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Does Philadelphia Hold The Future of business?

We all wish we could see into the future, and have a competitive advantage regarding what’s to come. For a second year, Philadelphia was the place to be in order to get an idea of that. The Pennsylvania Convention Center held another “Forbes Under 30 Summit” where young creators, innovators, social leaders, and more join together in one place to celebrate advances in every field.

Industry success stories come to speak on their personal journeys and experiences, while encouraging those in attendance to  find and chase their own passions. People travel from various cities to hear these words of encouragement and advice.  Even getting an opportunity to network with individuals who don’t have thirty minutes on their schedule to hold a meeting with you for majority of the year.

So why is Philadelphia the perfect location for the future leaders of every industry ranging from health, tech, food, arts, and more ? Possibly, the business world see a shift caused by the expensive property value in surrounding major cities like New York and Washington, DC. The next generation will want to have access to these major markets, but will be able to develop and nurture their ideas in a more affordable location. Advances at colleges like Temple, Drexel, and Upenn will cause for more of the brightest scholars to collaborate in the Philadelphia area. Not to mention the development of collaborative work spaces like Pipeline Philly beginning to surface for industry shifters to work out of.


Looking back after this year’s summit came to a close, I’m thinking now that our future leaders certainly came and enjoyed the city of Brotherly Love, and will likely begin to make this stop more often as they progress in their respective fields. Forbes may be onto something holding its summit which focuses on youth and the future, directly in downtown Philadelphia.


Guest Contribution by Tre Banks

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Coffee Culture Series: Part I

More than ever, and sure to remain true moving forward, building a successful business has become increasingly tied to thinking sustainably. Though it can seem to just be a word or label placed on a product these days, there is no denying that this business model makes a difference on the bottom line; both for the business and for the planet.

The food and beverage industries are often on this cutting edge looking for ways to bring their market the best quality product using sustainable methods.

In Part 1 of our Coffee Culture Series focusing on coffee culture and sustainability, we look at Counter Culture Coffee’s “Sustainable Spring” initiative, which is free and open to the public. This month-long series of events is designed to educate, explore and raise awareness about sustainability and green living and will take place every Friday throughout March at 11:30am (following Counter Culture Coffee’s free, weekly public coffee cuppings at 10am).

During the month of March the following topics will be covered at Counter Culture’s Philadelphia Training Center (2149 Unit B Catharine St):

  • March 21 – CSA: what is it, why is it important? Casey Spacht of Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative. Casey is an organic farmer and member of LFFC. He will be talking about the perks of Community Supported Agriculture.
  • March 28 – Pollinators: Not Just Bee Business. Paul Dangel. Beekeeper and insect expert Paul Dangel will introduce other key insects (and animals) which are important contributors to pollination and why they are important to our food system.

Founded in 1995, Counter Culture Coffee is the much-loved coffee roaster dedicated to finding and bringing to market the most exciting and delicious coffees in the world. The company’s vision is to pursue coffee perfection by creating partnerships dedicated to environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability throughout the coffee chain, improving the natural environment and operating efficiently to minimize environmental impact. Counter Culture has eight training centers across the country including locations in New York; Chicago; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Asheville, N.C.; Atlanta; and Durham, N.C., with a new training center and roastery set to open in Emeryville, CA, later this year. Served in some of the country’s top restaurants, Counter Culture Coffee is available in coffee shops, specialty grocers and online at counterculturecoffee.com.

Stay tuned coming up we will be talking to industry innovators, experts on sustainability, and visiting coffee shops for events like Latte Art Throwdowns happening in and around Philly.