From the Philadelphia Business Journal

​How NewSpring's bet on a Philadelphia manufacturing company paid off
Friday May 26th, 2017 06:09:43 PM Michelle Caffrey
One big factor in NewSpring's initial decision to invest in 2011? Disposable products.
Philadelphia plans to buy 400 N. Broad as part of police HQ move
Friday May 26th, 2017 06:05:05 PM Natalie Kostelni
A lease-purchase arrangement was made with the developer.
Mentoring future female business leaders
Friday May 26th, 2017 05:56:18 PM Dana Trexler Smith
It’s time to take another look at the numbers.According to the Center for American Progress, although women hold almost 52 percent of all professional-level jobs, they only represent 14.6 percent of executive officers; 8.1 percent of top earners and 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. In the financial services industry alone, women represent more than 54 percent of the labor force, yet only 12.4 percent are executive officers and 18.3 percent are on the board of directors. None are CEOs.Based…
AstraZeneca recalls physician sample bottles of heart drug
Friday May 26th, 2017 05:06:40 PM John George
AstraZeneca is voluntarily recalling one lot of physician sample bottles of Brilinta — a blood-thinning drug prescribed to prevent stroke, heart attack and other heart problems — as a precautionary measure.The London-based pharmaceutical company, which has its U.S. headquarters in Wilmington, said the voluntary recall follows a report that a professional sample bottle containing eight, 90 milligram tablets of Brilinta also contained another medicine, Zurampic tablets, also manufactured by AstraZeneca…
Why Greater Philadelphia's leading capital conference is changing its name
Friday May 26th, 2017 04:56:34 PM Michelle Caffrey
PACT's annual Capital Conference, formerly known as IMPACT, draws more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and investors to Center City every fall.
GoPuff continues expansion, more than doubles footprint in Philadelphia
Friday May 26th, 2017 04:46:10 PM Kenneth Hilario
The company is also growing across the United States.
25 things to do over the Memorial Day Weekend
Friday May 26th, 2017 04:23:25 PM Clara Lefton
Still unsure of your plans for this holiday weekend? Well, we've got suggestions for all ages from today through Monday evening. Everything thing from a rodeo, yoga on a boat and delicious food deals.UPDATED: 30 Jersey Shore dream homes for Memorial Day weekendCheck out the gallery to see what's going down.
Disney chief Bob Iger: ‘Nothing has happened’ with ransomed movie
Friday May 26th, 2017 03:57:44 PM Annlee Ellingson
“Pirates of the Caribbean” may not have been pirated after all.Walt Disney Co. chief Bob Iger is walking back statements he made last week that hackers claimed to have acquired an upcoming Disney release and threatened to post it online if the studio didn’t pay a ransom.Join the conversation: Follow @PHLBizJournal on Twitter, "Like" us on Facebook and s ign up for our free email newsletters.Iger didn’t name the film in question, but Deadline reported that it was the latest “Pirates”…
Meet Pennsylvania's new marketing director for horse racing
Friday May 26th, 2017 03:09:34 PM John George
'I’m very passionate about the horse racing industry.'
Former Camden prison site remains in limbo
Friday May 26th, 2017 03:01:47 PM Natalie Kostelni
NJEDA sought to get developers interested in the nearly 9-acre parcel.

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New Florist Shop Owners Search For Artisans

lower pottsgrove township: New Sanatoga Florist Searches For Artisans

Flowers By Colleen will occupy a building now being renovated at 2296 E. High St., Sanatoga


Colleen Rodgers

SANATOGA PA – The owners of Flowers By Colleen, a new Sanatoga florist shop now under renovation at 2296 E. High St., are looking for selected local artisans interested in selling their made-in-the-U.S. works on consignment as part of the retailer’s gift offerings, they recently announced on their Facebook page.

Owners Colleen and Richard Rodgers of Pottstown expect the shop to open when work on the building is complete, but the company is already conducting business from a virtual store online. To discuss prospective consignments or floral needs, contact Colleen by e-mail, here.

At the Sanatoga location, their business sign has been erected, new doors and windows are installed, and the exterior has been painted in an eye-catching blue and yellow theme. Parking for vehicles driven by the disabled also has been added. Necessary plumbing, signage and electrical permits for some of the work were issued by Lower Pottsgrove late last year.

Colleen Rodgers has worked in floral design for more than 30 years, and for 14 years has been a special events designer for globally-known Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square PA. Flowers By Colleen will specialize in offering clients one-of-a-kind floral pieces and other merchandise for weddings, celebrations, corporate and business activities and seasonal events, according to its website.

Top photos by The Post; Colleen Rodgers’ portrait from Facebook

Virtual Campus Earns National Recognition

Virtual Campus Earns National Recognition

BLUE BELL PA – Montgomery County Community College’s Virtual Campus has received national attention after earning its first “Learning! 100” award from Elearning! magazine late last year.

The award recognizes innovative learning programs in public and private sectors across the country. The college ranked 24th in the public sector category and was specifically recognized for the comprehensive process through which faculty members design and refresh online courses.

“The refresh process is one of checks and balances. Faculty evaluate their courses to ensure they are meeting their intended goals, while providing the appropriate level of work for their students,” according to virtual campus Director Kelly Trahan. About 95 percent of more than 300 virtual campus courses now offered have been refreshed, she added.

During the Fall 2015 semester, 3,654 students were enrolled in online and hybrid courses through the Virtual Campus; an increase of almost 6 percent over the previous year. Courses are offered in flexible seven-, 10- and 15-week sessions, as well as a 21-day winter session.

Composite image from Montgomery County Community College

Ambler Savings Taps Dean For Business Lending

Commercial Lending VP John H. Dean, and the Limerick branch of Ambler Savings

Commercial Lending VP John H. Dean, and the Limerick branch of Ambler Savings

LIMERICK PA – John H. Dean has been named by Ambler Savings Bank, which operates a branch office at 438 W. Ridge Pike, as its vice president of commercial lending, the company announced Thursday (Dec. 3, 2015). He will be responsible for expanding its small business relationships, and grow the bank’s Small Business Administration lending program.

Dean arrives at Ambler with more than 30 years of experience at several financial institutions, ranging from larger regional banks to local community banks in the greater Philadelphia area, the bank said. During his banking career, Dean has been responsible for business development, credit underwriting, loan presentation, loan settlements, and maintenance of a commercial loan portfolio.

Outside of the bank, Dean is a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America – Cradle of Liberty Council. He is an advisory board member and finance chairman of the Sisters of St. Joseph Welcome Center, and a member of the Board of Observers and Alumni at Muhlenberg College.

Photos from Ambler Savings Bank and Google Maps