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Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board

Mugshots CoffeeHouse

Workforce Challenge

Angela Vendetti has experienced the ups and downs of being a small business owner since she established her first Mugshots CoffeeHouse back in 2004. Sure, she was able to expand from her original Fairmount location to a second spot in Manayunk in 2006 – and then expand the first store – but she’s also had to face financial headaches due to a temporarily revoked line of credit and struggled with employee issues.

Workforce Solution

But thanks in part to Way to Work Philadelphia!, Vendetti is busily preparing to open a third location, this time in Brewerytown. If all goes as planned, the store will open in the next few days. Vendetti said that by participating in Way to Work, the program’s subsidizes for recently hired employees have given her the cash flow needed to open the third store."New businesses have to rely on cash flow," she said. "There are a lot of expenses involved in opening any new business. If I can get past that, I can create 10 new jobs.”

Outcomes & Benefits

Vendetti noted that the Way to Work employees have done a great job for her, are happy to be there and are potentially long-term employees. That’s a big difference from the college students she often has hired who typically last a year or so then move on. Not that the students do a poor job, but they don’t have the same personal investment in their work as adults who need a paycheck to make ends meet.” It’s helping people get back to work who really do want to work,” she said. Vendetti said Way to Work Philadelphia! fits into the company’s philosophy of making a “positive contribution to our community by being mindful of the environment and our neighbors, both local and global, in all our actions.” While the success of Mugshots will enrich Vendetti, it also will enrich the community – thanks in part to the helping hand Way to Work Philadelphia! provided.

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