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Help readers explore ideas for money-making summer service businesses
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Help readers explore ideas for money-making summer service businesses

By on May 28, 2014

Headlines say “Teens still face a tough jobs market,” and other reports over the past couple of months have advised high school & college students – and anyone seeking seasonal employment this year – to apply early and often. I’ve seen more “Now Hiring” signs this spring than in several years, but some procrastinators may [...]

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New crime data prompts new look at multi-billion scrap metal business
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New crime data prompts new look at multi-billion scrap metal business

We all have our quirks and one that I’ll admit to involves a rather odd fascination good trash-to-treasure stories. No, you won’t find me peering into neighbor’s bins under cover of darkness, but the industries surrounding solid waste, recycling and scrap always seem to be under-the-rader-screen sources of interesting story nuggets. The notion of scrap [...]

Online promos: What’s working, what’s not for your local merchants?
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Online promos: What’s working, what’s not for your local merchants?

With Groupon Inc. set to release earnings May 6, it’s a good opportunity to take a look at the evolution of the daily deals / couponing craze several years after it peaked. (And Mother’s Day, coming up May 11, likely will drive even more than the usual number of promos, which will help you find [...]

Restaurants, retailers and consumers react to food price hikes
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Restaurants, retailers and consumers react to food price hikes

Consumers may want to savor their Cinco de Mayo margaritas and guacamole a bit more than usual this year, because reports of pending food price hikes and shortages include the avocado and lime along with other fruits and vegetables.  A platter of fajitas might strain the budget more, too, with beef prices at the highest [...]

So just why is 4/20 a day to celebrate pot .. and other marijuana stories ideas
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So just why is 4/20 a day to celebrate pot .. and other marijuana stories ideas

Not all of the grass enjoyed this coming weekend will be that bright green stuff cushioning dyed hard-boiled eggs. In an interesting confluence of events, Easter Sunday shares April 20 with what’s come to be known as National Weed Day, when marijuana is smoked and publicly celebrated in parks and plazas nationwide; Wikipedia calls it [...]

New state tax revenue data gives insight into consumer spending
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New state tax revenue data gives insight into consumer spending

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau on state tax revenues are just out for the fourth quarter of 2013, with the annual summary for the full year also due out April 8. Because these figures are broken down into categories ranging from property tax to alcohol purchases, you might consider using them as a [...]

Heat is on for parents lining up affordable summer kid care
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Heat is on for parents lining up affordable summer kid care

Some of us still are bracing for snowstorms as winter clings to spring with icy fingers — but for some working parents, the balmy days of June and beyond loom uncomfortably close.  That’s because vacation time for school-age children brings up the need for supervising and entertaining kids too young to hang out alone, and it’s [...]

Tax time brings new financial planning tasks for LGBT couples, advisers
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Tax time brings new financial planning tasks for LGBT couples, advisers

The annual April 15 income tax filing deadline looms, and just as late January is a good time for those early bird filing season stories, the next few weeks are ripe for last-minute tax tips and explainers. This year, one of the game-changers is the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the federal Defense [...]

Kick off spring by digging into lawn and garden industry trends
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Kick off spring by digging into lawn and garden industry trends

March 20 marks what might just be the most eagerly anticipated first full day of spring in memory, as the majority of consumers nationwide look forward to the end of a very rough winter.  So in a nod to the season of fresh starts, you might want to find some facet of the lawn and [...]

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