Marketplace for Friday July 11, 2014

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Reynolds and Lorillard, two big cigarette companies, are merging. You might think that with all the bans on smoking in bars, restaurants and public spaces, the cig business would be pretty small these days. But the fact is cigarettes are still huge, including in the US. We look at what this kind of merger means for smokes. Also, the White House is announcing a program to get companies to pay their small-business suppliers faster. Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola are among the 26 companies that have agreed to pay small businesses they contract with for parts and services faster – ideally within 15 days. We ask a small business owner how much of a difference does it make if they get paid a few days or a few weeks sooner. Plus, Eileen Ford, who created the Ford Agency, and along with it the modeling business as we know it—including the Supermodel--died yesterday. We look at how she made modeling an industry. And finally, an an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny new installment to our "Summer Brought To You By" series.
Eileen Ford

How Eileen Ford made modeling a real profession

Ford, who died at 92, and her husband created the modern modeling industry
Posted In: Modeling, photography, fashion

Big companies help small ones by paying them sooner

Big companies sign on to pay their small-business suppliers faster.
Posted In: apple, Honda, Coca-cola, white house

The explosive birth of the bikini

How war rations and atomic testing brought about the world's skimpiest suit.
Posted In: summer, bikinis, Beaches

Country in revolt? Hire a PR firm.

Improving the image of foreign governments is big business for US PR firms.
Posted In: public relations, Nigeria, Egypt

Good weather drives corn prices to record low

Surpluses put corn prices at a four-year low. Can farmers sell it all?
Posted In: Agriculture, ethanol, corn
Maiquetia international airport

A Venezuelan airport is charging for air. Yes, air.

The international airport in Caracas, Venezuela, is now charging for air.
Posted In: Air, air conditioning, airport, venezuela
Espirito Santo Bank

Weekly Wrap: The most interesting man at the Fed

Another European debt crisis and dueling speakers at the Federal Reserve.

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Covered In Grace
French Wives
Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament
The Beastie Boys
Boys I Like
Desert Stars
Klapp Klapp
Little Dragon
Quicc Beat [Explicit]
Suff Daddy

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