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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.
PhillyDeals: After 10 years of paying five employees, plus additional "associates," to staff his Old City business, James R. Domenick is looking for space in the suburbs, and thinking about moving out.
The Street: Many of Walk Score's top cities - New York, San Francisco, Boston, Washington and Chicago - are also among the nation's most expensive. With an eye toward cutting costs, we took a look at some of the less expensive options listed.
"Ride-share" car services such as UberX and Lyft are transforming the taxi business in Philadelphia, and they don't even operate here. Yet.
The Street: Several parents told The Street they are supporting their adult kids who are working low-paying jobs by providing cars, paying health insurance, car insurance, cell phone plans, groceries plus housing expenses and utilities and even college costs and student loans without asking a dime in return because they find it hard to even broach the subject of asking their adult kids to pitch in for expenses.
The Street: Recently, iPad sales have begun to slow, with Apple announcing unit sales had fallen more than 9% in the quarter following a 16% decline in the previous quarter. Does this signal the beginning of the end for tablet computers?
The Street: With the Democrats' student loan re-finance bill dead in the Senate, Republican Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) have offered an alternative.
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Wednesday that he envisions creating a nonprofit board composed of top business leaders that would reinvest gaming revenue from potential casinos in North Jersey into Atlantic City.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City's mayor said Wednesday there are six potential buyers for the Revel Casino Hotel, which is up for sale next month at a bankruptcy auction.
The Street: Domino's Pizza President and CEO J. Patrick Doyle has no intention of letting the company's track record of financial success go cold and stale.
The Street: Even a prolonged bull market delivering double-digit returns can't mitigate the deep investor distrust of Wall Street. Five years after the financial crisis, Americans overwhelming believe that the investment and banking industry requires even greater supervision and more stringent regulation.
The Street: Stop right there, you are mistaken. New Jersey drivers - even though their horns are always blaring - are not the nation's worst.

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.