Four young entrepreneurs received a rare opportunity to display their wares at the Philadelphia International Airport.
On Friday, the teens participated in youth entrepreneurship day, an initiative between The Enterprise Center (TEC) and MarketPlace Philadelphia Management, which manages the airport’s retail programs.
The teens set up shop at a kiosk in the airport’s B/C Connector food court where they took on the role of owner and operator for a day. They were excited to have their wares ranging from women’s accessories to T-shirts and baked goods on display in the bustling food court. The teens are a part of TEC’s Leaders About Business program.
“It’s important for youth to learn about entrepreneurship because there are so many different avenues for career choices. Having the kids come out to the airport gives them an opportunity to be able to experience selling their products in a real time atmosphere,” said Malyka Sankofa, TEC Leaders About Business program director.
Since 1997, TEC’s Leaders About Business program has provided young people a forum to explore entrepreneurship, develop leadership skills and serve their communities as they create viable career options for the future. Students who tap into the program develop leadership skills, learn about financial literacy and how to develop a business plan.
The students who participated in the youth entrepreneur day at the airport were chosen because of the acumen they displayed during a business plan competition held at the TEC.
Zenobia Barnes, CEO of Simply Natural by Zaria Fragrance was able to display her line of shea butters and soaps that come in a range of scents such as ginger peach, lemon grass, pink sugar and aloe vera oatmeal. Barnes, 15, who is a student at Franklin Learning Center High, credits TEC with assisting in her business aspirations.
“Ever since I was younger I wanted to own my own business and this program has helped me fulfill my own dreams,” Barnes said.
She shared one side of the kiosk with Fredrique Bingley, CEO of Bingley Inc., an accessory business. Bingley, a 16-year-old who attends Parkway West High School, said her love for accessorizing led her launch a business that offers handbags, wallets and scarves. While Bingley showcased her wares at different events and online, she appreciated the exposure vending at the airport provided. Bingley started her venture two years ago and now plans to expand by adding jewelry and women’s jackets to the mix.
The other side of the kiosk offered Jay’s Comfort Cookies and Philly’s Own T-shirts.
Sajan Patel, CEO of Philly’s Own, said he developed his T-shirt line as a way to highlight the positive aspects of Philadelphia. Patel’s line of black T-shirts features the city’s skyline and Liberty Bell. He said Philadelphia’s positive attributes are often overshadowed the violence that takes place in the city.
“Philly’s Own represents Philadelphia in a better light by spreading the good word and the good things about Philadelphia,” Patel, a 16-year-old who attends MaST Community Charter High, said of his brand.
Jerron Corley, CEO of Jay’s Comfort Cookies, was on hand to cater to those with a sweet tooth. Corley, who is a baker, had his chocolate chip cookies on display. Shoppers were able to purchase the cookies individually or in decorative holiday tins. The 17-year-old is a student at Parkway West High School.
Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager, MarketPlace Philadelphia Management said he was impressed with the young entrepreneurs.
“The MarketPlace has been working with The Enterprise Center for many years and the youth entrepreneurship program is something that we are really excited about,” said Hannah.
“We just thought that it would be a really good opportunity to actually have them come out and sell their products at the airport in a real retail environment to give them the experience on how life can be and to give them the experience to be around other retailers. I’m really excited about the energy that they have and the confidence that they have in themselves and their products.”
While Friday marked the first time that youth entrepreneurs from The Enterprise Center were able to sell their goods at an airport kiosk, Hannah anticipates expanding the program beyond just one day.
George A. Johnson was an executive chef and educator.
Johnson died on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. He was 90.
He was born on Jan. 8, 1924 to Florence and Abraham Johnson in Hampton, Va. He attended Haverford High School in Haverford where he was a lettered athlete in football, basketball and track. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Merchant Marines and served in World War II.
Johnson experienced many career highlights throughout his life, including a short stint in the Negro Baseball League. In his early work, he excelled as an executive chef for several fine restaurants in the Greater Philadelphia area. Known by his friends and colleagues as “Big George,” Johnson graduated from Temple University mid-career and parlayed his skills into a 30-year stint as a restaurant practices teacher for the School District of Philadelphia.
He also championed catering teams for many of the finest special events in the city. His business aptitude, advocacy for equal rights and willingness to help others earned him an influential position as the first African American loan counselor for the Philadelphia Teacher’s Credit Union.
Johnson was a sportsman who spent each autumn and winter hunting deer, pheasant, rabbit and squirrel and cooking them into gourmet meals for friends and family. In the summer he fished from his own or a friend’s boat and transformed the catch into seafood feasts. He also studied aviation and enjoyed piloting short trips.
Johnson belonged to the Del Val Golf Club and won numerous trophies while competing in tournaments throughout the United States. He also belonged to The Men, a social club of professional gentlemen and the St. Thomas African Episcopal Church men’s fellowship.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years Jessie Burgess Johnson; daughters Phyllis Johnson Goodman and Imani Constance Johnson-Burnett; grandchildren Honor Goodman Byrd, Chad Goodman, Janinah Burnett and Maury Burnett; great-grandchildren Lilly Byrd, Ella Byrd and Eduardo Burnett; brother Abe Johnson; sisters-in-law Bettye Johnson and Ann Johnson; brother-in-law Fred Burgess; nieces and nephews Pat Canson, Hugh Smith, Kimberly Johnson, Kraig Johnson, Konrad Johnson, Kelly Stokes, Kimberly Brown and other relatives and friends.
“George’s legacy bears witness to the breadth of his power and the depth of his compassion. He leaves us with the memory of a true hero and our own personal inheritance of confidence, pride, audacity, strength and eternal love — the everlasting gifts of an exemplary husband, father, relative and friend,” his family said.
A memorial service will be held on Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. at The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Ave.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
A new survey suggests that procrastination is the biggest challenge in addressing Pennsylvania’s organ donor crisis.
The survey by Donate Life Pennsylvania of more than 800 state residents found that 30 percent of Pennsylvanians did not sign up as an organ donor simply “haven’t gotten around to it.”
Donate Life Pennsylvania is a collaboration between the Gift of Life Donor Program and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) — the two organ procurement organizations serving Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Transportation.
“It’s disturbing that so many people aren’t registering simply out of apathy,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE.
“We know that 90 percent of Americans agree with organ donation, but too many Pennsylvanians don’t take the time to sign up online — 30 seconds. Lives are being lost because people don’t see the urgency in this issue. Organ donation is a life or death matter.”
More than 8,400 Pennsylvanians are currently on the waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant and across the country as many as 18 people die each day due to the lack of available organs for transplant.
In Pennsylvania only 45 percent of registered drivers have placed the organ donor designation on their driver’s license or state identification card.
The new findings are based on a survey of 805 registered voters conducted from Sept. 13-Oct. 10, 2013 and designed by Terry Madonna Opinion Research. The survey results also revealed that 52 percent of the registered organ and tissue donors said being a donor was “the right thing to do.”
Vanessa Duvert, multicultural outreach coordinator of the Gift of Life Donor Program said the number of African Americans and other minorities on the organ waiting list is continuing to increase. African Americans account for more than 57 percent of those who are on the waiting list for an organ. There is a large need for kidneys amongst African Americans.
“There is a direct correlation between diabetes and hypertension and those things lead to the need for a kidney. Unfortunately we are just not donating at a rate that is keeping up with the demand we are putting on the supply,” Duvert said.
Duvert highlighted the importance of African Americans engaging in end of life discussions.
“The more we try to facilitate end of life conversations, the better we will be to actually think about organ donation and understand the impact and act on it. Ultimately what we want is for folks to make an informed decision.”
Donate Life Pennsylvania recently launched a public education initiative highlighting how quickly one can register to be an organ and tissue donor online — it only takes 30 seconds. The initiative, titled “30 Seconds,” aims to educate Pennsylvania residents that they can be a organ and tissue donor online as well as at PennDOT to help reach the organization’s goal of 200,000 newly registered organ donors. It also features the stories of six Pennsylvanians from who share their personal experience to encourage their fellow citizens to register online at DonateLifePa.org.
Donate Life is hosting a free symposium titled “Our Health Matters — Examining the Minority Health Crisis in Philadelphia” on March 19 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at WHYY Independence Mall West, 150 N. 6th St.
The symposium is open to the public and features Dr. Clive O. Callender, founder, Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program and Taunya English, senior health writer, WHYY. During the event, a panel of medical professionals will discuss obstacles and opportunities for organ and tissue donation; a panel of religious and civic leaders will address community concerns and perception of organ donation and organ recipients and donors will share personal stories of how donation changed their lives.
RSVP to DonateLifePA.org/OurHealthMatters by March 7.
Minnie B. Price, formerly of Philadelphia, was a caregiver.
Price died on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at Chatham Acres Nursing Facility. She was 84.
She was born on Jan. 1, 1930 to Minnie Bradley and Fletcher B. Napper in Elmwood. She was educated in the School District of Philadelphia but chose to go to work before completing her senior year in high school. She earned her GED at age 50.
She spent most of her working life as a caregiver and in private duty nursing to several families.
Price was a member of Deliverance Tabernacle in Philadelphia and after relocating to Chester County, she joined the New Life in Christ Fellowship in Coatesville where she served for many years. Her family said she enjoyed taking care of all the new babies, serving in church and teaching the next generation.
She is survived by her son, sister and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held on Feb. 15 at New Life in Christ Fellowship, 1 S. Fifth Ave., Coatesville. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in the White Chapel Cemetery in Feasterville.
Wright Funeral and Cremation Services of Coatesville handled the arrangements.
Yvonne V. Palmer was a longtime member of Tried Stone Pentecostal Church.
Palmer died on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. She was 90.
She was born on Jan. 13, 1924, to the late Wilton C. and Delilah E. Crump. She was educated in the School District of Philadelphia and graduated from William Penn High School. She was the lead majorette at the American Legion Post.
She worked at Albert Einstein Hospital for 21 years and retired in 1986. She was a member of Tried Stone Pentecostal Church for 30 years and attended regularly until her illness prevented her from attending on a regular basis.
She married Joseph Palmer in 1975. They enjoyed traveling together.
Palmer loved to cook and her famous dishes were sweet potato pie and bread pudding. Her family said she had a fondness for sharp clothes, hats, shoes and purses. She looked forward to her shopping trips with her granddaughter, visits with and talking to family and friends. She also loved family dinners when lots of family came around. She always wanted the best for her family and enjoyed spending time with them.
She was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law Yvonne and Joseph Holcomb; brothers George Crump, Earl Crump and Willis Revere; sisters Harriet Heard, Hilda Mosley and Jean Faust; and stepchildren Joseph Palmer Jr. and Emily Langford.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sister Annetta Gladden; children Barry Neal, Lora Neal and Lorrance Neal (Bernadette); grandchildren Charell Crawford (Richard), Adano Holcomb, Zakiyyah “Karim” Holcomb-Barnett (Jalal), Rhonda Carter, Tammy Neal, Karen Neal, Danielle Moore, Bysherra Neal, Khari Boyd and Enae Mathis and other relatives and friends.
Services were held on Feb. 8 at Oaklane Presbyterian Church, 6637 N. 17th St. Burial was in Chelten Hills Cemetery.
Alfonso Cannon Funeral Chapels, Inc. handled the arrangements.