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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.
In upper Montgomery County, plant director Chris Milligan worries about finding hourly employees to work the production lines at Blommer Chocolate Co. in East Greenville.
The Street: Penny-pinching car owners can expect to find the lowest gas prices on Wednesdays in South Dakota, Thursdays in Delaware and Maryland and a wide variety of other days elsewhere, a 50-state analysis by market tracker GasBuddy.com has found.
The Street: Nearly two-thirds (64%) of human resources professionals surveyed by employment consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said their companies plan to recruit from this year's class of grads.
The Street: Americans are seeing marriage as being less important these days. Young adults are particularly unwilling to wed: more than half of Millennials (54%) say marriage is unnecessary.
The Street: Expect your Chipotle burrito bowl to be more expensive in the next few months. Suffering from higher food costs, especially in meat, cheese and avocados, the Denver-based burrito chain is finally doing what Wall Street has long expected - it's raising menu prices.
NEW YORK - Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores, may have been affected in a security breach.
Step inside Cabela's latest cathedral to the back country and you are confronted by a life-size diorama: A whitetail deer pursued by two ravenous-looking wolves.
In the Region Energy scores for city buildings The city announced Thursday that most of Philadelphia's large commercial buildings complied with a...
WASHINGTON - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. on Thursday told the U.S. Supreme Court that it is willing to post up to a $500 million bond in return for a decision suspending a lower-court ruling that would allow generic competitors to go on the market as soon as next month.
Corporate earnings drove stocks mostly higher Thursday. Major indexes shifted between small gains and losses ahead of the scheduled Good Friday closing.
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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