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Find the $15/hour jobs in your market to localize Seattle’s new wage law
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Find the $15/hour jobs in your market to localize Seattle’s new wage law

The recent $15-per-hour minimum wage rule established in Seattle is creating a lot of buzz, and I’ve been brainstorming ways that business writers nationwide could localize the issue. As NBC reports, the Seattle law will phase in over time starting next April, and will include exceptions for teen workers.  It trumps San Francisco’s minimum wage [...]

Campers seeking posh digs drive a boom in the business of ‘glamping’
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Campers seeking posh digs drive a boom in the business of ‘glamping’

You know that phenomenon when a certain word or phrase suddenly starts cropping up everywhere you turn?  Sometimes such a buzz can mean that a topic is ripe for a business or financial feature, and for me lately the term has been “glamping.” The trend of luxury camping is not new but for some reason [...]

Around the U.S., June means LGBT pride and profit
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Around the U.S., June means LGBT pride and profit

One of June’s most widespread observances is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, which as this Library of Congress history page notes, commemorates the Stonewall riots in Manhattan which were a milestone in the gay liberation movement in the 1960s. Celebrations in the form of parades, parties, rallies and so on will be [...]

One woman’s treasure: Or human interest at the scrap yard
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One woman’s treasure: Or human interest at the scrap yard

One of the best things about hitting the road is a change in perspective.  Getting a few miles, or a few hundred miles, outside your normal radius and routine can spur new ideas for financial features and economy stories to tackle when you get home. I had that experience over the holiday when a few [...]

Wedding bells ring, vendors say cha-ching as wedding season blooms
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Wedding bells ring, vendors say cha-ching as wedding season blooms

It’s the peak of springtime and that ringing sound you hear is the peal of wedding bells – and the cha-ching of revenue echoing in the daydreams of wedding industry vendors.  Add to the mix the imminent marriage mania surrounding Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s vows, along with more Federal court victories for gay marriage, [...]

Big beef recall and other woes kick off food-safety season
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Big beef recall and other woes kick off food-safety season

Well, it’s rather a downer for the industry-led National Hamburger Month that there have been a couple of major ground beef fiascos in the past few days, including the news that meat tainted with the e. coli bacteria may be linked to illnesses in four states, as the Los Angeles Times reported.   When 1.8 [...]

TV consumers spending more, watching less: At what cost?
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TV consumers spending more, watching less: At what cost?

A $49 billion cable television merger is a pretty big headline, and one that’ll keep audiences talking for days if not weeks, especially when it concerns a product that’s in pretty much every household’s living room.  As reported Sunday, AT&T wants to buy satellite television provider Direct TV in a $95-a-share merger that will affect [...]

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 [...]

Spin a story about an overlooked industry from National Bike Month
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Spin a story about an overlooked industry from National Bike Month

May is rife with those industry holidays and observances, and one that might make an intriguing launchpad for stories that don’t often make the biz writers’ radar screen is National Bike Month. In 2012 (most recent figures available), sales of new people-powered two-wheelers were more than $3.66 billion in the U.S., according to Bicycle Retailer [...]

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