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    • Almost Half of Retail Grocery Store Managers Are Just Guessing about Their Inventory

    • By: Gene Marks
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    It’s the age of big data. Enormous amounts of bits and bytes are being stored in endless rows of servers in colossal data centers located throughout the world.

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    • A Kenyan Start-Up Will Be Monitoring the U.S. Elections through Crowdsourcing

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    Tuesday’s U.S. presidential elections could prove to be a close vote. That’s why a start-up from Kenya wants to help make sure things go smoothly.

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    • Study: Standing Desks Could Be Harmful to Your Productivity and Your Health

    • By: Gene Marks
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    Research has shown that sitting at a desk for too long can lead to long-term health problems. Which is why, over the past few years, standing desks — which can easily cost hundreds of dollars — have become more popular in offices around the world. A growing number of managers and owners believe that their use can help workers to lose weight, reduce back pain and be more alert.

    "Study: Standing Desks Could Be Harmful to Your Productivity and Your Health" is from the February 26, 2018 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Gene Marks and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • This Start-Up Believes It Can Slow the Aging Process – and Jeff Bezos Agrees

    • By: Gene Marks
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
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    Want to hang around on earth a little longer? A Silicon Valley start-up thinks it can help you do that and more comfortably too.

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    • What’s the Rush? A Grocery Chain Starts a Check-Out Line for People Who Want to Take It Slow.

    • By: Gene Marks
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    Check-out lines at stores are usually kind of stressful, aren’t they? People are always in a rush. The cashiers are very busy. The self-checkout process can be frustrating, particularly if you’re not finding the bar code or don’t have your credit card ready. Hear that? It’s the groans from the people in line behind you when you’re forced to call for assistance because you accidentally scanned something twice. Yeah, we’ve all been there.

    "What’s the Rush? A Grocery Chain Starts a Check-Out Line for People Who Want to Take It Slow." is from the February 23, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Gene Marks and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Dog Poop Police Now Have a Secret Weapon

    • By: Gene Marks
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
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    "Do you have a dog? Do you pick up after his poop? You do? Thank you! Don’t you wish others did too? Few things are worse than stepping in dog poop left on the sidewalk by some irresponsible person.

    That’s the problem that entrepreneur Mark Guarino is solving. One doggy bag at a time."

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    • Lending by Big Banks to Small Businesses Hits a Record High, Study Finds

    • By: Gene Marks
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    One thing that’s critical for growth in a capitalistic economy and that’s capital. Small businesses, which have created two out of three new jobs in this country in recent years, are the ones with big capital needs. The good news is that big banks and institutional lenders are stepping up.

    "Lending by Big Banks to Small Businesses Hits a Record High, Study Finds" is from the February 12, 2018 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Gene Marks and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Customers Loved This Tupperware Superstar, Until She Changed Her Gender

    • By: Gene Marks
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    Her name is Jennifer Bobbi Suchan, but according to this great story in Narratively by Angelina Chapin she likes to be called Aunt Barbara — at least while she’s selling. She started her Tupperware business in 2006 and by 2008 she was North America’s top personal seller of the popular plastic containers and home devices. She kept this title through 2014.

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    • More Than 1.8 Million Teens Are Reading Books by Text Messages Thanks to This Start-Up

    • By: Gene Marks
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    OK, it’s not exactly Dickens. But how about a great story delivered to you by text message?

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    • A Great Majority of Our Nation's Small Business Owners Are Old, White Men

    • By: Gene Marks
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    Two weeks ago the Kauffman Foundation, a well-regarded non-profit group that specializes in entrepreneurism, released its annual State of Entrepreneurship report – and at least in one respect, the news is encouraging. The report found that, despite still being below the peak that preceded the Great Recession, private enterprise is rebounding and entrepreneurs are driving a resurgence of business activity in America.

    "A Great Majority of Our Nation's Small Business Owners Are Old, White Men" is from the February 28, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by  Gene Marks and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Would You Pay $150,000 for a Bed? A Swedish Firm Is Hoping So.

    • By: Gene Marks
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    We all know that not getting enough rest can lead to chronic health problems, including increased blood pressure, heart disease and strokes. So how much would you pay to get a good night’s sleep? How about $150,000? Sold.

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    • How Much Marijuana Was Sold in 2016? A Lot!

    • By: Gene Marks
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    According to Governing.com, 29 states and the District of Columbia have or will soon have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Use of recreational marijuana is legal in eight states. As its popularity has grown, so have profits. In 2016, sales of legal marijuana in North America totaled $6.7 billion — an increase of more than 30 percent — according to a report from Arcview Market Research. The number is projected to rise to $20.2 billion by 2021.

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    • Kickstarter Shuts Down a 'Tinder for Adoption' App. Was It Real, or a Parody?

    • By: Gene Marks
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    Imagine it. A cool mobile app where you can flick through photo after photo of potential children – swiping right for the ones you want and left for the ones you don’t. Nah, not cute enough. Nah, not my type. It’s like a dating app for adoption. But is it real? Is it fake? Whatever it is, crowdfunding site Kickstarter shut it down.

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    • Indiegogo Is Now Offering a New Way for Small Businesses to Raise Capital

    • By: Gene Marks
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    Last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission relaxed the once-onerous crowdfunding rules for companies and reduced the liabilities for online platforms that wanted to host these campaigns. Now that the dust has settled, a new wave of services are appearing to help both established companies and start-ups take advantage.

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    • A Diabetic Gets Fired over a $1.69 (plus Tax) Drink and Dollar General Must Now Pay Her $277,656

    • By: Gene Marks
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    "For God’s sake, if your employee needs a drink, especially if she’s diabetic, just let her have it already.That’s what Dollar General learned after a federal jury sided with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in a case against the retail giant."

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    • A BART Janitor Made $270,000 in a Year and Some People Are Wondering Why

    • By: Gene Marks
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    Last year, a janitor working for San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) made $270,000. Most of it came from benefits and $162,000 in overtime. The whopping amount is raising a few eyebrows.

    "A BART Janitor Made $270,000 in a Year and Some People Are Wondering Why" is from the February 27, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Gene Marks and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Kickstarter Shuts Down a ‘Tinder for Adoption’ App. Was It Real, or a Parody?

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    The app’s called Adoptly and the company launched its Kickstarter campaign last week in the hopes of raising $150,000. Only $4,000 was raised before the lights went out, according to this report on Crowdfund Insider. Was it due to the security risks of adopting kids as if they were hookups on Tinder? No, say the people at Adoptly, because the children would come from legally approved, licensed government agencies and that all prospective parents using the app would be subject to background checks.

    "Kickstarter Shuts Down a ‘Tinder for Adoption’ App. Was It Real, or a Parody?" is from the January 26, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Gene Marks and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • A Girl Scout Calls Her Cookies 'As Flavorless as Dirt' … and Then Sells 7,000 Boxes

    • By: Gene Marks
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    One thing about 11-year-old Charlotte McCourt: She doesn’t mince words.

    "A Girl Scout Calls Her Cookies 'As Flavorless as Dirt' … and Then Sells 7,000 Boxes" is from the January 31, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Gene Marks and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • A Target Store Offers 'Quiet Hours' for Its Autistic Customers

    • By: Gene Marks
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    “It feels awful,” says Lori Sealy, who suffers from the disease and writes about it. “Sight, sound, smell, taste and touch (the five senses that all of the experiences of life must pass through) can be absolutely harrowing and horrifying to a person with autism.

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    • Are Your Employees Moaning Too Much? They Do in Britain.

    • By: Gene Marks
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    Small business owners in Britain have had a lot to deal with this year including a slow economy, a Brexit, a falling pound, noisy eaters and moaners. Wait, what?

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