East Falls wellness studio embraces diversity through massage and yoga

When Gerrae Simmons realized that the holistic care industry lacked diversity, she decided to open her own wellness studio. Eleven years later, Mellow Massage is on the upswing.

Ugly day at a suburban Philly beauty salon leads to $40,000 payout to fired employee

Kennett Square hair salon ordered to pay $40,000 to a hair stylist who was fired after her husband reported unsafe working conditions.

Ugly day at a suburban Philly beauty salon leads to $40,000 payout to fired employee

Kennett Square hair salon ordered to pay $40,000 to a hair stylist who was fired after her husband reported unsafe working conditions.

For unique, American-made crafts, this Philly convention is the place to be

The annual American Handcrafted show in Philadelphia is the largest event of its kind according to the group’s website. It sells everything from hand-made ceramics, to crafted food and beverages, to jewelry made with recycled materials. Artists and buyers have been coming here for 30 years.

For unique, American-made crafts, this Philly convention is the place to be

The annual American Handcrafted show in Philadelphia is the largest event of its kind according to the group’s website. It sells everything from hand-made ceramics, to crafted food and beverages, to jewelry made with recycled materials. Artists and buyers have been coming here for 30 years.

Why a French firm bought Philly’s Invisible Sentinel and what it means for the world’s food safety

Start-up acquisitions, or exits, are rare in Philadelphia but proof of an innovative support system, says biotech executive Stephen Tang.

Why a French firm bought Philly’s Invisible Sentinel and what it means for the world’s food safety

Start-up acquisitions, or exits, are rare in Philadelphia but proof of an innovative support system, says biotech executive Stephen Tang.
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‘Everything is possible’ at the Philly manufacturing firm that launched a LaColombe draft latte into space

Oat Foundry specializes in building old-school split-flap boards. The 6-year-old company, however, is not pinning its hopes on those, learning early on that the ability to pivot is essential to start-ups.

This ‘drug kingpin’ spent 30 years in prison. Now he owns a hemp cafe in South Philly.

After more than three decades in prison, Martorano plans to grow his Hip Hemp Cafe into a chain of 12 shops down the east coast from Staten Island to Fort Lauderdale.

Chocolate is ‘decadent and mystical.’ Here’s why the professionals come to Philly to learn its secrets.

A representative for Blommer Chocolate Company, a large supplier, pointed out emerging flavor trends — bee pollen, butterscotch, and Japanese citrus

From self-care to dumpling tours, Valentine’s Day is becoming more than flowers and chocolates

Fewer people are celebrating Valentine’s Day traditionally but more still plan to spend their money on some experience or event. So spending on the day is up.

DuBell Lumber shuts down amid rising competition among lumber suppliers

Since the 2008 recession, independent lumber companies have seen more closures. Competition from big stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s is ongoing and intense.

How former Eagle receiver Jason Avant has caught the entrepreneur bug, and is opening more trampoline parks

Former Eagles player Jason Avant opened his first franchising trampoline park in Deptford, New Jersey, in March 2017 and is opening his second one in Delran, New Jersey this Saturday and a third one next month in Delaware.

Shopping for maternity clothes? Here’s what Philly-area moms recommend.

Some moms shopped at A Pea in the Pod and online at ASOS while another suggested leggings from LulaRoe and Motherhood Maternity.

France’s BioMerieux buys West Philly biotech firm for $75 million

BioMérieux is taking over a 40-person West Philadelphia-based firm that sells Veriflow DNA Signature Capturing Technology, which detects spoilage for brewers and winemakers.

Is the Facebook, Google ‘duopoly’ bad for small business?

If you think that Facebook and Google pretty much control the Internet, you're right - at least when it comes to advertising. And that can be bad news to some smaller firms, particularly ones that run afoul of Google and Facebook’s oftentimes draconian advertising rules that restrict the promotion.

Gov. Wolf seeks increase in Pa.’s minimum wage

The governor wants to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania from $7.25 to $15 by 2025.

What small businesses can do while waiting for SBA loans to be approved after the shutdown

Now that the government has re-opened for business, many are expecting to see a quick resumption in loan processing. If that’s you, don’t get your hopes up. You need a backup plan.

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How the U.S. government shutdown is delaying SBA loans to firms like Rosati’s, putting small business growth ‘on ice’

Hundreds of small businesses that counted on SBA loans this year are having to postpone new hires and other expansion while the federal-government shutdown grinds on.

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