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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.
As people across the country rushed to file their tax returns on time today, a group of Pennsylvania lawmakers offered up a package of legislation that...
With annual sales of his raw-foods snacks closing in on $20 million and investment experts suggesting that could rise to at least $100 million in the not-too-distant future, Doylestown-based organi-preneur Brad Gruno's lesson is indisputable:
Talking Small Biz: Tax experts say some IRS scrutiny is unavoidable, especially if you earn more than $1 million a year, but other red flags can be avoided.
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.
Center City, Philadelphia's engine for growth for the last decade or more, is showing signs of distress, according to statistics compiled by the Center City District for its annual "State of Center City" report.
The Street: With the exception of dealing with obvious neglect of his company's retail operation post-Ron Johnson, it must be pretty cool to be Tim Cook right now. The man has the patience of Job. And, at times, he shows the pluck of Jobs
The Street: We scanned the league and found 10 cities where the average Major League Baseball ticket price is not only cheap but, in four cities, will get you some change back if you hand the folks at the ticket booth a $20 bill:
Talking Small Biz: At Broad Street Broad, apparel that is pink or "too girlie" is out, and a grittier look is in.
The Street: Just 20% believe financing an education is a good idea. And, according to a new Mintel survey on educational lending, 26% of respondents are either considering defaulting on their loans, have considered defaulting on their loans in the past, or are already in default on their loans.
Two Philadelphia-area U.S. Postal Service unions plan protests on Thursday over mail-service counters in Staples Inc. stores. Postal union leaders say the mail-service counters, to be staffed by Staples employees, threaten higher-wage unionized postal jobs and the survival of traditional post offices. More retail chains could seek mail-service counters, they said.
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns the Gallery at Market East, announced Wednesday that Century 21 Department Stores will anchor the long-anticipated redevelopment of the sprawling Center City retail complex.
The nation’s largest home health care provider today agreed to pay $150 million to settle claims that it submitted millions of dollars in fraudulent bills to the Medicare program.
The Street: Sales of electric cars are growing but all is not well in electric car land. While owners of plug-in hybrids such as the Chevrolet Volt remain extremely happy, there is a specific reason why some EV owners are souring on their experience.
The Street: The Buffalo News reports that the ex-Buffalo Jills "were paid amounts ranging from as little as $105 to as much as $1,800 a year, according to the suit, which does not indicate what the compensation was for.
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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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