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The Leadership Agenda: Peter W. Blommer's grandfather, the founder of Blommer Chocolate Co., had just died when the family received a phone call.
Erin Arvedlund: Most of us don't know exactly where our tax money goes; neither do we know precisely which government programs our taxes fund. But expect sticker shock from those of us socked with the new 3.8 percent net investment income tax.
Dave Ramsey: I own a landscaping company, and recently I hired some superstar employees. One of them is really good, and I'd like to turn him into a salesman. How should I start this process?
Diane Mastrull: Gray Saucony sneakers with neon-orange laces have replaced the fashion pumps that served as Hilary Ryan's power shoes on Wall Street.
Talking Small Biz: A couple runs a good brewpub, buys local, uses green cleaning products and recycles or composts 80 percent of the brewpub's waste.
Until death do us part may hold true for marriage vows but not necessarily for gowns and other wedding goods that can be sold on consignment at Toss the Bouquet.
Talking Small Biz: Center City biz says it can respond more timely to the needs of its clients because its laundry facilities are near customers.
The Street: The Open Enrollment deadline for Obamacare was Monday, but in keeping with a mandate made last month, businesses with fewer than 100 employees won't be required to cover workers until 2016. Still, small business owners may act on this delay to implement further resistence.
Talking Small Biz: The memory of a boyfriend was the impetus behind Michael Marie Clothing.
When Nat Rothschild, the co-founder of troubled miner ARMS, insulted his former investment partner on Twitter last week, he showed the power of social media for business leaders seeking publicity - but also the perils of saying the wrong thing.
The Street: Of the big pro leagues, the NFL is the only one without a streaming video package.
The Street: Domino's has announced new specialty chicken on its menu. The boneless chicken offering is a combination of wings and pizza. It's the first large new product offering for the company since September 2012.
The Street: The York Daily Record reports that an unnamed local who played the same numbers every day – 4-3-4-1-8 – threw away 25 tickets worth $50,000 each, presumably having misread the winning numbers when he checked them after the drawing.
The Street: Year over year, food prices are up 1.7%, according to the index, and so much of the damage has occurred in the past two months.
The Street: Millennials keep high balances in their checking accounts, surpassing Gen X-ers, a TD Bank survey said.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Philadelphia newspaper employees hope to mount a bid in the latest sale of their company with help from local philanthropist Raymond Perelman, the papers' union chief told a judge Wednesday.
They wallowed in luxury at Philadelphia University this week: Hermes, Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Rolls-Royce. As academics are want to do, they wrestled with what it is, how it is acquired, what makes it stand apart.
Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader discusses the plight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholders in the wake of the U.S. financial crisis. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers." (4:41)
When was the last time you used a pay phone? For most of us a pay phone is a thing of the past, but if you look hard enough you can still find them. Twist reporter Deepak Saini found one on Bourbon Street and asked people to remember a time before cell phones. (2:06)
The Street: With consumers purchasing increasing amounts online, the added burden of secure delivery, packages clogging front vestibules and overburdening residential maintenance staff is a big worry.
PhillyDeals: PACT Phorum, the yearly software and investors' conference organized by the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital Technologies, on Wednesday named SocialLadder, a software mobile-app, algorithm and portal developer that helps clients "align rewards with the most influential consumers" through mobile games, as the "Best in Show" start-up from its "demo pit" competition.
Small Business Weekly

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.

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