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Health centers compete for space

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
I’ll admit now that I was a bit skeptical when a commercial real estate broker predicted a year ago that a medical urgent-care center would take space on Wolf Road, the hot retail corridor that boasts so many hotels, restaurants and shopping plazas.
 

‘Zombies’ don’t make best neighbors

Thursday, March 5, 2015
So-called zombie homes can rend communities large and small as they sit neglected, abandoned by their owners in foreclosure but not yet repossessed by the lender.
 

FTC wary of Sysco-US Foods merger

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
The Capital Region made a cameo appearance in the administrative complaint filed last week by the Federal Trade Commission against the Sysco-US Foods merger.
 

Online security still no easy task

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Friday the 13th also was the day President Obama convened a White House summit on cybersecurity at Stanford University in California to promote public-private collaboration on many online fronts, including payment technologies. Everyone promised to play nice and pull on the same oar, but after my own Friday the 13th experience, I remain skeptical.
 

Odds officially against startups

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
Here’s a sobering statistic from Gallup: Since 2008, more businesses have been dying annually in the U.S. than have been forming.
 

Barbie must get back to business

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

The holidays were tough on Barbie.
 

Dissolving Johnstown EDC might be best move

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
The Johnstown Economic Development Corp. is one step closer to dissolving, filing a petition for court approval under state nonprofit law to go out of business and turn its assets over to the city of Johnstown.
 

Canada effort way off Target

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. pushed into Canada in 2013, opening store after store in rapid succession. Last week, the cheap-chic discounter admitted the foray was a flop and announced plans to leave the country, shutting all 133 of its Canadian stores.
 

Upstate becoming worth the venture

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
For many years, upstate was a “flyover” zone for venture capital: a region ignored by big East Coast investment firms on their way to promising deals elsewhere. That thinking may be changing.
 

Effort to tax online sales continues

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
With a new Congress seated this week and promises of wrangling on big issues like the Keystone pipeline, Obamacare and immigration, it’s anybody’s guess whether a new version of the Marketplace Fairness Act will catch attention.
 

Restaurant IPOs a hot commodity

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
Here’s a tidbit from the year just concluded: Restaurant IPOs are hot.
 

Internet killed ‘category killers’

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014
Stores like HomePlace, Circuit City, Borders and Builder's Square, once among the feared “category killers” of retail, have all been, well, killed off.
 

New use for an old standard

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
A typewriter! I thought that office workhorse had been sent to the museum years ago by the computer.
 

Vinyl records making comeback

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Long-ago vinyl is back in vogue
 

GE union to focus on housing

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
Two nonprofits associated with the union at General Electric Co. in Schenectady will ask a judge next week for permission to merge, creating a new entity with $11.5 million in firepower focused on housing.
 
 

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