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The Faithful Shopper: Hamptons Shopping à la mode

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 06.29.2016 | Style
Faith Hope Consolo

Back to the beach for sunny sea vibes, sandy soirées and of course the superior shopping out East. Here are some new spots to help you soak up the su...

Thank You, Bernie

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Thank you for reawakening a wave of excitement within the Democratic Party. Thank you for championing a list of issues that I could heartily agree with, and for refusing to be distracted from your agenda by the usual mudslinging and other negative campaigning tactics so common in politics today.

America's Top Main Streets for 2016

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 05.23.2016 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

By National Main Street Center The National Main Street Center Reveals Its 2016 Great American Main Street Award Winners The National Main Street Ce...

'The People Are Revolting': The 1 Percent Should Think Twice About Mocking Mainstream Brands

Gregg S. Lipman | Posted 05.13.2016 | Style
Gregg S. Lipman

When Italian design house Moschino swiped the look of a Windex bottle for its Fresh Couture luxury perfume earlier this year, the oxymoronic twist felt familiar to educated elites who can spend $82 for 3.4 ounces of eau de toilette.

Is American Capitalism Becoming More Human?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Suddenly, capitalism American-style looks a little more human and a little more fair, if recent developments on the business front become a trend.

Frugal Spending, Rich Living and the Index Card

Don McNay | Posted 03.25.2016 | Books
Don McNay

"Although we had no money I was rich as I could be In my coat of many colors My momma made for me" -Dolly Parton "I work all night, I work all day, t...

The Economics of Obesity & Bariatric Surgery

Don McNay | Posted 03.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Don McNay

"Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business and eventually degenerates into a racket." -Eric Hoffer "Lesson number one: Don't underes...

Bigger Isn't Always Better and Relationships Are Key

John Burnett | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
John Burnett

Now that I have your attention, we can talk about the financial service needs of the working poor comprised of the financially disenfranchised, immigrants and lower tier of the middle class and which type of banking institution is positioned to best meet their needs.

The Unexpected Place Where Americans Are Shopping

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 12.18.2015 | Business
National Trust for Historic Preservation

The holiday season represents a critical period for American retailers, with the period accounting for nearly 20 percent of overall annual retail sales, according to the National Retail Institute.

Before You Click: Amazon vs. Local Business (Infographic)

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Amazon is rapidly expanding its online empire, but behind the conveniences that the company offers are a lot of hidden costs. We put together an info...

The Speech Hillary Clinton Should Give to the 1 Percent on Capitalism and Income Inequality

Carla Seaquist | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Fat Cats, Members of the 1 Percent, the Filthy Rich: Just kidding..... I come in peace and I come with a proposal -- an investment proposal and a course correction -- to restore and secure this great country going forward. You, America's wealthy class, are key to the American Renaissance.

Are You An Accredited Investor? It May Not Matter Soon

Jorge Newbery | Posted 06.16.2016 | Business
Jorge Newbery

Many people who want to invest in startups, real estate crowdfunding projects, and other privately placed investment vehicles are surprised to learn that these opportunities are typically only open to accredited investors.

Get Capital to Main Street to Create Jobs, Revive Communities

Connie Evans | Posted 06.17.2016 | Business
Connie Evans

As the still fragile U.S. economy cranks out new jobs, with concerns that a jolt from a world event or higher interest rates could spark a slowdown, much of the public and private sectors have ignored the potential of the nation's smallest businesses to help fuel economic growth.

Illinois Improbable: A Story of Upending Expectations

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.11.2016 | Travel
Richard Bangs

It was spring, and as I drove from O'Hare to Evanston I was struck by the beauty; of the blossoms, the psychic valence of the architecture, the light off the lake. What had I missed on my first tour through this middle earth?

How To Find Main Street Investors For Gender Diverse Companies

Laura Dunn | Posted 06.05.2016 | Business
Laura Dunn

Women in leadership roles are steadily increasing, and more companies are stepping up to the plate and recognizing the drastic disparity that still ex...

Books for Our Times: Losing Our Way, by Bob Herbert

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.28.2016 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Losing Our Way is a book that will resonate with many thoughtful Americans who feel, like the author, that America has lost her way in this last half-century. That would be most Americans, actually: Two-thirds of the American public tell pollsters they feel the country is on "the wrong track."

Bernie Sanders Jumps In

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

No matter what you think his chances of winning the nomination (or the presidency), Bernie Sanders is going to force everyone else to focus on the little guy.

SBA Modernization Is Unlocking Commercial Capital

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 06.10.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

As an immigrant who came to this country at age 5 with no economic advantages, I believe that entrepreneurism is the greatest force the world has ever known for lifting people out of poverty. SBA plays a special role in empowering those born without any head start.

The 88 Best Main Streets In America

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 03.30.2015 | HuffPost Home

There are two tales of Main Street in the United States: The "heartline of America" that Walt Disney mapped out some 60 years ago, and the less idylli...

Bringing Sustainability to Small-Town America

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

There are some terrific examples of green initiatives beginning to emerge in small-town America. While these communities may frequently lack institutional capacity and fiscal resources to undertake big initiatives, they do have the benefit of agility. Even a single leader can make a difference.

Home-Field Advantage

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While President Obama's "middle class economics" speech last night certainly laid down a few markers for Democrats in 2016 and beyond, the real reason it now seems Democrats will be playing on familiar turf comes from Republicans.

To Shop Locally or Not to Shop Locally? That Is the Question

Karen Angel | Posted 03.08.2015 | Small Business
Karen Angel

A vibrant Main Street helps make the local economy more resilient and boosts real estate prices. Plus, buying locally means less shipping and a smaller carbon footprint.

Debt Collectors, Social Darwinism and William Jennings Bryan

Don McNay | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Don McNay

In the over 90 years since William Jennings Bryan's death, we have seen scores of major atrocities played out with the theory of "survival of the fittest" as a motivating factor. We are also seeing it at every level of business and society.

Retailers, Bankers and Democrats Agree

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Income inequality is killing the economy. Retailers, bankers and Democrats agree on that. Really. It's only Republicans who continue to insist that income inequality is great.

The Koch Brothers Don't Want You to Read This!

Steve Skrovan | Posted 12.14.2014 | Comedy
Steve Skrovan

For the last six weeks, my inbox has been jammed with "urgent" messages from various congressional candidates and progressive organizations. They use a number of tricks to get you to open the email.