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Talking Small Biz: The startup creates a central hub for data analytics, personalized skills-based matching and an engagement platform.
He had a hunch there was a market for monocles
Dennis Berry said to his three kids a few years ago: "Which one of you wants this?" By "this," the longtime West Chester resident meant a home-based business that was more like a hobby - one that his children and friends had regularly razzed him about.
Talking Small Biz: When Breyers closed its West Philly plant in 1995, Coleman and Ilene Poses were concerned. They founded their company 3 years later.
Talking Small Biz: Two Wharton juniors get ready to launch website to sell five shades of blue denim.
Talking Small Biz: The Conshohocken firm Think Brownstone is fast-growing, has a diverse client base, focuses on long-term relationships.
The Street: Here’s a look at how small businesses can offer more work-from-home benefits to employees, and why they shouldn’t be afraid to embrace the change.
Diane Mastrull: You might think that to those in the jewelry business, one Christmas is indistinguishable from the next, an exhausting onslaught of men and women looking to wow someone with a watch, a pendant, or an engagement ring that will inspire a "Yes!". But for Harvey Rovinsky, Christmas 2007 will forever be "embedded in my brain." And not for anything worthy of an eggnog toast.
The news is bad. Bad for the weary, end-of-day Chestnut Hill West commuters who get off the train at Evergreen Avenue and stop by this fanciful place - not necessarily to buy something, but to be someplace fun.
Talking Small Biz: After rebranding hair salon Suite Extensions, Yolanda Keels-Walker is branching out into natural hair and face products.
PhillyDeals: Barrett Ersek is co-owner, with self-taught scientist Stephen Lange, of Holganix - as in 'holistic organics' - a Glen Mills-based company that made and sold more than $4 million worth of chilled organic compost starter in the past year, to clients like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Harvard University and the U.S. Naval Academy.
The Street: Today's diesel vehicles are 30% more fuel-efficient than their gas counterparts and will likely play a big role in reaching new federal fuel efficiency standards requiring a 54.5 miles-per-gallon average by 2025.
The Street: The International Council of Shopping Centers reports that 74% of households are planning to spend a boatload of cash on Halloween-related goods. The average family will spend $125 apiece on Halloween fun, and another 20% say they'll spend more this year than last year.
More cringing - and possibly more explanation - is in store for parents watching TV with children when the latest Viagra commercials appear on screens.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - Johnson & Johnson is buying the biopharmaceutical company Alios BioPharma Inc. for about $1.75 billion.
Independence Blue Cross, the biggest health insurer in Southeastern Pennsylvania, said it was discontinuing its stand-alone prescription drug plan for people who have traditional Medicare plans or a Medicare supplement plan. IBC said the stand-alone pharmaceutical plans were not cost-effective because they served so few people. The change will affect 9,000 customers, IBC said.
The Street: Consumers are going to love wearable technology such as the Apple Watch in the short term, but it's going to have to prove its worth if it wants to survive.
NEW YORK - PayPal's impending split from longtime partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors such as and give it the freedom to aggressively take on new mobile-pay challenger Apple Pay. For eBay, the challenge will be how to drive revenue without its fastest-growing division.
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Johnson & Johnson, the biggest maker of consumer health products, said Tuesday that it would acquire Alios BioPharma Inc., a developer of viral disease therapies.
NEW YORK - A suddenly stormy month on the stock market came to a quiet end Tuesday. Major indexes drifted to a slight loss, leaving the Standard & Poor's 500 down 1.6 percent for September, its third monthly drop this year.
Dave Ramsey: I’ve had my own small business for a while. I love what I’m doing, but things aren’t going very well right now. On top of that, I’m committed to $14,000 in advertising over the next 12 months. Recently, I got a job offer from a company that would pay me twice what I’m making now. I’m not sure what to do.