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U-PARC houses companies ranging from innovative to traditional

By Jodi Weigand
The only thing most people know about the University of Pittsburgh Applied Research Center (U-PARC) in Harmar is that it has a building with the Pitt logo on a tower along Route 28. The center’s campus is on a hill, …

Deported migrants find home at call centers

By The Associated Press
TIJUANA, Mexico — Henry Monterroso is a foreigner in his own country. Raised in California from the age of 5, he was deported to Mexico in 2011 and found himself in a land he barely knew. But the 34-year-old Tijuana …

Students walk shop class path to excellence

By Bloomberg News
Two years out of high school, Evan Fischbach is earning $40,000 a year. His secret: shop class. Fischbach, 19, has known he wanted to work on cars ever since he took an automotive class in his junior year of high …

States clear way for startups to use crowdfunding

By Stateline.org
Establishing a startup company takes a lot of time and effort. It also takes money, which is something that entrepreneurs like Henry Schwartz know all too well. Schwartz is co-founder and president of MobCraft Beer, a craft brewery in Madison, …

Lower your cable bill by streaming shows

By Tribune-Review
Question: I’m paying way too much for cable television. What can I do to cut the costs? Answer: You can always downgrade to a basic cable package and grab the shows you’re missing another way. There are streaming boxes and …

Compelling cases exist for cashing out, staying in as stock market soars

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Is it time to cash out of stocks? The market has nearly tripled in a little more than five years, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed above 2,000 for the first time on Tuesday. With …

States fight back against financial scams aimed at seniors

By Stateline.org
Sally Hurme figured that if anyone knew about financial scams targeted at older Americans, it would be her family and friends. After all, Hurme, an …

Gas drilling company withdraws application for forced pooling in Western Pennsylvania

By John D. Oravecz
A fight over whether a Texas company can drill for oil and gas in Western Pennsylvania without consent from some landowners ended on Friday, a state regulator said, when the company withdrew its application for forced pooling. Hilcorp Energy Co. …

Healthy PA expands number of recipients but cuts benefits

By Alex Nixon
Money-saving reforms in the state’s Medicaid program, along with a plan to provide health insurance coverage to more poor people in the state, come with a cost: reduced benefits. A day after the Obama administration approved a compromise version of …

Trib 30 stock index gains 4.85% in August

By John D. Oravecz
Pittsburgh-area stocks rose, finishing with the biggest monthly gain since February. The Trib 30 stock index ended trading on Friday at 449.50, up 4.85 percent from July, when a market swoon late in the month erased gains for many area …

Hershey unwraps new corporate logo

By The Associated Press
The Hershey Company is rolling out a new corporate logo that features a stylized version of one of its most famous chocolate products. The candy maker on Friday announced the design, which adds a Kisses chocolate at the end of …

Google tests Project Wing drone delivery

By The Los Angeles Times
Google X — the lab responsible for Google Glass, Google’s self-driving cars and Google’s smart contact lenses — has announced its latest endeavor: self-flying delivery drones. Under the name Project Wing, Google is testing drones that can be pre-programmed with …

Fiat-Chrysler shares may hit market soon

By The Associated Press
U.S. investors should soon be able to buy stock in Chrysler for the first time in seven years. Italy’s Fiat and Chrysler are merging to form Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Fiat said in a statement on Friday that an ongoing tally …

Consumer sentiment improves slightly in August

By The Associated Press
American consumer sentiment ticked up in August, driven by greater optimism about jobs, rising incomes and increasing wealth. The University of Michigan said its index of consumer sentiment rose to 82.5 from 81.8 in July. Still, it has barely risen …

Cadillac faces SUV challenge

By Mark Phelan
Amid General Motors’ confirmation of things we already knew — that Cadillac will add a super-luxury sedan in 2015 to compete with the Audi A8, BMW 7-series, Mercedes S-class and Lexus LS — don’t lose sight of the brand’s greater …

Dairy Queen victim of malware attack

By The Christian Science Monitor
The malware that caused a major breach for Target has struck again. Authorities are investigating the malware, known as “Backoff” that may have been found on the computer systems of some Dairy Queen restaurants. “We have been working on the situation …

Business Briefs

Roundup: EDMC sees enrollment, revenue fall through 2015; Orbitz ends dispute with American, US Airways

By Wires
EDMC predicts enrollment, revenue will drop through 2015 Education Management Corp., operator of the Art Institutes chain of for-profit colleges, said it expects enrollment and revenue to continue to decline through the end of fiscal 2015, which ends June 30. …

Business Columnists

Jack Markowitz

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Markowitz: Labor Day offers workers a good time to reflect

Labor Day is coming, and here are 10 ideas parading, maybe, in the heads of working people: • “Every time …

John Browne

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John Browne: Wall Street caught up in party

Financial markets rose substantially last week, which is not surprising given the previous weekend’s Federal Reserve symposium. Fed Chairwoman Janet …

John Dorfman

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Dorfman: Value selections can be shrewd

An old Wall Street saying goes, “What’s the difference between being early and being wrong? There isn’t any.” Value investors …

Chris Posti

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Chris Posti: Get most from career coach

If you authorize coaching in your organization, would you like to know what you can do to increase the success …

Kim Komando

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10 awesome things you didn’t know your phone could do

You’ve had your smartphone for a while. But let’s face it: you’ve never read the manual. You take great pride …

Real Estate

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — Aug. 31

By Sam Spatter
Deals of the week A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania: $1.525 million Property …

Business Gallery

BANKING, FINANCE Lisa Wamsley joined …

By Tribune-Review
BANKING, FINANCE Lisa Wamsley joined Washington Community Federal Credit Union as a finance specialist. First Commonwealth Bank hired Robert Rein as vice president and business …