10 Best and 10 Worst Academic Performers (Interactive Infographic)

Using data compiled from a number of sources, we've created an interactive infographic that explores the state of the U.S. education system by highlighting the best and worst performing state education systems.

10 Best and 10 Worst Academic Performers (Interactive Infographic)

Smart government

Can Washington, D.C. Be the Next Silicon Valley?

In the average person’s mindset, it may be better known for its politics than its start-ups. But from what we’ve heard lately, D.C. should be top of mind for entrepreneurs and business investors alike. As part of our support of D.C.-based incubator 1776 and its global Challenge Cup competition, the Free Enterprise team had a chance to sit around the table with representatives from D.C.’s start-up community, city and local government officials, well-established corporations, and experienced investors to talk about the environment for start-ups in the area. As you might guess, physical proximity to the country’s regulators and law makers was a common theme. But so too was the city’s abundance of restaurants, cultural activities, top notch educational institutions, and many other elements that might seem somewhat unrelated to the day-to-day of running a start-up. Find the full story on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation blog, and follow along […]

Can Washington, D.C. Be the Next Silicon Valley?

Challenge Cup

The Shopping Mall Is Having A Renaissance

There’s been a lot of talk about the death of the shopping mall over the past couple of years. Yet while shopping centers are definitely suffering across the country, many are actually being reimagined in altogether innovative ways.

The Shopping Mall Is Having A Renaissance

Creating opportunity | True innovation

Thousands of Employees Rally Behind Ousted Market Basket CEO

Anyone who has ever had a bad boss is intimately aware of the significant impact a great one can have. That was certainly the case this year in Massachusetts, where a leadership dispute at a regional supermarket chain prompted a major showdown between the company’s employees and an ousted CEO to whom they remained fiercely loyal.

Thousands of Employees Rally Behind Ousted Market Basket CEO

America at work | Doing good

Photo Gallery: American Manufacturing

When millions of children go back to school each September, the national conversation often surrounds the quality of their teachers and the content of the curriculum they’ll be studying. But there are plenty of other interesting education stories that are often overlooked. For instance, it can be easy to forget about the people who operate behind the scenes in education. Though largely publicly funded, the United States education system relies heavily on the business world, with companies designing, manufacturing, and delivering any manner of products and supplies to schools across the U.S. Among the independent firms that has built its reputation on creating high-quality products is DeBourgh, a Colorado-based company that manufactures and supplies lockers to, among other organizations, elementary, middle, and high schools. The U.S.-based manufacturer has long focused on engineering and design, and it actively works to reduce its environmental footprint both during the manufacturing process and at […]

Photo Gallery: American Manufacturing

America at work

Innovation Built on Pittsburgh’s Steel Skeleton

With an educated workforce, a low cost of living, and one of the best startup environments in the country, Pittsburgh is emerging as an innovation leader between the coasts.

Innovation Built on Pittsburgh’s Steel Skeleton

Creating opportunity | True innovation
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With Demand Response, Consumers Get Paid to Cut Energy Use

In the middle of a heat wave, around 5 p.m. when people begin arriving home from work and electricity demand spikes, a power outage often follows suit. But what if there were a way to prevent demand-driven blackouts without spending billions of dollars? That sort of electric grid silver bullet exists, it turns out, and it’s called demand response.

With Demand Response, Consumers Get Paid to Cut Energy Use

True innovation

6 Famous Celebrities Who Moonlight as Entrepreneurs

Launched a decade ago, her eponymous brand, the Jessica Simpson Collection, is officially a major player in the fashion industry, pulling in more than $1 billion per year in sales.

6 Famous Celebrities Who Moonlight as Entrepreneurs

Creating opportunity

#90SecondsWith: Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson, now the founder of the Virgin Group empire, talks to #90SecondsWith about an initiative he's spearheading that gives aspiring entrepreneurs their own shot at success.

#90SecondsWith: Sir Richard Branson

Doing good