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business meeting Businesses provide the means by which goods and services are exchanged and the basis for the economy on a local, national, and global scale.  They may provide consumer products, consumer services, durable goods such as refrigerators and televisions, capital goods such as machinery and commercial vehicles, raw materials such as wheat and corn, semi-finished goods such as computer components, finished goods such as cars and trucks, or business services such as insurance and banking.  Business has always been strongly influenced by the economic climate and world events.  In turn, the health of the business sector greatly influences the economy.

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  • First Real-Time Athlete Brand Index Captures Sports Industry's Attention In 2014
    As the sports business industry’s first social media intelligence platform, MVPindex assesses the digital brand value of athletes, teams and leagues using social media as a real-time measurement tool.
    By Mark J. Burns.  Forbes.  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:12:00 GMT.
  • SpaceX On Its Way to ISS
    A commercial SpaceX cargo ship has successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, in the southeastern U.S. state of Florida, carrying supplies and experiments for the International Space Station. ...
    Voice of America.  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:01:44 -0400.
  • Zenefits’ Leader Is Rattling an Industry, So Why Is He Stressed Out?
    Parker Conrad’s start-up, which helps small businesses navigate employee benefits, has shown phenomenal growth. Yet he is anything but sure of its success.
    By Farhad Manjoo.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:17:10 GMT.
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  • VIDEO: Umunna grilled over England's future
    Newsnight's Andrew Neil grills Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Business Secretary, on Labour's plans for England following the Scottish referendum.
    BBC News.  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:22:54 GMT.
  • Bits Blog: A Business Schematic Drawn With the Tools of Big Data
    Data-driven management has so far focused mostly on increasing efficiency and productivity, but new graphic tools aim to help executives set a strategic course.
    By Steve Lohr.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:01:21 GMT.
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  • Raising awareness on the unpleasant practices of the fashion industry
    I was going to write today on the wild natural life of Africa, but I was made aware of a debate on a fashion brand’s commercial that erupted while I was away. So I postponed my Africa piece to a later dateā€¦
    Hurriyet.  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:01:00 +0200.
  • Geisinger's insurance business booms but expenses outpace revenue
    Geisinger Health System reported a lower operating margin for fiscal 2014, 3.4% compared to 4.9% last year, after a sharp rise in its expenses.
    Modern Healthcare.  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:15:00 EST.
  • Scots firms look to economic future
    Scottish business leaders urge politicians and businesses to work together for Scotland's economic future, following the referendum.
    BBC News.  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:01:22 GMT.
  • Share price swings wildly for China's e-commerce giant Alibaba
    Stock in Alibaba Group Holdings swung wildly in its first hours of trading on the New York Stock Exchange Friday, shooting up to $99 and then plunging below its opening price of $92.70 before moving higher again.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:02:11 EDT.
  • Africa: Future of ExIm Bank Critical to U.S.-Africa Business
    [African Arguments]The US Export-Import (ExIm) Bank has become the latest political football in Washington, as Democrats and Republicans argue over its value to the American economy. ...
    All Africa.  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:00:33 GMT.

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