Time To Exhale
Conference Teaches Small Businesses Owners How to Breathe New Life Into Their Firms
PHILADELPHIA, June 20, 2012—Small business owners who have survived the Great Recession and who now face the challenge of growing their business again will learn helpful strategies at the 2nd Annual Small Business Conference, Thursday, June 21, at Community College of Philadelphia’s Northeast Regional Center, at 12901 Townsend Rd.
The all-day series of workshops and panel discussions will provide specific strategies that business owners can use to breathe new life into their operations, says Christopher Hess, coordinator of the Center for Small Business Education Growth located at NERC. “The challenge is whether business owners are willing to take on new tasks, expand to new lines and take on new employees,” Hess says. “We have the answers they need.”
More than 100 business owners from throughout the Philadelphia region are expected to attend the conference, featuring guest speaker Neil Mitchell, vice president. Marketing and Strategic Development at Crown Holdings Inc. Crown, a Philadelphia-based manufacturer of containers, started out as a small business in 1892 when founder William Painter invented the bottle cap. Fast forward to 2012, and Crown is manufacturing packaging products from 139 plants located in 41 countries. The company boasts that “in over a century of growth and diversification, it has never lost sight of its core business: continuously improving the quality of our packaging products while keeping costs as low as possible.”
Conference attendees also will hear from Al Taubenberger, president of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GNPCC), and other experts who will conduct workshops on business coaching, accounting, and networking. The 8:30 a.m.—4:30 a.m. conference includes a catered breakfast and lunch.
As part of the day’s events, the College will honor two small businesses for exceptional commitment to the community. The 2012 For-Profit Small Business of the Year Award goes to Dr. David Bresler, founder and CEO of Cavity Busters, the largest pediatric dental group in the Philadelphia area with seven locations. Dr. Bresler opened the first Cavity Busters office 30 years ago. He has since been joined by his two sons, who also specialize in pediatric dentistry. His daughter currently in dental school also will join the family business. Cavity Busters is one of only three dental groups in the area that accept Medicaid clients, and sets aside two days a week to treat disabled adults. Cavity Busters also does community outreach to wherever children gather to teach oral hygiene and each year the younger Breslers travel to Haiti to provide dental care to people living in remote areas on the impoverished island.
The award for Non-Profit Business of the year goes to Impact Services Inc., which provides a range of employment and training, supportive housing, and community and economic development services to over 17,000 needy Philadelphians a year. Impact Services has grown to seven locations since its founding in 1974 by President and CEO John MacDonald.