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Business training for chefs is on the menu
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Business training for chefs is on the menu

By on Nov 20, 2014

Restaurants are notoriously unsuccessful businesses. Two-thirds don’t make it to three years, and many cafes and bistros find that profit margins are notoriously thin. But on the flip side, successful chefs have become business moguls in their own rights. Think about people such as Emeril Lagasse, Nobu Matsuhisa and John Besh, all masters of restaurant […]

Michael Grabell: how I covered temporary workers
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Michael Grabell: how I covered temporary workers

In four feature stories and 22 follow-up articles, Michael Grabell, an investigative reporter at ProPublica, brought the safety of temporary workers into the spotlight. His research found that in California, Florida, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Minnesota, representing more than a fifth of the U.S. population, temporary workers are hurt at rates as high as six times […]

Chocolate, your favorite comfort food, could be running low
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Chocolate, your favorite comfort food, could be running low

Chocolate covered marshmallow trees have already appeared at See’s. No doubt chocolate Stanley Cups are on the shelves of Canadian supermarkets, or soon will be. Now comes news from the Washington Post’s Wonkblog that the world may be running low on chocolate. That word comes from the world’s two biggest chocolate makers, Mars, Inc., and […]

Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Nov. 18
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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Nov. 18

  Japan’s economy has taken an unexpected downturn. FiveThirtyEight writes that 18 economists predicted the country’s economy would have a third quarter upswing — instead, it contracted by 1.6 percent. Ben Casselman said Japan’s shrinking GDP, which also experienced a 7.3 percent contraction earlier this year, is indicative of a recession, and that’s bad news for […]

Airports: from users of energy to sources of energy
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Airports: from users of energy to sources of energy

As airlines continue to consolidate and look for ways to cut expenses from the bottom line, airports have borne the brunt of these cuts.  Airports make money from airlines through everything from space rental to landing fees that can bring in millions of dollars a year. But when that money is cut, airports still need […]

Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Nov. 17
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Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Nov. 17

Putin hits the road, takes the G20 spotlight with him. Usually, G20 meetings are an opportunity for the leaders of major global economies to discuss common problems. But this year’s G20 summit will be remembered for the abrupt departure of Russian President Vladimir Putin, writes The Telegraph. Putin departed on Saturday, U.S. time, after being […]

Moxie: when the situation calls for bold and gutsy
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Moxie: when the situation calls for bold and gutsy

Moxie. It’s an old-school word that either means a brand of soda or the sort of patois that brings to mind 1930s gangsters. For author John Baldoni, however, moxie means a decisive kind of management style. His new book, Moxie: The Secret To Bold And Gutsy Leadership (Bibliomotion), actually uses the letters of the word […]

Bike to Work Day 2013. District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell riding in to City Hall
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An economy on two wheels: cycling’s power in Europe

Here’s a statistic to wrap your head around. More people work in the bicycling industry in Europe than in mines and quarries. And, almost twice as many jobs have been created by cycling than by steel. That’s the finding of a new study by the European Cyclists Federation, quoted by The Guardian. It says 650,000 […]

The economic toll on former airline hubs
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The economic toll on former airline hubs

For the past few decades, airlines built up service at a variety of cities around the country. It wasn’t that the market required the flights. Instead, these cities were called “hubs,” places where the carriers fed traffic east-west, or north-south. The idea was to maximize efficiency, and fill airplane seats. But as airlines continue to […]