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Powerball Jackpot Leaps Another 10 Percent to $550 Million

Pretty soon we’ll be talking real money. [Philly.com]

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Willful Ignorance of Probability Propels Powerball Jackpot to $500 Million

Ticket sales are so brisk for Wednesday’s drawing that lottery officials have bumped up the previously announced $425 million top-prize number, making this the largest […]

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How Small-Business Owners Can Survive Natural Disasters

The city of Philadelphia really dodged a bullet. All around us people and businesses are still recovering from floodwaters, loss of power, injuries and, in […]

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In Philadelphia, Small Businesses Get Plenty of Support

One thing people don’t realize when they start a small business is that it’s a cold and lonely world out there. Where once you were […]

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6 Stunts a Philly Business Could Sponsor for Publicity

Many of us watched Felix Baumgartner risk his life last weekend by jumping out of a balloon from 24 miles in the sky. And we […]

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Have Sympathy for Dick Yuengling. He’s Just One of the 99 Percent.

I have a friend who’s a very successful, second-generation business owner in Montgomery County. His father, who built the business into the success that it […]

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Why Philly Will Never Be a Start-up Hub

Last weekend was Startup Weekend in Philly, and no offense to the great companies who competed (and to voxx.io, the winner of the competition), but […]

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Philly Needs a Suburban Taxi Service That Doesn’t Suck

Times are tough, and the economy is barely growing. People are looking for work. But others are thinking differently. They’re thinking of starting their own […]

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The Orchestra’s New Music Director Knows a Thing or Two About Business

Yannick Nezet-Seguin has something very much in common with my friend “Andy” from Bristol. Nezet-Seguin is the new music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which, […]

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How Penn Is Turning Scientists Into Entrepreneurs

“David” cannot make a cup of coffee. But he is a better businessman than I am. I live in Lower Merion, which is overrun with Penn […]

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What Business Owners Can Learn From Madonna

Madonna was late for her concert at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night. How late? Oh, about two-and-a-half hours late. She kept close to 20,000 […]

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How Some Philadelphia Businesses Are Surviving the Bad Economy

In this summer of lousy economic news it was good to hear Tuesday that retail sales finally had a nice jump. It was the first […]

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Gift Ideas: 8 Presents That Are Uniquely Philly

A customer of mine from Denver visited me in Philadelphia recently and hired my company for a good project. I want to send him a […]

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Why Isn’t There a Good Way to Get From Philly to New York?

Toll Brothers is heading to New York to work on a big, new construction project. Good for them. I hope they succeed. The building industry has […]

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Mitt Romney Can Convince America Big Business Isn’t the Enemy

Last week, on a conference call with members of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, presidential candidate Mitt Romney promised that small businesses would have […]