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Archive: December, 2012

Mohamed Ali Niang, Rice for Africa's hungry

Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 3:30 AM
The people in the African nation of Mali eat rice -- as much as they can get. But it's not enough to meet their nutritional requirements. Business lesson 101: Observe a need and meet it. That's what Mohamed Ali Niang, 24, a recent Temple graduate, and his brother Salif, 28, did when they set up Malo... Read more

Stephen Van Laeys: Landscaper's summer job became his passion

Tuesday, December 25, 2012, 3:30 AM
Stephen Van Laeys, 29, did the whole college thing, graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in elementary education. He even handled some substituting teaching. It didn't stick. "While I was in school, I was working for a landscaper and I found myself liking it more and more," he said. Van... Read more

Ed Smith: Floor contractor wanted more

Monday, December 24, 2012, 3:30 AM
Ed Smith's bathroom in Collegeville is awesome with six foot by seven foot walk-in all-granite shower and the water coming out of the ceiling. "My house has a lot of tile -- the kitchen, the foyer -- all tile," said Smith, 32. The tech entrepreneurs capture the headlines, but statistics show that... Read more

Yasmine Mustafa, the American Dream

Sunday, December 23, 2012, 3:25 AM
Of all the entrepreneurs I interviewed for this series, Yasmine Mustafa stands out the most, because she has struggled the hardest. Her story is the classic American Dream, the one that immigrants envision when they think about the promise and the potential of this nation. In November 2011, Mustafa... Read more

Free turnpike rides? So what!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 11:59 AM
Too much hyper-ventilating on employees getting free turnpike rides. Can anyone handle the mathematics here? Take your fingers out of your mittens. You have $7.7 million worth of rides given to 7,000 people. That's $1,100 per person, over five years. That's $220 a year per person. Most offices spend... Read more
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