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Entries by Joe Van Brussel from 12/2012

Business Lessons From A Former Gang Member

Posted 12.03.2012 | Small Business
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Ryan Blair didn’t get off to a good start. At age 16, when most kids born into a middle-class household are starting to wonder which colleges they w...

Dudes Wearing Nail Polish. A Business

Posted 12.03.2012 | Small Business
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Josh Espley is CEO of Blakk Cosmetics, whose first product, Alphanail, is being billed as “war paint for your fingernails.” (It’s nail polish, b...

Small Employers Weigh Impact of Providing Health Insurance

Posted 12.03.2012 | Small Business
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Like many franchisees, Robert U. Mayfield, who owns five Dairy Queens in and around Austin, Tex., is always eager to expand and — no surprise — ha...

Guide To Effective Delegating (For Control Freaks)

Posted 12.03.2012 | Small Business
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I started my first business in a 100-square-foot office my brother-in-law and I finished in the basement of my home. Over the years the business grew ...

Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman Reveals How The Review Site Catches Phonies (VIDEO)

Posted 12.03.2012 | Small Business

In a recent interview with Business Insider, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman speaks about the company's response to businesses that buy Yelp reviews to ske...

Papa John's Obamacare Stance Costs Company Its Reputation: Study

Posted 12.03.2012 | Business

Turns out nobody wants a side of politics with their pizza. The opinion of Papa John's among recent casual diners dropped precipitously after CEO J...

Small Firms Fret Over Higher Taxes

Posted 12.06.2012 | Small Business
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As President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress debate how to address the nation's deficit and avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, some small-busi...

Jane Perez, Virginia Woman, Sued For Writing Negative Yelp Review

Posted 12.06.2012 | Small Business

A negative Yelp review could cost one woman close to $1 million. Jane Perez, a Virginia woman who wrote a scathing Yelp review of the contracting ...

Divorced, But Still Running A Business Together

Posted 12.06.2012 | Small Business
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Most business owners know not to bring personal issues to work, but that has been especially difficult for Agostinho Ribeiro. That is because he runs ...

New Jersey's First Marijuana Dispensary Opens But Customers Aren't Cheering

Posted 12.07.2012 | Small Business

The first New Jersey marijuana dispensary opened Thursday morning, following years of political battles since such establishments were legalized in th...

Longaberger Company Headquarters' Looks Like A Giant Picnic Basket

Posted 12.10.2012 | Small Business

One company in Ohio seems to be making a concerted effort to make employees feel small. In Newark, Ohio, the Longaberger Company's headquarters is...

World War II-Era German Assault Rifle Discovered At Connecticut Gun Buy-Back

Posted 12.10.2012 | Money

One woman hit the bullseye last week when she attempted to toss out a dusty old rifle at a local gun buy-back in Hartford, Conn. Unbeknownst to th...

Milk Industry In 'Crisis,' As Fewer Americans Drink The White Stuff

Posted 12.11.2012 | Money

The milk industry is in crisis. Dairy farmers, milk processors and grocery chains are fretting as fewer and fewer Americans drink milk, the Wall S...

Apple Spending Per U.S. Household Climbs To $444 In 2011: Report

Posted 12.11.2012 | Money

Apparently, Americans can't get enough of Apple's shiny gadgets. On average, U.S. households spent $444 on Apple products in 2011, up from $295 in...

Guy Fieri Draws Crowds Of Irony-Seeking New Yorkers

Posted 12.12.2012 | Small Business

A New York Times review of celebrity chef Guy Fieri's new restaurant has prompted a surge of diners to the mecca of tourist traps -- but not for the r...

Adipsing Sing, California Resident, Charged Over $2,200 For Phone Bill

Posted 12.13.2012 | Money

This is a story about a real failure to communicate. Adipsing Sing, a Northern California man, told CBS Sacramento he was shocked to find he was bi...

Jason Sadler Sells Last Name To For $45,500

Posted 12.14.2012 | Small Business

While most of us brainstorm resolutions we'll kickstart at the beginning of the new year, one entrepreneur is preparing to begin 2013 with a new name....

Danbury Hospital Prepared For School Shooting Massive Casualties, Got Few

Posted 12.14.2012 | Crime

DANBURY, Conn. -- It was a call they had often prepared for, but hoped never to take. Shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, doctors in the emergency room a...

The Creepiest Things That Happened At Work In 2012 (PHOTOS)

Posted 12.17.2012 | Small Business

Whether it's spiders, snakes or Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars, most of us are totally creeped out by certain things. Unfortunately, for some, th...

U.S. Guns: Statistics Show America An Outlier Among Developed Nations

Posted 12.20.2012 | World

How freely do guns flow in the United States compared with the world's other industrialized countries? According to, run by Philip Al...

Safeway Supermarkets Allegedly Overcharging Customers

Posted 12.21.2012 | Business

One of the country's largest supermarket chains doesn't seem to be learning its lesson. Following multiple lawsuits, failed inspections and an unde...

Fiscal Cliff Could Threaten Law Enforcement Budgets As Cash-Scrapped Counties Struggle To House Inmates (CORRECTION)

Posted 12.26.2012 | Business

The fiscal cliff could help out at least one group of Americans: Criminals. At the same time that areas like Lane County, Ore. struggle to house i...

Sam Covelli, Panera Franchisee, Settles Lawsuit Alleging He Segregated Black Workers

Posted 12.26.2012 | Small Business

The owner of several western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio Panera restaurants is paying for allegedly discriminating against African-American workers....

Walmart 'Secret Santa' Pays Family's $211 Bill (VIDEO)

Posted 12.27.2012 | Business

In Altoona, Iowa, Christmas came early for one local family. Ruby Modlin was at a local Walmart with her family shopping for some holiday grocerie...