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From plumbers to bird-seed sellers, who gains when sub-zero temps hit?
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From plumbers to bird-seed sellers, who gains when sub-zero temps hit?

It’ll take something pretty amazing to compete for headlines with the extreme weather outbreak ongoing this week across much of the United States.  When people are trying to make it through the daily commute and  other activities despite zero-degree temperatures, another half-foot of snow and other manifestations of Mother Nature, they won’t be in the [...]

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Healthcare, Snowden, side hustles: Learn by exploring Slideshare

If you don’t already spend time on Slideshare, you might check it out. Slideshare.net is a huge website where people share presentations – PowerPoints, documents, PDFs, videos and webinars. I know it’s popular to diss PowerPoints, and I agree that bad ones are terrible, but good ones can be great tools for learning something new. [...]

Brainstorm story projects for 2014: A checklist
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Brainstorm story projects for 2014: A checklist

This post follows Melissa’s post yesterday on Brainstorm 2014 story projects before opportunities slip away.  Today she offers a brainstorming checklist. One great thing about being a business journalist: Never any shortage of news. Other beats might hit seasonal doldrums or dry spells, but the world’s financial and economic engines always are serving up something [...]

Plenty of angles on the growing ranks of plus-size businesses
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Plenty of angles on the growing ranks of plus-size businesses

An intriguing conference is taking place in Atlanta this week.  Obesity Week, the Nov. 11-16 convention billed as “Where Science and Treatment Meet,” is a new event that coordinates the annual meetings of The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.   The program is packed with seminars ranging from the technical aspects [...]

Local cases can illustrate small business dos and don’ts for military veterans
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Local cases can illustrate small business dos and don’ts for military veterans

Economic and other challenges facing military veterans tend to get the spotlight this time of year, as the annual commemoration of Veterans Day on Nov. 11 looms.  In addition to the short-term freebies, promotions and discounts offered to service members next week,  substantive business stories abound.  From jobs and hiring to enterpreneurism to special programs [...]

From e-cigs to hypnotism, the stop-smoking industry is hot
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From e-cigs to hypnotism, the stop-smoking industry is hot

Lighting a cigarette in many circles these days is viewed as somewhere between packing an assault weapon and swilling a full-sugar soft drink — in other words, pretty low on the social acceptance scale. Nevertheless, more than 40 million Americans still are puffing away on tobacco, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [...]

Halloween candy aside, dentists gear up for new kiddie patients
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Halloween candy aside, dentists gear up for new kiddie patients

Dentists, practitioners of art and science that inspires dread in many a patron (much like journalists, actually) get their annual good-gal moment this month by sponsoring all sorts of antidotes to Halloween candy overload, like the $1-per-pound national buyback program (that ships the sweets to troops overseas, to the tune of 127 tons of candy last [...]

Find stories in your region’s business of medical devices
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Find stories in your region’s business of medical devices

Regardless of what happens in Congress this week, the impasse over raising the debt ceiling has put the spotlight on an industry you might seek out for its economic impact on your region:  Medical equipment makers. Postponing a tax on medical device makers – a tax that was expected to help pay for federal subsidies [...]

Truckers and sleep apnea: Pending law should be easy to localize
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Truckers and sleep apnea: Pending law should be easy to localize

When you think about it, pretty much everything in our homes or offices was on a truck at some point, so it always surprises me that a trucking beat isn’t a greater part of transportation coverage by most business desks.  About 1.6 million Americans make a livings as a heavy- or tractor-trailer truck operator, according [...]

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