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Five Ways You Can Turn the Pope’s Philly Visit Into Cash

After blowing us off in 2008, choosing instead to take what must have been a divine form of the Acela Express from New York straight […]

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Congress’s Duh Moment: The U.S. Wants Smart Immigrants!

My freshman year calculus class had about 500 people in it, and we attended our lectures in a large auditorium three times a week. It’s […]

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Big Business Is Not America’s Enemy

When I worked in the Philadelphia office of KPMG, the big international accounting and consulting firm, there was one senior manager who made me report […]

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10 Classes Every Business School Should Be Teaching

Our country is in an education crisis! Students are graduating without jobs and owing punishing amounts of debt. Tuition continues to spiral out of control. […]

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You Think Philly’s Corrupt? Try Doing Business in China

A powerful government official becomes involved in a murder scandal that threatens the Chinese hierarchy. A blind activist shines light on the country’s harsh human […]

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What to Do if You Become Internet Famous

Back in December I wrote this blog post and it went viral. To date, there have been close to 700,000 views and countless other reproductions on […]

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Gordon Ramsay Will School You

Last weekend, my wife and I caught up on the last four episodes of Mad Men. Yes, things started out slow, but as usual we’re […]

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Don’t Be Fooled by These 10 Misleading Economic Indicators

We all hear plenty of economic data every week. And recently, the news reports have been generally positive. Increased retail sales. Decreasing unemployment. A higher […]

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10 Ways to Profit From the Phillies

Duffy’s Irish Pub in Washington D.C. announced a new promotion last week. Every time former Phillie Jayson Werth homers for the Washington Nationals, anyone in […]

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Want a Job? Give Me Access to Your Facebook Page

We call her Aunt Dolores but she’s really not our Aunt. She is … now see if you can follow me … the 70-year-old sister […]

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Technology’s Changed Since Mad Men. Has Yours?

They’re back! Sexist comments. Bourbon at 10 a.m. Lighting up a Pall Mall whenever you want. No, this isn’t the Red Sox locker room. It’s […]

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11 Things You Need to Know to Get a Job

My business is part of the unemployment problem in this country. I’ve had 10 people in my company for as long as I can remember. […]

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8 Reasons to Be Terrified of the Bad Economy

Last week my teenage daughter and I visited the Magic Kingdom in Orlando. The Haunted Mansion? Really fun, but not very scary. Space Mountain? Pretty good, but […]

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Why Most Small-Business Owners Didn’t Vote for Rick Santorum

Although the data may never be fully known, I believe that the majority of people who own a small business did not come out and […]

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President Obama Was One of 27 People Who Lied to Me This Week

Want to own a small business? It’s not as romantic as you may think. Very few entrepreneurs go on to become the CEOs of publicly […]