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  • Can renting a car at O'Hare be easier? Silvercar thinks so

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    29 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    A new rental-car option is set to launch at O’Hare International Airport on June 12: Silvercar. For the uninitiated, Austin, Texas-based Silvercar’s premise is that it offers the simplest possible rental-car experience by running its service through an app and offering only a single make and model of car: a silver Audi A4. CEO Luke Schneider, previously the chief technology officer at Zipcar, told the Chicago Tribune, “The single biggest frustration that people have around rental counters…
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car opens used car lot in Burnsville

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    Jim Hammerand
    29 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    Enterprise Rent-A-Car has opened a used car sales location in Burnsville with about 140 vehicles. The 3,800-square-foot Enterprise Car Sales office and lounge at 12445 River Ridge Blvd. has credit union financing and vehicle history information from Carfax. Most, if not all, of the vehicles for sale were previously rentals. "As the south metro area sees redevelopment, new home construction and a new performing arts center, we're looking forward to being part of this community and its continuing…
  • Inside non-competes: Washington rules create 'distressing situation for physicians'

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    Annie Zak
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Doctors who work at Washington state hospitals face serious challenges if they want to leave their jobs. If a doctor works for a major health system, there's a good chance he or she has a non-compete clause as part of the employment contract. These clauses can restrict where doctors can work if they decide to leave the hospital. At UW Medicine, for example, doctors are prohibited from working within a radius of up to 30 miles if they leave. A bill that died in committee in the state Legislature…
  • NASA to incorporate San Antonio technology in Europa mission

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    W. Scott Bailey
    29 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    NASA has selected a pair of instruments that will be developed and constructed by San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute for its mission to Europa. The instruments will assist the federal space agency in its study of the large and potentially inhabitable moon of Jupiter. The MAss Spectrometer for Planetary EXploration (MASPEX) and Ultraviolet Spectrograph (UVS) were among 33 instruments NASA considered using for the yet-to-be named mission, expected to take flight in the next decade. The agency…
  • People on the Move - 2015-05-29

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    29 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    Eric Mower + Associates hired Katie Costello as associate activation manager, public relations. She will assist in the development and execution of public relations activities to help brands activate consumer engagement.The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association named Karen M. Antonelli, CPA, CCIFP incoming president of its board of directors. She is a partner at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP.Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner, president of Buffalo State College,…
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  • Can renting a car at O'Hare be easier? Silvercar thinks so

    29 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    A new rental-car option is set to launch at O’Hare International Airport on June 12: Silvercar. For the uninitiated, Austin, Texas-based Silvercar’s premise is that it offers the simplest possible rental-car experience by running its service through an app and offering only a single make and model of car: a silver Audi A4. CEO Luke Schneider, previously the chief technology officer at Zipcar, told the Chicago Tribune, “The single biggest frustration that people have around rental counters…
  • Hawaii agencies could join to develop 'Kakaako Makai Innovation Block'

    Duane Shimogawa
    29 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Two state agencies — one promoting economic development and diversification through a return-driven investment program and the other that oversees development in Kakaako — are looking to join forces to develop an economic accelerator in the growing Honolulu neighborhood, a spokeswoman for one of the agencies confirmed to PBN. The “Kakaako Makai Innovation Block,” a partnership between the Hawaii Strategic Development Corp. and the Hawaii Community Development Authority, is planned for a…
  • National city planner: Post Oak will be grandest boulevard in U.S.

    Roxanna Asgarian
    29 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    Alexander Garvin is an architect, city planner and Yale professor. He's behind New York City's 2012 Olympics bid and Atlanta's Beltline, and he's long been eyeing the development along Post Oak Boulevard in Houston's Galleria/Uptown area. He first visited the Galleria area in the 1970s and has watched the area grow with great interest. Garvin said the area is on track to continue to grow exponentially. "I think it’s a project that’s going to affect the rest of the country. I think it will become…
  • Hickton named to board of California engineering company

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    RTI International Metals Inc. President and CEO Dawne Hickton has been elected to the board of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. The Pasadena, Calif.-based Jacobs (NYSE: JEC) works with commercial, industrial and government clients and had $13 billion in revenue in 2014. There are 10 board members listed on Jacobs’ website, nine of them independent. It wasn’t clear if Hickton was an addition or replaced a current board member. “We are delighted to welcome Dawne, who brings a wealth of proven…
  • Pompano doctor arrested for alleged pill mill, charged with manslaughter

    Nina Lincoff
    29 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Pompano doctor Lynn Averill was arrested and charged with eight counts of manslaughter for her alleged involvement in a pill mill scheme. Plantation-based Real Care Medical Group is at the center of the scheme, according to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office on Wednesday. In addition to Averill, seven others were arrested for racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, and manslaughter. The over-prescription of controlled substances by Averill at Real Care ultimately resulted in…
 
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  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car opens used car lot in Burnsville

    Jim Hammerand
    29 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    Enterprise Rent-A-Car has opened a used car sales location in Burnsville with about 140 vehicles. The 3,800-square-foot Enterprise Car Sales office and lounge at 12445 River Ridge Blvd. has credit union financing and vehicle history information from Carfax. Most, if not all, of the vehicles for sale were previously rentals. "As the south metro area sees redevelopment, new home construction and a new performing arts center, we're looking forward to being part of this community and its continuing…
  • Sources: Cessna working on large-cabin jet

    Daniel McCoy
    29 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    The large-cabin business jet market has been the industry’s most stable and lucrative segment in the wake of the recession, and multiple sources say Wichita’s Textron Aviation is crafting a Cessna Citation to again try and crash the party. Aviation analyst Rolland Vincent, of Rolland Vincent Associates, says he has heard the move could come in the form of an upgrade to Cessna’s developing Citation Longitude program. “They are definitely looking at a large cabin and I think it has to do…
  • Katie Sparks: People on the Move spotlight

    Barb Zaferos
    29 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Katie Sparks has been hired as director of development at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Milwaukee. She brings 10 years of experience in fundraising to her new position and will be responsible for developing and carrying out the organization's strategic fundraising and membership plans. Sparks answered a few questions for the Milwaukee Business Journal and a portion of her answers ran in the May 29 print edition of the Milwaukee Business Journal. New position: Director of development, Schlitz Audubon…
  • Scripps flips 94.5 FM to 'KTI Country' music, will challenge FM 106 WMIL

    Rich Kirchen
    29 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    Metro Milwaukee has a new full-power country music radio station and the news comes less than two months after E.W. Scripps Co. took over Journal Broadcast Group’s two Milwaukee radio stations. The new “KTI Country” debuted at 10 a.m. Friday on WKTI-FM (94.5), which since 2009 has floundered in ratings and revenue with a variety-music format called “The Lake FM.” The WKTI call letters go back to the heyday of the station when it played pop music and the long-running Bob Reitman and Gene…
  • Women-founded startups near two-decade low: Kauffman Foundation

    Brian Feldt
    29 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    For the first time in five years, the number of entrepreneurs rose — about 10 percent, from 280 out of every 100,000 adults in a 2014 report to 310 out of every 100,000 this year — across the country, according to the Kauffman Foundation. That rate translates into about 530,000 new business owners each month during the year, according to the nonprofit foundation’s Kauffman Index, which measures business activity in all industries. It’s based on both a nationally representative sample size…
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  • Inside non-competes: Washington rules create 'distressing situation for physicians'

    Annie Zak
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Doctors who work at Washington state hospitals face serious challenges if they want to leave their jobs. If a doctor works for a major health system, there's a good chance he or she has a non-compete clause as part of the employment contract. These clauses can restrict where doctors can work if they decide to leave the hospital. At UW Medicine, for example, doctors are prohibited from working within a radius of up to 30 miles if they leave. A bill that died in committee in the state Legislature…
  • Seattle Symphony gets a different kind of conductor: A Microsoft Kinect camera

    Emily Parkhurst
    29 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    The Seattle Symphony partnered handed the conducting baton over to a Microsoft Kinect motion-sensing camera at a performance this month. The device, built originally to control Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Xbox video game console, has been used for a variety of creative things, including surgery on patients and translating sign language. Now, though, artists are getting in on the technology. "Music and technology has actually a long history," said kinetic sculptor and sound artist Trimpin, whose…
  • Builders, developers not happy — at all — having to pay Portland's new park fees

    Jon Bell
    29 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Portland's changes in the way the city calculates systems development charges on new development was heralded as a way to "more equitably distribute" responsibility for the impacts of that development. A contrarian release from the metro region's homebuilders, commercial developers and Realtors, however, calls the move "a massive fee hike" that will add "thousands of dollars in costs to even 1,800-square-foot house and doubling to quadrupling park-related fees on new commercial projects." In a…
  • The most influential business executives of the last 35 years: No. 16 lifted Alaska Air Group to new heights

    Becky Monk
    29 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    This is one in a series where the Puget Sound Business Journal counts down the top 35 most influential business leaders of the last 35 years. The countdown is part of the PSBJ’s 35th anniversary celebration. Bill Ayer really knew how to make a company soar. The Bellevue resident joined the Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) family in 1995 at Horizon Air. A steady ascent through the ranks of Horizon and then Alaska Airlines put him at the top in 2002 when he succeeded John Kelly as CEO. Over the next…
  • 5 things to know today, including a question: Would you share your salary with coworkers?

    Suzanne Stevens
    29 May 2015 | 7:26 am
    Happy Friday and happy sunshine. Looks like another beautiful day shaping up out there. Here are 5 things to get you moving. He makes how much! It may not be long before workers in Oregon are able to share compensation information without fear of retaliation from their employers. The Oregon Senate approved HB 2007 on Thursday and the measure is now headed to Gov. Kate Brown's desk. The bill protects employees who inquire about, discuss or disclose information about their wage or the wage of another…
 
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  • NASA to incorporate San Antonio technology in Europa mission

    W. Scott Bailey
    29 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    NASA has selected a pair of instruments that will be developed and constructed by San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute for its mission to Europa. The instruments will assist the federal space agency in its study of the large and potentially inhabitable moon of Jupiter. The MAss Spectrometer for Planetary EXploration (MASPEX) and Ultraviolet Spectrograph (UVS) were among 33 instruments NASA considered using for the yet-to-be named mission, expected to take flight in the next decade. The agency…
  • Exclusive: Health care provider Atrinea Health and affiliates file Ch. 11 bankruptcy

    Sal Christ
    29 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    New Mexico health care provider Atrinea Health LLC and three affiliated companies filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy May 14. The four companies — which also include Corazon Family Health, Santa Fe Medical Group and Atrinea Ruidoso — provide primary and family care, outpatient and urgent care at clinics throughout New Mexico, according to an emergency motion to use cash collateral that Atrinea Health filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court May 14. The bankruptcy court agreed to administer the four cases jointly. According…
  • People on the Move - 2015-05-29

    29 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Entrepreneur and Reacha CEO, Julian Maimin, has named his attorney and trusted advisor, Sanford Michelman, to Reacha’s Board of Directors.David Weild the Former Vice Chairman of NASDAQ and “Father” of the JOBS Act of 2012 has joined BioSig Technologies' Board of Directors, effective immediately. Mr. Weild has been elected to Chair the Audit Committee of the Board as the Company prepares to uplist to a National Stock Exchange.Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, a national real estate law firm with offices…
  • Expert: Regulation changes are the solution to downturn in oil prices

    Sergio Chapa
    29 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Crude oil prices are at six-year lows but the federal government can fix the situation with a few simple regulatory changes, an industry expert told Texas businessmen. Some 200 businessmen and government officials gathered at the Grand Hyatt in downtown San Antonio this week for the Eagle Ford Consortium's fourth annual conference. Christopher Guith with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce delivered a keynote address where he said the United States is sitting on top of hundreds of years worth of oil,…
  • Ed Goldman: Things aren't looking good for that no-bosses policy at Zappos

    Ed Goldman
    29 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Zappos is getting zapped. Or so it would appear from early employee feedback: At least 200 workers took buyouts rather than continue with the online retailer as it experiments with its novel organizational strategy. But since the company has no bosses, it's not clear to whom they’re tendering their resignations. In short, you can scream, “Take this job and shove it!” all you want but if there’s no one there to do as you suggest, it becomes a little like that fabled tree falling in the forest…
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  • People on the Move - 2015-05-29

    29 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    Eric Mower + Associates hired Katie Costello as associate activation manager, public relations. She will assist in the development and execution of public relations activities to help brands activate consumer engagement.The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association named Karen M. Antonelli, CPA, CCIFP incoming president of its board of directors. She is a partner at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP.Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner, president of Buffalo State College,…
  • Pittsburgh's biggest banks collect $158M in 1Q overdraft fees

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    Overdraft fees from some of the biggest banks serving the Pittsburgh region totaled more than $158 million in the first quarter, according to a new analysis released by SNL Financial. The fees — from PNC Bank, Citizens Bank, Fifth Third Bank and Huntington National Bank — paled in comparison to those collected by the top three largest banks in the U.S.: $1.14 billion from JPMorgan Chase Bank (NYSE: JPM), Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Wells Fargo Bank, according to SNL Financial. Across the…
  • Why developers are lining up for chance to pursue CMU office/retail/hotel project

    Tim Schooley
    29 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    As his firm works as the developer representative to help Carnegie Mellon University pursue a major commercial development on Forbes Avenue that neighbors its campus, JC Pelusi was left plenty impressed by the large field of developers who may pursue the 425,000-square foot office, retail and hotel project. “I don’t think any project I’ve been associated with has drawn that much interest,” said Pelusi, the market leader and managing director for the Pittsburgh office of Jones Lang LaSalle. Jones…
  • Travel tech company opens new, expanded Waltham R&D center

    David Harris
    29 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Amadeus, a Spanish travel technology company, said this week that it opened a new 56,000-square-foot research and development center in Waltham. The company, which had its local office at 307 Waverly Oaks Road until it recently moved to its new facility at 1000 Winter St., employs 250 and more hiring is anticipated, according to a company spokeswoman. The new Waltham facility is the largest among four facilities in the U.S. and 16 around the world. Amadeus has partnerships with brands such as Southwest…
  • NY AG to propose tougher stance on government corruption

    Michael Petro
    29 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Before the end of this year’s legislative session, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he intends to move forward on a comprehensive ethics bill aimed at reforming New York state government. His plan to send this proposal to the Legislature comes in the wake of two high-ranking leaders of state government being arrested on federal corruption charges. Schneiderman’s bill proposes more than a dozen changes to state law, including reforms to the Legislature, criminal law and…
 
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  • After 9 months in Jacksonville, AV Homes is expanding its reach

    Andrew Thurlow
    29 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    AV Homes has picked up two more properties in Jacksonville, while work has begun on the first development it purchased here. The Arizona-based company has purchased Amelia Walk in Fernandina Beach and Stone Creek in St. Johns County. The master-planned community of Amelia Walk, which was developed by GreenPointe Homes, includes 70 finished homesites on Majestic Walk Boulevard, about 15 minutes from Amelia Island. AV Homes’ plans for expanded the community include 10 new one- and two-story home…
  • North Carolina ranks in top 10 for highest beer tax in the nation

    Dathan Kazsuk
    29 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    North Carolina is part of a southeast cluster of states that ranks in the top 10 for the highest excise taxes in the nation, according to research from the Tax Foundation. Coming in at No. 8 in the nation, North Carolina carries a $0.62 per gallon tax on beer. The seven states that hold a higher excise tax than N.C. are Tennessee, $1.29; Alaska, $1.07; Alabama, $1.05; Georgia, $1.01; Hawaii, $0.93; Kentucky, $0.78; and South Carolina, $0.77. Wyoming has the lowest excise tax in the nation with…
  • Notices 5-29-15

    Tampa Bay Business Journal Legal Notices
    29 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    NOTICE OF SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2015-CA-000610-0000-00 BRANCH BANKING & TRUST COMPANY, a North Carolina banking corporation, Plaintiff, vs. TERRENCE E. DAVIS, individually, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TERRENCE E. DAVIS, UNKNOWN TENANT #1, UNKNOWN TENANT #2, DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY-INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, W.S. BADCOCK CORPORATION, FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY, LLC and STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, Defendants. __/ NOTICE OF SALE…
  • Developer to tear down, rebuild bigger downtown Durham warehouse

    Amanda Hoyle
    29 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    A vacant, brick warehouse on Seminary Avenue in downtown Durham has been sold to a New York private equity group with plans to tear down the building and redevelop the site with a new three-story building. However, it won't be the one- or two-story office complex that the sellers had envisioned when they put the 0.8-acre property at 112 W. Seminary Ave. up for sale a couple of years ago with renderings for creative office showrooms and loft spaces. New York-based Equator Capital Management and…
  • Lowe’s just getting started with its growth in Canada

    Ken Elkins
    29 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Lowe’s Cos. Inc. hasn’t realized all of its desires to be bigger in Canada. Robert Niblock, Lowe’s CEO, says his goal is to have 60 stores in the Great Northland within the next three to four years. That’s up from the current 38 Lowe’s stores in Canada. Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW), which held its annual meeting in Ballantyne this morning, wants to grow in Canada because it’s a lot like the U.S., where the retailer has expanded rapidly, Niblock says. He took a few questions from reporters after…
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  • Pittsburgh's biggest banks collect $158M in 1Q overdraft fees

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    Overdraft fees from some of the biggest banks serving the Pittsburgh region totaled more than $158 million in the first quarter, according to a new analysis released by SNL Financial. The fees — from PNC Bank, Citizens Bank, Fifth Third Bank and Huntington National Bank — paled in comparison to those collected by the top three largest banks in the U.S.: $1.14 billion from JPMorgan Chase Bank (NYSE: JPM), Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Wells Fargo Bank, according to SNL Financial. Across the…
  • Why developers are lining up for chance to pursue CMU office/retail/hotel project

    Tim Schooley
    29 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    As his firm works as the developer representative to help Carnegie Mellon University pursue a major commercial development on Forbes Avenue that neighbors its campus, JC Pelusi was left plenty impressed by the large field of developers who may pursue the 425,000-square foot office, retail and hotel project. “I don’t think any project I’ve been associated with has drawn that much interest,” said Pelusi, the market leader and managing director for the Pittsburgh office of Jones Lang LaSalle. Jones…
  • Exclusive: Health care provider Atrinea Health and affiliates file Ch. 11 bankruptcy

    Sal Christ
    29 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    New Mexico health care provider Atrinea Health LLC and three affiliated companies filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy May 14. The four companies — which also include Corazon Family Health, Santa Fe Medical Group and Atrinea Ruidoso — provide primary and family care, outpatient and urgent care at clinics throughout New Mexico, according to an emergency motion to use cash collateral that Atrinea Health filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court May 14. The bankruptcy court agreed to administer the four cases jointly. According…
  • Developer to tear down, rebuild bigger downtown Durham warehouse

    Amanda Hoyle
    29 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    A vacant, brick warehouse on Seminary Avenue in downtown Durham has been sold to a New York private equity group with plans to tear down the building and redevelop the site with a new three-story building. However, it won't be the one- or two-story office complex that the sellers had envisioned when they put the 0.8-acre property at 112 W. Seminary Ave. up for sale a couple of years ago with renderings for creative office showrooms and loft spaces. New York-based Equator Capital Management and…
  • Travel tech company opens new, expanded Waltham R&D center

    David Harris
    29 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Amadeus, a Spanish travel technology company, said this week that it opened a new 56,000-square-foot research and development center in Waltham. The company, which had its local office at 307 Waverly Oaks Road until it recently moved to its new facility at 1000 Winter St., employs 250 and more hiring is anticipated, according to a company spokeswoman. The new Waltham facility is the largest among four facilities in the U.S. and 16 around the world. Amadeus has partnerships with brands such as Southwest…
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  • Can renting a car at O'Hare be easier? Silvercar thinks so

    29 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    A new rental-car option is set to launch at O’Hare International Airport on June 12: Silvercar. For the uninitiated, Austin, Texas-based Silvercar’s premise is that it offers the simplest possible rental-car experience by running its service through an app and offering only a single make and model of car: a silver Audi A4. CEO Luke Schneider, previously the chief technology officer at Zipcar, told the Chicago Tribune, “The single biggest frustration that people have around rental counters…
  • Hawaii agencies could join to develop 'Kakaako Makai Innovation Block'

    Duane Shimogawa
    29 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Two state agencies — one promoting economic development and diversification through a return-driven investment program and the other that oversees development in Kakaako — are looking to join forces to develop an economic accelerator in the growing Honolulu neighborhood, a spokeswoman for one of the agencies confirmed to PBN. The “Kakaako Makai Innovation Block,” a partnership between the Hawaii Strategic Development Corp. and the Hawaii Community Development Authority, is planned for a…
  • National city planner: Post Oak will be grandest boulevard in U.S.

    Roxanna Asgarian
    29 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    Alexander Garvin is an architect, city planner and Yale professor. He's behind New York City's 2012 Olympics bid and Atlanta's Beltline, and he's long been eyeing the development along Post Oak Boulevard in Houston's Galleria/Uptown area. He first visited the Galleria area in the 1970s and has watched the area grow with great interest. Garvin said the area is on track to continue to grow exponentially. "I think it’s a project that’s going to affect the rest of the country. I think it will become…
  • Hickton named to board of California engineering company

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    RTI International Metals Inc. President and CEO Dawne Hickton has been elected to the board of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. The Pasadena, Calif.-based Jacobs (NYSE: JEC) works with commercial, industrial and government clients and had $13 billion in revenue in 2014. There are 10 board members listed on Jacobs’ website, nine of them independent. It wasn’t clear if Hickton was an addition or replaced a current board member. “We are delighted to welcome Dawne, who brings a wealth of proven…
  • Pompano doctor arrested for alleged pill mill, charged with manslaughter

    Nina Lincoff
    29 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Pompano doctor Lynn Averill was arrested and charged with eight counts of manslaughter for her alleged involvement in a pill mill scheme. Plantation-based Real Care Medical Group is at the center of the scheme, according to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office on Wednesday. In addition to Averill, seven others were arrested for racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, and manslaughter. The over-prescription of controlled substances by Averill at Real Care ultimately resulted in…
 
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  • Sources: Cessna working on large-cabin jet

    Daniel McCoy
    29 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    The large-cabin business jet market has been the industry’s most stable and lucrative segment in the wake of the recession, and multiple sources say Wichita’s Textron Aviation is crafting a Cessna Citation to again try and crash the party. Aviation analyst Rolland Vincent, of Rolland Vincent Associates, says he has heard the move could come in the form of an upgrade to Cessna’s developing Citation Longitude program. “They are definitely looking at a large cabin and I think it has to do…
  • Steve Higdon leads rebranding effort at Private Client Services

    Rachel Aretakis
    29 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    Steve Higdon, a former Greater Louisville Inc. president, has moved on to his next venture, one he calls a "natural extension" of his career that came at the right time. Higdon joined Private Client Services LLC as the chief development officer in January. The move stemmed from his 15-year friendship with Ernest Sampson, CEO of KFG Enterprises Inc., the holding company for Private Client Services. The broker/dealer firm is based in Louisville and has 40 branches across the country. (Sampson is the…
  • Pittsburgh's biggest banks collect $158M in 1Q overdraft fees

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    Overdraft fees from some of the biggest banks serving the Pittsburgh region totaled more than $158 million in the first quarter, according to a new analysis released by SNL Financial. The fees — from PNC Bank, Citizens Bank, Fifth Third Bank and Huntington National Bank — paled in comparison to those collected by the top three largest banks in the U.S.: $1.14 billion from JPMorgan Chase Bank (NYSE: JPM), Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Wells Fargo Bank, according to SNL Financial. Across the…
  • Exclusive: Health care provider Atrinea Health and affiliates file Ch. 11 bankruptcy

    Sal Christ
    29 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    New Mexico health care provider Atrinea Health LLC and three affiliated companies filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy May 14. The four companies — which also include Corazon Family Health, Santa Fe Medical Group and Atrinea Ruidoso — provide primary and family care, outpatient and urgent care at clinics throughout New Mexico, according to an emergency motion to use cash collateral that Atrinea Health filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court May 14. The bankruptcy court agreed to administer the four cases jointly. According…
  • Jamie Dimon unplugged: JPMorgan Chase CEO on 'bums and criminals,' Silicon Valley competitors

    Mark Calvey
    29 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    Jamie Dimon, never shy about speaking his mind, did not disappoint when addressing an investment conference this week, where no topic seemed off limits. The chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) was especially candid in discussing the threat startups pose to the banking industry in a presentation to those attending Bernstein's 31st Annual Strategic Decisions Conference in New York. "Silicon Valley is good at getting rid of pain points," Dimon said, according to a report by TheStreet.com.…
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  • Pittsburgh's biggest banks collect $158M in 1Q overdraft fees

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    Overdraft fees from some of the biggest banks serving the Pittsburgh region totaled more than $158 million in the first quarter, according to a new analysis released by SNL Financial. The fees — from PNC Bank, Citizens Bank, Fifth Third Bank and Huntington National Bank — paled in comparison to those collected by the top three largest banks in the U.S.: $1.14 billion from JPMorgan Chase Bank (NYSE: JPM), Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Wells Fargo Bank, according to SNL Financial. Across the…
  • Why developers are lining up for chance to pursue CMU office/retail/hotel project

    Tim Schooley
    29 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    As his firm works as the developer representative to help Carnegie Mellon University pursue a major commercial development on Forbes Avenue that neighbors its campus, JC Pelusi was left plenty impressed by the large field of developers who may pursue the 425,000-square foot office, retail and hotel project. “I don’t think any project I’ve been associated with has drawn that much interest,” said Pelusi, the market leader and managing director for the Pittsburgh office of Jones Lang LaSalle. Jones…
  • Exclusive: Health care provider Atrinea Health and affiliates file Ch. 11 bankruptcy

    Sal Christ
    29 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    New Mexico health care provider Atrinea Health LLC and three affiliated companies filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy May 14. The four companies — which also include Corazon Family Health, Santa Fe Medical Group and Atrinea Ruidoso — provide primary and family care, outpatient and urgent care at clinics throughout New Mexico, according to an emergency motion to use cash collateral that Atrinea Health filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court May 14. The bankruptcy court agreed to administer the four cases jointly. According…
  • Developer to tear down, rebuild bigger downtown Durham warehouse

    Amanda Hoyle
    29 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    A vacant, brick warehouse on Seminary Avenue in downtown Durham has been sold to a New York private equity group with plans to tear down the building and redevelop the site with a new three-story building. However, it won't be the one- or two-story office complex that the sellers had envisioned when they put the 0.8-acre property at 112 W. Seminary Ave. up for sale a couple of years ago with renderings for creative office showrooms and loft spaces. New York-based Equator Capital Management and…
  • Travel tech company opens new, expanded Waltham R&D center

    David Harris
    29 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Amadeus, a Spanish travel technology company, said this week that it opened a new 56,000-square-foot research and development center in Waltham. The company, which had its local office at 307 Waverly Oaks Road until it recently moved to its new facility at 1000 Winter St., employs 250 and more hiring is anticipated, according to a company spokeswoman. The new Waltham facility is the largest among four facilities in the U.S. and 16 around the world. Amadeus has partnerships with brands such as Southwest…
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  • North Carolina ranks in top 10 for highest beer tax in the nation

    Dathan Kazsuk
    29 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    North Carolina is part of a southeast cluster of states that ranks in the top 10 for the highest excise taxes in the nation, according to research from the Tax Foundation. Coming in at No. 8 in the nation, North Carolina carries a $0.62 per gallon tax on beer. The seven states that hold a higher excise tax than N.C. are Tennessee, $1.29; Alaska, $1.07; Alabama, $1.05; Georgia, $1.01; Hawaii, $0.93; Kentucky, $0.78; and South Carolina, $0.77. Wyoming has the lowest excise tax in the nation with…
  • Why developers are lining up for chance to pursue CMU office/retail/hotel project

    Tim Schooley
    29 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    As his firm works as the developer representative to help Carnegie Mellon University pursue a major commercial development on Forbes Avenue that neighbors its campus, JC Pelusi was left plenty impressed by the large field of developers who may pursue the 425,000-square foot office, retail and hotel project. “I don’t think any project I’ve been associated with has drawn that much interest,” said Pelusi, the market leader and managing director for the Pittsburgh office of Jones Lang LaSalle. Jones…
  • Developer to tear down, rebuild bigger downtown Durham warehouse

    Amanda Hoyle
    29 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    A vacant, brick warehouse on Seminary Avenue in downtown Durham has been sold to a New York private equity group with plans to tear down the building and redevelop the site with a new three-story building. However, it won't be the one- or two-story office complex that the sellers had envisioned when they put the 0.8-acre property at 112 W. Seminary Ave. up for sale a couple of years ago with renderings for creative office showrooms and loft spaces. New York-based Equator Capital Management and…
  • Lowe’s just getting started with its growth in Canada

    Ken Elkins
    29 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Lowe’s Cos. Inc. hasn’t realized all of its desires to be bigger in Canada. Robert Niblock, Lowe’s CEO, says his goal is to have 60 stores in the Great Northland within the next three to four years. That’s up from the current 38 Lowe’s stores in Canada. Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW), which held its annual meeting in Ballantyne this morning, wants to grow in Canada because it’s a lot like the U.S., where the retailer has expanded rapidly, Niblock says. He took a few questions from reporters after…
  • Arena funding deal in next 48 hours, says Milwaukee Bucks president Feigin

    Rich Kirchen
    29 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    A deal may not be completed Friday on public funding for a new arena in downtown Milwaukee but could be ready within the next two days, Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin said Friday morning. The Friday agenda for the state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance includes the so-called sports and entertainment district in Milwaukee. However, Feigin said he anticipates the powerful finance committee, which writes the state budget, will vote on the budget including an arena funding package…
 
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  • Pittsburgh's biggest banks collect $158M in 1Q overdraft fees

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    Overdraft fees from some of the biggest banks serving the Pittsburgh region totaled more than $158 million in the first quarter, according to a new analysis released by SNL Financial. The fees — from PNC Bank, Citizens Bank, Fifth Third Bank and Huntington National Bank — paled in comparison to those collected by the top three largest banks in the U.S.: $1.14 billion from JPMorgan Chase Bank (NYSE: JPM), Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Wells Fargo Bank, according to SNL Financial. Across the…
  • Why developers are lining up for chance to pursue CMU office/retail/hotel project

    Tim Schooley
    29 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    As his firm works as the developer representative to help Carnegie Mellon University pursue a major commercial development on Forbes Avenue that neighbors its campus, JC Pelusi was left plenty impressed by the large field of developers who may pursue the 425,000-square foot office, retail and hotel project. “I don’t think any project I’ve been associated with has drawn that much interest,” said Pelusi, the market leader and managing director for the Pittsburgh office of Jones Lang LaSalle. Jones…
  • Exclusive: Health care provider Atrinea Health and affiliates file Ch. 11 bankruptcy

    Sal Christ
    29 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    New Mexico health care provider Atrinea Health LLC and three affiliated companies filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy May 14. The four companies — which also include Corazon Family Health, Santa Fe Medical Group and Atrinea Ruidoso — provide primary and family care, outpatient and urgent care at clinics throughout New Mexico, according to an emergency motion to use cash collateral that Atrinea Health filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court May 14. The bankruptcy court agreed to administer the four cases jointly. According…
  • Developer to tear down, rebuild bigger downtown Durham warehouse

    Amanda Hoyle
    29 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    A vacant, brick warehouse on Seminary Avenue in downtown Durham has been sold to a New York private equity group with plans to tear down the building and redevelop the site with a new three-story building. However, it won't be the one- or two-story office complex that the sellers had envisioned when they put the 0.8-acre property at 112 W. Seminary Ave. up for sale a couple of years ago with renderings for creative office showrooms and loft spaces. New York-based Equator Capital Management and…
  • Travel tech company opens new, expanded Waltham R&D center

    David Harris
    29 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Amadeus, a Spanish travel technology company, said this week that it opened a new 56,000-square-foot research and development center in Waltham. The company, which had its local office at 307 Waverly Oaks Road until it recently moved to its new facility at 1000 Winter St., employs 250 and more hiring is anticipated, according to a company spokeswoman. The new Waltham facility is the largest among four facilities in the U.S. and 16 around the world. Amadeus has partnerships with brands such as Southwest…
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  • Meet the Raleigh engineer behind 'Iron Man' Robert Downey Jr.'s real-life robotic arm

    Lauren K. Ohnesorge
    29 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    It’s a side project, says Brian Kaminski – but a project so flashy that ‘Iron Man’ Robert Downey Jr. is a fan. By day, Kaminski works at Raleigh-based Applied Research Associates, a defense-contractor whose projects include virtual reality software for soldiers. But by night? His double life takes him upstairs in a spare room at his Raleigh home, working on biometric sensors that are already changing the lives of people who’ve lost limbs – including one child whose ‘Iron Man’ arm…
  • Katie Sparks: People on the Move spotlight

    Barb Zaferos
    29 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Katie Sparks has been hired as director of development at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Milwaukee. She brings 10 years of experience in fundraising to her new position and will be responsible for developing and carrying out the organization's strategic fundraising and membership plans. Sparks answered a few questions for the Milwaukee Business Journal and a portion of her answers ran in the May 29 print edition of the Milwaukee Business Journal. New position: Director of development, Schlitz Audubon…
  • Foundations, Chevron give $530K to build STEAM programs in the region

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    More than two dozen school districts in southwestern Pennsylvania will share in more than a half million dollars in grants to promote programs that encourage STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Manufacturing. The grants were announced Friday by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit Center for Creativity, and the funding came from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the Grable Foundation and, for the first time this year, Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX). AIU said the programs will include…
  • Spotlight: Ernest Hoffman, Pradco

    Laura Newpoff
    29 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    Ernest Hoffman, management consultant, Pradco Age: 34 Vitals: I am finishing a Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology at the University of Akron. I have a master’s degree in that same field and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the university. I also have a master of divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. I previously was the pastor of a Lutheran church in a Detroit suburb. Why this business: Equipping leaders to be more effective through self awareness and development…
  • CSU to study female faculty members' salaries

    Caitlin Hendee
    29 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The pay of female professors at Colorado State University will come under scrutiny after CSU president Tony Frank this week announced plans to study pay equity at the school. The plan, which Frank said will be enacted by this August, follows an earlier analysis of faculty pay at CSU. The Coloradan reports that analysis found systematic pay discrimination, a charge denied by Frank. The new analysis will include: Reaching consensus on what the original salary analysis revealed or did not reveal;…
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  • Expert: Regulation changes are the solution to downturn in oil prices

    Sergio Chapa
    29 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Crude oil prices are at six-year lows but the federal government can fix the situation with a few simple regulatory changes, an industry expert told Texas businessmen. Some 200 businessmen and government officials gathered at the Grand Hyatt in downtown San Antonio this week for the Eagle Ford Consortium's fourth annual conference. Christopher Guith with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce delivered a keynote address where he said the United States is sitting on top of hundreds of years worth of oil,…
  • Texas economy took another tumble in March on volatile crude prices

    James Aldridge
    29 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    Lower crude oil prices are continuing to drag down the Texas economy, according to Comerica Bank’s Texas Economic Activity Index. The index fell 3.4 percentage points in March to an index reading of 101.1. In February, the index reading was 104.6. March’s reading is 29 points, or 39 percent, above the cyclical low of 72.6. The index averaged 105.1 points for all of 2014. The baseline for Comerica’s index, which looks at nonfarm payrolls, exports, hotel occupancy rates, continuing claims for…
  • CH2M engineers $300M investment from private-equity firm Apollo

    Mark Harden
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    CH2M, the global engineering and infrastructure firm based in Douglas County, is getting a $300 million investment from Apollo Global Management LLC. Along with a minority stake in what is now employee-owned CH2M, Apollo (NYSE: APO) will get two seats on its board out of six independent seats, with company employees holding another seven board seats. One of the seats will be held by Antoine Munfakh, the lead investment partner for Apollo on this transaction. Apollo also will be awarded additional…
  • Tech services company plans to capitalize on energy downturn

    Joe Martin
    29 May 2015 | 6:22 am
    OTM, a technology development and advisory arm of London-based Sagentia Group PLC (LON: SAG), is betting big on Houston's energy industry, despite the recent downturn. OTM is an independent advisor that helps companies get to market, recognize what's needed in the industry and develop a sound research and development strategy. It works across a broad range of industries, but this year it's targeted the energy sector for its Houston growth, said Ryan Gaunt, vice president for business development…
  • Morgan Stanley bullish on Valero Energy Partners

    James Aldridge
    29 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    More Wall Street analysts are taking notice of Valero Energy Partners’ stock. Morgan Stanley initiated coverage of the company in a research note on the company, Dakota Financial News reported. San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE: VLO) formed Valero Energy Partners LP (NYSE: VLP) as a master limited partnership to own, operate, develop and acquire crude oil and refined petroleum products pipelines, terminals and other transportation and logistics assets. Currently, Valero Energy Partners’…
 
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  • Katie Sparks: People on the Move spotlight

    Barb Zaferos
    29 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Katie Sparks has been hired as director of development at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Milwaukee. She brings 10 years of experience in fundraising to her new position and will be responsible for developing and carrying out the organization's strategic fundraising and membership plans. Sparks answered a few questions for the Milwaukee Business Journal and a portion of her answers ran in the May 29 print edition of the Milwaukee Business Journal. New position: Director of development, Schlitz Audubon…
  • CH2M engineers $300M investment from private-equity firm Apollo

    Mark Harden
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    CH2M, the global engineering and infrastructure firm based in Douglas County, is getting a $300 million investment from Apollo Global Management LLC. Along with a minority stake in what is now employee-owned CH2M, Apollo (NYSE: APO) will get two seats on its board out of six independent seats, with company employees holding another seven board seats. One of the seats will be held by Antoine Munfakh, the lead investment partner for Apollo on this transaction. Apollo also will be awarded additional…
  • New 'Love Bottle' released as Portland company talks tough on ocean trash

    Andy Giegerich
    29 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    It makes sense that the Portland-makers of the Love Bottle are releasing a limited edition “Portland Bottle.” It also makes sense that the company, run by Minna Yoo, is raising awareness of its primary mission: to prevent the production and improper disposal of plastic bottles. Love Bottle offers customizable, reusable, and durable water bottles constructed from high-quality recyclable glass. The Portland bottle features images of such Portland cityscape landmarks as the KOIN Tower, "Big Pink"…
  • Governor to business leaders: Don't stop thinking about tomorrow

    Allen Young
    29 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    At a Thursday breakfast hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce, Gov. Jerry Brown avoided controversial topics such as cap-and-trade spending and high-speed rail and instead focused largely on water policy. Get A.M. business scoops. Subscribe to SVBJ's free morning email newsletter. In doing so, the governor hinted that the 1,200 business leaders in attendance ought to give up their day-to-day critiques against state government by considering the long-term challenges facing California…
  • The largest LEED-certified spaces in Charlotte are ...

    Amy Shapiro
    29 May 2015 | 4:44 am
    This week’s Charlotte Business Journal lists the largest LEED-certified spaces in Charlotte, ranked by total square feet. The projects on The List were certified from Jan. 1, 2013, to April 15, 2015. The Wells Fargo Customer Information Center on W.T. Harris Blvd. tops the list, with 2.1 million square feet. The gold-level project was certified in 2013 under the operations and maintenance existing buildings rating. The Duke Energy Center at 550 S. Tryon St. is the largest platinum-level building…
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  • Exclusive: Health care provider Atrinea Health and affiliates file Ch. 11 bankruptcy

    Sal Christ
    29 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    New Mexico health care provider Atrinea Health LLC and three affiliated companies filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy May 14. The four companies — which also include Corazon Family Health, Santa Fe Medical Group and Atrinea Ruidoso — provide primary and family care, outpatient and urgent care at clinics throughout New Mexico, according to an emergency motion to use cash collateral that Atrinea Health filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court May 14. The bankruptcy court agreed to administer the four cases jointly. According…
  • Inside non-competes: Washington rules create 'distressing situation for physicians'

    Annie Zak
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Doctors who work at Washington state hospitals face serious challenges if they want to leave their jobs. If a doctor works for a major health system, there's a good chance he or she has a non-compete clause as part of the employment contract. These clauses can restrict where doctors can work if they decide to leave the hospital. At UW Medicine, for example, doctors are prohibited from working within a radius of up to 30 miles if they leave. A bill that died in committee in the state Legislature…
  • NY AG to propose tougher stance on government corruption

    Michael Petro
    29 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Before the end of this year’s legislative session, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he intends to move forward on a comprehensive ethics bill aimed at reforming New York state government. His plan to send this proposal to the Legislature comes in the wake of two high-ranking leaders of state government being arrested on federal corruption charges. Schneiderman’s bill proposes more than a dozen changes to state law, including reforms to the Legislature, criminal law and…
  • Looking for work? Dayton region has more than 20K open jobs

    Tristan Navera
    29 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Commercial truck drivers, already in demand in the region, are more in need than ever as spring warms up. That's according to the latest numbers from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which found about 20,800 job openings posted online in the 14-county Dayton and west Ohio region from March 14 to April 13. The studies give insight into what jobs are in demand and what skills those jobs require. The latest numbers mark an increase from April (with 20,000 open jobs), March (20,000 open…
  • Teva buying up shares of Mylan

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is not only trying to acquire Mylan N.V., but it's also now a part owner. Bloomberg reported that Teva (NYSE: TEVA) bought in recent weeks a total of 1.35 percent of Mylan (Nasdaq: MYL) shares for between $69 and about $71 a share. The Financial Times, noting that it was designed to put pressure on Mylan, said the shares were bought in 13,000 transactions. Teva told Bloomberg the pickup of Mylan shares "underscores our commitment to consummating a transaction…
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  • Exclusive: Health care provider Atrinea Health and affiliates file Ch. 11 bankruptcy

    Sal Christ
    29 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    New Mexico health care provider Atrinea Health LLC and three affiliated companies filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy May 14. The four companies — which also include Corazon Family Health, Santa Fe Medical Group and Atrinea Ruidoso — provide primary and family care, outpatient and urgent care at clinics throughout New Mexico, according to an emergency motion to use cash collateral that Atrinea Health filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court May 14. The bankruptcy court agreed to administer the four cases jointly. According…
  • Travel tech company opens new, expanded Waltham R&D center

    David Harris
    29 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Amadeus, a Spanish travel technology company, said this week that it opened a new 56,000-square-foot research and development center in Waltham. The company, which had its local office at 307 Waverly Oaks Road until it recently moved to its new facility at 1000 Winter St., employs 250 and more hiring is anticipated, according to a company spokeswoman. The new Waltham facility is the largest among four facilities in the U.S. and 16 around the world. Amadeus has partnerships with brands such as Southwest…
  • Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder logs yet another quarter of double-digit revenue growth

    Mary Johnson
    29 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, did it again. As expected, the fried chicken giant logged yet another quarter of double-digit revenue growth, climbing 13.4 percent year over year to $79.5 million, according to The Motley Fool. That makes 28 consecutive quarters that Popeyes (Nasdaq: PLKI) has outpaced its competition in the chicken quick-service restaurant segment, the Motley Fool reported. The company also opened 35 restaurants in the first quarter and saw a 7 percent increase…
  • Looking for work? Dayton region has more than 20K open jobs

    Tristan Navera
    29 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Commercial truck drivers, already in demand in the region, are more in need than ever as spring warms up. That's according to the latest numbers from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which found about 20,800 job openings posted online in the 14-county Dayton and west Ohio region from March 14 to April 13. The studies give insight into what jobs are in demand and what skills those jobs require. The latest numbers mark an increase from April (with 20,000 open jobs), March (20,000 open…
  • Alcohol delivery app Thirstie has recipes and now Hamptons delivery

    Teresa Novellino
    29 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    First came a flood of booze delivery apps ready to deliver the Ketel One to your condo. Now come the moves designed to differentiate one from the next. Thirstie, a New York-based mobile platform with a presence in 12 cities, aims to stand apart from competitors (including Boston’s Drizly, New York-based Minibar and L.A.’s Saucey) by offering not just the alcohol delivered within the hour, but content in the form of cocktail recipes to go with whatever you’ve ordered. “When you go into the…
 
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  • NY AG to propose tougher stance on government corruption

    Michael Petro
    29 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Before the end of this year’s legislative session, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he intends to move forward on a comprehensive ethics bill aimed at reforming New York state government. His plan to send this proposal to the Legislature comes in the wake of two high-ranking leaders of state government being arrested on federal corruption charges. Schneiderman’s bill proposes more than a dozen changes to state law, including reforms to the Legislature, criminal law and…
  • Doe-Anderson president attributes kynect success to simplicity

    Rachel Aretakis
    29 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    The president of the advertising agency responsible for branding Kentucky's health insurance exchange attributes its success to the simplicity of the campaign. Doe-Anderson Inc. has won a North American Effie Award for its work on kynect, the state-run insurance exchange. The Louisville-based advertising and public relations agency developed the kynect brand from scratch about three years ago. Todd Spencer, Doe-Anderson president and CEO, said keeping the communication simple was key. "It's a…
  • Top of the List: Independent insurance agencies

    Andrew Vaupel
    29 May 2015 | 6:26 am
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  • LIST: Atlanta's top insurance industry players

    Courtney O'Neal
    29 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    Atlanta Business Chronicle’s May 29, 2015, edition features lists of Atlanta’s Top 10 Property and Casualty Brokers and Agents and Georgia’s Top 25 Property and Casualty Insurance Companies. Ranked by 2014 premium dollar volume in Atlanta, Brown & Brown Insurance ranks No. 1 with $1.31 billion on the Property and Casualty Brokers and Agents list. With 900 brokers and agents in Atlanta across 17 area offices, the company also reported almost $13.5 billion in companywide dollar volume last year. McGriff,…
  • USAA targeting millennials with new life insurance benefit

    James Aldridge
    29 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    USAA has developed a new life insurance benefit aimed at millennials that will allow them to bump up their term life coverage by $100,000 without additional underwriting whenever they have a qualifying life event such as marriage, the birth of a child or buying a home. This Term Life Events Option is available to USAA policyholders who are between the ages of 18 and 35. USAA developed this option because the company estimates that about 20 percent of its members in that age group have children,…
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  • Health-care entrepreneur gets 18 years in son’s death

    Teresa Novellino
    29 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    A former New York socialite and self-made millionaire health care entrepreneur has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in the death of her 8-year-old developmentally disabled son in a luxury New York City hotel room. Gigi Jordan, who has been in jail on Rikers Island for the past five years, claimed that her son Jude Mirra had been sexually abused for years by his biological father and other men in her life. She said that she gave the boy an overdose of pills in February 2010 in order to keep him…
  • Garmin wins suit over patent trolls

    Ashley Jost
    29 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Garmin Ltd. announced a win against a Las Vegas-based technology company in a patent lawsuit Friday morning. The case was brought against Garmin International Inc. — a subsidiary of the Olathe-based Garmin Ltd. — by Silver State Intellectual Technologies LLC. The suit went to a jury in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, which found that Silver State's patents were invalid. The decision is subject to appeal, according to a Garmin news release. "Garmin and others pioneered…
  • NY AG to propose tougher stance on government corruption

    Michael Petro
    29 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Before the end of this year’s legislative session, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he intends to move forward on a comprehensive ethics bill aimed at reforming New York state government. His plan to send this proposal to the Legislature comes in the wake of two high-ranking leaders of state government being arrested on federal corruption charges. Schneiderman’s bill proposes more than a dozen changes to state law, including reforms to the Legislature, criminal law and…
  • May 29, 2015 Legal Notices

    Orlando Business Journal Legal Notices
    29 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME STATUTE TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute”, Chapter 865.09, Florida Statutes, will register with the Division of Corporations, Department of State, State of Florida, upon receipt of proof of the publication of this notice, the fictitious name, to-wit: Maison & Jardin under which the below named party/parties will engagedin business at 430 Wymore Road Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 That…
  • Interest in four Rockville properties tied to prominent developer sold by sheriff

    Michael Neibauer
    29 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Interest in four Rockville properties tied to prominent Washington, D.C.-area developer Ronald Cohen were sold by the Montgomery County sheriff on Thursday to settle a legal judgment against Cohen and his related entities. Despite assurances to the Washington Business Journal as late as Wednesday afternoon that he would put up a $12 million bond to stop the sheriff’s auction, the sale went on as planned. Confident that he will win on appeal, Cohen and his attorneys changed their minds late Wednesday…
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  • Looking for work? Dayton region has more than 20K open jobs

    Tristan Navera
    29 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Commercial truck drivers, already in demand in the region, are more in need than ever as spring warms up. That's according to the latest numbers from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which found about 20,800 job openings posted online in the 14-county Dayton and west Ohio region from March 14 to April 13. The studies give insight into what jobs are in demand and what skills those jobs require. The latest numbers mark an increase from April (with 20,000 open jobs), March (20,000 open…
  • Elk Grove won't move from bus to light-rail after all

    29 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    After residents complained, the city of Elk Grove has ditched plans to move from its bus service to Sacramento to light rail, according to the Sacramento Bee. The City Council still could make some bus cuts when the Sacramento Regional Transit District opens the Cosumnes River College extension of the Blue Line in September. Objections by residents included the safey of light rail, as well as adding commute time.
  • To the tune of $7M, Port of Vancouver extends lease with one of its favorite tenants

    Andy Giegerich
    29 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    One of the Port of Vancouver's USA longest-term tenants will stay at the Port for at least the next 15 years. Subaru of America Inc. has extended its lease with the port until at least 2030. The port’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the lease extension this week. The lease would have otherwise expired in 2010. It features two options that could extend the lease to 2040. Subaru has operated from the site since 1992. The deal over the remainder of the lease will be worth more than…
  • Port Authority selects contractor for $4B La Guardia terminal revamp

    29 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    After months of delays and deliberation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has selected a contractor to work on the redevelopment of La Guardia Airport's main, a project that could cost $4 billion. The winning group, La Guardia Gateway Partners, is made up of several prominent firms, including developer Skanska USA, architectural company HOK, Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), and Citigroup (NYSE: C), the Wall Street Journal said. It’s not yet clear when work might begin on Terminal B at the…
  • Value of South Seattle industrial property soars 147% in a decade

    Marc Stiles
    29 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    Eleven years ago when a large industrial property in South Seattle went for $9.9 million, some real estate brokers said the buyers had paid too much. Those buyers just became sellers, unloading the 13.6-acre tract for $24.5 million, according to a deed that King County recorded Thursday. Prologis (NYSE: PLD), a global warehouse and industrial developer, bought the property at the north end of the First Avenue South Bridge, where the company is seeking permits from the city to build two-story warehouses…
 
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  • Hickton named to board of California engineering company

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    RTI International Metals Inc. President and CEO Dawne Hickton has been elected to the board of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. The Pasadena, Calif.-based Jacobs (NYSE: JEC) works with commercial, industrial and government clients and had $13 billion in revenue in 2014. There are 10 board members listed on Jacobs’ website, nine of them independent. It wasn’t clear if Hickton was an addition or replaced a current board member. “We are delighted to welcome Dawne, who brings a wealth of proven…
  • Teva buying up shares of Mylan

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is not only trying to acquire Mylan N.V., but it's also now a part owner. Bloomberg reported that Teva (NYSE: TEVA) bought in recent weeks a total of 1.35 percent of Mylan (Nasdaq: MYL) shares for between $69 and about $71 a share. The Financial Times, noting that it was designed to put pressure on Mylan, said the shares were bought in 13,000 transactions. Teva told Bloomberg the pickup of Mylan shares "underscores our commitment to consummating a transaction…
  • Foundations, Chevron give $530K to build STEAM programs in the region

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    More than two dozen school districts in southwestern Pennsylvania will share in more than a half million dollars in grants to promote programs that encourage STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Manufacturing. The grants were announced Friday by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit Center for Creativity, and the funding came from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the Grable Foundation and, for the first time this year, Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX). AIU said the programs will include…
  • Atwal Eye owners pitch medical marijuana plant in Niagara County

    Tracey Drury
    29 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    A second group from Western New York is working to land a medical marijuana license with a growing and distribution facility in Niagara County. Members of the Atwal family approached the Town of Wilson with plans to a medical marijuana cultivation facility at the former Pfeiffer Foods salad dressing plant. Wilson town board members voted this week to approve the application, giving the application the local support needed as part of its application to the state Department of Health. According…
  • Revlon vet takes on big beauty with TréStique

    Teresa Novellino
    29 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    TréStique’s Jennifer Kapahi and her co-founder, Jack Bensason, were both working in the beauty product manufacturing industry when they realized they were having the same thoughts about the same product. It’s something that standardized test-takers know well, but it’s been co-opted by a more glamorous industry for entirely different purposes. “For a very long time, separately, Jack and I both loved pencils,” Kapahi says. “We were tracking the trend of the delivery system of the pencil.…
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  • Scripps flips 94.5 FM to 'KTI Country' music, will challenge FM 106 WMIL

    Rich Kirchen
    29 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    Metro Milwaukee has a new full-power country music radio station and the news comes less than two months after E.W. Scripps Co. took over Journal Broadcast Group’s two Milwaukee radio stations. The new “KTI Country” debuted at 10 a.m. Friday on WKTI-FM (94.5), which since 2009 has floundered in ratings and revenue with a variety-music format called “The Lake FM.” The WKTI call letters go back to the heyday of the station when it played pop music and the long-running Bob Reitman and Gene…
  • FIFA scandal not slowing Charlotte soccer

    Erik Spanberg
    29 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    Soccer, anyone? After a slew of soccer-related arrests, indictments and accounts of bribes and kickbacks of at least $150 million dominated the news this week, the prospect of saluting the beautiful game sounds unappetizing. But that won’t last long. Less than a year ago, video images of a star NFL player knocking his then-fiancee unconscious, coupled with several other disturbing domestic-violence cases involving others in the NFL, monopolized news and talk shows — all the way up to kickoff,…
  • David, Jackie Siegel on 'Celebrity Wife Swap' next week

    Megan Ribbens
    29 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Central Florida can tune in next week to see the region’s most talked about couple on national television. David Siegel, CEO of Orlando-based Westgate Resorts, and his wife, Jackie, will be featured in the June 3 episode of ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap. The show will air at 10 p.m. and will be the third episode of the show’s fourth season, News 13 reports. Opportunities like this help shine a spotlight on Central Florida, and film-induced tourism helps boost the local film industry’s economic…
  • EXCLUSIVE: Fast-growing tech company doubling its headquarters

    Tom Demeropolis
    29 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    InfoTrust LLC, a fast-growing web analytics and digital marketing company, is moving its headquarters and more than doubling in size. Currently located in Blue Ash in 4,000 square feet of space at 10979 Reed Hartman Highway, InfoTrust is expanding into a 9,200-square-foot space at 4340 Glendale-Milford Road. The company signed a seven-year lease for the space at Blue Ash Business Place. Alex Yastrebenetsky, president and principal consultant at InfoTrust, said the company needed additional space,…
  • Biggest obstacle for Charter-Time Warner Cable deal could be Netflix

    Brian Feldt
    29 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    While many analysts believe Charter’s $78.7 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable — a deal that would make the new entity the second largest cable provider in the country behind Comcast — has enough muster to clear regulatory hurdles, one industry giant remains to be heard from, and it could pose a threat to the deal. That would be popular streaming service Netflix, which helped thwart Comcast’s failed $45 billion takeover bid for Time Warner Cable earlier this year. Many have predicted…
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  • ​Nashville consumers brimming with highest confidence in more than a decade

    Scott Harrison
    29 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    Nashville consumers are brimming with confidence. Middle Tennesseans are more confident in the local economy than any point in time since the summer of 2004, according to a recent survey by Middle Tennessee State University’s Jones College of Business. MTSU’s Consumer Outlook Index hit 355 in April, the highest point since a 360 mark in June 2004. That’s up from 203 in May 2014 and 322 this February. Local consumers strongly believe business conditions in Nashville are positive. Sixty-five…
  • After 9 months in Jacksonville, AV Homes is expanding its reach

    Andrew Thurlow
    29 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    AV Homes has picked up two more properties in Jacksonville, while work has begun on the first development it purchased here. The Arizona-based company has purchased Amelia Walk in Fernandina Beach and Stone Creek in St. Johns County. The master-planned community of Amelia Walk, which was developed by GreenPointe Homes, includes 70 finished homesites on Majestic Walk Boulevard, about 15 minutes from Amelia Island. AV Homes’ plans for expanded the community include 10 new one- and two-story home…
  • Why developers are lining up for chance to pursue CMU office/retail/hotel project

    Tim Schooley
    29 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    As his firm works as the developer representative to help Carnegie Mellon University pursue a major commercial development on Forbes Avenue that neighbors its campus, JC Pelusi was left plenty impressed by the large field of developers who may pursue the 425,000-square foot office, retail and hotel project. “I don’t think any project I’ve been associated with has drawn that much interest,” said Pelusi, the market leader and managing director for the Pittsburgh office of Jones Lang LaSalle. Jones…
  • Repairs to luxury Georgetown condo complex forcing residents out

    Michael Neibauer
    29 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    Residents of one of the District’s most luxurious condominium buildings, where a unit was recently listed for $9 million, are moving out temporarily so the building can undergo major repairs. Details of the mass exodus from 3303 Water St. NW are scarce. We're told that residents will be leaving as soon as the second week in June and were offered the opportunity to relocate to a D.C. Ritz-Carlton at a cost of $12,000 for a month. The 72-unit Water Street building, overlooking Georgetown and the…
  • Stadium Square apartment project developers to spruce up Sharp-Leadenhall

    Jenn Ladd
    29 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    The Hanover Co. will expand sidewalk corners and add more greenery on Race Street as part of its development plans for the Stadium Square project in South Baltimore. The Houston, Texas-based developer is also in talks with the city's Department of Transportation to widen sidewalks around its 295-unit apartment project in the Sharp-Leadenhall neighborhood. The apartment complex, between Race and Leadenhall streets and Cross and West streets, will be the first building constructed in the three-block…
 
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  • Why developers are lining up for chance to pursue CMU office/retail/hotel project

    Tim Schooley
    29 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    As his firm works as the developer representative to help Carnegie Mellon University pursue a major commercial development on Forbes Avenue that neighbors its campus, JC Pelusi was left plenty impressed by the large field of developers who may pursue the 425,000-square foot office, retail and hotel project. “I don’t think any project I’ve been associated with has drawn that much interest,” said Pelusi, the market leader and managing director for the Pittsburgh office of Jones Lang LaSalle. Jones…
  • Lowe’s just getting started with its growth in Canada

    Ken Elkins
    29 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Lowe’s Cos. Inc. hasn’t realized all of its desires to be bigger in Canada. Robert Niblock, Lowe’s CEO, says his goal is to have 60 stores in the Great Northland within the next three to four years. That’s up from the current 38 Lowe’s stores in Canada. Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW), which held its annual meeting in Ballantyne this morning, wants to grow in Canada because it’s a lot like the U.S., where the retailer has expanded rapidly, Niblock says. He took a few questions from reporters after…
  • Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder logs yet another quarter of double-digit revenue growth

    Mary Johnson
    29 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, did it again. As expected, the fried chicken giant logged yet another quarter of double-digit revenue growth, climbing 13.4 percent year over year to $79.5 million, according to The Motley Fool. That makes 28 consecutive quarters that Popeyes (Nasdaq: PLKI) has outpaced its competition in the chicken quick-service restaurant segment, the Motley Fool reported. The company also opened 35 restaurants in the first quarter and saw a 7 percent increase…
  • A look inside Cake Boss Buddy Valastro’s bake shops

    Anjali Fluker
    29 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    Celebrity baker Buddy Valastro’s dessert empire is growing — and Orlando stands to gain from that. Valastro, whose Carlo’s Bakery shops have been popularized by TLC TV series Cake Boss, is bringing a new bakery to The Florida Mall this summer. The Orlando bake shop, the first in the Sunshine State, will be part of 27 shops and eateries debuting starting next week in the mall’s new Dining Pavilion. The Florida Mall is Central Florida's largest enclosed mall at 1.8 million square feet, and…
  • Alcohol delivery app Thirstie has recipes and now Hamptons delivery

    Teresa Novellino
    29 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    First came a flood of booze delivery apps ready to deliver the Ketel One to your condo. Now come the moves designed to differentiate one from the next. Thirstie, a New York-based mobile platform with a presence in 12 cities, aims to stand apart from competitors (including Boston’s Drizly, New York-based Minibar and L.A.’s Saucey) by offering not just the alcohol delivered within the hour, but content in the form of cocktail recipes to go with whatever you’ve ordered. “When you go into the…
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  • Arena funding deal in next 48 hours, says Milwaukee Bucks president Feigin

    Rich Kirchen
    29 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    A deal may not be completed Friday on public funding for a new arena in downtown Milwaukee but could be ready within the next two days, Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin said Friday morning. The Friday agenda for the state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance includes the so-called sports and entertainment district in Milwaukee. However, Feigin said he anticipates the powerful finance committee, which writes the state budget, will vote on the budget including an arena funding package…
  • FIFA scandal not slowing Charlotte soccer

    Erik Spanberg
    29 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    Soccer, anyone? After a slew of soccer-related arrests, indictments and accounts of bribes and kickbacks of at least $150 million dominated the news this week, the prospect of saluting the beautiful game sounds unappetizing. But that won’t last long. Less than a year ago, video images of a star NFL player knocking his then-fiancee unconscious, coupled with several other disturbing domestic-violence cases involving others in the NFL, monopolized news and talk shows — all the way up to kickoff,…
  • From 9News: 9 things to do in Colorado this weekend (late skiing, Star Wars and more)

    Allison Sylte
    29 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    It might be more than 80 degrees with Sunday – a pretty big deal, given that we've become more used to clouds than the sunshine that we're typically spoiled rotten with in Colorado. And since it's going to be so nice, why not get outside and enjoy it? This weekend, you can enjoy everything from outdoor movies to a beer/outdoor activity festival, to an open-air market, to late May skiing. And if you feel like exploring the great indoors, then you can listen to Star Wars music or take in a roller-derby…
  • KC retains its Big 12 basketball crown

    29 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    Kansas City got a huge postseason victory Thursday, when the Big 12 Conference announced it would keep its men's basketball championship at Sprint Center through 2020. The extension of the tournament's stay in Kansas City for four more years is a sizable economic win for the city and Downtown. It's also a big symbolic win for a city that has been closely associated with the tournament since before the Big 12 came into existence. Kansas City has hosted the Big 12 men's basketball championship 14…
  • UW funding, road spending, Bucks arena on joint-finance agenda

    29 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    The state budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance is expected to be near the end of its deliberations Friday and weigh how much to cut the University of Wisconsin System budget, how to pay for roads and approve a financing deal for a new arena in downtown Milwaukee. The panel hoped to complete its work on the state budget with a meeting that was scheduled to begin Friday. Read more at the Wisconsin State Journal.
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  • NASA to incorporate San Antonio technology in Europa mission

    W. Scott Bailey
    29 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    NASA has selected a pair of instruments that will be developed and constructed by San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute for its mission to Europa. The instruments will assist the federal space agency in its study of the large and potentially inhabitable moon of Jupiter. The MAss Spectrometer for Planetary EXploration (MASPEX) and Ultraviolet Spectrograph (UVS) were among 33 instruments NASA considered using for the yet-to-be named mission, expected to take flight in the next decade. The agency…
  • Google gets approval to offer mobile phone service in Hawaii

    Duane Shimogawa
    29 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    Hawaii regulators have granted permission to a subsidiary of Google Inc. to provide its new wireless phone service in Hawaii as part of a nationwide plan, according to a public filing this week. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission said in its ruling that it grants Google North America Inc. a certificate of registration to provide resold wireless telecommunications services in the state. The PUC said Google’s new service promotes increased competition and investment in the state’s telecommunications…
  • Garmin wins suit over patent trolls

    Ashley Jost
    29 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Garmin Ltd. announced a win against a Las Vegas-based technology company in a patent lawsuit Friday morning. The case was brought against Garmin International Inc. — a subsidiary of the Olathe-based Garmin Ltd. — by Silver State Intellectual Technologies LLC. The suit went to a jury in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, which found that Silver State's patents were invalid. The decision is subject to appeal, according to a Garmin news release. "Garmin and others pioneered…
  • Travel tech company opens new, expanded Waltham R&D center

    David Harris
    29 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Amadeus, a Spanish travel technology company, said this week that it opened a new 56,000-square-foot research and development center in Waltham. The company, which had its local office at 307 Waverly Oaks Road until it recently moved to its new facility at 1000 Winter St., employs 250 and more hiring is anticipated, according to a company spokeswoman. The new Waltham facility is the largest among four facilities in the U.S. and 16 around the world. Amadeus has partnerships with brands such as Southwest…
  • Jamie Dimon unplugged: JPMorgan Chase CEO on 'bums and criminals,' Silicon Valley competitors

    Mark Calvey
    29 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    Jamie Dimon, never shy about speaking his mind, did not disappoint when addressing an investment conference this week, where no topic seemed off limits. The chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) was especially candid in discussing the threat startups pose to the banking industry in a presentation to those attending Bernstein's 31st Annual Strategic Decisions Conference in New York. "Silicon Valley is good at getting rid of pain points," Dimon said, according to a report by TheStreet.com.…
 
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  • David, Jackie Siegel on 'Celebrity Wife Swap' next week

    Megan Ribbens
    29 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Central Florida can tune in next week to see the region’s most talked about couple on national television. David Siegel, CEO of Orlando-based Westgate Resorts, and his wife, Jackie, will be featured in the June 3 episode of ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap. The show will air at 10 p.m. and will be the third episode of the show’s fourth season, News 13 reports. Siegel is head of the third-largest privately held company in Central Florida, a timeshare business that boasted of more than $742 million…
  • Wisconsin reaches $665,000 settlement with Wyndham over timeshare sales

    Andrew Dawson
    29 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Thursday that it reached a settlement with Orlando, Fla.-based Wyndham Vacation Ownership that concerned consumer complaints about timeshare sales in Wisconsin. The settlement will send $665,404 in cash refunds and/or debt relief to be divided among 29 consumers who purchased timeshare contracts from Wyndham between 2008 and 2013. The timeshare contracts that were part of the complaints were rescinded. Wyndham will also…
  • Elk Grove won't move from bus to light-rail after all

    29 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    After residents complained, the city of Elk Grove has ditched plans to move from its bus service to Sacramento to light rail, according to the Sacramento Bee. The City Council still could make some bus cuts when the Sacramento Regional Transit District opens the Cosumnes River College extension of the Blue Line in September. Objections by residents included the safey of light rail, as well as adding commute time.
  • PHOTOS: New I-Drive pedestrian bridge to be ‘an iconic structure’

    Richard Bilbao
    29 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    The pedestrian bridge envisioned for International Drive and Sand Lake Road will do more than just improve traffic issues — it will be a gateway to Orlando’s tourism corridor. A group of Orange County leaders met May 29 to discuss improvement plans for I-Drive, including the much-talked-about pedestrian bridge. The bridge would connect four of I-Drive’s newest additions: the future $460 million SkyPlex project, Mango's Tropical Cafe, the Wyndham Orlando Resort and I-Shops project, and the…
  • Port Authority selects contractor for $4B La Guardia terminal revamp

    29 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    After months of delays and deliberation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has selected a contractor to work on the redevelopment of La Guardia Airport's main, a project that could cost $4 billion. The winning group, La Guardia Gateway Partners, is made up of several prominent firms, including developer Skanska USA, architectural company HOK, Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), and Citigroup (NYSE: C), the Wall Street Journal said. It’s not yet clear when work might begin on Terminal B at the…
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  • Smashburger expanding into three more North Carolina towns

    Amanda Hoyle
    29 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Smashburger, the burger restaurant concept that already has locations in Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte, has reached an agreement with a new franchise owner to open four more locations in eastern North Carolina. Franchise operators Paul Thaller and Kathleen Thaller have committed to opening four Smashburger locations in Wilmington, New Bern and Jacksonville, according to the company. The Thallers were previously franchisees for McDonalds. Poll: Which Triangle city has the best burger spots? The…
  • DQ coming to Maize road corridor

    29 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    Jeff and Jana Pinney own a DQ in Hays, and now they’re opening a store in Maize. The couple tried Goddard first, the Wichita Eagle reports, but said it was easier to get going in Maize. The store will be located on the northeast corner of 37 th and Maize, across from Menards. Jeff Pinney said he hoped to already be open in Maize, but expects the store will be serving customers by late summer.
  • Derby funeral home company buys Watson Funeral Home and Cemetery

    29 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    Smith Family Mortuaries has purchased the Watson Funeral Home and Cemetery at 31 st St. S. and Webb Road, The DerbyInformer.com reports. SmithFamily Mortuaries is a network of funeral homes based in Derby. The former owner of the Watson Funeral Home, Doug Watson, was sentenced to more than two years in prison on a money laundering conviction. Watson will operate under Reflection Pointe Funeral and Cremation Services.
  • Silicon Valley credit union launches San Francisco expansion

    Mark Calvey
    29 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    San Jose-based credit union Tech CU will open its first San Francisco office in July in the Mid-Market area. Tech CU CEO Barbara Kamm told the San Francisco Business Times that the credit union has a large concentration of members in San Francisco, so opening an office in the city is an important move. She notes that the new location between 10th and 11th streets is near Twitter, Square and other tech employers. Get A.M. business scoops. Subscribe to SVBJ's free morning email newsletter. A Tech…
  • Allegheny, Westmoreland companies win energy-efficiency grants

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    Four Allegheny County and seven Westmoreland County businesses received Small Business Advantage Grants from the Department of Environmental Protection. The grants are used to put in energy-saving or pollution-control projects and are aimed at companies that have 100 or fewer employees. They were among $980,000 in grants statewide. The companies are: Allegheny Copper Properties LP – $6,706 Danielle Jesensky DMD PC – $9,500 Diane Cleaners Inc. – $9,500 JMR Operations LLC – $6,150 Westmoreland Buck…
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  • New York nurses union could authorize strike soon

    29 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    The New York State Nurses Association may soon authorize a strike after months of negotiations with New York City hospitals have failed to achieve a contract agreement. According to a report in Crain’s New York, the union had received an offer for a 10 percent wage hike over four years, but hospitals appear resistant to addressing the nurses’ top priority: staffing ratios. Among the hospitals where the union’s 20,000 registered nurses work are New York-Presbyterian, Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai…
  • Huck Finn's sets target opening date for new playland

    Michael DeMasi
    29 May 2015 | 4:09 am
    Recreating a beloved children's amusement park next to a large furniture store in north Albany, New York has taken a bit longer than expected, but a target opening date is now set for Huck Finn's Playland: June 17. "Depending on the weather and everything falling into place, I think we're through most of the things that could bring any surprises," said Jeff Sperber, president of Huck Finn's Warehouse and More. "It's now a matter of what it takes to finish up the final touches." A construction crew…
  • Here's what Albany needs to win $500 million in economic development money

    Chelsea Diana
    29 May 2015 | 3:57 am
    To win $500 million in New York state money, the Capital Region Economic Development Council needs a long term plan for the Albany area that uses "creative innovation" to connect the community, help hard-to-place workers and keep young people here. It's part of the $1.5 billion Upstate Revitalization Initiative where seven upstate regions are developing plans to compete for a share of the money. Upstate communities will have an opportunity to compete for one of three $500 million awards. The winners…
  • Ellis and Transfinder use crowdfunding for surgical center

    Robin K. Cooper
    29 May 2015 | 3:52 am
    The CEO of Transfinder Corp. teamed up with Ellis Medicine on a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a $19.4 million Center for Surgical and Interventional Medicine in Schenectady, New York. CEO Antonio Civitella brought 150 executives, community leaders and technology workers to his company headquarters in Schenectady Thursday evening and raised more than $15,000 in 90 minutes. Civitella donated $7,500. "This was an experiment to see what we could do to support Ellis and Schenectady," Civitella…
  • Proposed bitcoin tax-breaks could shift New York financial power to a new 'Wall Street'

    Michael del Castillo
    28 May 2015 | 6:28 pm
    The terms of New York State’s historic bitcoin licenses are expected to be revealed by the end of the month, and already New Jersey is preparing to make a move that could render the regulation less relevant. Two New Jersey assemblymen have proposed a bill that would give tax-breaks to bitcoin companies. The move has already given one prominent bitcoin entrepreneur pause to re-evaluate his company's future headquarters, a possible sign of things to come. "It's very attractive to us seeing a state…
 
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  • Exclusive: Health care provider Atrinea Health and affiliates file Ch. 11 bankruptcy

    Sal Christ
    29 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    New Mexico health care provider Atrinea Health LLC and three affiliated companies filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy May 14. The four companies — which also include Corazon Family Health, Santa Fe Medical Group and Atrinea Ruidoso — provide primary and family care, outpatient and urgent care at clinics throughout New Mexico, according to an emergency motion to use cash collateral that Atrinea Health filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court May 14. The bankruptcy court agreed to administer the four cases jointly. According…
  • New Mexico Lands office rakes in solar revenue

    Mike English
    29 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    It's a revenue stream the state hasn't tapped until now: The New Mexico State Lands Office just collected the first of many six-figure checks expected from its lease of 600 acres to an operating solar farm. New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Aubrey Dunn announced the receipt of nearly $218,000 from Macho Springs, one of New Mexico’s largest solar energy facilities near Deming. The Macho Springs plant was constructed by First Solar in 2014. The plant generates about 50 megawatts of energy…
  • New Mexico and natural gas: bigger than OPEC

    Mike English
    29 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    Fracking and other new drilling techniques have pushed New Mexico to become a bigger supplier of natural gas than many OPEC nations, according to a story in the Santa Fe New Mexican. A report from the American Petroleum Institute ranks New Mexico 27th in the world and seventh in the U.S. as a source for natural gas. That's just behind Arkansas but ahead of Oman. Using data from 2012, the most recent year for which consistent international data are available, the report notes New Mexico produced…
  • UNM marketing students win national competition

    Mike English
    29 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Undergraduate marketing students from the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management finished No. 1 in a national student marketing competition that included 20 teams from universities across the country. The UNM students took top honors in the Energy and Jobs Tomorrow Case Challenge, a contest sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute that tasked the students with creating an integrated marketing campaign aimed at educating and informing millennials about the wide range of jobs…
  • Wine festival to move from Bernalillo to Isleta

    Mike English
    29 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    The long-running Bernalillo Wine Festival, canceled earlier this year and replaced with a beer festival, is moving south and changing its name. The New Mexico Wine and Jazz Festival, as it will now be called, is schedule for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7, at Isleta Resort & Casino. Dean Strober, organizer of such Albuquerque events as the Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest, Food on a Stick and Southwest Bacon Fest, is taking over production of the event. The wine festival will continue to feature…
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  • 43 things to do with Coca-Cola (besides drink it)

    29 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO), which has battled profit declines for several quarters, might consider pitching its flagship product in a new way. Business Insider on Friday published a list of 43 things you can do with Coca-Cola, besides drink it. The list includes cleaning toilets and tile grout, easing the pain of jellyfish stings and making lawns greener. Check out the full list here.
  • Atlanta Mayor Reed hires new planning commissioner

    Dave Williams
    29 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has reached across state lines to hire a new planning commissioner for the city. The mayor named Tim Keane commissioner of Atlanta’s Department of Planning and Community Development Thursday, a job that will take him from a similar position with the city of Charleston, S.C. “Tim brings the right expertise to help the department meet the long-term goals of my administration,” Reed said. “I am confident that his experience, vision and exceptional commitment to public…
  • Midtown’s Veni Vidi Vici will close for good May 31

    29 May 2015 | 6:49 am
    It came, it saw, it’s closing. Buckhead Life Restaurant Group Inc. Italian restaurant Veni Vidi Vici in Midtown will close its doors permanently on May 31. Veni Vidi Vici opened in 1993 with famous Italian Chef and cookbook author Marcella Hazen was a consultant. “This was a difficult decision, since the restaurant has a loyal following,” said Buckhead Life founder and CEO Pano Karatassos. “However, and while we are and shall always remain dedicated to our base and loyal customers in our…
  • LIST: Atlanta's top insurance industry players

    Courtney O'Neal
    29 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    Atlanta Business Chronicle’s May 29, 2015, edition features lists of Atlanta’s Top 10 Property and Casualty Brokers and Agents and Georgia’s Top 25 Property and Casualty Insurance Companies. Ranked by 2014 premium dollar volume in Atlanta, Brown & Brown Insurance ranks No. 1 with $1.31 billion on the Property and Casualty Brokers and Agents list. With 900 brokers and agents in Atlanta across 17 area offices, the company also reported almost $13.5 billion in companywide dollar volume last year. McGriff,…
  • Snapshot: JP Morgan Chase starts 5,000-job layoff + Roswell Hooters waitress donates kidney to customer

    Carla Caldwell
    29 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    Weather Friday: A mix of sun and clouds. 30 percent chance of afternoon showers. High: 83. Friday night: Clear. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Low: 67. Click here for more weather information from AtlantaBusiness Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV. Today’s Talkers J.P. Morgan Chase starts layoffs that are expected to total more than 5,000 by next year, reports The Wall Street Journal. The 10 things in advertising you need to know today, according to Business Insider. The 2,700-acre…
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  • Software maker AccuBuild IT raises financing

    Christopher Calnan
    29 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    AccuBuild IT LLC, a construction software maker, reported completing a $2 million equity financing. The Georgetown company collected the capital from three investors, according to a Thursday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. AccuBuild, which was founded in California in 1987, relocated to Georgetown in recent years. But it’s unclear exactly when. Chief Opertating Officer Chuck Schwartz, who completed the SEC filing, couldn’t be reached for comment. AccuBuild’s website…
  • British music distributor puts boots on Austin ground

    29 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    Ditto Music is eager to put Austin musicians in the spotlight — and make some money along the way. The British-born digital distribution service for independent musicians announced Friday the opening of an Austin office as part of a U.S. expansion. Ditto Music will operate out of 501 Studios in North Austin. The company has more than 80,000 independent artists and labels on its books, and already has six offices in the U.K., U.S. and Australia. It has made its mark by distributing music to 160…
  • Austin to challenge commercial property appraisals

    Michael Theis
    29 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    Austin City Council unanimously gave its approval to challenge this year's appraisal of commercial properties by the Travis Central Appraisal District, reports the Austin Monitor. A report, released earlier this month, that said commercial properties had been undervalued by 47 percent on average between 2012-2014, shifting the tax revenue burden more heavily upon residential property owners. According to Monitor, the challenge will allow the city to share the data – such as sale prices for property…
  • Under Armour CEO talks culture and the future of Austin's fitness tech hub

    Christopher Calnan
    29 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    Under Armour Inc.’s culture of being decisive while staying open-minded played a role in the company launching its Austin-based technology division, CEO Kevin Plank said Thursday. Baltimore-based Under Armour (NYSE: UA) opened a large downtown office space in March as the base camp for the company’s Connected Fitness division blending four different tech-based platforms designed to enable athletes to monitor fitness levels and track workouts. “We believe [in] putting these communities together,…
  • Austin parcel carrier expands to Louisiana

    Staff reports
    29 May 2015 | 5:50 am
    LSO Inc., an Austin-based parcel carrier, has expanded into the Louisiana market and now offers shipping services to major cities in that state, the company announced. The move adds to other LSO shipping territories including Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. LSO, founded in 1991 as Lone Star Overnight, is led by CEO Rick Jones. In 2014, LSO was bought by Atlanta-based private equity firm Eagle Merchant Partners. Also that year, the company took aim at small and mid-sized business parcel market…
 
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  • Stadium Square apartment project developers to spruce up Sharp-Leadenhall

    Jenn Ladd
    29 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    The Hanover Co. will expand sidewalk corners and add more greenery on Race Street as part of its development plans for the Stadium Square project in South Baltimore. The Houston, Texas-based developer is also in talks with the city's Department of Transportation to widen sidewalks around its 295-unit apartment project in the Sharp-Leadenhall neighborhood. The apartment complex, between Race and Leadenhall streets and Cross and West streets, will be the first building constructed in the three-block…
  • Interest in four Rockville properties tied to prominent developer sold by sheriff

    Michael Neibauer
    29 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Interest in four Rockville properties tied to prominent Washington, D.C.-area developer Ronald Cohen were sold by the Montgomery County sheriff on Thursday to settle a legal judgment against Cohen and his related entities. Despite assurances to the Washington Business Journal as late as Wednesday afternoon that he would put up a $12 million bond to stop the sheriff’s auction, the sale went on as planned. Confident that he will win on appeal, Cohen and his attorneys changed their minds late Wednesday…
  • Matchbox sets sights on national expansion, seeks $11 million

    Jennifer Nycz-Conner
    29 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    Washington, D.C., casual restaurant chain Matchbox, which Ernst & Young named one of its Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2014, is ordering up a big national expansion plan. The Washington Post reports Matchbox is seeking $11 million from private investors to fuel a national expansion, with a goal of 48 locations by 2020. The group, which has already raised $9 million, is launching a website Friday to attract qualified investors to help it get to its goal of $20 million. Qualified investors must…
  • Under Armour's Kevin Plank talks culture, fitness tech in Austin

    Christopher Calnan
    29 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    Under Armour Inc.’s culture of being decisive while staying open-minded played a role in the company launching its Austin, Texas-based technology division, CEO Kevin Plank said Thursday. Baltimore-based Under Armour (NYSE: UA) opened a large downtown Austin office space in March as the base camp for the company’s Connected Fitness division blending four different tech-based platforms designed to enable athletes to monitor fitness levels and track workouts. “We believe [in] putting these communities…
  • McCormick closes on Italian spice maker deal

    Rick Seltzer
    29 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    McCormick & Co. Inc. wrapped up its deal for Italian spice maker Drogheria & Alimentari, closing on a $79 million acquisition three months after it was first announced. The purchase gives Sparks-based McCormick (NYSE: MKC) a spice and seasoning company with a sizable chunk of the market in Italy — and a company McCormick thinks can grow. Drogheria & Alimentari holds about a third of the market in Italy and exports to 60 other countries. It makes both brand-name and private-label products. McCormick…
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  • Right To Try bill awaits Gov. Bentley's signature

    Ryan Phillips
    29 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    A law to give terminally ill patients access to certain medicines has passed the Alabama House and Senate. Gov. Robert Bentley has six days to sign Senate Bill 357, which has been called the Right To Try bill, according to a release from the Goldwater Institute. Under the proposed law, doctors would be able to prescribe medicines that have passed Phase 1 of the FDA approval process, but are not yet on pharmacy shelves, to terminally ill patients. SB 357 is sponsored by Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster. Right…
  • Why you'll see a little more SEC football on CBS this year

    Ty West
    29 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Southeastern Conference football will get even more exposure on CBS in the upcoming season. The network has added two additional matchups to its traditional SEC football lineup for 2015. Auburn's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game matchup against Louisville in Atlanta on Sept. 5 will be broadcast on CBS at 2:30 p.m. RELATED: Which SEC teams get the most love from CBS? CBS (NYSE: CBS) has also added Georgia at Vanderbilt on Sept. 12 through a sublicense agreement with ESPN. Terms of that deal were not disclosed. In…
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  • Federal judge orders JeffCo receiver to resign

    Ryan Phillips
    28 May 2015 | 8:32 pm
    A federal judge on Monday asked the court appointed receiver for Jefferson County to step down. U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith ordered Ronald Sims, who was appointed to his federal receiver post in 2013, to step down amid performance concerns, according to a report from Fox 6. In April, Smith ordered an investigation into Sims and his running of the county's human resources department following complaints about his competency. These allegations were ultimately validated by the court on Monday. The…
  • Medicaid reform bill heads to Gov. Bentley after passing the House

    Alan Alexander
    28 May 2015 | 8:18 pm
    A bill reforming the state's Medicaid program that passed the Alabama Senate last week passed the Alabama House of Representative today and is waiting to be signed by Gov. Robert Bentley. The bill will establish integrated care networks, or ICNs, to contract with Medicaid and provide long-term care services for home health and nursing home patients, among others. Taxpayers are expected to save $1.5 billion in the first ten years, assuming the program experiences a three-percent annual growth rate. The…
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  • Travel tech company opens new, expanded Waltham R&D center

    David Harris
    29 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Amadeus, a Spanish travel technology company, said this week that it opened a new 56,000-square-foot research and development center in Waltham. The company, which had its local office at 307 Waverly Oaks Road until it recently moved to its new facility at 1000 Winter St., employs 250 and more hiring is anticipated, according to a company spokeswoman. The new Waltham facility is the largest among four facilities in the U.S. and 16 around the world. Amadeus has partnerships with brands such as Southwest…
  • Crazy Foam is back thanks to this Boston entrepreneur

    Eric Convey
    29 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    A Boston entrepreneur is hoping to cash in on bath time, and have some fun in the process. Josh Fink is bringing back Crazy Foam, the shaving-cream-like soap kids sprayed each other (and bathroom walls) with for decades. The cans will be branded with DC Comics figures such as Superman and Wonder Woman and Looney Tunes characters including Bugs Bunny and Tweety Bird. “Playing with Crazy Foam in the tub is one of my fondest childhood memories because it transformed bath time into an opportunity…
  • ​Five tactics to establish a lean IT function

    Bill Kracunas
    29 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    Here are five tactics you should be thinking about to establish a lean IT function in your organization: 1. Outsource Commodity IT Services— Focus on business value. Commodity IT services such as server/system administration or aspects of IT Service Management can be performed by a provider that offers streamlined processes and best in class technology. Increase IT skill sets on those that create business value such as project management, architecture, vendor management and business analysis. 2.…
  • With engineering team growing, Wayfair names its first CTO that isn't its co-founder

    David Harris
    29 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    As Boston-based online home furnishings retailer Wayfair continues to grow — with sales last year of $1 billion — so too does its technology needs. And since its start, Wayfair co-founder Steve Conine has been serving as the company's chief technology officer. But now that his engineering team has grown to include 350 engineers — and growing — Conine has decided that it's better to let someone else take charge. On Friday, Wayfair (NYSE: W) named its new chief technology officer: Jeremy…
  • All eyes on Celldex as it readies to release brain-cancer trial results

    Don Seiffert
    29 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    It’s been called the deadliest form of cancer, and this weekend could confirm whether a local drug developer has a treatment that could help patients with a recurrent version of it live longer. New Jersey biotech Celldex Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CLDX), which has more than half of its employees in Massachusetts, plans to announce patient trial results Sunday for its drug for glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer. That disease, which is diagnosed in about 23,000 people a year in the…
 
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  • NY AG to propose tougher stance on government corruption

    Michael Petro
    29 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Before the end of this year’s legislative session, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he intends to move forward on a comprehensive ethics bill aimed at reforming New York state government. His plan to send this proposal to the Legislature comes in the wake of two high-ranking leaders of state government being arrested on federal corruption charges. Schneiderman’s bill proposes more than a dozen changes to state law, including reforms to the Legislature, criminal law and…
  • Cranston named to interim CEO post with Girl Scouts of WNY

    Tracey Drury
    29 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    While a national search continues for a new chief executive officer at the Girl Scouts of WNY, the council has named Judy Cranston to the post on an interim basis. Cranston, who took on the new role in early May, has served as chief operating officer at the agency for the past six years. She takes over for Cindy Odom, who is leaving the local council for a position at the national organization serving as advisor to other CEOs across the country. Cranston brings 20 years’ experience in executive…
  • Atwal Eye owners pitch medical marijuana plant in Niagara County

    Tracey Drury
    29 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    A second group from Western New York is working to land a medical marijuana license with a growing and distribution facility in Niagara County. Members of the Atwal family approached the Town of Wilson with plans to a medical marijuana cultivation facility at the former Pfeiffer Foods salad dressing plant. Wilson town board members voted this week to approve the application, giving the application the local support needed as part of its application to the state Department of Health. According…
  • Graham CEO says 2015 ‘an outstanding year’

    29 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    Graham Corp. finished fiscal 2015 on a high as fourth-quarter profits nearly doubled and sales jumped 44 percent. The Batavia manufacturer (NYSE: GHM) reported Friday that net income in the closing quarter was $4.2 million, or 41 cents per share. Graham officials noted that minus a $1.1 million nonrecurring restructuring charge, net income was $5.3 million, or 53 cents per share. In the same period last year, the company had net income of $2.3 million, or 23 cents per share, Net sales in the fourth…
  • Crockatt named to lead Olmsted Parks Conservancy

    Tracey Drury
    29 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    After seven months in an interim leadership role, Stephanie Crockatt has been named permanent executive director for the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Board members made the appointment permanent Thursday night following a national search that included more than a dozen candidates. Crockatt follows Thomas Herrera-Mishler, who resigned as president and CEO last October. He begins a new job July 1 as president and CEO at the Balboa Park Conservancy in California. She brings a background in…
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  • Lowe’s just getting started with its growth in Canada

    Ken Elkins
    29 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Lowe’s Cos. Inc. hasn’t realized all of its desires to be bigger in Canada. Robert Niblock, Lowe’s CEO, says his goal is to have 60 stores in the Great Northland within the next three to four years. That’s up from the current 38 Lowe’s stores in Canada. Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW), which held its annual meeting in Ballantyne this morning, wants to grow in Canada because it’s a lot like the U.S., where the retailer has expanded rapidly, Niblock says. He took a few questions from reporters after…
  • FIFA scandal not slowing Charlotte soccer

    Erik Spanberg
    29 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    Soccer, anyone? After a slew of soccer-related arrests, indictments and accounts of bribes and kickbacks of at least $150 million dominated the news this week, the prospect of saluting the beautiful game sounds unappetizing. But that won’t last long. Less than a year ago, video images of a star NFL player knocking his then-fiancee unconscious, coupled with several other disturbing domestic-violence cases involving others in the NFL, monopolized news and talk shows — all the way up to kickoff,…
  • N.C. Gov. McCrory vetoes bill to allow religious exemptions on gay-marriage duties

    Jen Wilson
    29 May 2015 | 8:44 am
    In a move that puts him at odds with leaders in his own party, N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory has vetoed a bill that would allow magistrates and other officials in North Carolina to opt out of performing same-sex marriages based on their religious beliefs. Time Warner Cable News reports McCrory's decision was announced on Thursday, hours after N.C. lawmakers passed the measure with a stout majority. "No public official who voluntarily swears to support and defend the Constitution and to discharge all duties…
  • Charlotte eateries dominate travel blog's list of the '10 best N.C. breakfast restaurants'

    Jen Wilson
    29 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    Five Charlotte restaurants — plus two more in the region — have landed on a list of the "10 Best Breakfast Restaurants in North Carolina." A food blogger on New York City-based Tabelog puts Cafe Monte in SouthPark at No. 1 on the list, citing its low-carb, health-conscious options as a reason for naming it one of the best. Also included are the Landmark Diner on Central Avenue, The Flying Biscuit Cafe on Park Road, Terrace Cafe in SouthPark and The Asbury, located on the ground level at the…
  • North Carolina's largest insurer facing antitrust lawsuits

    Owen Covington
    29 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    Two antitrust lawsuits that allege the 37 independently owned Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, are functioning as a cartel are advancing in federal court. According to The Wall Street Journal , the claims have been consolidated into two antitrust lawsuits in a federal court in Alabama, one on behalf of patients and the other on behalf of health providers. The newspaper notes that, combined, the 37 individual insurers cover about…
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  • EXCLUSIVE: Fast-growing tech company doubling its headquarters

    Tom Demeropolis
    29 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    InfoTrust LLC, a fast-growing web analytics and digital marketing company, is moving its headquarters and more than doubling in size. Currently located in Blue Ash in 4,000 square feet of space at 10979 Reed Hartman Highway, InfoTrust is expanding into a 9,200-square-foot space at 4340 Glendale-Milford Road. The company signed a seven-year lease for the space at Blue Ash Business Place. Alex Yastrebenetsky, president and principal consultant at InfoTrust, said the company needed additional space,…
  • This week's I Spy is just one street over from an old winner

    Hannah McCartney
    29 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    If you're an avid fan, the clue in today's headline might help you. This week's puzzle isn't more than a few blocks away from a winner we've seen sometime this year. Take that into consideration when you're plotting your guess. When you're ready, send me your answer at hmccartney@bizjournals.com with the subject "I Spy Cincinnati." If you don't recognize it right away, check back each weekday for new clues and feel free to guess again if a new hint leads you to believe your first hunch was wrong.…
  • COUNTDOWN: These are Cincinnati's largest employee benefits firms

    Hannah McCartney
    29 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    In the May 29 print edition, we ranked the largest employee benefit providers in the Tri-State. The firms are ranked by total local employee benefit consultants on staff. The full issue includes a Q&A with Pat Kern, the top executive at No. 1 firm Strategic Employee Benefits Services of Cincinnati, plus a visual look at how benefits impact employee satisfaction and three HR tools to help keep millennial employees happy. Want more research like this? Check out the 2014 Book of Lists in print or…
  • Five things you need to know today, and how to become a great listener (or at least better than me)

    Rob Daumeyer
    29 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    Good morning, Cincinnati! A quick double-back to a question I asked earlier in the week about quitting cable or satellite TV. I got a whole bunch of responses, almost all from people who are living quite happily without it. The only folks who regretted leaving, and returned, were those who watch a lot of sports. I watch almost no sports, so I think I have my answer. I now just need to talk my wife into it, an idea so hilarious that I can barely type this. Anyway, here are the five most important…
  • Reds, P&G adding huge second scoreboard at ballpark

    Lisa Benson
    29 May 2015 | 3:43 am
    Procter & Gamble Co. is sponsoring a huge second scoreboard to be added to Great American Ball Park, just in time for the All-Star Game. The 90'X30' Daktronics LED video board will be installed above the Sun/Moon Deck seats in right field, giving a clear line of sight to about 7,500 seats that now have an obstructed view of the current scoreboard. The Cincinnati Reds did not disclose the price of the scoreboard but said it's being underwritten by P&G and will be wrapped with logos of brands like…
 
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  • Jamie Dimon unplugged: JPMorgan Chase CEO on 'bums and criminals,' Silicon Valley competitors

    Mark Calvey
    29 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    Jamie Dimon, never shy about speaking his mind, did not disappoint when addressing an investment conference this week, where no topic seemed off limits. The chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) was especially candid in discussing the threat startups pose to the banking industry in a presentation to those attending Bernstein's 31st Annual Strategic Decisions Conference in New York. "Silicon Valley is good at getting rid of pain points," Dimon said, according to a report by TheStreet.com.…
  • Spotlight: Ernest Hoffman, Pradco

    Laura Newpoff
    29 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    Ernest Hoffman, management consultant, Pradco Age: 34 Vitals: I am finishing a Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology at the University of Akron. I have a master’s degree in that same field and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the university. I also have a master of divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. I previously was the pastor of a Lutheran church in a Detroit suburb. Why this business: Equipping leaders to be more effective through self awareness and development…
  • JPMorgan Chase cutting 5,000 jobs

    Evan Weese
    29 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. is eliminating 5,000 jobs in an effort to trim costs and become more efficient as consumers shift to mobile banking, sources told the Wall Street Journal. It’s unclear how many cuts may come in Central Ohio, where JPMorgan is the region’s largest private employer with more than 20,000 workers. A spokesman declined to comment. New York-based JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) already has eliminated as many as 1,000 positions, the source told the publication, and that could rise to 5,000…
  • Here's how one retailer gets customers to pay full price

    Dan Eaton
    29 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    Customers aren’t just buying the new products at Express Inc., they’re buying at full price. The Columbus-based apparel retailer reported a better than expected first quarter Thursday with total sales, comparable sales and margins all up. Though CEO David Kornberg credited the success to a variety of factors, one of the key takeaways is that the attempts to improve its fashion and reduce its promotions are working. That effort began at the end of 2014 and so far in 2015 hasn’t hindered results. “We…
  • What Columbia Gas' Jack Partridge saw in a young Dan Creekmur

    Tom Knox
    29 May 2015 | 4:59 am
    This week’s issue of Columbus Business First features a cover story about Dan Creekmur who, at age 35, became the leader of Columbia Gas of Ohio, the state’s biggest natural gas utility and a looming presence in Columbus. Creekmur joined the company’s law department in 2007 and quickly climbed the ladder before replacing Jack Partridge in February. “I saw more than a lawyer,” Partridge told me. Partridge sees Creekmur’s youth and rise to prominence as parallel to the city in which…
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  • Rain, rain, go away: Big storm floods DFW roadways, neighborhoods

    Lance Murray
    29 May 2015 | 4:52 am
    A rain storm that passed over North Texas Thursday night caused street flooding that made some streets impassable in Dallas and surrounding cities. Among those streets closed was the heavily traveled Northwest Highway at Harry Hines Boulevard. Several cars were submerged in the water, and CBS 11 reported that Dallas first responders pulled roughly 25 people to safety in that area alone. More than 100 water rescues were reported overnight. Deep water on Loop 12 Walton Walker freeway at the Interstate…
  • After Wingstop and Fogo, what restaurant will be next to offer stock?

    Korri Kezar
    29 May 2015 | 4:17 am
    This week I reported on two hot Dallas brand that are ready to make their debuts in the stock market. Chicken chain Wingstop is bringing its 712-store market share to investors, while steak house Fogo de Chão hopes its Brazilian tastes will turn heads. After that story was filed, Reuters reported “freaky fast” sandwich chain Jimmy John’s is preparing for an initial public offering. With restaurant stock offerings becoming as hot as Wingstop’s atomic sauce, we wondered what chains could…
  • Restaurant Roundup: Dallas eateries offer different menus for different tastes

    Korri Kezar
    29 May 2015 | 3:50 am
    North Texas is becoming a sophisticated dining destination, so as tastes expand, so are menus at local eateries. Society Bakery matches savory with signature sweetness Known for its award-winning cupcakes and fresh-baked treats, the Dallas bakery is expanding its menu to include a savory menu. It will feature breakfast pastries between $2.95 and $4.50, toasts for $3.95 to $4.95, cheese plates for $7, sandwiches for $5.95 to $6.95 and salad from $5 to $7.95. Samson's Gourmet Hotdogs takes on hamburgers Hot…
  • Jamie Dimon unplugged: Chase CEO on banking's 'bums,' pain points and Apple

    Mark Calvey
    29 May 2015 | 3:43 am
    Jamie Dimon, never shy about speaking his mind, did not disappoint when addressing an investment conference this week, where no topic seemed off limits. The chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase was especially candid in discussing the threat Bay Area fintech companies pose to the banking industry in a presentation to those attending Bernstein's 31st Annual Strategic Decisions Conference in New York. Chase is the second largest banking operation in North Texas, based on local deposits. "Silicon Valley…
  • Meet this year's dynamic DBJ 40 Under 40 class

    Paul O'Donnell
    29 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    There's the construction company president whose kids tell their friends that mom's a rock star. There's a nationally recognized expert in robotics engineering who wants to teach kids how to do what he does for a living. And there's a lender who distributes a micro loan to individuals in Africa and Central America for every mortgage loan his fast-growing company originates. That trio was honored last night, along with 37 other equally impressive young professionals, as part of this year's Dallas…
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  • Looking for work? Dayton region has more than 20K open jobs

    Tristan Navera
    29 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Commercial truck drivers, already in demand in the region, are more in need than ever as spring warms up. That's according to the latest numbers from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which found about 20,800 job openings posted online in the 14-county Dayton and west Ohio region from March 14 to April 13. The studies give insight into what jobs are in demand and what skills those jobs require. The latest numbers mark an increase from April (with 20,000 open jobs), March (20,000 open…
  • JPMorgan Chase to cut 5,000 jobs

    DBJ Staff
    29 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. is eliminating 5,000 jobs as it looks to trim costs and become more efficient as consumers shift to mobile banking, sources told the Wall Street Journal. It’s unclear how many cuts may come in the Dayton region, where New York-based JPMorgan has the second largest bank operation. The company has local deposits of roughly $2.7 billion, as well as 46 branches. JPMorgan already has cut as many as 1,000 positions, the source told the publication, and that could rise to 5,000…
  • Readers pick Dayton’s 30 best pizza places

    Caleb Stephens
    29 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Few foods conjure up as much passion as pizza. And Dayton is blessed with as many top-notch pizza places as almost anywhere in the nation. The editor of Pizza Today Magazine once told me that Dayton is arguably the most-competitive pizza town in America, with a group of established local chains and independent operators, along with a bevy of national pizzerias. So each year, the DBJ asks readers through a series of bracketed matches to determine their favorite pizza. This year’s Dayton Pizza…
  • Regional venture sole Ohio winner on $325 million Air Force contract

    Joe Cogliano
    29 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    A business launched in Clark County — along with its partner — will be the only two Ohio companies on a $325 million U.S. Air Force construction deal. The joint venture of True Inspection Services and Youngstown-based Simon Roofing were named to a five-year contract Thursday for roof repair and replacement at continental U.S. bases. The joint venture, True Simon LLC, was one of only nine winners in the Midwest region and 34 total winners across four regions of the country. True Inspection Services,…
  • Fuyao project redefining how Ohio trains workers

    Tristan Navera
    29 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    In an empty field north of Dayton, Dave Burrows got the inevitable question from Fuyao. "Where's the people?" the Dayton Development Coalition exec recalls being asked by a senior leader of the Chinese-based company as it considered sites for an auto glass production facility several years ago. Now, as Fuyao begins to ramp up production in a $331 million auto glass plant that will employ 1,550 people, the region and state are rewriting the book on how they get the workforce for growing companies. "We…
 
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  • From 9News: 9 things to do in Colorado this weekend (late skiing, Star Wars and more)

    Allison Sylte
    29 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    It might be more than 80 degrees with Sunday – a pretty big deal, given that we've become more used to clouds than the sunshine that we're typically spoiled rotten with in Colorado. And since it's going to be so nice, why not get outside and enjoy it? This weekend, you can enjoy everything from outdoor movies to a beer/outdoor activity festival, to an open-air market, to late May skiing. And if you feel like exploring the great indoors, then you can listen to Star Wars music or take in a roller-derby…
  • CSU to study female faculty members' salaries

    Caitlin Hendee
    29 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The pay of female professors at Colorado State University will come under scrutiny after CSU president Tony Frank this week announced plans to study pay equity at the school. The plan, which Frank said will be enacted by this August, follows an earlier analysis of faculty pay at CSU. The Coloradan reports that analysis found systematic pay discrimination, a charge denied by Frank. The new analysis will include: Reaching consensus on what the original salary analysis revealed or did not reveal;…
  • Hickenlooper appoints new Colorado Court of Appeals judge

    Caitlin Hendee
    29 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    Elizabeth Harris has been appointed to serve as a judge in the Colorado Court of Appeals, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Friday. Harris will take the place of James S. Casebolt, a 21-year judge who in April announced that he would retire July. Harris, who has been practicing in law since 1996, is a sole practitioner who focused on appellate work, civil litigation and criminal defense. Harris established her practice in 2013 after working at Jacobs Chase (now Husch Blackwell) since 2003, where…
  • CH2M engineers $300M investment from private-equity firm Apollo

    Mark Harden
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    CH2M, the global engineering and infrastructure firm based in Douglas County, is getting a $300 million investment from Apollo Global Management LLC. Along with a minority stake in what is now employee-owned CH2M, Apollo (NYSE: APO) will get two seats on its board out of six independent seats, with company employees holding another seven board seats. One of the seats will be held by Antoine Munfakh, the lead investment partner for Apollo on this transaction. Apollo also will be awarded additional…
  • Fight looming over upcoming Colorado ballot issue to allow full-strength beer sales in grocery stores

    Caitlin Hendee
    29 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    Colorado liquor stores are gearing up for another fight over whether or not grocery stores will be allowed to sell full-strength beer — an issue voters, rather than the Legislature, will decide on the 2016 ballot. The Associated Press reports that craft brewers and liquor store owners have expressed concerns over losing business and revenue if the law were to pass. Grocery store owners, however, say that the law will give consumers more options. The ballot question has not yet been filed, but…
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  • Local diner among '10 Best Breakfast Restaurants In North Carolina'

    James Ritchie
    29 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    Smith Street Diner in Greensboro has landed on a new list of the "10 Best Breakfast Restaurants In North Carolina." The list comes from Tabelog, a New York-based website about food and restaurants. "When it comes to country-style cooking, Smith Street Diner is the first thing that comes to mind," according to Tabelog. The diner is at 438 Battleground Ave. On its own site, the restaurant says it serves breakfast "all day long, 8 days a week" but notes that it also serves lunch and dinner and they're…
  • Home-brewers, beer lovers to converge in Charlotte this weekend

    Jen Wilson
    29 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    NoDa Brewing Co. will play host this weekend to an American Homebrewers Association event that will offer a taste of what home-brewers in the Charlotte region bring to the table. AHA Rally attendees will have the chance to meet the brewers and staff at NoDa Brewing, one of Charlotte’s fastest-growing craft-beer players, or take a VIP tour the facility. Like the founders of many of the local brewery operations that have sprung up in recent years, NoDa owners Todd and Suzie Ford got their start…
  • Inside the filming of 'Love It Or List It' in North Carolina (PHOTOS)

    Rebecca Troyer
    29 May 2015 | 3:49 am
    As the Triangle Business Journal has previously reported, HGTV’s Love It Or List It began filming its current season last fall in the Raleigh-Durham area. The premise of the show is that local homeowners decide whether to “love” their current homes — after a major makeover by host Hilary Farr — or “list” their home with help from Realtor David Visentin. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show in the accompanying photo gallery. Maria Armstrong, executive producer of…
  • Triad city is one of the 'most overlooked' in America

    James Ritchie
    29 May 2015 | 3:25 am
    Winston-Salem has landed on a new list of "America's 8 Most Overlooked Small Cities." The list from Thrillist includes cities with a population of at least 100,000 but no more than 300,000. They're places that "for one reason or another, just haven't gotten the national love and attention they deserve," according to the website. Thrillist cites Wake Forest University, whose campus ranks as one of the most beautiful in the country, as one reason to love Winston-Salem. But the city "is pretty striking…
  • Does $60K hidden in your potato chip bags work for you?

    Ken Elkins
    29 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    It’s all marketing, but the idea does excite the gambler in us. Charlotte-based Snyder’s-Lance Inc. (NASDAQ: LNCE) is putting “game cards” worth $5,000 each in a dozen bags of Cape Cod brand of its potato chips this summer. The Ridiculously Good Bags of Cash promotion includes bags marked with that slogan. Those bags will be on the shelves through Sept. 30. Snyder’s-Lance began the promotion on Memorial Day. "Imagine what your summer would be like if you opened your favorite bag of Cape…
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  • Hawaii agencies could join to develop 'Kakaako Makai Innovation Block'

    Duane Shimogawa
    29 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Two state agencies — one promoting economic development and diversification through a return-driven investment program and the other that oversees development in Kakaako — are looking to join forces to develop an economic accelerator in the growing Honolulu neighborhood, a spokeswoman for one of the agencies confirmed to PBN. The “Kakaako Makai Innovation Block,” a partnership between the Hawaii Strategic Development Corp. and the Hawaii Community Development Authority, is planned for a…
  • Google gets approval to offer mobile phone service in Hawaii

    Duane Shimogawa
    29 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    Hawaii regulators have granted permission to a subsidiary of Google Inc. to provide its new wireless phone service in Hawaii as part of a nationwide plan, according to a public filing this week. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission said in its ruling that it grants Google North America Inc. a certificate of registration to provide resold wireless telecommunications services in the state. The PUC said Google’s new service promotes increased competition and investment in the state’s telecommunications…
  • YWCA of Oahu Leader Luncheon honors Hawaii women leaders: Slideshow

    Tina Yuen
    28 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Four Hawaii leaders — Mary Moragne Cooke, Kathryn Inouye, Laura Smith and Candy Suiso — were honored at the YWCA of Oahu’s annual Leader Luncheon at the Sheraton Waikiki hotel. Kathryn Inkinen, founder and president of Inkinen & Associates, and Kristi Inkinen Yanagihara, owner of Remedy Intelligent Staffing, were co-chairs of the annual event, which packed the Sheraton Waikiki’s Hawaii Ballroom Wednesday. The honorees were: Mary Moragne Cooke, co-founder of the nonprofit Manoa Heritage…
  • New CEO George Szigeti plans to help Hawaii Tourism Authority at the Legislature

    Jason Ubay
    28 May 2015 | 5:49 pm
    George Szigeti says he intends to play close attention to what's happening at the state Capitol in his new job as president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Szigeti, who was announced as head of the state's tourism marketing arm several weeks ago, signed the papers to make his appointment official during an HTA board meeting Thursday. Board Chairman Aaron Sala said the board confirmed Szigeti's appointment in an executive session but did not release details of his contract. Sala said they…
  • Montage Kapalua Bay on Maui named world's fifth-most-expensive hotel by Luxury-Hotels.com

    Jason Ubay
    28 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    The Montage Kapalua Bay on Maui has been named the world's fifth-most-expensive hotel with room rates averaging $1,554 a night, according to Luxury-Hotels.com. A recent survey commissioned by the website looked at the average rates for a standard double room during the summer, between June and August 2015. It included properties with at least 15 rooms located in a single building, excluding villas, bungalows and safari camps. The most-expensive hotel by this measure was the Amangiri in Canyon Point,…
 
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  • Expert: Regulation changes are the solution to downturn in oil prices

    Sergio Chapa
    29 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Crude oil prices are at six-year lows but the federal government can fix the situation with a few simple regulatory changes, an industry expert told Texas businessmen. Some 200 businessmen and government officials gathered at the Grand Hyatt in downtown San Antonio this week for the Eagle Ford Consortium's fourth annual conference. Christopher Guith with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce delivered a keynote address where he said the United States is sitting on top of hundreds of years worth of oil,…
  • Texas economy took another tumble in March on volatile crude prices

    James Aldridge
    29 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    Lower crude oil prices are continuing to drag down the Texas economy, according to Comerica Bank’s Texas Economic Activity Index. The index fell 3.4 percentage points in March to an index reading of 101.1. In February, the index reading was 104.6. March’s reading is 29 points, or 39 percent, above the cyclical low of 72.6. The index averaged 105.1 points for all of 2014. The baseline for Comerica’s index, which looks at nonfarm payrolls, exports, hotel occupancy rates, continuing claims for…
  • Top interiors firm approaches workplace design as a 'branded experience'

    Roxanna Asgarian
    29 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    As technology continues to shift the way our workplaces look, one firm is having a big hand in designing the offices of the future. Houston-based PDR is No. 7 on Houston Business Journal's List of the Largest Houston-Area Architecture Firms and tops the list in interior billings. The company is the campus program architect and workplace architect for Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp.'s (NYSE: XOM) new campus in Springwoods Village, a project of enormous scope. Jackie Wheat, a principal at PDR,…
  • Southeast Houston suburbs named best in the city

    Cara Smith
    29 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Some of the best places to live in Houston aren’t inside the Loop, according to rankings released by Niche, a neighborhood statistics site. Niche named Friendswood as the best suburb in the Houston metro area, based on factors like things to do, ease of commute around the area, quality of schools and the area residents’ involvement in their community. Southeast Houston suburbs took the top three notches on the list. Webster, which sits directly to the right of Friendswood, was ranked the second-best…
  • Airline expands international flights out of Houston

    Cara Smith
    29 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    Florida-based Spirit Airlines Inc. (NYSE: SAVE) just expanded its international flights out of the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, with weekly flights to Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and other Latin American countries being offered. On May 28, the low-cost airline launched weekly flights to San Jose, Costa Rica; Managua, Nicaragua; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; and San Salvador, El Salvador, according to the Houston Chronicle. Spirit launched a flight from IAH to Cancun, Mexico — its first…
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  • After 9 months in Jacksonville, AV Homes is expanding its reach

    Andrew Thurlow
    29 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    AV Homes has picked up two more properties in Jacksonville, while work has begun on the first development it purchased here. The Arizona-based company has purchased Amelia Walk in Fernandina Beach and Stone Creek in St. Johns County. The master-planned community of Amelia Walk, which was developed by GreenPointe Homes, includes 70 finished homesites on Majestic Walk Boulevard, about 15 minutes from Amelia Island. AV Homes’ plans for expanded the community include 10 new one- and two-story home…
  • Why the aerospace industry should watch the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

    Drew Hansen
    29 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    FedBiz readers have reason to watch the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and it’s not for Ringo Starr’s R&D work on “Yellow Submarine.” Bill Withers, the singer-songwriter behind hits like “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me” and “Lovely Day,” is a member of the 2015 class and his story is one that should carry some appeal to anyone who’s spent some time in the aerospace industry. In the late 1960s, the West Virginia native headed out to California after being…
  • New LIP funding proposal has major consequences for UF Health Jacksonville

    Alexa Epitropoulos
    29 May 2015 | 5:25 am
    A new proposal for Low Income Pool in Florida submitted by Gov. Rick Scott set ups UF Health Jacksonville to lose nearly $37 million, the Florida Times-Union reports. The hospital is one of several across the state to see a slash in LIP funding, but the only one expected to be in the red as a result. Other hospitals affected would be Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and Tampa General Hospital, which stand to lose $84.3 million and $31.2 million respectively. UF Health's loss of LIP funding would…
  • Universal Orlando announces new water park

    Richard Bilbao
    29 May 2015 | 5:14 am
    Universal Orlando Resort has finally lifted the veil on a long-rumored on-site water park project. Volcano Bay will be Universal's first on-property water park set to open in 2017. "Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort will be a water theme park built on a bold creative vision," said a teaser on Universal's media site. "Imagine a place that offers radically innovative, thrilling attractions, peaceful moments of relaxation and an inspired guest experience that will forever change the perception…
  • What to expect from this year's hurricane season

    Jim Turner
    29 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    Florida is due for a hurricane. Overdue, in fact. The last storm to hit Florida, Hurricane Wilma, came ashore Oct. 24, 2005, and Floridians with homeowners' insurance policies are still paying. At least for one more month. Florida officials believe they are as ready as possible, in terms of storm preparation and the financial strength of the insurance industry, for the next hurricane that crashes into any part of the Sunshine State's shoreline. Forecast tracking has improved, and even the use…
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  • Garmin wins suit over patent trolls

    Ashley Jost
    29 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Garmin Ltd. announced a win against a Las Vegas-based technology company in a patent lawsuit Friday morning. The case was brought against Garmin International Inc. — a subsidiary of the Olathe-based Garmin Ltd. — by Silver State Intellectual Technologies LLC. The suit went to a jury in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, which found that Silver State's patents were invalid. The decision is subject to appeal, according to a Garmin news release. "Garmin and others pioneered…
  • Getting the RED out: Developer has new name, big plans for Legends

    Rob Roberts
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    RED Legacy LLC has a new name — Legacy Development — and big plans for a development that helped establish the RED name: Legends Outlets Kansas City. Dan Lowe, who founded RED Legacy in 2012, was at the helm of RED Development LLC in 2006, when it completed Legends, a 1.2 million-square-foot retail center in Wyandotte County's Village West district. "Over the last three years as RED Legacy, we've really established our own footprint," Lowe said. "Now, we've got so much going that we felt it…
  • YMCA spotlights Lyric as new downtown site

    29 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    Workout tunes could be playing where opera and symphony music once played, as the YMCA of Greater Kansas City selected the Lyric Theatre as home for a new downtown facility. The YMCA plans to convert the former theater at 11th and Central streets into a community center. The YMCA is in the midst of a $20 million fundraising campaign and the Lyric site already is eligible for nearly $17 million in tax increment financing. The nonprofit had been looking at sites in the east side of the Downtown Loop,…
  • Cover Story: OP law firm is a patent troll hunter

    29 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    When you think of patent trolls, you should envision the terrifying ones in the original fairy tales, not the sanitized version most kids read about. Why? Because patent trolls can destroy or at least maraud through a business. That's where Overland Park law firm Erise LP rides in on its white horse. The intellectual property firm is building quite a reputation for slaying (figuratively, of course) those nasty trolls. That helps explain why the young firm's client list already includes Garmin Ltd.,…
  • Top of the List: Independent insurance agencies

    Andrew Vaupel
    29 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Top of the List: Independent insurance agencies
 
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  • Home-video charts: 'American Sniper' takes aim at top sales spot

    Annlee Ellingson
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    The week before Memorial Day was an appropriate time frame as any to release “American Sniper” on home video, and sure enough, Warner Bros.’ war drama hit the top of the sales charts. The top-grossing release of 2014 domestically with almost $350 million in stateside ticket sales and $543 million worldwide, “Sniper” ranked number one on Nielsen VideoScan First Alert, which tracks overall disc sales, and the firm’s dedicated Blu-ray chart, reported Home Media Magazine, pushing “Fifty…
  • California reclaims lead in film production

    Annlee Ellingson
    28 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Hollywood may be the movie capital of the world, but last year it was Louisiana that claimed the crown in film production. “What a difference a year makes,” as FilmL.A.’s 2014 feature film study said. With a nearly 50 percent surge in film projects, California vaulted from fourth place in the survey to first by a wide margin — thanks in large part to the state’s animation industry. Of 106 titles released by the six major studios and five mini-majors in 2014, 22 were shot primarily in the…
  • ​UFO Hotel to land in Baker, but first it has to raise funds on Earth

    28 May 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Plans are underway to build a $30 million UFO-themed hotel in Baker, a small desert town known mainly as a rest stop by Los Angeles drivers headed to Las Vegas. The project is headed by Luis Ramallo, who has started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the hotel, which will feature 31 rooms on two floors designed within a full-scale alien spacecraft where guests can spend the night in alien-themed rooms and dine in an alien-themed restaurant. "We are tremendously excited about developing the first…
  • Zealot goes shopping in Nashville

    E.J. Boyer
    28 May 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Zealot Networks, a Los Angeles-based digital media and entertainment company, has bought three Nashville companies as it looks to build a presence locally, including opening an office here. The company has acquired Nashville-based Southern Made, a digital agency; KINGmgmt, a boutique artist management company; and Gotee Records Inc., a record label. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed, but all three companies will continue to operate under their own brand names. “Beyond music, Nashville…
  • ​DirecTV successfully launches satellites to boost HD capacity

    28 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    DirecTV said it has expanded its satellite fleet in the United States and Latin America with the launch of two new spacecraft that will significantly increase HD capacity, further secure the future of 4K Ultra HD and back up the company’s existing satellite fleet. The satellites are DirecTV-15, an all-CONUS (Continental United States, including Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico) beam satellite, and Sky Mexico-1, which is Sky Mexico’s first owned-and-operated satellite. The dual launch occurred…
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  • Business First Weekly Roundup: Wine dinner, drag queen brunch and more

    Caitlin Bowling
    29 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    The week after a long weekend always is a struggle, but if you're reading this, you have (or very nearly) powered through to another two days of family, friends, food and drinks. A good place to get the weekend started is at the Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop, which is happening this evening. Businesses are open late and sometimes offer special deals to trolley hoppers. Or you could cheer on the University of Louisville men's baseball team. The guys are playing in the NCAA regional tournament tonight…
  • Steve Higdon leads rebranding effort at Private Client Services

    Rachel Aretakis
    29 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    Steve Higdon, a former Greater Louisville Inc. president, has moved on to his next venture, one he calls a "natural extension" of his career that came at the right time. Higdon joined Private Client Services LLC as the chief development officer in January. The move stemmed from his 15-year friendship with Ernest Sampson, CEO of KFG Enterprises Inc., the holding company for Private Client Services. The broker/dealer firm is based in Louisville and has 40 branches across the country. (Sampson is the…
  • Summer events mean marketing opportunities for Crosley

    David A. Mann
    29 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    Here's a lesson in meeting your customers halfway. Perusing through tweets from last weekend's Abbey Road on the River, a music festival in Louisville that pays tribute to The Beatles, I happened upon a couple of trends. First, many people at the festival seemed to be more into the music than the controversy that followed. And second, a Louisville-area company found a way to connect with fans at the event while at the same time getting its name out in the social media sphere. Crosley Radio, a maker…
  • River Park Place taphouse won't include Doc in its name

    Caitlin Bowling
    29 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Brett Davis, managing partner of Falls City Hospitality Group, didn't want to say much about the taphouse his company plans to open at River Park Place, a 40-acre residential and commercial development on River Road. But he did say that its name won't include Doc like two of the restaurant management company's other concepts — Doc Crow's Smokehouse and Raw Bar and Doc's Cantina. The name of latter restaurant, a Mexican- and Southwest-inspired eatery, leaked yesterday. Davis spoke to Louisville…
  • Human resources professionals meet all types of potential employees

    Laura Hagan
    29 May 2015 | 6:49 am
    Each month, Louisville Business First introduces you to 20 People to Know within an industry. The feature in today's weekly edition focuses on those who work in the human resources field. When the people featured were asked about their most unusual experience with a job candidate, most of them had an interesting story to share. Elise Bowling, human resources generalist at Total Quality Logistics, said: “I had a candidate once who hugged me upon arriving to the office. I stuck out my hand to shake…
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  • Attention home buyers: This is where U.S. mortgage rates are moving

    29 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    With summer weather blowing in, more potential home buyers are sniffing around. And there is good news as U.S. mortgage rates remain at near historic lows, although they are rising, according to Freddie Mac. The average 30-year fixed mortgage sits at 3.87 percent this week, an increase from 3.84 percent the previous week. The recent boost has brought mortgage rates to their highest levels of 2015. However, a year ago, 30-year rates averaged 4.21 percent. The rise in mortgage rates was due to positive…
  • FCC OKs robo-blocking to stem wave of sales calls

    Mike English
    29 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    For those of a certain age it might seem like a never-ending battle that goes back long before cell phones, but the government is vowing to take new steps to stem the tide of sales calls to personal phones, The Associated Press reports. The head of the Federal Communications Commission released a new proposal Wednesday designed to strengthen current rules and encourage wireless and landline companies to do more to fight unwanted telemarketing calls and spam text messages. The central part of the…
  • U.S. banks post 7 percent profit growth in first quarter

    29 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    U.S. banks boosted profits to $39.8 billion in the first quarter, up 6.9 percent from the first quarter of 2014. That’s the word from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. In addition, banks saw their net operating revenue jump 2.6 percent, to $168.4 billion. The results include roughly 6,400 FDIC-insured commercial banks and savings institution, 63 percent of which saw year-over-year growth in quarterly earnings. The percentage of unprofitable banks during the quarter dropped to 5.6 percent from…
  • Memphis-area unemployment falls below 6 percent

    Ed Arnold
    29 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    The Memphis metropolitan area's unemployment rate in April fell below 6 percent for the first time since before the recession. The preliminary April unemployment number for the Memphis metro — which includes Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties in Tennessee along with sections of North Mississippi and Eastern Arkansas —stands at 5.9 percent, a decrease from March's 6.5 percent rate. Figuring out just how good this number is, however, is a bit tricky. The update of the U.S. Census in January…
  • Pando Daily founder Sarah Lacy remembers former MBJ editor Bill Wellborn

    Sarah Lacy
    29 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    Note: Former MBJ editor Bill Wellborn died May 24, 2015. For more on Wellborn, read on here. My very first day as an intern at Memphis Business Journal, I was told one clear fact: Don’t think you’ll get a job here, because we never hire people out of college. I didn’t hugely care. I didn’t know back then I wanted to be a journalist, and if I knew anything less than journalism it was business. I’d been an artsy kid raised in a family of academics. The trajectory of my life changed dramatically…
 
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  • Katie Sparks: People on the Move spotlight

    Barb Zaferos
    29 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Katie Sparks has been hired as director of development at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Milwaukee. She brings 10 years of experience in fundraising to her new position and will be responsible for developing and carrying out the organization's strategic fundraising and membership plans. Sparks answered a few questions for the Milwaukee Business Journal and a portion of her answers ran in the May 29 print edition of the Milwaukee Business Journal. New position: Director of development, Schlitz Audubon…
  • Scripps flips 94.5 FM to 'KTI Country' music, will challenge FM 106 WMIL

    Rich Kirchen
    29 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    Metro Milwaukee has a new full-power country music radio station and the news comes less than two months after E.W. Scripps Co. took over Journal Broadcast Group’s two Milwaukee radio stations. The new “KTI Country” debuted at 10 a.m. Friday on WKTI-FM (94.5), which since 2009 has floundered in ratings and revenue with a variety-music format called “The Lake FM.” The WKTI call letters go back to the heyday of the station when it played pop music and the long-running Bob Reitman and Gene…
  • Arena funding deal in next 48 hours, says Milwaukee Bucks president Feigin

    Rich Kirchen
    29 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    A deal may not be completed Friday on public funding for a new arena in downtown Milwaukee but could be ready within the next two days, Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin said Friday morning. The Friday agenda for the state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance includes the so-called sports and entertainment district in Milwaukee. However, Feigin said he anticipates the powerful finance committee, which writes the state budget, will vote on the budget including an arena funding package…
  • Wisconsin reaches $665,000 settlement with Wyndham over timeshare sales

    Andrew Dawson
    29 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Thursday that it reached a settlement with Orlando, Fla.-based Wyndham Vacation Ownership that concerned consumer complaints about timeshare sales in Wisconsin. The settlement will send $665,404 in cash refunds and/or debt relief to be divided among 29 consumers who purchased timeshare contracts from Wyndham between 2008 and 2013. The timeshare contracts that were part of the complaints were rescinded. Wyndham will also…
  • France's Saint-Gobain Corp. to begin $11M expansion in Portage

    David Schuyler
    29 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    Saint-Gobain Corp. said Thursday it is expanding its medical device plant in Portage in a project expected to create dozens of jobs. Company officials were joined by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker when they announced the project, which developed during the planning of Walker’s recent trade mission to Europe, according to a press release. The $11 million project is expected to be completed during the first half of 2016. The company will add 48,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehousing space…
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  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car opens used car lot in Burnsville

    Jim Hammerand
    29 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    Enterprise Rent-A-Car has opened a used car sales location in Burnsville with about 140 vehicles. The 3,800-square-foot Enterprise Car Sales office and lounge at 12445 River Ridge Blvd. has credit union financing and vehicle history information from Carfax. Most, if not all, of the vehicles for sale were previously rentals. "As the south metro area sees redevelopment, new home construction and a new performing arts center, we're looking forward to being part of this community and its continuing…
  • Minnesota Swarm heading to Atlanta

    Phil W. Hudson
    29 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    The Minnesota Swarm has Georgia on its mind. Stan L. Hall, executive director of the Gwinnett Sports Commission, confirmed to Atlanta Business Chronicle late Thursday the team is moving to Georgia. “We are really excited about the guys from Minnesota moving our way,” Hall said. The Swarm said last week that it would leave Minnesota after more than a decade here, citing lease issues and competition for fans and sponsors. The move adds to the growing fire of the sport’s popularity in the…
  • Security guard shoots, kills club-goer in fight

    Mark Reilly
    29 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    A nightclub security guard shot and killed a club-goer during a fight outside the Stargate club in Maplewood. The Star Tribune has a report on the shooting, which happened early Friday. Police say that it happened after the guard asked a man to leave the nightclub and was then attacked by the man and four others. Knocked down, the guard fired a shot that hit one of the men. The guard works for JBM Patrol & Protection Services, based in Edina; his name hasn't been released. Police are still investigating.
  • Lindahls give $17 million to U of M, most of it for athletic village

    Mark Reilly
    29 May 2015 | 5:24 am
    John and Nancy Lindahl, the well-connected pair of University of Minnesota alumni who helped raise $91 million for TCF Bank Stadium, are personally backing the university's latest expansion in a big way. The Star Tribune reports that the couple have donated $17 million to the school, with $12 million dedicated to the athletic village that the U of M plans to begin building this year on its Minneapolis campus. Another $2 million will go to the Carlson School of Management, $2 million for the College…
  • Minnesota OKs state's biggest-ever solar energy project

    Mark Reilly
    29 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    State regulators have approved a $250 million solar-power project, easily the biggest such development to date in Minnesota. The Star Tribune reports on the decision, which clears the way for Edina-based Geronimo Energy to build 21 solar-power facilities around the state and deliver the electricity to Xcel Energy Inc., which is based in Minneapolis. The project will generate a combined 100 megawatts of power — about the same as a small traditional plant, but it'll increase the state's total solar-energy…
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  • ​Nashville consumers brimming with highest confidence in more than a decade

    Scott Harrison
    29 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    Nashville consumers are brimming with confidence. Middle Tennesseans are more confident in the local economy than any point in time since the summer of 2004, according to a recent survey by Middle Tennessee State University’s Jones College of Business. MTSU’s Consumer Outlook Index hit 355 in April, the highest point since a 360 mark in June 2004. That’s up from 203 in May 2014 and 322 this February. Local consumers strongly believe business conditions in Nashville are positive. Sixty-five…
  • Checkd.in CEO headed to Politico

    Eleanor Kennedy
    29 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    The CEO of shuttered Nashville data marketing startup Checkd.in is headed to a prestigious D.C. political publication. According to Ad Age, Nick Yaeger is joining a new team at Politico that will focus on creating content for brands called Politico Focus. Yaeger, whose background includes stints working in D.C. with Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa) and as an account executive with Roll Call, will be in charge of the "data wonks" for the new team, the Ad Age writeup says. Checkd.in, founded in 2011, worked…
  • Attention home buyers: This is where U.S. mortgage rates are moving

    29 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    With summer weather blowing in, more potential home buyers are sniffing around. And there is good news as U.S. mortgage rates remain at near historic lows, although they are rising, according to Freddie Mac. The average 30-year fixed mortgage sits at 3.87 percent this week, an increase from 3.84 percent the previous week. The recent boost has brought mortgage rates to their highest levels of 2015. However, a year ago, 30-year rates averaged 4.21 percent. The rise in mortgage rates was due to positive…
  • Developer of controversial Green Hills project launches advocacy group

    Eric Snyder
    29 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    Southern Land, the developer of a controversial $125 million mixed-use project in Green Hills, has helped launch a new advocacy group for the area. The Tennessean reports that Southern Land Co. donated $100,000 toward the creation of The Alliance for Green Hills. According to the newspaper, the Alliance will take positions "on issues as part of its focus on transportation, open space, recreation and beautification." Serving as co-organizer is Ed Cole, the former executive director of the Transit…
  • Honky tonk owners to reveal plans for high-profile building on Lower Broad

    Eric Snyder
    29 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    The owners of some of Lower Broadway's biggest honky tonks will reveal plans for their newest venture Monday. According to a media advisory, Steve Smith and Al Ross will reveal more details about their plans for the former Trail West building at Third and Broadway, which they bought in November for $8.4 million. Smith is the owner of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Rippy's and Honky Tonk Central. Ross is a business partner in Rippy's and Honky Tonk Central. It has previously been reported that the building…
 
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  • David, Jackie Siegel on 'Celebrity Wife Swap' next week

    Megan Ribbens
    29 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Central Florida can tune in next week to see the region’s most talked about couple on national television. David Siegel, CEO of Orlando-based Westgate Resorts, and his wife, Jackie, will be featured in the June 3 episode of ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap. The show will air at 10 p.m. and will be the third episode of the show’s fourth season, News 13 reports. Siegel is head of the third-largest privately held company in Central Florida, a timeshare business that boasted of more than $742 million…
  • A look inside Cake Boss Buddy Valastro’s bake shops

    Anjali Fluker
    29 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    Celebrity baker Buddy Valastro’s dessert empire is growing — and Orlando stands to gain from that. Valastro, whose Carlo’s Bakery shops have been popularized by TLC TV series Cake Boss, is bringing a new bakery to The Florida Mall this summer. The Orlando bake shop, the first in the Sunshine State, will be part of 27 shops and eateries debuting starting next week in the mall’s new Dining Pavilion. The Florida Mall is Central Florida's largest enclosed mall at 1.8 million square feet, and…
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    Orlando Business Journal Legal Notices
    29 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME STATUTE TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute”, Chapter 865.09, Florida Statutes, will register with the Division of Corporations, Department of State, State of Florida, upon receipt of proof of the publication of this notice, the fictitious name, to-wit: Maison & Jardin under which the below named party/parties will engagedin business at 430 Wymore Road Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 That…
  • Orlando restaurant critic Scott Joseph launches new biz venture

    Megan Ribbens
    29 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    Scott Joseph is adding a bit more to his plate, this time connecting local restaurants with talented chefs and hospitality professionals. Joseph, an Orlando restaurant critic and owner of Scott Joseph Co., has paired up with Rocky Tarantello, chef and CEO of restaurant operations and culinary consultant firm ROCInc., and Lenka Brady, recruiter and owner of RBBR Marketing, to form Restaurant Talent Scouts. The new firm will play matchmaker for restaurants seeking executive kitchen personnel and…
  • Construction on UCF health center to start soon

    Rachel Williams
    29 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    The University of Central Florida has even more construction projects on its agenda. Two major projects, in addition to the five others announced on May 28, are nearing construction. Student Health Center addition: Bids are expected to go out for this $3.9 million project in July. Barton Malow is the contractor, and HKS is the architect. Central Energy Plant IV: More chill-water plants are being added to accommodate the ever-growing campus. The facility will have space for four chillers, but only…
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  • Pregnancy, liquor license delay renovations at Asian Delco restaurant

    Fran Hilario
    29 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    An Asian cuisine restaurant in Delaware County will be undergoing renovations to bring it up to par with nearby properties, but a liquor license and a Chinese myth are holding it back. The new owner of Pearl Chinese & Japanese, a restaurant in a converted house near Garrett Road and Lansdowne Avenue in Lansdowne, Pa., is waiting until she receives the liquor license to do some renovations to the property. “We’re desperate to get the license, which will help us to get more customers because…
  • 5 things to know today, and theirs is bigger than yours

    Dell Poncet
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    TGIF, folks. I suspect that by this afternoon a lot of you will be off getting a head start on your weekend. But, first, something important. Today is National Paperclip Day, so remember to take your favorite paperclip to lunch, or at least, get it a nice box of chocolates. Living in luxury Your home may be lovely, you could be house proud (in that case, you do NOT own a golden retriever, just sayin’), but I wonder if it matches up with one of these babies. PBJer Dan Norton, with the aid of Realtor.com,…
  • Philly's 5 biggest banks collect nearly $1B in overdraft fees during 1Q

    Jeff Blumenthal
    29 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    Philadelphia’s five largest banks by deposits hauled in close to $1 billion from overdraft fees, including related service charges, during the first quarter. Bank of America ($371 million), Wells Fargo Bank ($355 million) and TD Bank ($103 million) were second, third and fourth respectively on the list compiled by SNL Financial, trailing only JPMorgan Chase Bank ($415 million) -- which does not have retail locations in the Philly region. Wells Fargo laying off 89 in Old City PNC Bank was ranked…
  • Preview party held for redesigned The Porch at 30th Street Station

    HughE Dillon
    29 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    University City District held a preview party for the newly redesigned The Porch at 30th Street Station with a pop-up beer garden at their popular outdoor space. About 100 people came by to check out the beautifully landscaped space, which sits on the south side of the busy train station and runs from 29th to 30th streets. David Fierabend’s company Groundswell, which created the space for the Independence Beer Garden, Morgan's Pier, Spruce Street Harbor Park and the soon-to-be expanded Rosa Blanca…
  • Wells Fargo laying off 89 in Old City

    Jeff Blumenthal
    29 May 2015 | 5:48 am
    Wells Fargo & Co. said it will lay off 89 workers at the Plaza building at 5th and Market streets in Old City where it houses much of its local administrative operations. The San Francisco-based bank said in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notice that the jobs will be cut July 13. Wells Fargo said in December that it was transferring the work of 120 employees from Old City to Charlotte, N.C., sometime in the second quarter. Main Line bank hires 3 new c-suite executives The…
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  • Jamie Dimon unplugged: Chase CEO on banking's 'bums,' pain points and Apple

    Mark Calvey
    28 May 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Jamie Dimon, never shy about speaking his mind, did not disappoint when addressing an investment conference this week, where no topic seemed off-limits. The chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase was especially candid in discussing the threat Bay Area fintech companies pose to the banking industry in a presentation to those attending Bernstein's 31st annual Strategic Decisions Conference in New York. "Silicon Valley is good at getting rid of pain points," Dimon said. "Banks are good at creating them. "In…
  • Top of the Phoenix Lists: Healthiest Employers - Large Firms

    Dale Brown
    28 May 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Shamrock Foods Co. gave its employees incentives to get healthy, and that helped propel the Phoenix-based dairy products company to No. 1 when the Phoenix Business Journal published its Healthiest Employers - Large Firms list today. UnitedHealthcare of Arizona was ranked No. 2 on the list and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona was No. 3. The list, for companies of 1,000 or more employees, was judged and ranked by Healthiest Employers LLC. Click the image above to see a slideshow of top five Healthiest…
  • Abrazo unveils new name

    Angela Gonzales
    28 May 2015 | 11:27 pm
    Abrazo Health is now Abrazo Community Health Network. This name change follows on the heels of Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network becoming HonorHealth. The Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network name was a temporary one as Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network solidified their merger. Banner Health also changed the names of its hospitals after it acquired University of Arizona Health Network. That meant taking the "Good Samaritan" name out of its flagship Phoenix hospital that now…
  • Mini Cooper 4-door: I’d like to call it ‘mini-mine’

    Cathy Luebke
    28 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Mini's plan to build a 4-door Cooper piqued my interest. I’ve loved the personality, spunk, upscale surrounds and British quirk of this little hatchback since its return to the U.S. in 2001. But I am glued to the convenience of four doors. A decade later, Mini came out with a larger 4-door Countryman, which retained much of the original’s charm; but I had mixed feelings about it as a crossoverish wagon. This time, Mini hits my sweet spot. New for 2015, the 4-door benefits from a thorough overhaul…
  • Amazon rolls out same-day delivery in Phoenix, other markets

    Patrick O'Grady
    28 May 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Need to order something fast from Amazon? Not a problem in Phoenix and several other markets, providing you are a Prime subscriber. The Seattle-based Internet retailer (Nasdaq: AMZN) will now offer free same-day shipping for Amazon Prime shoppers who buy $35 or more in goods, according to the Los Angeles Times. That could be good news for businesses, and of course retail customers, who absolutely positively can't wait overnight for what they need. Phoenix has several Amazon fulfillment centers,…
 
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  • Pittsburgh's biggest banks collect $158M in 1Q overdraft fees

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    Overdraft fees from some of the biggest banks serving the Pittsburgh region totaled more than $158 million in the first quarter, according to a new analysis released by SNL Financial. The fees — from PNC Bank, Citizens Bank, Fifth Third Bank and Huntington National Bank — paled in comparison to those collected by the top three largest banks in the U.S.: $1.14 billion from JPMorgan Chase Bank (NYSE: JPM), Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Wells Fargo Bank, according to SNL Financial. Across the…
  • Why developers are lining up for chance to pursue CMU office/retail/hotel project

    Tim Schooley
    29 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    As his firm works as the developer representative to help Carnegie Mellon University pursue a major commercial development on Forbes Avenue that neighbors its campus, JC Pelusi was left plenty impressed by the large field of developers who may pursue the 425,000-square foot office, retail and hotel project. “I don’t think any project I’ve been associated with has drawn that much interest,” said Pelusi, the market leader and managing director for the Pittsburgh office of Jones Lang LaSalle. Jones…
  • Teva buying up shares of Mylan

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is not only trying to acquire Mylan N.V., but it's also now a part owner. Bloomberg reported that Teva (NYSE: TEVA) bought in recent weeks a total of 1.35 percent of Mylan (Nasdaq: MYL) shares for between $69 and about $71 a share. The Financial Times, noting that it was designed to put pressure on Mylan, said the shares were bought in 13,000 transactions. Teva told Bloomberg the pickup of Mylan shares "underscores our commitment to consummating a transaction…
  • Foundations, Chevron give $530K to build STEAM programs in the region

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    More than two dozen school districts in southwestern Pennsylvania will share in more than a half million dollars in grants to promote programs that encourage STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Manufacturing. The grants were announced Friday by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit Center for Creativity, and the funding came from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the Grable Foundation and, for the first time this year, Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX). AIU said the programs will include…
  • Pittsburgh-based digital camera company adds motocross star to roster

    Paul J. Gough
    29 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    Pittsburgh-based 360fly Inc. has added Australian motocross rider Chad Reed as a brand ambassador to show off what the 360-degree digital camera can do. Reed is one of the most noted motocross riders who has won the AMA Supercross Championships in 2004 and 2008 and a National Outdoor Motocross win in 2009. 360fly Inc.'s main product, developed in Pittsburgh, is a camera that captures video in 360 degrees and is packed into a water-resistent, sturdy package the company says is no bigger than a baseball.…
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  • Builders, developers not happy — at all — having to pay Portland's new park fees

    Jon Bell
    29 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Portland's changes in the way the city calculates systems development charges on new development was heralded as a way to "more equitably distribute" responsibility for the impacts of that development. A contrarian release from the metro region's homebuilders, commercial developers and Realtors, however, calls the move "a massive fee hike" that will add "thousands of dollars in costs to even 1,800-square-foot house and doubling to quadrupling park-related fees on new commercial projects." In a…
  • 5 things to know today, including a question: Would you share your salary with coworkers?

    Suzanne Stevens
    29 May 2015 | 7:26 am
    Happy Friday and happy sunshine. Looks like another beautiful day shaping up out there. Here are 5 things to get you moving. He makes how much! It may not be long before workers in Oregon are able to share compensation information without fear of retaliation from their employers. The Oregon Senate approved HB 2007 on Thursday and the measure is now headed to Gov. Kate Brown's desk. The bill protects employees who inquire about, discuss or disclose information about their wage or the wage of another…
  • To the tune of $7M, Port of Vancouver extends lease with one of its favorite tenants

    Andy Giegerich
    29 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    One of the Port of Vancouver's USA longest-term tenants will stay at the Port for at least the next 15 years. Subaru of America Inc. has extended its lease with the port until at least 2030. The port’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the lease extension this week. The lease would have otherwise expired in 2010. It features two options that could extend the lease to 2040. Subaru has operated from the site since 1992. The deal over the remainder of the lease will be worth more than…
  • Gunderson set to launch one of its largest barges from Portland

    29 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    Gunderson officials will be cracking the champagne bottle across the bow of one of its largest barges ever. The Kirby 185-01 tank barge launch takes place Saturday at 4 p.m. from Gunderson's HQ, at 4350 N.W. Front Street. The 578-foot tank barge can carry 185,000 barrels. The company has doubled its workforce, to 1,400 employees, over the last 18 months.
  • New 'Love Bottle' released as Portland company talks tough on ocean trash

    Andy Giegerich
    29 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    It makes sense that the Portland-makers of the Love Bottle are releasing a limited edition “Portland Bottle.” It also makes sense that the company, run by Minna Yoo, is raising awareness of its primary mission: to prevent the production and improper disposal of plastic bottles. Love Bottle offers customizable, reusable, and durable water bottles constructed from high-quality recyclable glass. The Portland bottle features images of such Portland cityscape landmarks as the KOIN Tower, "Big Pink"…
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  • Meet the Raleigh engineer behind 'Iron Man' Robert Downey Jr.'s real-life robotic arm

    Lauren K. Ohnesorge
    29 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    It’s a side project, says Brian Kaminski – but a project so flashy that ‘Iron Man’ Robert Downey Jr. is a fan. By day, Kaminski works at Raleigh-based Applied Research Associates, a defense-contractor whose projects include virtual reality software for soldiers. But by night? His double life takes him upstairs in a spare room at his Raleigh home, working on biometric sensors that are already changing the lives of people who’ve lost limbs – including one child whose ‘Iron Man’ arm…
  • North Carolina ranks in top 10 for highest beer tax in the nation

    Dathan Kazsuk
    29 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    North Carolina is part of a southeast cluster of states that ranks in the top 10 for the highest excise taxes in the nation, according to research from the Tax Foundation. Coming in at No. 8 in the nation, North Carolina carries a $0.62 per gallon tax on beer. The seven states that hold a higher excise tax than N.C. are Tennessee, $1.29; Alaska, $1.07; Alabama, $1.05; Georgia, $1.01; Hawaii, $0.93; Kentucky, $0.78; and South Carolina, $0.77. Wyoming has the lowest excise tax in the nation with…
  • Developer to tear down, rebuild bigger downtown Durham warehouse

    Amanda Hoyle
    29 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    A vacant, brick warehouse on Seminary Avenue in downtown Durham has been sold to a New York private equity group with plans to tear down the building and redevelop the site with a new three-story building. However, it won't be the one- or two-story office complex that the sellers had envisioned when they put the 0.8-acre property at 112 W. Seminary Ave. up for sale a couple of years ago with renderings for creative office showrooms and loft spaces. New York-based Equator Capital Management and…
  • Smashburger expanding into three more North Carolina towns

    Amanda Hoyle
    29 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Smashburger, the burger restaurant concept that already has locations in Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte, has reached an agreement with a new franchise owner to open four more locations in eastern North Carolina. Franchise operators Paul Thaller and Kathleen Thaller have committed to opening four Smashburger locations in Wilmington, New Bern and Jacksonville, according to the company. The Thallers were previously franchisees for McDonalds. Poll: Which Triangle city has the best burger spots? The…
  • Durham's Quintiles opens regional HQ in China

    Jason deBruyn
    29 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    Nearly two decades after first planting an office in Shanghai, Durham-based pharmaceutical research company Quintiles (NYSE: Q) opened the Quintiles Greater China regional headquarters. Testing on new drugs happens on an increasingly global scale and as one of the largest companies to help drug companies test their new products, Quintiles has employees around the world. Of its 32,600 full-time employees, 10,200 are located in the Asia-Pacific region. “Two decades ago we opened in Shanghai with…
 
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    Sacramento Business News - Local Sacramento News | The Sacramento Business Journal

  • Ed Goldman: Things aren't looking good for that no-bosses policy at Zappos

    Ed Goldman
    29 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Zappos is getting zapped. Or so it would appear from early employee feedback: At least 200 workers took buyouts rather than continue with the online retailer as it experiments with its novel organizational strategy. But since the company has no bosses, it's not clear to whom they’re tendering their resignations. In short, you can scream, “Take this job and shove it!” all you want but if there’s no one there to do as you suggest, it becomes a little like that fabled tree falling in the forest…
  • Exclusive: Elk Grove set to grow under developer proposal to add 1,200 acres

    Ben van der Meer
    29 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    An effort to expand Elk Grove’s boundaries for new development is underway again. Kamilos Cos. and Feletto Development Co. have filed an application with the Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission to add nearly 1,200 acres south of Kammerer Road to the city’s sphere of influence, a preliminary step toward annexation. The application, filed earlier this month, suggests developers plan both residential and commercial development, creating up to 20,000 jobs. The property, the application…
  • Top 3 things millennials are looking for in homes

    Paul Takahashi
    29 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    Houston homebuilders are preparing for a wave of millennial buyers to enter the housing market in the coming years. Millennials — those between 20 and 37 years old — have long delayed homeownership. Housing experts attribute this trend to myriad reasons, including student loan debt, the recession and a national movement toward city living. However, economists predict millennials — the largest generation in American history — will begin to buy homes en masse over the next five years. Skyrocketing…
  • Elk Grove won't move from bus to light-rail after all

    29 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    After residents complained, the city of Elk Grove has ditched plans to move from its bus service to Sacramento to light rail, according to the Sacramento Bee. The City Council still could make some bus cuts when the Sacramento Regional Transit District opens the Cosumnes River College extension of the Blue Line in September. Objections by residents included the safey of light rail, as well as adding commute time.
  • California reclaims lead in film production

    Annlee Ellingson
    29 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    Hollywood may be the movie capital of the world, but last year it was Louisiana that claimed the crown in film production. “What a difference a year makes,” as FilmL.A.’s 2014 feature film study said. With a nearly 50 percent surge in film projects, California vaulted from fourth place in the survey to first by a wide margin — thanks in large part to the state’s animation industry. Of 106 titles released by the six major studios and five mini-majors in 2014, 22 were shot primarily in the…
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    St. Louis Business News - Local St. Louis News | The St. Louis Business Journal

  • Women-founded startups near two-decade low: Kauffman Foundation

    Brian Feldt
    29 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    For the first time in five years, the number of entrepreneurs rose — about 10 percent, from 280 out of every 100,000 adults in a 2014 report to 310 out of every 100,000 this year — across the country, according to the Kauffman Foundation. That rate translates into about 530,000 new business owners each month during the year, according to the nonprofit foundation’s Kauffman Index, which measures business activity in all industries. It’s based on both a nationally representative sample size…
  • Biggest obstacle for Charter-Time Warner Cable deal could be Netflix

    Brian Feldt
    29 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    While many analysts believe Charter’s $78.7 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable — a deal that would make the new entity the second largest cable provider in the country behind Comcast — has enough muster to clear regulatory hurdles, one industry giant remains to be heard from, and it could pose a threat to the deal. That would be popular streaming service Netflix, which helped thwart Comcast’s failed $45 billion takeover bid for Time Warner Cable earlier this year. Many have predicted…
  • St. Louis’ best mobile phone network is...

    Brian Feldt
    29 May 2015 | 7:21 am
    Verizon and T-Mobile again have tied for being the best mobile carriers in the St. Louis area, according to RootMetrics’ first-half 2015 report. Verizon had the slight edge, with a 98.4 overall score, with T-Mobile coming in with a 98.1 score. Sprint was ranked the third most reliable of the four major networks. AT&T was found to be the most unreliable network. T-Mobile, however, was the clear-cut winner when it came to speed of service. All four fared well in call performance. When it came to…
  • Internet troll banned from social media site; Amazon-branded groceries: TechFlash 7 things

    Brian Feldt
    29 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    Charles Johnson, the 26-year-old who’s made a name for himself as one of the world’s biggest Internet trolls, has been banned from Twitter. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said the mobile phone network provider will be the best or second-best carrier in the country. In a series of new product developments announced Thursday, Google revealed its new Google Cardboard, which serves as a low-cost virtual reality system. Here’s what else the company announced. Meanwhile, Apple bought augmented reality…
  • Congrats to this week’s I Spy St. Louis winner

    Veneta Rizvic
    29 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    This week’s winner has been playing the game for about three weeks now, and I think he was pretty stoked to finally win. He’s guessed the correct answer for pretty much every puzzle he’s emailed me about, but never in time ... except for this week. Congratulations to Yates Sanders for guessing the Old Courthouse right after we shared the second clue for this week’s puzzle. Just a side note, but we have yet to get past the second photo before someone sends in a correct guess. I swear it will…
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    San Antonio Business News - Local San Antonio News | The San Antonio Business Journal

  • NASA to incorporate San Antonio technology in Europa mission

    W. Scott Bailey
    29 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    NASA has selected a pair of instruments that will be developed and constructed by San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute for its mission to Europa. The instruments will assist the federal space agency in its study of the large and potentially inhabitable moon of Jupiter. The MAss Spectrometer for Planetary EXploration (MASPEX) and Ultraviolet Spectrograph (UVS) were among 33 instruments NASA considered using for the yet-to-be named mission, expected to take flight in the next decade. The agency…
  • Wells Fargo extends lifeline to flood victims with donation

    James Aldridge
    29 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Wells Fargo & Co. will donate $275,000 toward flood relief efforts to help those most impacted by severe flooding and property damage. San Francisco-based Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross and $175,000 to local nonprofits to assist them in their efforts to support the recovery in Texas. In addition, from May 29 through June 15 Wells Fargo customers can make a donation to the American Red Cross through any ATM in Texas. Customers will not be charged a fee and…
  • Texas, 30 other states, settle with credit report agencies over consumer disputes

    Staff report
    29 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    Three national credit reporting agencies have reached a settlement with the attorneys general of 31 states, including Texas, that sets new guidelines for how they deal with consumer credit report disputes, among others. The agencies – Atlanta-based Equifax Information Services LLC, California-based Experian Informations Solutions inc. and Chicago-based TransUnion LLC – were the target of a multistate investigation dating back to 2012 that focused on how they handle consumer disputes over credit…
  • Honoring the best in health care at the 2015 Health Care Heroes Awards celebration, slideshow

    James Aldridge
    29 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    More than 300 people attended the San Antonio Business Journal's 2015 Health Care Heroes awards ceremony at the Tobin Center in San Antonio. The awards were presented to 18 people who have made a difference in the industry through education, philanthropy, research, military medicine, and as physicians and executives in and outside hospitals at the Tobin Center. Publisher Jimmy Holmes and Editor-in-Chief Tony Quesada handed out awards to each of the winners at the event. Participants were treated…
  • Morgan Stanley bullish on Valero Energy Partners

    James Aldridge
    29 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    More Wall Street analysts are taking notice of Valero Energy Partners’ stock. Morgan Stanley initiated coverage of the company in a research note on the company, Dakota Financial News reported. San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE: VLO) formed Valero Energy Partners LP (NYSE: VLP) as a master limited partnership to own, operate, develop and acquire crude oil and refined petroleum products pipelines, terminals and other transportation and logistics assets. Currently, Valero Energy Partners’…
 
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    San Francisco Business News - Local San Francisco News | The San Francisco Business Times

  • Navy's move speeds up 8,000 units in Treasure Island pipeline

    Cory Weinberg
    29 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    The slow transformation of Treasure Island from a Navy base to San Francisco’s largest housing project turned a tricky corner on Friday when 290 acres traded hands from the U.S. Navy to the city. The exchange allows for developers Lennar Urban and Wilson Meany to start building infrastructure and streets by next year and construction on the first phase of 500 housing units around Clipper Cove by 2017. Treasure Island and adjoining Yerba Buena Island will eventually have 8,000 housing units (one-quarter…
  • Most expensive San Francisco homes sold in February

    Allison Fazio
    29 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    Rising prices in rent and home sales are pushing San Francisco residents away from the Bay, according to data compiled by real estate website Redfin. But that's not true for everyone. In this slideshow we compiled some of the most expensive homes sold in February in San Francisco, according to public records. Click on the photo to start the slideshow. See also: Most expensive homes sold in January 2015 Most expensive homes sold in San Francisco in 2014 Though the median home price in February…
  • UCSF circling land for huge student housing project near Mission Bay

    Jahna Berry
    29 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    University of California, San Francisco is weighing plans to build student housing in the fast-changing Dogpatch neighborhood near the school’s rising Mission Bay campus, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which cited unnamed sources. Historically, the Dogpatch has been a sleepy, working-class neighborhood but now it's swarming with development. It's close to San Francisco's booming Mission Bay neighborhood, which will be home to the planned Golden Gate Warriors arena complex. Mission Bay…
  • EXCLUSIVE: 206-unit tower designed by global architecture firm to land in Oakland

    Roland Li
    28 May 2015 | 2:49 pm
    A Portland-based developer is landing in Oakland with plans to build a 206-unit apartment tower in the city's Uptown District. The global architecture firm that renovated the Ferry Building and worked with the San Francisco Giants in Mission Bay is designing the new market-rate tower. Perkins+Will is crafting a "vertical neighborhood" of 206 rental apartments atop a retail base at 1700 Webster St., said Jeffrey Till, a design principal at Perkins+Will who is leading the project. The developer,…
  • EXCLUSIVE: New hotel ready to check into Downtown Oakland

    Cory Weinberg
    28 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Oakland's tourism numbers are at an all-time high and the city may now have its best shot yet at getting a new hotel. Plans are under review to build a 95-room, six-story Hampton Inn by Hilton at 378 11th St., making it one of the first major developments east of Broadway to get serious about building. The property, on top of a parking lot in the shadows of the Tribune Tower, was purchased for $1.5 million last November by the Patel family, according to city records. The Patels own Ridgemont Hospitality,…
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  • IPhone Messages bug also affects Twitter and Snapchat

    Gina Hall
    29 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    Apple is working on a fix for the vicious iPhone bug affecting its messaging app. But what can you do to protect yourself before the software update? The text messaging bug that has plagued Apple’s iPhone’s Messages app over the past few days can also affect users’ Twitter accounts and can permanently crash Snapchat’s text chat, according to a report from The Guardian on Friday. Get A.M. business scoops. Subscribe to SVBJ's free morning email newsletter. Devices operating on iOS, including…
  • Changing times: Remembering Google's old days, before its security department

    Angela Swartz
    29 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    Internet security is now a huge focus for many companies in Silicon Valley, but Googler Heather Adkins remembers the days when there wasn’t even a security division at the company. Get A.M. business scoops. Subscribe to SVBJ's free morning email newsletter. This month is her 13th anniversary with Google Inc. Adkins, director of information security, was one of the founding members of the Google Security Team that’s now made up of more than 500 people and is 12 years old. “We recognized…
  • ​Apple acquires augmented reality company

    Gina Hall
    29 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    Can Apple beat Google and Microsoft to a brave new augmented world? Apple acquired German augmented reality firm Metaio on Thursday, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Cupertino-based iPhone maker confirmed the acquisition with its standard language. Get A.M. business scoops. Subscribe to SVBJ's free morning email newsletter. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” an Apple spokesman told the Journal. What’s…
  • Can Amazon buy customer loyalty with free same-day delivery?

    Emily Parkhurst
    29 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    It's already tough for brick and mortar retailers to compete with Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), but things just got a lot tougher. Amazon announced Thursday that Prime members can get free same-day delivery on millions of items throughout the online store. That means you can order paper towels while you're at work and they'll be at your house when you get home. Get A.M. business scoops. Subscribe to SVBJ's free morning email newsletter. It's the latest move by the Seattle company to convince people…
  • Governor to business leaders: Don't stop thinking about tomorrow

    Allen Young
    29 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    At a Thursday breakfast hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce, Gov. Jerry Brown avoided controversial topics such as cap-and-trade spending and high-speed rail and instead focused largely on water policy. Get A.M. business scoops. Subscribe to SVBJ's free morning email newsletter. In doing so, the governor hinted that the 1,200 business leaders in attendance ought to give up their day-to-day critiques against state government by considering the long-term challenges facing California…
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  • Inside non-competes: Washington rules create 'distressing situation for physicians'

    Annie Zak
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Doctors who work at Washington state hospitals face serious challenges if they want to leave their jobs. If a doctor works for a major health system, there's a good chance he or she has a non-compete clause as part of the employment contract. These clauses can restrict where doctors can work if they decide to leave the hospital. At UW Medicine, for example, doctors are prohibited from working within a radius of up to 30 miles if they leave. A bill that died in committee in the state Legislature…
  • Seattle Symphony gets a different kind of conductor: A Microsoft Kinect camera

    Emily Parkhurst
    29 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    The Seattle Symphony partnered handed the conducting baton over to a Microsoft Kinect motion-sensing camera at a performance this month. The device, built originally to control Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Xbox video game console, has been used for a variety of creative things, including surgery on patients and translating sign language. Now, though, artists are getting in on the technology. "Music and technology has actually a long history," said kinetic sculptor and sound artist Trimpin, whose…
  • The most influential business executives of the last 35 years: No. 16 lifted Alaska Air Group to new heights

    Becky Monk
    29 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    This is one in a series where the Puget Sound Business Journal counts down the top 35 most influential business leaders of the last 35 years. The countdown is part of the PSBJ’s 35th anniversary celebration. Bill Ayer really knew how to make a company soar. The Bellevue resident joined the Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) family in 1995 at Horizon Air. A steady ascent through the ranks of Horizon and then Alaska Airlines put him at the top in 2002 when he succeeded John Kelly as CEO. Over the next…
  • This app can guess what you want: AutoGraph raises $2.7M

    Sarah Aitchison
    29 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    Advertising based on your personal preferences is quickly becoming a major market, and one Seattle company is hoping to cash in on that new wave. Seattle startup AutoGraph closed a series B round of funding Thursday with $2.7 million in additional funding from Voyager Capital and the Alliance of Angels. The second round brings the company’s total funding to $7.4 million. AutoGraph is an app and website that analyzes personal consumer preferences and relays them to nearby businesses. It gives…
  • Why Alaska Airlines CEO had a 'massive pit' in his stomach after signing Seahawks Russell Wilson deal in 2013

    Rachel Lerman
    29 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) had never had a prominent athlete sponsor but when quarterback Russell Wilson completed his successful first season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, the company decided it was time. This was before the Seahawks went to the Super Bowl, and before Wilson was a household name. His skill and likability intrigued Alaska CEO Brad Tilden and Joe Sprague, the company’s senior vice president of communications and external relations, and they decided to push ahead with the…
 
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  • BJ’s-anchored plaza in Miami sells for $42M

    Brian Bandell
    29 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    A Miami shopping center anchored by BJ’s Wholesale Club changed hands for $42 million. Coral Terrace Commercial, an affiliate of Coral Gables-based Pan American Cos. headed by Carlos C. Lopez-Cantera Sr., sold the property at 7030, 7050 and 7060 S.W. 24th Street to Kireland Coral Terrace. The Aventura-based buyer is managed by Alex Kurkin and Eva Klein. The 150,000-square-foot retail center on 13.2 acres was completed in 2014.
  • iPic Theaters nabs $14.5M loan for new Miami-Dade location

    Brian Bandell
    29 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    iPic Theaters obtained a $1.5 million loan to build out its new movie theater in North Miami Beach’s Intracoastal Mall. The Boca Raton-based upscale, dine-in theater chain is building an eight-screen, 40,000-square-foot facility that should open this fall. It signed a lease there with Dezer Development in 2014. The leasehold mortgage was granted to iPic and CEO Hamid Hashemni by the Teachers’ Retirement System of Alabama and the Employees’ Retirement System of Alabama. Those same lenders…
  • 5 things to know, and 7 million people on a train

    Al Lewis
    29 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    Good Morning, South Florida. 1. All Aboard projects big ridership by 2030 All Aboard Florida projects that the train service it is developing between South Florida and Orlando will attract 7 million riders a year and $400 million in annual revenue by 2030. The private group released a report today prepared by the Louis Berger Group. It plans to begin in early 2017 with 32 trains a day between Miami and West Palm Beach. Click here to read more from the Digital Producer Shaun Bevan. 2. Life costs…
  • All Aboard Florida unveils fares, expects 5.3M riders by 2020

    Shaun Bevan
    29 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    Ticket prices for All Aboard Florida's passenger train will range from $11 for a one-way ride between Miami and Fort Lauderdale to $143 for a business-class trip between Miami and Orlando, the company said in a study Thursday. The passenger rail company has not officially released its fare schedule, but President Michael Reininger said that riders can expect ticket prices to be similar to that in the study, the Palm Beach Post reports. The 137-page report found that All Aboard Florida is expected…
  • Aldi to host hiring events for South Florida stores on June 6

    Emon Reiser
    29 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    Aldi is looking for at least 40 workers across South Florida and will host hiring events to fill the open jobs for its stores in Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines and Tamarac. On June 6, job seekers can apply at the Marriott at 5150 Town Center Circle in Boca Raton from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at the Hyatt Place at 8530 W. Broward Blvd. in Plantation from 6 a.m to 1 p.m. Available positions include store associates, paid $12 an hour; shift managers, paid…
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    Tampa Bay Business Journal Legal Notices
    29 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    NOTICE OF SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2015-CA-000610-0000-00 BRANCH BANKING & TRUST COMPANY, a North Carolina banking corporation, Plaintiff, vs. TERRENCE E. DAVIS, individually, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TERRENCE E. DAVIS, UNKNOWN TENANT #1, UNKNOWN TENANT #2, DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY-INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, W.S. BADCOCK CORPORATION, FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY, LLC and STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, Defendants. __/ NOTICE OF SALE…
  • 29-story towers, grocery, retail in the works for TECO site near Channel district

    Ashley Gurbal Kritzer
    29 May 2015 | 6:32 am
    Phillips Development & Realty is planning a massive mixed-use development named Gas Worx on the TECO Peoples Gas site between Ybor City and the Channel district. The developer has filed additional plans with the city that show two 29-story residential towers with a total 1,432 units. A third proposed building on the 7.64-acre site would be 53,000 square feet — 40,301 for a grocery store and 13,360 square feet of additional retail space. The majority of the units, 774, have one bedroom. There…
  • Former Bradenton Housing Authority director pleads guilty to theft

    Margie Manning
    29 May 2015 | 4:28 am
    Bad work habits could land the former executive director of the Bradenton Housing Authority in prison. Wenston DeSue pleaded guilty to theft of federal funds, after investigators found he accepted his salary, even though he spent a lot of time when he was supposed to be working doing activities that had nothing to do with work — including spending time with a girlfriend, who also worked for the Housing Authority. Prosecutors say he stole a total of $276,300 by taking salary, benefits and bonuses…
  • Condos or apartments? Here's what will determine the future of one Channel district tower

    Ashley Gurbal Kritzer
    29 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    The sale of more than 200 residences in The Slade will be a bellwether of downtown Tampa's residential real estate market. HFF LP is marketing 214 of The Slade's 294 units for sale for Miami Beach-based Crescent Heights, which bought the units out of foreclosure nearly four years ago. The Slade — which is at the intersection of North Meridian Avenue and East Washington Street — is a fractured condominium because the majority of the building's units are operated as apartments, owned by Crescent…
  • 2015 Tampa Bay Diversity Expo's goal: Networking, business certifications

    Alexis Muellner
    29 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    More than 300 businesses are registered for the 2015 Tampa Bay Diversity Expo, coming next week. Its goal is to generate networking and potential business opportunities for certified women, minority, veteran and local small businesses. Set for June 3, 2015 at the Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry campus, the free event is also a chance for attendees to gain certifications in a range of disciplines. Two tracks of educational seminars for women and minority-owned business owners are planned. “This…
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  • Repairs to luxury Georgetown condo complex forcing residents out

    Michael Neibauer
    29 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    Residents of one of the District’s most luxurious condominium buildings, where a unit was recently listed for $9 million, are moving out temporarily so the building can undergo major repairs. Details of the mass exodus from 3303 Water St. NW are scarce. We're told that residents will be leaving as soon as the second week in June and were offered the opportunity to relocate to a D.C. Ritz-Carlton at a cost of $12,000 for a month. The 72-unit Water Street building, overlooking Georgetown and the…
  • The Collection at Chevy Chase has new competition in CityCenterDC. What are they doing about it?

    Rebecca Cooper
    29 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    The Collection at Chevy Chase in Chevy Chase is preparing to make some changes as it faces increasing competition from the District’s shiny new retail gem, CityCenterDC. The owner of the small but tony shopping center just over the District border in Maryland has hired Streetsense retail brokerage to market the space, specifically to find tenants for the vacant former Barney’s New York Co-op store and the shuttered Mi Cocina restaurant. Streetsense pitches itself as more than a traditional broker,…
  • Historic Tilden Hall apartment building has a new owner

    Bob Niedt
    29 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    The historic 91-year-old Tilden Hall building at 3945 Connecticut Ave. NW in Cleveland Park has a new owner: Urban Investment Partners, which bought the 76-unit apartment building from DARO Realty for $13 million, Urban said in a news release. DARO has owned the building since 1955. Urban Investment Partners is familiar to Tilden tenants. It worked with the Tilden Hall Tenants Association planning an $18 million renovation project. Upgrades will be made to the building's electric service. Each unit…
  • Interest in four Rockville properties tied to prominent developer sold by sheriff

    Michael Neibauer
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Interest in four Rockville properties tied to prominent D.C.-area developer Ronald Cohen were sold by the Montgomery County sheriff on Thursday to settle a legal judgment against Cohen and his related entities. Despite assurances to the Washington Business Journal as late as Wednesday afternoon that he would put up a $12 million bond to stop the sheriff’s auction, the sale went on as planned. Confident that he will win on appeal, Cohen and his attorneys changed their minds late Wednesday night,…
  • Here's how to get that package delivered the same day — for free

    Bob Niedt
    29 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    The D.C. metro area is one of 14 regions in the country to get a new bonus service from Amazon.com: Free same-day delivery on items costing $35 or more. So if you want that big-screen TV you impulsively ordered on Amazon.com in the morning set up in time for "The Voice," all you need is an Amazon Prime membership — at $99 per year — and same-day delivery is free. Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) notified its Prime members of the service in emails Friday morning. Previously, Prime members were charged…
 
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  • Sources: Cessna working on large-cabin jet

    Daniel McCoy
    29 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    The large-cabin business jet market has been the industry’s most stable and lucrative segment in the wake of the recession, and multiple sources say Wichita’s Textron Aviation is crafting a Cessna Citation to again try and crash the party. Aviation analyst Rolland Vincent, of Rolland Vincent Associates, says he has heard the move could come in the form of an upgrade to Cessna’s developing Citation Longitude program. “They are definitely looking at a large cabin and I think it has to do…
  • ​Fitness center opening in Wichita’s Linwood Recreation Center

    Daniel McCoy
    29 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    The Linwood Recreation Center in south Wichita has a new amenity. A grand opening for the Linwood Fitness Center, located at 1901 S. Kansas, is set for Saturday morning. The site is near Mt. Vernon and Hydraulic. A 1,600-square-foot area in the rec center was converted into a fitness center in response to user demand. That area includes various cardio equipment such as treadmills and ellipticals, resistance equipment and free weights. The fitness center has a separate entrance, accessible with…
  • Commercial lenders making more deals

    Stephanie Bloyd
    29 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    Commercial loan amounts increased nearly 8 percent last year over 2013, among lending institutions featured on both commercial lenders lists. (Link to: http://bizjournals.com/wichita/subscriber-only/2015/05/29/commercial-lenders-2015.html) Looser lending standards and lower interest rates prompted local developers to begin projects previously put on hold, according to sources cited in reporter Josh Heck’s related list article. Lending in 2015 is also on the rise, per John Clevenger, president…
  • Bill means booze would be allowed at the Kansas statehouse

    29 May 2015 | 5:48 am
    The Kansas Senate on Thursday voted to allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages at the Capitol, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. The bill also changed state law on microbrewery locations, automated wine serving devices and the regulation of liquor licenses, and it bans the sale of powdered alcohol. It still needs to be approved by the House.
  • GOP leads Kansas Legislature, but is a party divided

    29 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    Republicans in the Kansas House of Representatives and Senate remain divided about how to fix a $400 million shortfall, the Lawrence Journal-World reports. The Senate debated a plan for several hours Wednesday before soundly defeating it. The House on Thursday couldn’t muster enough votes to bring a tax bill to the floor for debate. The 2015 session, which was scheduled for 90 days, is in its 98 th day.
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