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A merged AT&T-Time Warner may not do consumers much good

AT&T and Time Warner are playing up how their $85.4 billion merger will lead to innovative new experiences for customers. But analysts, public-interest groups and some politicians are far from convinced.

Pets at work may help atmosphere, but bring their own risks

Bulldog Rosie’s owner, Barbara Goldberg, CEO of O’Connell & Goldberg Public Relations in Florida, believes pets improve work quality and boost morale.

Companies that allow dogs and cats in the workplace have devised rules to deal with the opposition.

REI to close again for Black Friday

Sporting goods retailer REI will keep its stores closed on the day after Thanksgiving for the second straight year, even though it's one of the busiest shopping days of the year. It will also again pay employees for the day off in a campaign that encourages people to spend time outdoors.

Choke hazard prompts recall of Halloween decor sold by Target

The items pose a choking hazard to children.

AT&T's $85.4B deal for Time Warner: A new bet on synergy

AT&T's $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner represents a new bet on synergy between companies that distribute information and entertainment to consumers and those that produce it.

New businesses emerge to make beautiful photos to help sell homes

In the age of social media and online shopping, photos are the main way to attract home buyers.

Burnsville office-supply firm carves out growth in shrinking industry

CEO Jennifer Smith of Innovative Office Solutions meets with 20 customers a week at her Burnsville headquarters.

High-tech systems and high-touch customer service are secret sauce for Innovative Office Solutions

Burnsville office-supply firm carves out growth in shrinking industry
Neal St. Anthony

High-tech systems and high-touch customer service are secret sauce for Innovative Office Solutions

Proposal to sell off Buffalo Wild Wings outlets is no slam dunk
Lee Schafer

Buffalo Wild Wings reports its quarterly results this week, when it should have more to say about whether it wants to dump most of the restaurants it owns to franchisees.

How to decide whether your company should stay general or go niche

Q: In looking at our clients over the last six years, about 40 percent are in the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries. While…

Coach's Corner: Confronting workplace bullying requires a plan

Q: I like my job, but there are a couple of people there who get away with bullying others. While I haven't been directly targeted…

Movers & Shakers: Eric Pasi, vice president, business development at Innovative Power Systems

Eric Pasi, Innovative Power Systems, vice president, business developmentEric Pasi is leading a busy year of growth in commercial solar and community solar garden projects…

Recent bankruptcy filings in Minneapolis and St. Paul

MINNEAPOLISBloomington Avenue Investments LLC, 7115 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park; filed Oct. 19, 16-43029; Chap. 7; assets, $7,050,000; liabilities, $2,185.000. Jason Geschwind, chief manager/president.Thomas Raymond…

Mom-and-pop shop near Pittsburgh keeps appliances chugging along

Virginia Vinski-Fischer hadn't planned on taking over her father's appliance business when he asked her to work with him in 1965.She…

Small business calendar

Small businessTUESDAYLEGALCORPS CONSULTATION: Legal advice from volunteer attorneys. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 612-543-8000.SCORE CONSULTATION: Bring your…

Business calendar

BusinessTUESDAYCOMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE DISCUSSION: Panel discussions with Eva Stevens, president and chief operating officer for United Properties, and Tim Elam, managing director for Scannell…

Jobs calendar

JobsMONDAYJOB SEARCH ASSISTANCE: Assistance from Goodwill-Easter Seals representatives with your job search, filling out applications or writing ­résumés or cover letters. 2-4 p.m. Free.…

Mpls. admakers help BMW revive ground-breaking film series with Clive Owen

Creative team that made carmaker's first viral sensation has a new brainchild

Business people

Moving upPadillaCRT, Minneapolis, named Tina Charpentier senior vice president, environmental sciences practice. Charpentier joined the firm in 2008 and serves on the board for Make…