Thomas Strauss appointed CFO at Schramm
From Philadelphia Business Journal:
"Schramm is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas (Tom) G. Strauss as the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective immediately. Strauss replaces Senior Vice President and CFO John Bellis, who will retire effective October 1, 2015, after more than 30 years with the company."
VIPS 2015 ROV Conference
An article Martin Schiffman, Waterfront Renaissance Associates LLC, wrote about Thomas A. Leonard's involvement with the Pope's visit next month.
Pennsylvania to receive $698,613 through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program
Each year, in partnership with the State of Pennsylvania and SBA, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia provides export assistance to hundreds of companies in SE Pennsylvania to help them increase sales in promising markets around the world. Congratulations on this award that will support this important work to create high-paying jobs and economic growth in the region.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is set to receive a portion of $17.4 million in federal funding aimed at increasing exports of the state's small businesses.
The Pennsylvania Department of State has issued notices regarding two separate scams being circulated to Pennsylvania businesses. The most recent scam relates to post card solicitations being mailed from a phony company named the “Business Compliance Division.” These solicitations urge companies to contact them immediately at (855) 530-2615 to obtain a “Certificate of Existence” with a credit card payment of $100 to avoid potential fees and penalties. These fraudulent notices further advise businesses that a failure to obtain this Certificate of Existence, will result in non-compliance with “Commonwealth regulations governing new enterprises.” The second scam being reported relates to solicitations being mailed from a company calling itself “Pennsylvania Council for Corporations.” These solicitations instruct businesses to file information and send a $125 payment by a certain date in order to maintain proper records. Should you receive any of these solicitations in the mail, please be aware that there is no legal requirement to obtain a Certificate of Existence or make any payments to these companies to maintain compliance with Pennsylvania law. These notices have been confirmed to be scams and should be disregarded. If you receive any communication and have questions regarding its legitimacy, you may contact the Pennsylvania Department of State at (717) 787-1057 or contact Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. at (610) 797-9000 and speak with our corporate paralegal, Stacie R. Heinen.
Papal Visit Info Center
Businesses with questions about how to operate during the papal visit can call the city's Business Resource Center for information:
The Center will operate Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Users can call the hotline at 215-683-2100 or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional details and FAQs online at http://www.phila.gov/InformationCenters/pope/Pages/default.aspx.
Staff from the Office of Business Services will answer questions and in specific case-by-case instances, track down information or connect with other City departments.
Read more here.
Papal Visit Playbook (resident and visitor guide) available at http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/papal-visit-playbook-homepage/