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Teen Develops A Sensible Approach to Studying

–Cross posted from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation blog— Lane Karlitz, who just completed the eighth grade at Palos Verdes Intermediate School, has gained national attention for his company, Study Senses, LLC, a mobile application designed to make learning fun for all ages and education levels by creating customized soundtracks for schoolwork. “Study Senses is a revolutionary mobile application designed to make studying easy and enjoyable,” says Karlitz. “Imagine Schoolhouse Rock meets Quizlet, empowered by iTunes.” Karlitz was named a regional champion in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Saunders Scholarship national competition and competed against other YEA! students on June 8, 2015 in Washington, D.C. at the 2015 America’s Small Business Summit. His journey to the national competition began when he was named the local YEA! winner of the competition produced by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Karlitz was awarded funding by local investors to launch his business and at the final competition in […]

Teen Develops A Sensible Approach to Studying

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This City’s Problem: Too Many Jobs, Too Few Workers

With its 2.6% unemployment rate, Lincoln, Nebraska, has one of the hottest economies in the U.S. What is the city doing to sustain that kind of torrid growth over the next decade and beyond? It’s investing in education, for starters. Building on Success The Lincoln metropolitan area has a lot going for it when it comes to education. Its residents, for instance, are among the highest in terms of educational attainment in the U.S., with an outsized share graduating from both high school and college. Local and state officials are continually working to cultivate this kind of environment, one that has helped attract all kinds of businesses from a diverse range of industries. On this front, Lincoln actually has a unique problem other cities would envy: Many employers are growing so quickly that they are unable to find qualified workers. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development is actively working with […]

This City’s Problem: Too Many Jobs, Too Few Workers

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What Comes Next? Startups in Post-Bankruptcy Detroit

Detroit’s Reckoning. That was the headline the Detroit News chose the day after the city filed for Chapter 9, declaring the largest municipal bankruptcy in history. The long fall from grace that began quietly in the late 1950s had culminated in a city deficit of $700 million that threatened to consume nearly 70% of the annual budget by fiscal year 2020. It was time to face facts and figures. Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder, interceded and appointed Kevyn Orr as the city’s emergency manager. Orr took swift action, filing for bankruptcy and beginning negotiations with courts, unions, public employees, city retirees and creditors, all of whom had skin in the game and disagreed with the idea of declaring bankruptcy at all. But anyone being honest about the situation Detroit found itself in that summer knew that either the city had to lose everything or everyone had to lose something. Such are […]

What Comes Next? Startups in Post-Bankruptcy Detroit

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Looking for a Job? This City Has a 2.6% Unemployment Rate

With an unemployment rate of only 2.6%—less than half the national level—this city has one of the strongest economies in the U.S.

Looking for a Job? This City Has a 2.6% Unemployment Rate

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7 Business Lessons From Mixbook C.E.O. Andrew Laffoon

We talked to Mixbook co-founder Andrew Laffoon to find out what business lessons he's learned over his company's remarkable 9-year period of rapid growth.

7 Business Lessons From Mixbook C.E.O. Andrew Laffoon

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Buffalo, NY: Where the Cool Kids Want to Live

Buffalo’s downtown increasingly resembles the crane-crowded skylines of cities like Dubai or Shanghai. It's also where millennials want to live.

Buffalo, NY: Where the Cool Kids Want to Live

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Office Organization Tips From a Professional

We interviewed organizational expert Lisa Zaslow, who talked about her work and her company, and offered office organization tips.

Office Organization Tips From a Professional

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The Economy Screams for Ice Cream (INFOGRAPHIC)

How much do you know about ice cream economics? This infographic charts the history of ice cream, highlighting astounding ice cream-related facts.

The Economy Screams for Ice Cream (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Buffalo and Its Remarkable Economic Resurgence

Buffalo, New York, is enjoying a resurgence that has energized the region, attracting capital, businesses, and people.

Buffalo and Its Remarkable Economic Resurgence

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Moo’ve Over, It’s Cow Appreciation Day!

July 14th is National Cow Appreciation Day, so today, we appreciate the cow.

Moo’ve Over, It’s Cow Appreciation Day!

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NASA and the Private Sector Look to New Horizons in Space

The United States has a long history of innovation in space and pushing the boundaries, from putting the first people on the moon in 1969 to landing the Curiosity Rover on Mars in 2012. At 7:49:58 Tuesday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) continued that tradition as the spacecraft New Horizons passed by Pluto, making the United States the first nation to send a spacecraft to the dwarf planet. While many are first hearing about New Horizons this week, its journey began long ago. Launched in January of 2006, the spacecraft has been on its way to Pluto for nine years. The payoff now comes with close-up images of Pluto and its five moons. Discovered in 1930 by Clyde W. Tombaugh, Pluto quickly captured the public’s imagination. Pluto made news in 2006 as astronomers reclassified it as a dwarf planet, officially lowering the number of planets in our solar […]

NASA and the Private Sector Look to New Horizons in Space

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Cavern Creates Rocky Mountain Highs

This story also appears on Above the Fold, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s digital platform featuring analysis, commentary, and real stories about the intersection of government and business. Meet the 2015 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year – Southwest and South Central Regional finalist: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers cave tours, tram rides, and other attractions in Colorado’s once-closed historic Fairy Caves. A dream 16 years in the making, the park attracts more visitors and raises more revenue every year. How did the company get started?  It was love at first sight for Steve Beckley with the Fairy Caves–but it took awhile for the first sighting to happen. Steve read about the location in a Caves of Colorado book back in 1982. The site was previously open for tours but closed in 1917. Steve began regularly writing Pete Prebble, then-owner of the caves. It took 10 years before the men […]

Cavern Creates Rocky Mountain Highs

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