A Thriving Diamond Industry, Hiding in Plain Sight in Midtown Manhattan

With its crowded sidewalks, halal food carts, maze of skyscrapers, and sea of yellow taxicabs, Midtown, Manhattan is a dream setting for anyone looking to be, well, overlooked. But if you look a little closer, you’d be surprised what’s hiding in plain sight.

A Thriving Diamond Industry, Hiding in Plain Sight in Midtown Manhattan

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Challenge Cup Competition Kicks Off in D.C.

This year’s Challenge Cup kicked off this week in D.C., with dozens of bright entrepreneurs descending on the 1776 campus to take part in the mentoring, coaching, and networking sessions that led up to last night’s pitch competition.

Challenge Cup Competition Kicks Off in D.C.

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Employer Roadmap Helps Businesses Hire More Veterans and Military Spouses

Employer Roadmap, which launched this summer, is already helping a broad range of companies across the U.S. improve how they recruit and hire veterans. We’ve highlighted six of the businesses that are leading this effort, having successfully incorporated veterans and military spouses into their overall recruiting and hiring strategies.

Employer Roadmap Helps Businesses Hire More Veterans and Military Spouses

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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