beer Garden at 1735 JFK Blvd. in the courtyard of the BNY Mellon Bank Center on July 1 at 4 p.m.Running through September, the massive beer garden — it’s 3,000 square feet larger than U-Bahn and Bru combined — can accommodate up to 500 guests.Sourias said it's been his dream to open a rooftop or patio bar…

Veteran incubator announces initial cohort, partnership with Comcast

Monday June 29th, 2015 06:04:40 PM Dan Norton
The Bunker, an incubator for veteran-run startups, launched in Philadelphia on Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Mike Maher's co-working space Benjamin's Desk.Maher, a Navy veteran, will lead The Bunker's first cohort at Benjamin's Desk new location at the Curtis Center on 6th and Walnut streets. Six local startups will participate in the first cohort, including Maher's own new real estate brokerage startup, Houwzer, as well as Starchup, a Grubhub-like service for laundry and dry cleaning,…

From Mexico to Italy, 'Feliz' owners open fifth restaurant

Monday June 29th, 2015 05:21:26 PM Fran Hilario
The men behind restaurants La Calaca Feliz, Taqueria Feliz and Cantina Feliz are opening their fifth restaurant their first outside Philadelphia.Business partners Chef Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal will be opening the 110-seat Pizzeria Felici at 303 Horsham Road in Horsham, Pa.The menu will focus on 12-inch Neapolitan-style, wood-fired pizza, a little shakeup from the Mexican-inspired dishes at the Feliz restaurants.Other menu items include handmade pastas, seasonal salads and other entrees…

NJ firm offers 'safer' alternative to emergency power generators

Monday June 29th, 2015 04:16:43 PM Alison Burdo
Thousands of unlucky South Jersey residents were still without electricity Monday morning, six days after a violent storm knocked out power. Yet one local firm says customers could use its product to turn the lights back on, while they wait for utility providers to make a fix."We really think you should be able to have power whenever and wherever you need it," said Heather Farber of NRG Home, which has offices in the Science Center in University City.NRG Home, a division of Princeton, N.J.-based…

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