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Finding funding can be hard for ‘social enterprises’

By Katelyn Ferral
When Corinne Clinch found an efficient way to bring cheap drinking water to victims of natural disasters, she debated whether to do it through a nonprofit organization or for-profit company. The self-funding potential of the company, dubbed Rorus, won out. “Money ...

Buffett fires back at unusual criticism as he marks 50 years at helm of Berkshire Hathaway

By The Associated Press
OMAHA — Berkshire Hathaway shareholders always celebrate Warren Buffett at the annual meeting, but amid the praise Saturday, investors questioned a couple of the ...

U.S. offshore wind energy slow to start

By The Associated Press
PROVIDENCE — When the Obama administration cleared the way five years ago for the nation’s first offshore wind farm to be built, advocates hoped it was the start of a new way of generating power along the East Coast. That ...

Hamburger U schools bosses in McDonald’s

By Chicago Tribune
OAK BROOK, Ill. — Two boxes of french fries stacked on the kitchen floor, rather than stored in a freezer. An empty salt shaker at ...

Analysts: Tech boom is no dot-com bubble

By San Jose Mercury News
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Silicon Valley’s tech cup runneth over. Job growth is humming, coders are being lionized on HBO, Uber and its shared-economy cohorts are on fire, disrupted innovation is unfolding on every corner. And everyone from downtown San ...

What Nasdaq’s record territory means for 401(k)s

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Technology stocks are trading at levels not seen since Y2K, and that may trigger some bad memories. After all, the last time the index reached a record high, the dot-com crash resulted. But this time, the Nasdaq ...

Genetic testing in workplace?

By The Associated Press
Your employer may one day help determine if your genes are why your jeans have become too snug. Big companies are considering blending genetic testing ...

Bird flu ravaging commercial flocks remains mysterious

By The Associated Press 7:27 a.m.
DES MOINES — It’s been five months since the H5N2 bird flu virus was discovered in the United States, and producers have lost 21 million birds in the Midwest alone. Yet, researchers acknowledge they know little about a bird flu ...

Low-brow reigns in China’s film boom

By The Associated Press
BEIJING — Yi Zhenxing’s movie career started by posting clips of himself online with a paper bag over his head commenting on computer games. The ...

Where asbestos lawsuits thrive

By The Associated Press
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Few of the tourists who drive old Route 66 through this rural Illinois town are aware of its true economic engine: a ...

Whisper’s millions of users pull advertisers

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — The anonymous thought-sharing app Whisper has hired a president and signed its 10th advertiser as it tests how to turn the attention of its 10 million monthly users into revenue. The Los Angeles startup had seemed on a ...

Small businesses still in recession

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The recession isn’t a dim memory for many small businesses. Nearly two-thirds of owners in a Bank of America survey said their ...

FirstEnergy prepares site for coal waste from power plant in Shippingport

By Katelyn Ferral
FirstEnergy Corp. is moving ahead with plans to build a facility to deal with coal waste from its Bruce Mansfield power plant in Shippingport. CEO Charles E. Jones said during the Akron-based utility’s first-quarter earnings call Friday that it will ...

CEO takes the blame as sales continue to fall at vitamin retailer GNC

By Alex Nixon
Mike Archbold fell on his sword Thursday, calling an unexpected drop in first-quarter sales at GNC a “self-inflicted wound.” Archbold, who was hired as CEO ...

Flanked by steelworkers, Senator Casey slams Pacific trade proposal

By Alex Nixon
Flanked by steelworkers and union officials, and with a hulking steel mill as a backdrop, Sen. Bob Casey railed Friday against a proposed trade agreement ...

Meadows Casino, Tanger Outlets seek to hire hundreds in Washington County

By Chris Fleisher
More than 400 jobs are coming to Washington County as Tanger Outlets and the Meadows Casino ramp up hiring before summer. Tanger stores will look to fill 150 positions during a job fair May 7. The Meadows has 250 to 300 ...

Business Briefs

Roundup: Wesco to acquire Texas company for undisclosed price; Beaver Valley nuke reactor shut for maintenance; more

From Staff and Wire Reports
Wesco to acquire Texas company; price undisclosed Wesco International Inc. is acquiring Hill Country Electric Supply, an Austin-based electrical products distributor to the commercial construction industry. Wesco, a South Side-based electrical products distributor, did not disclose the value of the ...

Business Columnists

Jack Markowitz

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Maybe it’s time to teach to the job market

If tomorrow is like every other May Day, you’ll hear a lot about worker rights. But why not worker smarts, …

John Browne

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Easing will wear on bonds

The Federal Reserve Board’s attempt to stimulate the economy through quantitative easing and zero interest rates boosted financial assets, including …

John Dorfman

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Dorfman: Old Faithful stock picks beat market 10th time out of a dozen

Whew, that was a close one. About once a year, I bring you some selections from my Old Faithful stock …

Chris Posti

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No job interviews? Devise some bullets

It’s college graduation season, so employers’ inboxes will soon be overloaded with a barrage of dull, indistinguishable, template-fashioned resumes sent …

Kim Komando

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Apple isn’t only brand with smartwatch worth considering

Question: I am interested in a smartwatch. How does the Apple Watch compare to the Moto 360, Samsung Gear, and …

Real Estate

Top commercial and residential real estate transactions — Week of May 3

By Tribune-Review
Deals of the Week A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania: $2,642,500 Property: ...

Business Gallery

Business Gallery, May 3, 2015

By Tribune-Review
LEGAL Linda Rhone Enion, partner, Fox Rothschild LLP, was appointed state chair of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel for Pennsylvania. Craig ...