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

    • By: Gene Marks
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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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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    • 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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    • Move Over Mr. Robot: Here Are Two New Business Scams to Watch Out For

    • By: Gene Marks
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    Be wary of robocalls. Try not to say “yes” to any questions, instead responding with “I can hear you.”

    "Move Over Mr. Robot: Here Are Two New Business Scams to Watch Out For" is from the February 02, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Gene Marks and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • There’s Green in Being Gay: LGBT Businesses Contribute $1.7 Trillion to the U.S. Economy

    • By: Gene Marks
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    The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), a trade group that represents businesses owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders, reported this week that the typical LGBT business has been in business, on average, for more than 12 years and that LGBT businesses contribute more than $1.7 billion to the U.S. economy and have created more than 33,000 jobs.

    "There’s Green in Being Gay: LGBT Businesses Contribute $1.7 Trillion to the U.S. Economy" is from the January 23, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Gene Marks and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Reason Amazon Won't Kill the Mom-And-Pop Convenience Store

    • By: Gene Marks
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    A block from where I live is a popular grocery store. It’s not big enough to be considered a supermarket, but it has more than just the basics. I shop there a few days a week, buying everything from milk and produce to frozen food and meats. According to data from the National Association of Convenience Stores, there are more than 154,000 such places across the country. Almost two-thirds of them are owned by single-store operators and 81 percent also sell gas.

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

    • By: Gene Marks
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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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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    • 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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    • Bernie Madoff Is Cornering the Hot Chocolate Market – in Prison

    • By: Gene Marks
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    Oh yes, he’s a criminal. His $65 billion Ponzi scheme bankrupted many individuals and caused a great deal of pain and suffering. One of his sons committed suicide due in most part to his father’s illegal activities and another son blamed the return of cancer (which ultimately killed him) on his father too. Few would disagree that Madoff deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. But prison isn’t stopping Madoff from being what he is: A born entrepreneur.

    "Bernie Madoff Is Cornering the Hot Chocolate Market – in Prison" is from the January 19, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Gene Marks and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • A New Smartphone App Will Reward Good Drivers with Lower Insurance Rates

    • By: Gene Marks
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    It doesn’t matter how educated or wealthy you are–if you’re a lousy driver, you’re still a lousy driver. A start-up called Root debuted in the U.S. on Tuesday to prove just that–and its technology could significantly change how much insurance companies charge their customers.

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

    • By: Gene Marks
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • A Wisconsin Company Offers to Implant Remote-Control Microchips in Its Employees

    • By:  Gene Marks
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    Three Square Market — a developer of software used in vending machines — is offering all of its employees the option to get a microchip implanted between the thumb and forefinger. It’s quick, painless and the company will even pick up the $300 fee. And don’t worry — there’s no GPS tracking capability … yet.

    "A Wisconsin Company Offers to Implant Remote-Control Microchips in Its Employees" is from the July 24, 2017 Digger section of The Washington Post. It was written by  Gene Marks and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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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?

    • By: Gene Marks
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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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