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E-Commerce Site Strolby Lets You Buy Locally—Everywhere

Aug 26, 2014

Nowadays, you can buy everything from books to bath soap online. Thanks to Lara Fitch, you can also add local, artisanal products to that list.

Fitch is the founder of Strolby, an e-commerce marketplace that sells products and merchandise from local, artisan shops. Launched in September of 2013, Strolby lends a personal touch to e-commerce. Unlike giant amorphous retailers, Strolby, whose name comes from the idea of "strolling" by boutiques, provides its customers with information regarding where a product came from, as well as who made it. 

From Under Armour in Baltimore to Quicken Loans in Detroit, Businesses Lead Urban Revitalization Efforts Across the U.S.

Aug 25, 2014

Businesses play a fundamentally important role in the economic health and vitality of cities across the United States, employing millions of people and contributing billions of dollars in tax revenue, according to the Small Business Administration. In many cities, they also help fuel revitalization efforts in formerly neglected neighborhoods.

Citing Economic Benefits, Report Ranks U.S. Cities by Walkability

Aug 20, 2014

With metropolitan areas across the United States continuing to pick up new residents, local officials are working to upgrade infrastructure to ensure it’s equipped to handle quickly rising demand. Certain cities are outpacing others in this modernization race, which is already yielding far-reaching economic and political repercussions, a new study conducted by George Washington University concluded.                   

Dubbed the “Uber of Parking,” Haystack Launches in Baltimore & Boston, Attracting Lots of Users—and Controversy, too

Aug 19, 2014

If you’ve ever wished there were an easier way to find a parking spot in a crowded city, Eric Meyer can relate. Frustrated by the lack of easily accessible parking spots in his adopted hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, Meyer set out to solve the problem using technology. Fast forward a little while later and Meyer has made good on his promise, having founded Haystack, a startup whose smartphone app could upend how drivers look for and find parking spaces.

6 Businesses that Encourage their Employees to Do Good

Aug 12, 2014

Nowadays, the lackluster jobs market is affecting not only workers, but also employers, who are jockeying to lure the best and most talented applicants. Besides offering competitive wages and enviable perks, many businesses are directly appealing to candidates’ sense of community, as they take a more active role in fostering volunteerism efforts at home and abroad.

Could an M.I.T. Startup’s Liquid Metal Batteries Save the U.S. Electric Grid?

Aug 7, 2014

With more than 450,000 miles of high-voltage transmission cables, the U.S. electric grid is a sprawling system that represents one of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century. Yet, after decades of ostensible neglect, it is showing its age, worrying experts and policymakers alike. 

Thanks to Good Government Policies & a Strong Wind Energy Sector, Iowa’s Booming Economy Attracts Facebook, Microsoft

Aug 6, 2014

Though it might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term “good government,” Iowa is, in fact, an example of a state that is supporting its economy by working with businesses to attract investment and create jobs.

5 Technologies that’ll Enhance Your TV Viewing—and Maybe Even Inspire You to Start a Business

Aug 5, 2014

Nowadays, it is seemingly impossible to talk about any business model without someone interjecting that it’s being disrupted. Twenty years after e-mail replaced traditional snail mail, technological advancements are resulting in more choices for consumers. This trend is especially visible within the cable industry, where innovative companies are expanding their reach by offering services that cater to customers with atypical viewing habits and varied spending power.

Where Should Entrepreneurs Start a Business? 10 Cities & States, Ranked (Interactive Infographic)

Aug 4, 2014

The United States owes a lot to its entrepreneurs, who generate millions of jobs, drive innovation, and fuel economic growth. Yet for all they do to support the broader economy, entrepreneurs must nonetheless contend with complex federal and state laws and—depending on the city—burdensome local regulations. As it turns out, when it comes to entrepreneurs not all cities are created equal.

Businesses that Stand to Benefit from Immigration Reform

Aug 1, 2014

The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. It’s been that way since its founding, and it continues to this day, as foreign-born citizens account for a significant number of the more than 300 million Americans. Indeed, the U.S. is home to more than one-fifth of the world’s total immigrant population, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

Atlanta-Based Springbot Brings Big Data Analytics to Small E-Commerce Stores

Jul 31, 2014

Though not an ironclad rule, it could be said that the early bird tends to catch the worm in the business world—at least in the proverbial sense. This concept is best exemplified in the e-commerce realm by Amazon, which has deftly leveraged its vast troves of customer information to drive sales and engagement. By aggressively protecting its proprietary data, the Seattle wholesale giant has managed to remain the unquestioned leader in web-based retail.

5 Companies that Make Hiring Veterans a Priority

Jul 29, 2014

Though the unemployment rate in the United States has steadily declined since reaching double digits in October 2009, jobs growth has failed to return to pre-recessionary levels. This trend that has hit veterans particularly hard, with unemployment among Gulf War-era II veterans—defined as those who served on active duty at any time since September 2001—still hovering above 7%.

The Kids are Alright: 4 College Entrepreneurs Leading a New Business Revolution

Jul 28, 2014

Having built empires on the strength of determination and foresight, successful entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg are, without a doubt, an impressive breed of businesspeople. The same could be said for aspiring young entrepreneurs, whose mix of resolve and ambition inspires a certain sense of awe. 

Here's How Warby Parker Profits from Free Samples & Free Shipping

Jul 25, 2014

There is a certain leap of faith that online customers must take when deciding whether the pants they’re considering buying will fit snugly or loosely, or if the bag that appears so vibrant in pictures will look rather drab in person. Yet more and more, companies like Warby Parker are surmounting this ostensible obstacle by shipping sample products directly to consumers, effectively turning their homes into makeshift brick and mortar stores.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Draws Young Scientists and Budding Entrepreneurs

Jul 24, 2014

Long before Natalie Portman won an Academy Award for her portrayal of a deranged ballerina in “Black Swan,” she was recognized by an altogether different—though equally renowned—organization, the Society for Science & The Public (S.S.P.). 

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