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Meet the Secretary of Commerce

Meet the Secretary of Commerce

Published by OZY

“Disappointing.” “Stutters.” “Paler.” They’re not exactly words the U.S. secretary of commerce wants to see bolded about the economy in news headlines. Which may be why Penny Pritzker prefers to focus on what’s coming around the corner. That way, the swift talker can hope for the best — and also plan for the worst. Since her swearing in less than two years ago, Pritzker has used her nearly three decades of private-sector experience to tackle issues facing businesses and entrepreneurs — Read more...

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Inside a Shark Tank — of Sorts

Inside a Shark Tank — of Sorts

Published by Inc.com

It's just minutes before the inaugural Beauty Pitch event is about to start and Mark Cuban and John Paul DeJoria are backstage, deep in conversation -- about hotdogs. Turns out Cuban, the outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank investor, is schooling DeJoria, a former guest judge on the show and co-founder of both Patron Spirits and John Paul Mitchell Systems, on a quick and easy way to nuke a dog in the microwave (by simply wrapping it in a paper napkin). But it's all business Read more...

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How to Survive Being an Overnight Success

How to Survive Being an Overnight Success

Published by The Wall Street Journal

It seems like a dream scenario for a startup: Sales surge, and business takes off. But then what? Any number of things can turn a small business into a rapid success—from a TV appearance to great connections at a trade show to a viral online video—but sustaining that success forces an entrepreneur to make tough choices. For instance: Should the company immediately ramp up production and risk lowering product quality? Bring in more workers to help an overstressed staff, and risk destroying Read more...

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Is it time for regulators to set some carbon disclosure ground rules?

Is it time for regulators to set some carbon disclosure ground rules?

Published by Corporate Knights: The Magazine for Clean Capitalism

Fed up with how poorly some companies are disclosing sustainability metrics to regulators, certain investors and reporting advocates are taking matters into their own hands. One retired database developer in Cali­fornia culled through more than 3,800 an­nual reports of publicly traded U.S. com­panies in 2013 and discovered that just 27 per cent of them cited “global warming” or “climate change” in their most recent filing, according to an InsideClimate News report. Julie Gorte Read more...

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Inside the World Economic Forum

Inside the World Economic Forum

Published by WSJ.Money (www.wsj.com/money)

KLAUS SCHWAB WAS just 32 when he chaired a fateful meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in 1971 that pushed European business leaders to be accountable to all stakeholders—employees, customers and governments—instead of just their shareholders. Since then, Schwab's little nonprofit has grown into the World Economic Forum, a Geneva-based organization where, over the years, heads of state, corporate executives and top economists have converged to help expand the Organization for Economic Cooperation Read more...

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Waste Lands: America’s forgotten nuclear legacy

Waste Lands: America’s forgotten nuclear legacy

Published by The Wall Street Journal for WSJ.com and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize

During the build-up to the Cold War, the U.S. government called upon hundreds of factories and research centers to help develop nuclear weapons and other forms of atomic energy. At many sites, this work left behind residual radioactive contamination requiring government cleanups, some of which are still going on. The Department of Energy says it has protected the public health, and studies about radiation harm aren’t definitive. But with the government's own records about many of the sites Read more...

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John Wood: Leaving Corporate America to Change the World

John Wood: Leaving Corporate America to Change the World

Published by Inc.com

Who hasn't dreamed of ditching their day job to help change the world? John Wood stopped dreaming one day and actually gave it a shot. At 35, the director of business development for Microsoft's Greater China Region called it quits following a life-altering trek through Nepal then launched Room to Read, a 15-year-old nonprofit that's on track this year to reach 10 million children through its literacy and girls' education programs. But creating a movement like his isn't natural for someone steeped Read more...

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Are You Really a ‘Social Entrepreneur’?

Are You Really a ‘Social Entrepreneur’?

Published by Inc.com

Your business helps society, so you should call yourself a social entrepreneur, right? Ask Bill Drayton--the man who coined the phrase. While he didn't spawn the movement, Bill Drayton has been called the godfather of social entrepreneurship and first coined the phrase "social entrepreneur" in writing more than 40 years ago. Since then, he has led a multi-generational effort to do good in society by starting and running Ashoka, which provides startup financing and support services to a network Read more...

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How to Hire the Homeless–Without Exploiting Them

How to Hire the Homeless–Without Exploiting Them

Published by Inc.com

It's the kind of topic that makes many business owners uneasy: How do you hire someone who's homeless without feeling like a sleaze? Plenty of companies and nonprofits have already gone through the process, and more are expected to follow now that states such as Utah provide tax credits to businesses that employ people who are homeless. But there are certain things to keep in mind... Click here to read the rest of this article. -Neil Parmar Published in Inc.com Read more...

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5 Ways to Create a Social Movement in Your Company

5 Ways to Create a Social Movement in Your Company

Published by Inc.com

Company execs are known for making bold pledges to boost their corporate social responsibility programs. Look no further than Alex Gorsky, the CEO and chairman of Johnson & Johnson who recently committed $25 million in financial and product contributions over the next five years to Operation Smile, the medical charity that offers free cleft surgeries. But at this corporate behemoth, with around 128,000 employees, there's one specific worker -- Sweden-based Cathy Dalene -- who helped ramp Read more...

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