Open Office Hours

Open Office Hours is supported by PECO.

Free, one-on-one consulting for creative arts businesses.  By appointment only and open to the public; discuss ideas, strategies, and tactics with local professionals.

To schedule an appointment, see the links below or visit

Consulting Topics:

  • Accounting - Mat Tecosky
  • Business Strategy - Richard Genzer
  • Grant Writing - Amy Miller
  • Intellectual Property / Patent - Clark Jablon
  • Legal - Frank Taney
  • Marketing - Aaron McLean
  • Music Business - Andy Hurwitz
  • Press Relations - Peter Key
  • Pricing and Merchandising - Kristen Ainscoe
  • Social Media - Todd Hestand
  • Web Design - Chris Garvin

Appointments are available in person (211 S Broad St, Rooms 900 and 901A, University of the Arts), virtually, and by phone. Consultant's availability may vary monthly.

Cancellations: Must be made 24 hours in advance either through the ohours scheduler or with the advisor directly.  Consulting sessions may be refused due to frequent cancellations under 24 hours or no-shows.

About the consultants:

Accounting: Mat Tecosky, CPA - a founder of Bush Tecosky Goodman Feldman LLC and author of Your Service Business-- Earn More Stress Less has over 40 years of business and accounting experience. His expertise, much of which was developed advising those in the creative industries, covers all aspects of business including choice of entity, decision making, marketing, accounting, operations, finance, billing and client relationships. Tecosky was also a senior executive at a 120-store retail chain prior to starting his own accounting and business advisory practice.

Business Strategy: Led by Richard Genzer, 10+ years as sole proprietor of a management consultancy specializing in strategic planning, new product development, technology, web / ecommerce, outsourcing and fund raising / due diligence.  Prior to consulting, Richard held senior level positions (CTO, EVP, VP) in 4 startups (3 successful) spanning 15 years.

Grant Writing: Led by Amy Miller, oboist and Director of Institutional Relations (corporate, foundation, and governmental funding) at Curtis Institute of Music.  She has served on grant evaluation panels for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Intellectual Property / Patent: Led by Clark Jablon, Founding Partner at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel.  Clark is a registered patent attorney having more than 29 years of experience in patent law, including eight years as a Patent Examiner with the USPTO.  Clark focuses his practice on all phases of patent prosecution in the fields of electronics, computer hardware and software, and internet technologies.

Legal: Led by Frank Taney, Of Council at Stevens & Lee.  Advises on legal matters related to commercial litigation, information technology (IT), intellectual property, antitrust and construction as well as dispute avoidance and business counseling.

Marketing: Led by Aaron McLean, COO and Co-founder of Eight Eleven Inc.  Advises on matters related to B2B and consumer marketing, branding, web, digital media and public relations.

Music Business: Led by Andy Hurwitz, Department Chair of the University of the Arts Music, Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology program. He has twenty years of experience in the music business industry serving as a consultant, attorney, and founder of an independent label.

Press Relations: Led by Peter Key, former Staff Writer for the Philadelphia Business Journal.  He has been a reporter since 1985 and covered technology and venture capital topics for the Business Journal since 1998.  He uses his experience to help creatives understand what reporters look for in a story, how to attract their attention, and how to improve messaging.

Pricing and Merchandising: Led by Kristen Ainscoe, Assistant Teaching Professor - Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and d&mShop and Social Media Manager. Previously a Visual Merchandising Manager for Fashion Bug, a Regional Visual Manager for the Movado Group, and a window design, visual consulting, and catering company entrepreneur.

Social Media: Led by Todd Hestand, Manager for the Corzo Center and Founder of Side Arts.  Previously a market strategy consultant and market research development director.  Advises on matters related marketing and communication via social media with an emphasis on consumer-directed products and services.

Web Design: Led by Chris Garvin, Interim Director of the University of the Arts’ Design Art and Technology Program.  He is active designer and speaker on the intersection of art, design, and education.

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