This Coffee is Certified ‘Female’

By Emily Louise Bowman First, Americans just drank plain old coffee. Then they got a taste for strong, espresso-based drinks at Starbucks and other cafes and began buying premium beans to brew at home. Alyza Bohbot, owner of 
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Austrian Auto Parts Firm Finds Home In Georgia

By Christopher Connell ShareAmerica When the Austrian specialty steel company Voestalpine AG looked for the right place in the United States to assemble parts for premium automobile manufacturers, the South seemed perfect. “We followed our customers,” says Peter Schwab, a Voestalpine management board member and head of its metal forming division. The company’s (more...)

Stack Praises Low-Interest Loan for Philly Business

State Sen. Mike Stack today praised a Northeast Philadelphia business for its commitment to local redevelopment and winning a low-interest loan from the state. Printfly Corporation, a custom printing, embroidery and screen shop will to acquire and renovate a new site in the Byberry East Industrial Park, creating 53 new jobs. “The competition for financial help from (more...)

Getting in the Game

Andrzej Zwaniecki Finding the money to start a business or launch an artistic idea is changing, as bank loans or regular investors are nudged aside by Internet investors, unknown to each other and making small contributions. Called “crowdfunding,” the practice of soliciting funds online from small investors or (more...)

Williams Planning June Forum on Marijuana Legalization in PA

With the Pennsylvania General Assembly moving forward on legislation to legalize medical cannabis, state Senator Anthony H. Williams will hold a forum next week at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, to discuss the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana in Pennsylvania. Sen. Anthony H. Williams’ free forum, “The Great (more...)

Philly’s Bottle Shops Boast Bottles Of Beer On The Wall

Credit: Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia™ Beer Lovers Buy Craft Brews By The Bottle, In Growlers & In Mix-a-Six Packs Craft beer is big business these days, particularly in Philadelphia, a serious beer town gaining accolades for its suds scene from notable publications like GQ, (more...)

People Who Build Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones

Corruption, bribery and exasperation. There seems to be general agreement among specialists that corruption is particularly widespread in post-communist Russia. Not only is it a major distraction, but it seems to be a business. Looking from the inside out… is Russia too corrupt for American business? Enter Glenn Williamson’s Inside Out: (more...)

Online Course Helps English Learners Improve Skills

This blog post by Evan Ryan, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, was published on the State Department website on January 6. Massive Open Online Course Helps English Language Learners Improve Writing Skills By Evan M. Ryan International students connect the United States with the world. We (more...)

Immigration Reform Is Economic Imperative for U.S.

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer President Obama is calling for an immigration system that is smart, efficient and fair because it is central to his goal of promoting economic innovation and business development, says chief White House economic adviser Alan Krueger. No country does a better job integrating (more...)

U.S. Must Engage Globally Despite Fiscal Constraints

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer Secretary of State John Kerry says that at a time of fiscal constraint the United States must not shrink from global engagement. “The price of abandoning our global efforts would be exorbitant,” Kerry said in Charlottesville, Virginia, in his first major speech since becoming secretary of (more...)

Why Did You Become an Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurs from around the world explain how and why they became successful.

Craig Newmark
I’m an accidental entrepreneur, having started Craigslist around 16 years ago as a hobby. The deal was to give back to the nascent online community, since [Internet users] were very helpful even back then. However,
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Crossroads Ahead for Global Info Tech, U.S. Official Says

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer At the global conference on information technology (IT) convening in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 3–14, the United States is ready to defend policies that will support “infrastructure, innovation and inclusion,” according to Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
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Report Shows Progress in Terror-Free Investment Efforts in PA

The latest report published by the Pennsylvania Treasury Department shows that companies are continuing to divest from the rogue nations of Iran and Sudan, as mandated by the Protecting Pennsylvania’s Investments Act, according to state Sen. Mike Stack and state Rep. Dan Frankel. The law (Act 44 of (more...)

An Initiative To Support Philadelphia Startups & Entrepreneurs

Initial measures include public-private seed fund and ‘Call for Ideas’ Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the creation of Startup PHL, a new initiative to support Philadelphia startups and entrepreneurs.  The initiative, a partnership between the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Industrial Development (more...)

Notes from an American Diplomat and his Russia Journey

Howard Solomon, Deputy Minister Counselor for Political Affairs U.S. Embassy, Moscow For many of my acquaintances, friends, and family, my work as a diplomat remains a mystery. What is it that a diplomat does every day, and moreover, a diplomat in the political section? I see my job as (more...)

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