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Quirky business features: Carnies, damsels, scams and beer
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Quirky business features: Carnies, damsels, scams and beer

It’s been a month or so since the last edition of Quicktips and those scraps of paper are piling up again in my notebook. From the sober to the silly, here are a few story nuggets you may want to add to your near-term lineup: State Fairs.  How did that sneak up?  Summer 2014 is […]

Racetrack accident highlights pros and cons for corporate sports sponsors
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Racetrack accident highlights pros and cons for corporate sports sponsors

It’s been a rough stretch for corporate sponsors of sporting events, who’ve had to react to public relations fiascos ranging from Lance Armstrong’s drugging revelations to the racist remarks by the soon-t0-be former L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.  Now, a motorsports incident over the weekend has set the stage for another dilemma for corporate underwriters […]

August is the month for getting thrifty, counting resales
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August is the month for getting thrifty, counting resales

Over the weekend a neighbor hefted a brightly-colored plastic outdoor play set and proudly noted that it had been a bargain purchase at a local thrift shop, just in time for another visit by the grandkids. Wow, I thought, what an illustration of the timid consumer spending that – despite an uptick in June, as […]

What’s Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act: Self-guided training
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What’s Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act: Self-guided training

“What’s Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act” was originally held on Aug. 6, 2014. After the launch of healthcare.gov, individuals will be anxious to see whether premiums go up when open enrollment, and for the first time, small businesses will be able to shop on an online federal exchange. Also, large businesses will be […]

Will Santa’s sleigh be full of drones this year?
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Will Santa’s sleigh be full of drones this year?

OK, it’s the first week in August and I’m going to go on record as predicting one of the hot gifts of the coming holiday season:  Personal drones. In fact, for the selfie-obsessed who want to take it to the next level, there’s the just-out Air Dog, a drone that follows its owner everwhere, shooting […]

Parched: Drought issues ripple out to consumers, growers, small businesses
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Parched: Drought issues ripple out to consumers, growers, small businesses

With dry conditions or outright drought  plaguing a significant section of the United States,  it beats me why TV weather people still pull gloomy faces when they’re reporting impending storms;  you’d think they would be leading the dance of joy. Financial writers know that water issues – from crop hydration to the marketing of bottled […]

Reynolds Foundation establishes university-based business newsroom
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Reynolds Foundation establishes university-based business newsroom

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is establishing what will be the only university-based business newsroom in the country producing daily business and economic coverage for regional and national media outlets. The student business newsroom will open in January and is being funded through a $1 million grant […]

Will Family Dollar-Dollar Tree merger affect the local discount store scene?
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Will Family Dollar-Dollar Tree merger affect the local discount store scene?

Buzzing around on a little road trip recently, I was intrigued by the number of dollar stores occupying prime real estate in the small Midwestern towns and villages along my route.  Then I got home, flipped open a mass-market women’s magazine and noted that the fashion spread not only featured ensembles from major department stores […]

A (very) warm welcome to Phoenix
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A (very) warm welcome to Phoenix

I received a warm welcome to Phoenix when I joined the Reynolds Center as its new director earlier this month — a very warm welcome. Two weeks after my arrival, the temperature soared to 114F. I got used to hearing the announcers at KJZZ public radio calmly telling the audience that the evening’s low would […]

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