Nominate Your Favorite Phoenixville Entrepreneur/Business

The winner will be honored Oct. 8 at the Phoenixville Area Entrepreneur Expo.

It’s a brand new idea for the area, and those behind it hope it catches on.

On Oct. 8, the first Phoenixville Area Entrepreneur Expo will take place at Franklin Commons at 400 Franklin Ave. Plans for the day include guest speakers, a panel of entrepreneurs, networking opportunities, children’s activities, door prizes and a helping of entrepreneur-related advice and news.

“Entrepreneurs are the hardest working people,” said Dolores Winston of the Western Suburban Business Alliance, which is behind the event. “Plus it takes guts to be an entrepreneur.”

With that in mind, the alliance plans to award several honors at the expo, including the award for Entrepreneur of the Year, honoring one entrepreneur or business in the Phoenixville Area School District.

Phoenixville Patch—or more specifically, Patch readers—will help pick a winner for that award, which will be given by state Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-Chester/Montgomery).

Start thinking, and consider the following criteria when deciding on your nomination:

  • Charitable giving
  • Longevity
  • Involvement
  • Innovation
  • Customer service
  • Quality of service/product

Over the next few days, we’ll be accepting nominations for the award through Phoenixville Patch, and after the nomination period closes, readers can vote on who should take home the award.

Please either put the name of the entrepreneur or business you’d like to nominate in the comments below, or e-mail the editor at lynn.jusinski@patch.com with the name of your nominee. Remember to keep the above criteria in mind.

For more information on the Phoenixville Area Entrepreneur Expo 2011, visit www.paeexpo.com or e-mail paeexpo@yahoo.com. There are still open spots for vendors at the Oct. 8 expo.  

Lisa Firey August 26, 2011 at 10:55 AM
Gateway Bodyworks and Wellness Center. Though off the main path through Phoenixville, they embody every aspect of the criteria!
matt fink August 26, 2011 at 11:14 AM
So many to choose from. The Gateway Pharmacy on Nutt Road is my pick
Joe Solomon August 26, 2011 at 11:16 AM
the Original Pretzel and Dog Cafe'. My kids and I like hanging out there, they like the old pictures, and of course the dog's and the ice cream.
Joe Melchiorre August 26, 2011 at 11:50 AM
Petrucci's, hands down. John has been giving back to the community for so many years. Best of Luck to him in the future.
Amy Wehrman Beardsley August 26, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Alcyone Blooms- they are a doula service in the Phoenixville area. They are new but much needed around here!
Karen Pfromm August 26, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Flippin' Pizza!! Awesome food - awesome service.....always donates to Phoenixville Area School District functions and I am sure many more that I am unaware of.This is just a great place to eat and Bobby Tedesco is just a fantastic person!!
Kevin R Pound August 26, 2011 at 01:28 PM
Amy Barto and Barto's Pool and Spa. The Barto family has been consistently and quietly giving back to the Phoenixville area for years.
Carol Buckwalter August 26, 2011 at 02:15 PM
There are several businesses that come to mind, but only one that meets all of the criteria for the nomination: Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust. Phoenixville Federal has been a cornerstone of the Phoenixville community for nearly 100 years – that’s longevity. And when it comes to charitable giving, there is hardly an event or an organization that isn’t touched by the generous support of this fine bank. Their involvement goes far beyond the monetary, as many of their employees are leaders in the community, serving throughout the years on the board of directors for the hospital, Chamber, Library, Kiwanis, and Rotary, as well as serving as Sunday School teachers, Boy Scout Leaders, Youth Sports League coaches, Meals on Wheels… I could go on and on. Innovation, customer service and quality of service/product can be measured by the vast number of small businesses in our community that came to Phoenixville Federal when they needed help starting out and needed someone to believe in them. From small business loans, to building and land mortgages, to capital campaign lead gifts, so many entrepreneurial dreams came true with a little bit of help from this true community bank.
Jackie August 26, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Meadow Brook Golf Club. This locally owned golf course has been welcoming the community and it's visitors since 1933.
Michael Hill August 26, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Hipster Home. The area’s best home good store. It will be sorely missed when they move.
Candy Allebach August 26, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Molly MacGuire's. Great food and the wait staff was friendly and professional! Have recommended to everyone I know. The place to stop when your in Phoenixville.
Emmett Gruici August 26, 2011 at 04:29 PM
My favorite is Franco Ristorante, the best in Italian food, especially Frank's homemade Lasagna. Frank has also furnished gratuitous food service to our community for many years for which I'm quite thankful. Peace! ~ Emmett Gruici
Kirsten Van Vlandren August 26, 2011 at 04:50 PM
I'd like to nominate Virtual Farm Creative. VFC donates hundreds of pro bono hours and financial contributions a year to worthy causes including TEDxPhoenixville, the Harry Kalas Memorial Statue, Camphill Kimberton, Green Valleys Association, the Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville Area Business Association, St. Mary's Francscian Shelter, OJR Education Foundation, OJR Athletic Association and many more. For over 12 years VFC has provided the community with award-winning advertising, design, copy writing, and web development – making our region's business and non-profit community more competitive and attractive. The entrepreneurs that started Virtual Farm Creative are truly interested in making Phoenixville a better place to live, work and play. I've experienced that first hand working with them on projects for The Colonial Theatre and TEDxPhoenixville, both of which have benefited greatly from VFC's creativity, professionalism, energy and generosity.
Nikki Marie August 26, 2011 at 07:11 PM
I'd like to nominate Jennifer Daywalt from Re/Max Results. She's a hard working Realtor who does anything it takes to get you're house sold, or to find you a house. She's devoted to her clients, and the community. She works all year round at all hours of the night, almost all of her clients are happy, and she puts up with a lot of things. She's an amazing entreprenur and she does everything it takes to make her clients happy and does an amzing job at the work she gets. She's got a happy attitude and a smile on her face for everything no matter how hard it gets. She's a wonderful realtor and a devotaed mother.
Josh Gould August 26, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Lots of great choices, but if I have to pick one I'd have to go with Petruccis
Wendy August 26, 2011 at 09:55 PM
SHEP'S YARD -- Chris and Daelyn Shepsko started a new business in town - landscape supplies to beautify Phoenixville and neighboring communities!
Sue August 27, 2011 at 02:01 AM
Sweetwater Bakery-mmmm mmmm good! and good for you!
Linda J Kulp August 27, 2011 at 02:43 PM
I agree with you Joe! John has so many fundraisers for so many groups every year.
Richard A Breuer August 29, 2011 at 11:58 AM
Let's ask which of the nominators just happen to work for the business they have nominated.
Lynn Jusinski August 29, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Hi Richard, To be fair, I didn't say that people couldn't nominate employers. Actually, I think it's pretty cool that people are that proud of where they work.
Ike August 29, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Thats RIGTH , Lynn,tell em.. I vote for TD"s , best ice cream in town.
Richard A Breuer August 29, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Just suggesting candor, Lynn.
Diane Chiponis September 02, 2011 at 11:33 AM
Petrucci's/John Colarusso -- Best Ice Cream, friendly service, charitable giving and community service.
Megan Inmon September 12, 2011 at 12:38 AM
good one here!
Megan Inmon September 12, 2011 at 12:40 AM
wow, a lot of great people and businesses mentioned here...I love Phoenixville!!!


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