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Joan Rivers’ passing spotlights surgical clinics, memorabilia sales

You know you’re a business writer when word of someone’s death spurs you to thinking about the economic impact of that permanent farewell.   The thought flitted across my mind the other day on word that comedienne Joan Rivers had died at age 81, and apparently I was not alone.  An Examiner.com story says “Ghoulish? Joan […]

Businesses beyond retail chalk up back-to-school sales
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Businesses beyond retail chalk up back-to-school sales

It’s axiomatic that back-to-school season is good business for apparel and footwear sellers, purveyors of pencils and gadget suppliers. But for an interesting twist on the standard end-of-summer stories, how about a look at other businesses that benefit from back-to-school, including unexpected sectors like lice salons and bars.  Services that reflect the realities of hectic […]

 What's Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act: Self-guided training
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What’s Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act: Self-guided training

“What’s Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act” was originally held on Aug. 6, 2014. After the launch of healthcare.gov, individuals will be anxious to see whether premiums go up when open enrollment, and for the first time, small businesses will be able to shop on an online federal exchange. Also, large businesses will be […]

Mosquito Squad truck
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Consumers itch and businesess profit as mosquitos swarm

As one of those lucky people generally ignored by stinging and biting insects, it was dismaying a week or two ago to be covered in itchy red welts after just a little while outdoors planting flower pots.  A few days later the graveside rites at a funeral I attended were actually cut short as mourners […]

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New demographic forecasts prompt a closer look at marketing to seniors

Hot off the press from the U.S. Census Bureau, two new reports chronicle the aging of the United States’ population, a trend that can springboard stories on myriad business beats from health care to casinos. The number of people over age 65 is expected to more than double by 2050, to 83.7 million from around […]

Physical therapy fall prevention
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An aching, aging population will provide plenty of biz for physical therapists

Amid ongoing coverage of a tepid jobs market, it’s difficult to ignore on that offers double-digit growth in the coming years:  The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics is forecasting that demand for physical therapists will grow a whopping 36 percent between 2012 and 2022. According to the BLS, the median physical therapist — “help injured or ill people […]

Truckers, tote boards, tattoos and tequila:  Stories to localize in May
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Truckers, tote boards, tattoos and tequila: Stories to localize in May

May is another one of those action-packed month for business features that can tie into a number of industries or beats, and I wanted to provide some food for thought and resources about upcoming events you might want to localize. Place your bets.  Saturday’s 140th running of the Kentucky Derby is a big day for […]

Helath Clinics Seattle Times
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Doctors, clinics and the pent-up demand from newly insured patients

President Obama last week relished his announcement that some 8 million people already have signed up for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and that milestone sets the stage for a number of business angles related to the demand for and delivery of  health care services: Where’s the pent-up demand?  Curiously, a number […]

Autism Business
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As autism prevalence soars, which businesses strive to accommodate?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an amazing statistic last week:  One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder – up 30 percent from just two years ago, according to a CNN report. Here’s the basic fact sheet on the disorder from the CDC’s extensive autism portal; it says “People with […]