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BRAINS Act Would Free Up Green Cards For Tech Startups To Hire Foreign-Born Students

Gerry Smith | September 19, 2012 | Technology
Two Democratic senators have introduced legislation that would address a pressing need among tech startups: hiring enough foreign-born engineers. Currently, foreign students are discouraged from starting new companies after graduating from American universities because they compete for a limited number of visas. Many immigrants who can’t secure visas give up...

Pearlie Mae Jones, Texas Widow, Sues Cemetery That Allegedly Misplaced Her Husband's Remains

Harry Bradford | September 18, 2012 | Business
Elderly widow Pearlie Mae Jones alleges the Cedar Hill Memorial Park in Mansfield, Texas, lost her deceased husband's remains -- and is asking her for extra money to find them. Jones is suing. She says the cemetery buried her husband in the wrong plot, then placed...

Amazon Ends Endless, A Women's Fashion Website

Dino Grandoni | November 18, 2012 | Technology
By Alistair Barr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc is closing its fashion website as the world's largest Internet retailer focuses on a new, upgraded apparel and accessories section of its main website. On September 27, will become part of, according to a statement on the front...

Tattoo Ad Craze Created Human Billboards For Now Defunct Companies (PHOTOS)

Drew Guarini | September 18, 2012 | Small Business
What's worse than a terrible tattoo? A terrible tattoo that advertises a company that no longer exists. A selection of "human billboards," people who once tattooed company logos or names on their bodies for quick cash, were recently featured in a BuzzFeed piece by Jack Stuef titled "Branded...

Shane Schoeller, Missouri Secretary Of State Candidate, Receives Free Billboards

John Celock | September 18, 2012 | Politics
The Missouri billboard lobby offered thousands in free advertising to the Republican nominee for secretary of state in an effort to put someone in the office who will give the billboard industry a boost. Last week's donation of $89,300 in billboards and billboard vinyl from Lamar Companies to GOP...

Most Americans Admit To Making Expensive Money Mistakes

Emily Cohn | September 18, 2012 | Money
Most Americans say they’ve made big financial mistakes, with many people costing themselves thousands of dollars, according to a new poll. Two-thirds of people surveyed acknowledged making one “really bad financial decision,” with 47% admitting to more than one bone-headed move.

Berkey Creamery, Penn State Favorite, Recalls Ice Cream And Frozen Yogurt Over Plastic Bits

Ron Dicker | September 18, 2012 | Small Business
Penn State has taken another rocky road. Its popular Berkey Creamery has recalled ice cream and frozen yogurt products because consumers found plastic pieces in them, according to reports (h/t MSN). One person even said there was a penny in a half-gallon. The voluntary recall covers...

Long-Term Unemployment Worse Than A Criminal Record When It Comes To Job Placement: Survey

Katherine Bindley | November 8, 2012 | Business
A new survey has found that hiring managers and recruiters believe it is easier to place a candidate who has a job -- but who also has a criminal record -- than a person who has been unemployed for more than two years. Bullhorn, the recruiting software company,

Michael Porter, Harvard Business Professor, On Competitiveness Crisis: America Is Falling Behind (VIDEO)

Joe Van Brussel | September 18, 2012 | Impact
Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter believes that America is failing to compete. The prolific author and leader of Harvard's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness spoke with the Huffington Post about the consequences of increased globalization in business and the role of business in helping America get back on track...

Japan's Yunessun Spa Resort Offers Hot Tubs Filled With Red Wine, Coffee (PHOTOS)

Drew Guarini | September 18, 2012 | Small Business
Take a deep breath. Relax. Then step into the hot tub full of wine. Wait, what? At Yunessun Spa Resort in Hakone, Japan, customers have the chance to "cleanse" themselves in a variety of unorthodox hot tubs, filled with everything from green tea to red wine to...

Pizza Museum, Pizza Brain In Philly, Serves Up Slices, Memorabilia

Emily Peck | September 18, 2012 | Small Business
PHILADELPHIA -- How much does Brian Dwyer love pizza? Let us count the ways: He holds the Guinness World Record for largest collection of pizza memorabilia; he has a caricature of himself, eating pizza, tattooed on his back with the phrase "Totally saucesome!"; and he is the driving force behind...

Crossroads Small Business Ad Stars Company That Received Defense Contracts

Luke Johnson | September 18, 2012 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- The stars of an $8.3 million ad buy by American Crossroads, which criticizes President Barack Obama's attitude toward small business, received more than $300,000 in government contracts during his term alone. "Small businesses like ours are what have driven this country, and President Obama just doesn't...

Daniel Joutard, French Entrepreneur, Says Hiring Plans Hamstrung By Outdated Laws

AP | November 18, 2012 | Small Business
PARIS (AP) — Europe needs jobs, and French entrepreneur Daniel Joutard wants to create them, hiring more employees for his skin-care products company. Yet he can't take the risk — in large part because of France's inflexible workplace protections. The 37-year-old is among thousands of small- and medium-size business owners...

The Collective Tap, Comerica Hatch Detroit Semifinalist, Would Create Craft Beer Hub In The City

Kate Abbey-Lambertz | September 18, 2012 | Detroit
As interest in craft beer continues to grow locally and nationally, enthusiasts in the Metro Detroit area are lucky to have a long list of breweries to visit. Emily Miller wants to capitalize on that interest and cultivate it with her pitch for Detroit retail, the...

Amber Restaurant Gay Wedding Canceled Because It Would Be 'Bad For Feng Shui': Lawsuit

Nate C. Hindman | September 18, 2012 | Small Business
A New York restaurant refused to host a same-sex couple’s wedding rehearsal dinner because the owner’s son said gay parties are bad for “feng shui,” according to reports of a lawsuit filed last week in Manhattan Supreme Court. According to the New York Daily News, newlyweds Barrett Greene...

How Debt Landed Me In Kosovo -- And Then In Iraq

Emily Cohn | September 18, 2012 | Money
This is an excerpt from an anonymous essay published on the Billfold. To read the full story, click here. Ten years ago, I was nearly 30 and over $90,000 in debt. I had spent my twenties trying to build an...

Lyfe Kitchen, Health Food Restaurant Founded By Former McDonald's President, To Expand

Emily Peck | September 18, 2012 | Small Business
A health-food restaurant started in Palo Alto, Calif., by a former McDonald's executive described as a "maniac" is about to make its national debut. Should owners of smaller, slow food outlets be worried? Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports that Lyfe Kitchen (an acronym for Love Your Food Everyday) is set...

Want More Productive Workers? Adjust Your Thermostat

Drew Guarini | September 18, 2012 | Small Business
Some years back, the Campbell Soup Company stumbled upon a marketing insight worthy of Don Draper. If you want to predict when people will buy soup, the reasoning goes, you have to look beyond the product. It’s not about the depth of the soup’s flavor, the color of its packaging,...

Bowmore 1957 Whisky To Be Auctioned For $162,000

Carey Polis | September 18, 2012 | Food
A 54-year-old whisky from the Scottish whisky company Bowmore, aptly titled Bowmore 1957, will be auctioned off in Edinburgh (bottle 1, October 10) and New York (bottle 2, October 28) with a minimum reserve of £100,000 per bottle -- about $162,000. This is the oldest and rarest bottle from Bowmore;...

Cape Cod's Great White Sharks Tagged By Researchers From Ocearch

James Gerken | November 18, 2012 | Green
CHATHAM, Mass. — The scientists and fishermen on board the Ocearch, a repurposed crabbing vessel, received word that their scouting boat had hooked a great white shark, sparking a flurry of activity. They were about to get up close and personal with the animal, more than 2,000 pounds and nearly...
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