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USPS Eyes e-commerce to Offset Declining Mail
December 29, 2014

Facing a slump in the mail it had been delivering since the days of America's Revolutionary War, in 2012 the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) began aggressively targeting e-commerce and lapsed customers as the way to salvage its declining business.

"Really it started almost at the level of cold-calling, talking to people who really hadn't spoken to us in a long time," said Nagisa Manabe, who joined USPS in May 2012 as chief marketing and sales officer from Coca-Cola Co. "And really trying to persuade them to consider us as a very viable alternative in the shipping market."

Holiday Deliveries Improve but Hiccups Continue
December 29, 2014

Christmas came on time this year for most people.

After FedEx and UPS failed to deliver some presents in time for Christmas last year, the two package carriers improved their performance this holiday season.

FedEx delivered more than 99 percent of express packages as promised on Dec. 22 and Dec. 23, according to shipment tracker ShipMatrix. UPS delivered 99 percent of express packages as promised on those days.

Last year, the percentage of express packages delivered on time those days was in the "low 90s," said Mark D'Amico, a spokesman for ShipMatrix.

5 Ways Washington Is Actually Helping Small Businesses
December 29, 2014

If you're a small-business owner, you've got plenty of reasons to complain about leaders in Washington: high taxes, enormous deficits and debt, regulations, health care rules, gridlock. But here's something you probably didn't know: The U.S. federal government is actually making your life as a business owner easier and more profitable. How?

Just ask Rep. Sam Graves, the outgoing head of the House Small Business Committee. And ask Maria Contreras-Sweet, who has been the head of the Small Business Administration and a member of President Barack Obama's cabinet since last April. Both are responsible for helping small business.

Better Work Bangladesh to Begin in Earnest Next Year
December 29, 2014

The Better Work Bangladesh initiative is due to get going in earnest next year as part of wider efforts to improve working conditions in the country's ready-made garment industry.

The initiative, a joint venture of the International Labor Organization and the International Finance Corp., was announced in October of last year as part of a package of measures to help shore up the sector in the wake of the Tazreen Fashion factory fire and the Rana Plaza building collapse.

Mohawk Announces Plans for a New Multi-Million Dollar Envelope Manufacturing Facility in Western Massachusetts
December 24, 2014

Mohawk, Cohoes, N.Y., recently announced plans to operate a new state-of-the-art envelope manufacturing facility in the town of South Hadley, Massachusetts, resulting in the creation of up to 40 new jobs. The announcement comes after the Massachusetts Office of Business Development Economic Assistance Coordinating Council voted unanimously to approve Mohawk's application for a special tax assessment for a facility located at 28 Gaylord Street in South Hadley, Mass.

5 Tips on Managing Rapid Company Growth
December 24, 2014

Explosive growth—whether you're making acquisitions, knocking sales out of the park, onboarding lots of talent or otherwise getting big quickly—can be great on many levels. But it is not easy and there are lots of things a company can screw up. Take it from Ratmir Timashev, CEO of Veeam, a data center backup company founded in 2006 which now employs more than 1,500 employees around the world and brings in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, with its sights on reaching $1 billion in revenue in the next five years.

Leed's to Build New Warehouse
December 24, 2014

Leed's said it will build a 240,000-square-foot warehouse on a 28.11-acre site in the Westmoreland Business & Research Park in Upper Burrell Township in Westmoreland County, Pa.

Financial terms of the deal between the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation, Leedsworld Inc. and Kacin Cos. for the two pad-ready parcels weren't disclosed. Construction on the site, which will be about 80 percent warehouse and 20 percent decoration operations, will start immediately and is expected to be ready by the end of next year.

Movie Theater Offers Celebrity Swag Bag Experience
December 24, 2014

Some customers at Bethel Cinema are getting a version of the star treatment this week. For a few extra dollars, customers of the independent movie theater can get a celebrity-style swag bag, complete with perfume, food samples from emerging brands and other offers valued at more than $300.

The idea for the Hollywood Ticket swag bag came from Westport entrepreneur Paula Conway, a public relations professional with a number of entertainers on her client list.

8 Gifts Entrepreneurs Should Give Themselves This Holiday Season
December 24, 2014

The holidays are upon us. Chances are you’ve been running around purchasing gifts for all of the important people in your life. But I don’t want you to forget to treat yourself this holiday season. Between social events, familial obligations and annual traditions, the holidays can be very draining. When 2015 rolls around, you will want to feel refreshed and like you’re ready to hit the ground running. So it’s important that you carve out time for yourself in between your commitments.