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Gradisher Shares Her Small Business Experience With Students


Suzanne GradisherSuzanne Gradisher, assistant professor of business law, is also a small business owner who has found many of the experiences of running a small business an asset in her teaching.

Gradisher is the co-owner of The Philly Connection, a unique restaurant located on Portage Avenue in Jackson Township.

The only one of its kind in Ohio, The Philly Connection specializes in Philly cheesesteak sandwiches made with a special secret marinade.  It also serves a chicken cheesesteak, wings, fresh cut salads, subs, french fries, and Tastycakes from Philadelphia.    

Gradisher, who opened the franchise two years ago with her brother, Raymond, says, “I take all of my experiences with opening and running a business right into the classroom with me to share with my students.”

Prior to joining the Department of Finance in Fall 2009 as an assistant professor, Gradisher was first a graduate assistant and then an instructor in the School of Accountancy.  She is a certified public accountant and has served as an associate attorney for Amer Cunningham Co., LPA since 2004.                                                                                                                

Gradisher earned her J.D. degree from the UA School of Law.  She also holds a Master of Taxation degree from the CBA, an MBA from Kent State University and a bachelor of science in business administration degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

The Philly Connection is celebrating its second anniversary and will be offering 7” Original Cheesesteaks for $2.22 and $0.22 French fries and drinks on October 30 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  You are cordially invited to join in the fun!