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Jillian Berman
Jillian Berman is a Business Reporter at The Huffington Post. Her work has also appeared in USA Today, Bloomberg and Xconomy. She can be reached at 212 402 4771 or

Entries by Jillian Berman

The Venture Capital System 'Simply Does Not Work For Women,' Study Finds

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 12:05 AM

The Silicon Valley money machine only seems to work for men, a painful new study reveals.

Less than 3 percent of the 6,793 companies that received venture capital from 2011-2013 were headed by a woman, according to a study from Babson College released Tuesday. That means that out...

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Walmart Targets The Poor With New Checking Accounts

(229) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 8:32 AM

By offering low-fee checking accounts, Walmart dares to go where most big banks won't. Few major financial institutions are willing to give lower-income Americans checking accounts these days -- without exorbitant fees.

But, unlike the big banks, Walmart really needs low-income customers.

The retail goliath on Wednesday

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'Greed' Is the First Word That Comes To Mind When Americans Think About Corporations

(45) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 10:55 AM

For most Americans, apparently, the first word that comes to mind when they hear the word “corporation" is "greed."

The word cloud below is part of a new study called the Corporate Perception Indicator, released Monday by CNBC and public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. The survey of 25,000...

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Whole Foods' High-Priced Reputation May Finally Be Catching Up With It

(231) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 12:21 PM

For years, Whole Foods has shrugged off criticism that it should be renamed "Whole Paycheck" because it is so expensive. But its high-priced reputation might finally be starting to hurt it.

The grocery chain's competitors are luring shoppers away with lower prices, threatening to unlock its long stranglehold on the...

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Walmart's Plan To Encourage Political Donations Violates Election Law, Groups Claim

(122) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 12:05 AM

Walmart is violating campaign finance law by encouraging workers to donate to a PAC backing the company's favorite political candidates, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.

The company entices managers, executives, professional workers and shareholders to give to...

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Huge, Terrible Menus Are Hurting McDonald's And Olive Garden

(131) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 9:01 AM

The days of a restaurant menu that reads more like a chapter book may soon be coming to an end.

As foodie-ism invades American culture, diners are looking for restaurants that excel at one thing instead of offering dozens of mediocre dishes. Fast-casual chains like Chipotle and...

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Olive Garden Defends Unlimited Breadsticks, Because 'Italian Generosity'

(52) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 10:34 AM

Olive Garden has issued a strongly worded defense of its unlimited salad and breadsticks on Monday, because it had to.

In a 24-slide presentation published Monday, Darden, the owner of Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille and others, defended its Italian chain's breadstick and salad strategy, complicated...

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Olive Garden And Its Flavorless Pasta Get Ripped Apart In 294-Page Report

(281) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Thanks to a brewing battle between activist shareholders and Olive Garden’s parent company, we just got a little insight into what the world would be like if Wall Street investors moonlighted as food critics.

In a scathing 294-slide report aimed at convincing shareholders to sign on to...

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Crowdfunding Site GoFundMe Won't Let Crowds Fund Abortions

(141) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 1:52 PM

A crowdfunding site touted as "Kickstarter for the rest of us" has decided that the rest of us doesn't include people who are pro-abortion rights.

GoFundMe, a site that allows people to solicit money online for personal causes like medical bills, house repairs and scholarship funds,

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Walmart Workers Complain They Can't Afford New Dress Code

(1577) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 1:59 PM

Walmart workers are apparently not too happy about having Walmart tell them how to dress, and now labor activists are getting involved.

Richard Reynoso, a Walmart employee working in a southern California store, sent a letter to Walmart’s corporate headquarters on Monday, claiming that he couldn’t afford to comply with...

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McDonald's Has Its Worst Month In 10 Years. Again.

(448) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 9:49 AM

Ronald McDonald is having a second helping, and not the good kind.

McDonald’s reported Tuesday that global sales at stores open more than a year dropped 3.7 percent in August. That was the company’s worst month for what are known as "same-store sales," a key retail metric,...

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'$15 Could Change Everything': Hundreds Arrested As Fast-Food Workers Strike Nationwide

(1362) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:37 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- About two dozen of this city's fast-food workers marched Thursday afternoon to a street corner that's home to a McDonald's, a Wendy's and a KFC. Calling for a living wage of $15, they seated themselves in the middle of a freeway entrance, backing up traffic as far...

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Demonstrators Arrested At Fast Food Protests In Cities Across The Country (PHOTOS)

(431) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 11:24 AM

Dozens of people participating in fast-food protests were arrested in New York, Chicago, Miami and other cities Thursday, according to police and organizers.

Fast-food workers and activists protested in more than 100 cities across the country demanding higher wages and better working conditions. The protests are the latest...

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Why This Week's Fast Food Protests Are 'History In The Making'

(48) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 9:43 AM

Fast-food workers are the public face of our part-time, low-wage economy. But when they protest on Thursday for higher wages and better conditions, they'll be joined by another group of workers who toil in obscurity.

Thousands of home-care workers -- people who take care of the elderly or disabled --...

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'Dollar' Stores Aren't Actually The Cheapest Stores

(10) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Just because a store has the word “dollar” in the name doesn’t mean it’s actually the cheapest place to shop.

A typical basket of goods at Walmart is about 4 percent cheaper than the same basket at Dollar General and about 12 percent cheaper than the same basket at...

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Dunkin' Donuts Worker's Death Reveals The True Cost Of Our Low-Wage, Part-Time Economy

(430) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 11:05 AM

A New Jersey woman died earlier this week trying to catch a few hours of sleep between jobs, a chilling reminder of the struggle low-wage workers, particularly women, face making ends meet.

Police found Maria Fernandes dead in her car on Monday night, parked in a convenience-store parking lot...

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Having A Bank Account Really Is Getting More Expensive

(23) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 7:36 AM

Banks fees are getting worse.

The availability of free checking accounts dropped to record low levels in the first half of the year, according to a report released this week by The percentage of checking accounts with no monthly maintenance fees fell to 28 percent, the lowest...

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You're Losing $18,000 A Year Because Of Income Inequality

(70) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 11:00 AM

The rich have gotten richer at the expense of the rest of us.

The rise in income inequality of the past few decades has taken money from the pockets of the lower and middle class and added it to the coffers of the rich, according to a new...

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Uber's Latest Cutthroat Business Tactic Might Actually Help Workers

(4) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 10:31 AM

Uber has been at the center of many scandals, giving people plenty of reasons to be mad at it. But its latest scandal might be a reason to praise it.

The ride-sharing company's cutthroat business tactics are quickly becoming legendary, but its latest ploy just doesn't seem all that scandalous....

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Burger King Denies Deal Is About Taxes

(308) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 8:08 AM

For years, Burger King has tried to take down the Big Mac with the Whopper, its own version of a deluxe burger. Now the long-suffering fast-food chain is going after McDonald's with two arguably more timeless classics: coffee and doughnuts.

On Tuesday, Burger King announced it would buy Canadian...

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