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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.
There are many reasons to be optimistic about the recent drop in long-term unemployment, Federal Reserve economists said in a paper published on Monday, the latest evidence helping to put to rest a debate that gripped the U.S. central bank earlier in the year.
"Ride-share" car services such as UberX and Lyft are transforming the taxi business in Philadelphia, and they don't even operate here. Yet.
DEAR HARRY: I just got a telephone call from someone I met about a week ago. She previously had called my home with a promise of a bunch of freebies if I came to her home. I got a hard-sell approach to a "plan to bring your family closer together while you earn lots of money" by getting others to join.
Lauren Greutman felt sick. She and her husband Mark were about $40,000 in debt, and were having trouble paying their monthly bills. As recent homebuyers, the couple from Syracuse, New York, were already underwater on the mortgage and getting by on one income as Lauren focused on being a stay-at-home mom.
PhillyDeals: On July 15, U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., voted with most of his Democratic colleagues and against most of the Republican minority to confirm Norman Bay, head of enforcement for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as the agency's next chairman. On July 18, Casey sent a letter to Energy Department inspector general Gregory H. Friedman asking for a seven-point review of FERC enforcement - the group Bay heads.
SEPTA ridership in the last 12 months fell 2 percent, or roughly 7 million trips, compared to the previous year, and the transit agency cited a fare increase and a very harsh winter as reasons for the dip.
General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles.
Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged.
Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.
PennDOT says it will use the data from the pilot projects to evaluate whether other 65 mph highways can have speeds increased to 70 mph next spring or summe

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.