Thirty-One Gifts homegrown idea goes worldwide
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A: That has really been one of the best business decisions I've made. I've surrounded myself with really smart people. They help me with, not only ideas about growing the business, but stabilizing the business. To get from $700 million to a billion …

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Iowa day care rating system aims to put Children First
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Amanda Crooks has worked as an in-home child care provider for about 25 years and now runs her business out of her basement. Crooks, 46, of Bernard, Iowa, started in 1990 as an unregistered home provider. After being turned in to the Iowa Department of …

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What's New: Clearly Coworking creates work space for business on the go
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Co-working, the idea of sharing office space while working on separate endeavors, is about 10 years old. The city already has … a space to work.” The idea of starting his own co-working business came about when he needed such a space while working as …

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Return to New Orleans – an open hand, a welcome home
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She'd spend the day at the cancer center hooked up and anxious, and then return home to watch her hometown first fill up with water and then transform into a liquid tomb. She couldn't be coaxed into … With my grandfather gone — his voice, his …

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Lake Nona sets stage for world's top builder show
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A sort of candy bowl of new building products and design ideas rolled into one high-profile demonstration house, the show home is to be completed next year. The New American Home is a centerpiece of the annual International Builder Show, which rotates …

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This Simple Technique Trains Your Brain to Conjure Your Best-Ever Ideas
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When you said to yourself, “Hey self, we need a stellar, or at least a really good idea,” what happened? I'll bet it was one of two things. Either a whole playground of ideas started bouncing around shouting, “Pick me, pick me,” or there was a …

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Behind Tianjin Tragedy, a Company That Flouted Regulations and Reaped Profits
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… University in Beijing. “It was a man-made disaster that could have been prevented, and it has exposed a range of systemic problems, from the lack of regulation for handling hazardous chemicals to the collusion of business and corrupt officials …

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Business week in review: New ideas for the waterfront, and paper deal under review
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The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded a $161,000 grant to the Maine International Trade Center to help boost the state's export activity. Exports of a number of Maine products, including lobster, are increasing to serve new markets in Asia.

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This Man Climbed the Ladder by Sticking With Gutters
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Olang arrived in shorts and flip-flops and set out with Parsons to do home gutter installations, learning about steel-toe boots, downspouts and elbow joints along the way. “Jimmy had no idea about tools or how to put things together,” Parsons says …

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New Ceres campus home to adult education classes, part of regional effort
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Assembly Bill 86 brought the California Community Colleges system and the California Department of Education together, tasking them with providing more very basic classes at neighborhood schools, as well as a path from those starter classes to college …

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Infinite Campus wants to lure IT workers to Blaine
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Kids need to be enrolled in classes, provided records of their grades, fed in the cafeteria, given books in the library and sent home on the right bus. It would be a huge gain for the school system if information about all of that could be in one spot …

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Katrina swept many to new homes in River Region
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He eventually received full-time work as a creative services manager for Charter Communications, making television commercials, before being hired by Stamp Idea Group, an advertising agency that was formerly called LWT. … from the Gulf Coast …

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