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As large-market casinos fold ‘em, how are local casinos holding up?
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As large-market casinos fold ‘em, how are local casinos holding up?

By on Sep 02, 2014

When the first slot machines hit Michigan a couple of decades ago in a small tribal casino, the notion of spinning the wheels was enough of an unheard-of novelty that my mother and I drove two and a half  hours to the central part of the state, for the pleasure of pumping our dimes and quarters into […]

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Stock market records mean little to households with no access to market
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Stock market records mean little to households with no access to market

Wall Street chalked up another milestone on Tuesday when the Standard and Poor’s 500 index closed above 2,000 points for the first time ever, buoyed by gains in durable goods orders and higher consumer confidence, as Reuters reports. Those big round numbers are causing the usual buzz in the financial press — the Wall Street […]

Burger King bid for coffee shops puts fast food evolution in the spotlight
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Burger King bid for coffee shops puts fast food evolution in the spotlight

Wall Street gobbled up shares of fast-food monarch Burger King on Monday, following word that the 60-year-old chain might be headquartering north following the acquisition of the Tim Horton’s coffee and doughnut shops. Both chains enjoyed double-digit stock price hikes, with investors licking their chops over the favorable tax situation Burger King would enjoy as […]

Bloomberg View’s Matt Levine on being a financial columnist
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Bloomberg View’s Matt Levine on being a financial columnist

People may not trust a banker. They also may not trust journalists. But a banker-turned-journalist?  Now he may be a little more trustworthy. Matt Levine, Bloomberg View’s Wall Street columnist, believes his readers have a certain level of trust in him because of his former banking experience. His previous career at Goldman Sachs prepared him […]

Chronicle the changing nature of jobs for a fresh take on Labor Day
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Chronicle the changing nature of jobs for a fresh take on Labor Day

With Labor Day only a week away, you may be pondering ways to commemorate the holiday, which was first observed in September 1882 in New York City, according to an account on the U.S. Department of Labor website. In the ensuing 132 years, the ebb and flow of the organized labor / collective bargaining movements […]

Ongoing Ferguson strife highlights economic, business concerns elsewhere
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Ongoing Ferguson strife highlights economic, business concerns elsewhere

The ongoing civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., sparked by the police shooting of teenager Michael Brown, seems a bit of a stretch as a premise for business coverage. But with no end in sight to the confrontations and headlines – especially in light of another shooting on Tuesday in the St. Louis area – and […]

Tackle a fantasy football story on any business beat
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Tackle a fantasy football story on any business beat

With both professional football and college football about to kick off their 2014 seasons, the myriad  businesses that depend on gridiron action to generate revenue, from hot-dog sellers to TV advertising executives, are counting down the moments to the first big plays. But a lot of buzz this pre-season is focusing on the growing industry […]

NPR’s Sonari Glinton on being real for radio
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NPR’s Sonari Glinton on being real for radio

Sonari R. Glinton was searching for a job after a company he was with laid off employees following 9/11. He and his colleagues were offered help with their resumes as they looked for new jobs. One work session involved creating a dream board of jobs they thought they’d like. Glinton’s board contained words like “literary, […]

Businesses beyond retail chalk up back-to-school sales
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Businesses beyond retail chalk up back-to-school sales

It’s axiomatic that back-to-school season is good business for apparel and footwear sellers, purveyors of pencils and gadget suppliers. But for an interesting twist on the standard end-of-summer stories, how about a look at other businesses that benefit from back-to-school, including unexpected sectors like lice salons and bars.  Services that reflect the realities of hectic […]

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