The word audit usually conjures a boring - and sometimes terrifying - tableau of invoices, spreadsheets, and calculators. But ask Robert Bright about a construction audit that his Philadelphia firm, Talson Solutions L.L.C., just wrapped, and he breaks out a slideshow of what could be mistaken for an exotic vacation.
Diane Mastrull has been at the Inquirer since 1997, covering Atlantic City, suburban development trends, commercial development, and, for the last six years, small business. The creator of the red-hot Scrub Daddy attributes his emergence as the top-selling product on Shark Tank to first being written about by Diane. But even businesses with tiny footprints are of interest, as they all have stories of motivation, adaptation, and trial and error that others can learn from.