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Talking Small Biz: The U.S. Export-Import Bank assists companies like Bassetts Ice Cream, but some legislators want to shut the bank down.
The Leadership Agenda: When the weather outside is frightful, the revenues at Paul Farrell's company are delightful. No power from a thunderstorm? Modern Group Ltd. in Bristol will sell you a generator. That's the equipment dealer's newest and fastest-growing business.
Talking Small Biz: Two Wharton School MBAs parlayed a catering operation into a storefront in Logan Square where they sell signature sandwiches.
Given the adage likening anything distasteful to watching sausage being made, there's probably something funny to say about no longer being able to see sausage production at Maglio Fresh Foods in South Philadelphia.
Talking Small Biz: Since April 2013, ellelauri has opened retail stores in Avalon, N.J., and Philadelphia. More changes are on the way.
Owner of The Juice Room in Mount Airy looks to build brand with bottled all-natural juices.
With a glistening river beside him and a lush treetop canopy above, Patrick Starr, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, was in his nature-loving glory atop his Zurich LeMond road bike one spring day a couple of years ago, breezing along the Schuylkill River Trail, when two things of beauty caught his eye.
Talking Small Biz: Grassroots Unwired offers real-time GPS tracking and customized mapping tools.
Diane Mastrull: As triathletes, one professionally in the past and the other because she's clearly a glutton for torture in her free time, Holden Comeau and Jayme Anne Goldberg have an informed perspective on endurance sports. And not just that they are brutal.
The Street: Prospects are already good for rental property owners in 2014, with RealtyTrac estimating that, in the second quarter they earned a 9.97% return on their investments with an upswing in median home prices and monthly rental rates.
Jeff Long could torture himself with "what ifs." Especially: What if that financial backer had come through with the $250,000 Long needed to sustain his ticket-outsourcing business for college sports events until critical mass was achieved?
In September, four groups of would-be bridge builders, led by multinational financial groups - Meridiam of France, Plenary Group of Canada, InfraRed Capital and John Laing Investments, both of Britain - and including American contractors will submit competing final proposals to PennDot to build 560 spans for the worn Pennsylvania road network.
In a bid to cut Medicare spending and help pay for health-care changes, the Obama administration has significantly expanded audits designed to recover improper payments from health-care providers.
A lawsuit filed in New York last year by a then-Vanguard Group Inc. tax attorney, and unsealed Friday, alleges that Vanguard has wrongly avoided paying federal and state income taxes since its creation.
The Street: Pick the odd city out: Chicago; Winter Haven, Fla.; or Newport Beach, Calif. And know such a place is where you do not want to even think about buying a home today.
The shift in Campbell Soup Co.'s approach to the food business was evident at the company's analyst day Monday at company headquarters in Camden.
Visiting the blacksmith who shod horses for his family's farm, young Amos Glick was inspired: "You put a piece of metal at the forge, heat it and beat it, and you get a completely different shape."
WASHINGTON - Comcast is proud of its philanthropy: It gives millions to help fight cancer, wire computer labs for students, sponsor youth mentoring programs, and more.
There might be a stock market correction, but a full-blown bear market looks a long way off. So said prognosticator David Rosenberg, author of the daily research note "Breakfast With Dave," last week. Rosenberg was one of the few economists who called correctly for a recession in 2007.
Opportunity Finance Network, a Philadelphia-based conglomerate of 202 community-development financial institutions nationwide, hired Nancy Santiago Negrón as chief external-affairs officer. She served in several senior positions in the administration of P
The Street: During Hollywood's Golden Age, Edith Head worked with virtually every top female star. Her claim to fame, (besides Dorothy Lamour's trademark sarong), was using color theory to make women look fabulous. It's an approach to developing dresses for women Anne Dayton is bringing to the masses via her upstart website PIOL Dress.

Top Workplaces 2013 is an effort to discover the best employers in the Philadelphia region - as decided by each company's employees. More than 26,000 were surveyed by WorkplaceDynamics of Exton. Here are their findings for best large, midsize and small companies, including firms based elsewhere that have a major area presence.