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Crowdfunding has created a whole new consulting industry

May 22, 2017
There are experts who will help with the pitch, the video and the PR. But it all costs money.
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Why cities are cracking down on self-storage units

Apr 14, 2017
Your diploma … from elementary school. The old Christmas decorations you’ve been meaning to look through. Or those fruit dishes from your grandmother. If you’re like many Americans, you may have boxed up belongings that you can’t bear to part with but also don’t have room for and stashed them in a storage space. But […]

Mixed response to Trump’s call for NATO members to boost defense spending

Apr 12, 2017
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is wrapping up a two-day visit to the U.S. Later today, he’ll hold a joint press conference with President Trump in Washington. The U.S. is the main contributor to the military alliance. Trump, like many presidents before him, has repeatedly called on the other 27 NATO members to spend more on defense. […]

Lull in manufacturing drives merger in trucking

Apr 10, 2017
The latest merger of two corporate giants, worth a combined $5.1 billion, is far from New York City. Instead, it’s the joining of two major trucking companies, Swift and Knight. The new company, Knight-Swift, will be based in Phoenix, where both companies have their headquarters. The trucking industry faces challenges, like flat demand from manufacturers, […]

Think you own your printer cartridge? Think again

Mar 27, 2017
Don’t you hate it when you run out printer cartridges? There’s that thorny question: should you buy name brand or one of those less-expensive cartridges that’s been re-filled? Well, that decision may soon be made for you. Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Impression Products Inc. v. Lexmark International Inc. Lexmark, a manufacturer […]

Employers struggle to make H-1B visas work

Mar 23, 2017
The system is expensive and complicated.
Triple the number of applicants applied for the H1-B visa program last year. Chances of getting your application picked were only about one in three.
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What it's like to live and work in H-1B visa limbo

Mar 22, 2017
The program allows employers to hire skilled foreign workers through a lottery system. The next step can take years.
A woman holds an American flag during a naturalization oath ceremony  in Boston.
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Awkward: Merkel is poised for a diplomatic dance with Trump

Mar 16, 2017
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is probably the happiest man in Europe today after the anti-Muslim and anti-European Union candidate Geert Wilders did worse than expected in elections yesterday. Trans-Atlantic economic attention now turns to Washington visits this week by two European leaders, both of whom have been critical of President Donald Trump. Irish Prime […]

Japan tackles skilled labor shortage with free education

Mar 15, 2017
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson begins a swing through Asia today. He’ll talk with leaders about the North Korean nuclear threat and bilateral trade deals. Tillerson’s first stop is Japan, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to combat the country’s shortage of skilled labor with a new proposal — free education for some students. […]

Telemundo actors vote to unionize

Mar 9, 2017
For the first time in 65 years, actors at a major TV network have held a union election. The actors? Stars of the wildly popular telenovelas airing on NBC Universal’s Telemundo network. The vote still needs to be certified, but assuming that happens, the performers will be joining Hollywood’s SAG-AFTRA union with the hopes of […]