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Innovation

These Are the Oldest Businesses in Every State…

A number of businesses have been around since before our nation was even established. In fact, some of the oldest businesses in the U.S. date back to the early 1600s. These companies have consistently offered their products and services for centuries. In some cases, they’ve become the backbone of their ...

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What Ford Gets Out of CES, and What It Looks for in Startups…

Car companies won’t survive without innovating their business offerings. Ford knows this, which is why the more-than-a-century-old company considers itself a “mobility company.” At this year’s CES, Ford showed off three of its latest innovations: drivers can now talk to their vehicles’ SYNC hands-free system with Amazon Alexa integration, an ...

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9 Tips for Poaching Top Talent…

Recruiting is like hunting. When ConsumerAffairs has a leadership role to fill, I poach the best talent. Why? Because executive workers will be the ones to carry out the company’s mission and goals. Follow-through is worth its weight in gold, but most enterprises don’t have formal systems in place to help staff ...

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Proof Wearable Tracks Alcohol Levels…

Whether out for a night with friends or quietly celebrating at home, it can be hard to self-monitor alcohol intake. But thanks to Milo Sensors, you don’t have to. The startup is creating “the next generation of wearable biosensors that gain blood-level insights in a non-invasive way,” its website says. ...

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Butts On With Toto's $10,000 Toilet…

What do you get with a $10,000 toilet? At CES, you get a sparkling clean fundament, thanks to Japanese loo-maker Toto.  The Neorest AC doesn’t actually have a price yet, but its 2016 predecessor cost $10,200. For that amount of cash, you get a toilet whose otherwise-unsightly tank becomes invisible, ...

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7 Ways Entrepreneurs Drive Economic Development…

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the future of work. Much of the time, these conversations are fueled by the anxiety many of us share as we try to understand the impact new technologies will have on our industries. We tend to reduce these discussions to binary arguments ...

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