There is a very nice story that just popped up on Philly.com about Lily Fischer and how she went from preschool teacher to cupcake entrepreneur.
The South Philadelphia woman and her friend Erin Bailey were preschool teachers at Friends Select in Center City in 2009. “I was having a stressful day, so I decided to go home and bake something,” Fischer said. The something was a batch of cupcakes, which they brought in the next day for a coworker.
Noticing the stash, the mommies bit: “Oh, my God! I want to order from you!” Fischer said, re-creating the squeals. What started off as a hobby turned into a side business, A Cupcake Wonderland.
The Frankford CDC worked with her while she was looking for a location and guided her in the direction of the Globe Dye Works.
They were picked and flown out to California to compete (for Cupcake Wars, the reality competition series). Fischer missed her last week of classes but did graduate. But they won their episode. The $10,000 prize allowed them to go legit, setting them up with space in the entrepreneur-rich Globe Dye Works building in Port Richmond. They share a space with LoveBar, a chocolate bar.
Unfortunately, the story has the location of the Globe in the wrong part of the city. They say where they are on their web site. No matter where they are, congratulations to Cupcake Wonderland.
The annual public board meeting of the Frankford Community Development Corporation was held at Aria Health on January 19th. The meeting provides and opportunity for residents to come out to talk with the CDC about past accomplishments and future plans.
The board is presently made up of: Marie DeLany (President), Dan Lodise (Vice President), Patricia Miller (SEPTA), Terence McSherry (NET), Michael O’Brien (resident), Mike Galdi (Century 21 Realty), Herb Frayer (S&A Cleaners), Santo Caruso (Aria Health), Faye Allen (SPIN) and Fernando Torres (Mark My Flesh). In addition Tracy O’Drain is the Managing Director. Michell Feldman is Corridor Manager and Special Events Coordinator. Lisa DeMore is the Bookkeeper.
Significant progress in social media and marketing – The CDC has a revamped and useful web site and is a prominent Frankford resource on Facebook.
Has recruited new business (A Cupcake Wonderland and Philly Love Bar to the Globe) to Frankford and assisted existing businesses (Avenue Shoes, Denbys, Gilberts, Just Good Scents, Quickie Mart, Simply Flawless).
Raised the profile of Frankford with some significant special events like the Second Saturday festivals.
Began work on the 4600 block of Frankford Avenue project. Impact Services under an existing contract with the city will begin work this year on those improvements.
New computer lab via PhillyRising came this month.
Dan Lodise announced at the end of the meeting that he will be stepping down as Vice President. The board has room for several more members and I believe we need more residents on the board. There were two exceptional people at the meeting who were interested in possibly joining. I hope they do. Both are business women in Frankford. Just the people we need.
Tracy and Michelle did a great Power Point presentation at the meeting that I recorded for my notes but it is so detailed I am including it below for your information if you care to see some of the details.
It works best in full screen and pause it at each slide if you need time to read them.
See below for descriptions of great internship opportunities for college and MBA students available right here in Frankford!
PhillyLoveBar Seeks Web Design & Development Intern
Philadelphia based bean-to-bar chocolate business seeks unpaid college-level intern to help with web design and development, as well as with social media management. Daily tasks include maintaining twitter, facebook and blog accounts, as well as working on website design and layout for our chocolate wrappers (all crafted by local artists). The intern would have the opportunity to develop marketing skills, learn firsthand about what is involved in running a small business, and meet members of the Philadelphia small business community, not limited to those in the food industry. PhillyLoveBar is dedicated to community engagement and development, specifically through all forms of art, including artisan crafted foods. Therefore, our web design intern would be encouraged to display and nurture his or her creativity and artistic talents. To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
PhillyLoveBar Seeks Business Intern
Philadelphia based bean-to-bar chocolate company seeks unpaid intern to help with day to day business operations. Daily tasks include assisting with our accounting operations, as well as with our efforts to grow our client base. A business intern with PhillyLoveBar may be tasked with helping to complete: a cash-flow projection, market research and analysis, business plan refinement, or public relations / marketing plans. The intern would have the opportunity to develop their business management skills, learn about what is involved in running a small business firsthand, and meet members of the Philadelphia small business community, not limited to those in the food industry. This would be a particularly exciting opportunity for a budding entrepreneur. To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to email@example.com as soon as possible.
I’ve been patrolling You Tube for Frankford related video and found a few interesting things. This one, which the CDC slipped by me, is ready for public viewing. They will be telling us more, in the future, about these two businesses and how they came to be in Frankford. Philly Love Bar and A Cupcake Wonderland.