From the Philadelphia Business Journal

How healthy is your county?
Wednesday March 29th, 2017 04:19:28 PM John George
Southeastern Pennsylvania is home to both the healthiest and least healthy counties in Pennsylvania, according to a study released Wednesday.The eighth annual County Health Rankings report issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute looks at medical care and a variety of other factors — such as housing, education, jobs, access to healthy foods — when making it assessment. This year’s report also took a close look at premature deaths,…
Former Eagles CB Lito Sheppard making play at Pa.'s new medical marijuana industry
Wednesday March 29th, 2017 04:02:21 PM Alison Burdo
Former Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard is the latest entrepreneur with ties to Philadelphia sports teams to reveal his interest – both personally and professionally – in the medical marijuana industry.The ex-NFLer is the lead investor in Laso Therapeutics, which has applied for one of the state's medicinal marijuana/processor permits.“I feel very strongly about the benefits medical marijuana can have on individuals suffering from traumatic injuries and illnesses, which is why I have spearheaded…
Bensalem Acme adding restaurant, readying for beer sales
Wednesday March 29th, 2017 12:39:47 PM Alison Burdo
A suburban Acme supermarket unveiled its plans for a 30-seat restaurant at the store, an addition that follows its purchase of an expanded liquor license last year.The Bucks County grocery store, located in the Village Center Shopping Center near Bristol Road, received approval from the township's council for the restaurant, which will sell single servings of beer or wine that customers can consume on site and up to two bagged six packs or four bottles of wine for carry out, according to the Bucks…
Blumenfeld courting Live Nation for North Broad Opera House
Wednesday March 29th, 2017 12:23:45 PM Alison Burdo
LED signs designed with a nod to the 1930s will be part of the $35 million overhaul developer Eric Blumenfeld has planned for a North Broad Street theater, an addition meant to please the upcoming venue's future tenant – Live Nation.Blumenfeld told the city's Historical Commission the signs gave the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House, located at Broad and Poplar streets, " some sense of identity," according to Curbed Philadelphia.“Right now, our focus is on making Live Nation happy,”…
5 things to know incl. Trump's latest: Anti-climate, pro jobs (uh, not likely)
Wednesday March 29th, 2017 12:23:39 PM Dell Poncet
Drowned rats and other soaking wet creatures of the region unite! That lucky old sun is back in the forecast today.What news is brewing along with it?In from the outskirtsIt looks like a local mini-trend in banking. Banks that have made their money in the suburbs are opening branches in Philadelphia. As Jeff Blumenthal reports, Meridian Bank of Malvern is the latest.CEO Chris Annas lists several positive factors about being in the big town.Wells Fargo rating slipsThe Office of the Comptroller…
Wells Fargo agrees to $110 million settlement over fake accounts
Wednesday March 29th, 2017 11:59:14 AM Mark Calvey
Wells Fargo said Tuesday that it has reached an agreement in principle to settle a class action suit over the bank’s practice of opening unauthorized accounts.The $110 million settlement of the lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco in May 2015, covers customers who said Wells opened an account in their name without authorization, enrolled them in products or services without their consent or submitted an application for a product or service in their name without consent from Jan. 1,…
Lancaster schools settle lawsuit over refugee enrollment policies
Wednesday March 29th, 2017 11:57:22 AM Emily Previti, WITF
The suit alleged the school’s practices violated the Equal Education Opportunity Act. A federal judge agreed, as did an appellate panel.So what were the practices?The district had been sending refugees over the age of 16 to an accelerated credit program at the privately-run Phoenix Academy, a magnet school for students at risk for dropping or aging out before earning a diploma.The six refugee students (and a few others who ultimately opted out of the case) wanted to go to the former International…
Indicted DA Seth Williams' defense attorney wants to quit, but judge won't let him
Wednesday March 29th, 2017 11:53:17 AM Bobby Allyn
The defense lawyer representing indicted Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams walked into a federal courtroom Tuesday hoping he could stop representing Williams, since, as he told the judge, "I've received zero dollars and zero cents."Williams, who makes $175,000 a year but whose financial woes are publicly known, cannot afford to keep his defense attorney around.But U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Rice had this to say to Williams' now-regretful defense lawyer Mike Diamondstein: "That's…
OCC downgrades Wells Fargo’s Community Reinvestment Act rating
Tuesday March 28th, 2017 06:45:35 PM Hilary Burns
Wells Fargo & Co. announced Tuesday the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has downgraded the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act rating to “needs to improve” based on the results of its most recent performance evaluation.The OCC evaluates bank’s activities under the CRA, which was established in 1977 to encourage banks to meet the credit needs of all segments of communities, based on the institution’s capacity, business strategies, competitors and peers as well as the communities…
Mentoring Monday: How gender diversity in the boardroom can boost Philadelphia's economy
Tuesday March 28th, 2017 05:36:16 PM Farzana Rashid Hossain
Dr. Farzana Rashid Hossain is an assistant professor of clinical medicine and a gastroenterologist at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She will be serving as a mentor at the Bizwomen/Philadelphia Business Journal's Mentoring Monday on April 3. Tickets are still available.Gender diversity at board level is an essential ingredient for economic prosperity of a city, sustainable growth of the profit of a company, and proper risk management of an organization.True…

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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