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Tile Shop recovers, builds momentum with product innovation

The Tile Shop's Chris Homeister.

Do-it-yourselfers and rehabbers help Plymouth retailer turn the corner.

Schafer: Exposing shortcut many firms take to augment perceived value

Lee Schafer

Call Limo attempts to become the Tiffany's of the ride-hailing scene

Jeff Lundquist’s Call Limo offers rides on demand from a fleet exclusively comprised of limos, town cars and high-end SUVs at a price similar to Uber.

Call Limo is a new ride-hailing app for booking a lift with commercially licensed drivers for a safer, fancier experience.

Millions of orchids grow on former mine site in upstate NY

Millions of orchids are now growing in a hundred-acre wetland in the Adirondack Park that developed on waste from a vast open-pit iron mine, a transformation scientists say is most impressive because it happened naturally.

Viewpoint: Helping companies resolve clashes among generations

Inside Track: Cookie Cart expands; paying for Vikings, Timberwolves homes

Neal St. Anthony

Security concern causes flight to divert to Portland

Officials with regional carrier Compass Airlines say a flight from Seattle to San Diego landed in Portland because of an unverified threat.


Lee Schafer
Schafer: Exposing shortcut many firms take to augment perceived value

Donaldson Co. announced a share repurchase program last year as part of its strategy to ­support “our strategic growth plan while also returning cash to…

Neal St. Anthony
Inside Track: Cookie Cart expands; paying for Vikings, Timberwolves homes

Cookie Cart, one of the original “social enterprises” before that term was coined by nonprofit entrepreneurs, was started on W. Broadway Avenue in north Minneapolis…


Business bookshelf: The story behind Iridium

Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium StoryJohn Bloom, Grove Atlantic, 537 pages, $27.50. Iridium was among the most ambitious projects in the history of technology. Yet it…


Honeywell shares slump after report of slow sales in aerospace unit

Aero miss: Honeywell International fell 3 percent to $115.61 Friday after the company reported lower than expected quarterly revenue it blamed on an unexpected sales…


Gadgets: Enclave Audio CineHome HD system, Kisapp messaging app

ENCLAVE AUDIO CINEHOME HD $1,199Wireless home theater package a good dealIf you're seriously into movies, you've thought about setting up a home theater in your…


Too busy for Pokemon? These entrepreneurs will play for you

Some proxy's charge $20 an hour to help your score.


Use of temp workers not necessarily good for companies

At the BMW factory in Spartanburg, S.C., brand-new sport-utility vehicles roll off the assembly line with the regularity of a German express train. Work schedules,…


How to find an adviser to help you spend your retirement savings

Q: We now find ourselves fast approaching retirement. Our current financial planner has been very good in the accumulation phase of our lives, but we…


CEO Hoffman's score at Toro; Cargill clipped by UnitedHealth Group in size

Retirement Toro CEO Hoffman started his 39-year-run with company fixing and selling machines Mike Hoffman, who will retire after 11 years as Toro CEO at…


Does dressing casually affect productivity at the workplace?

Researchers find that depends on the office environment already in place.


Office workers benefit from using standing desks

We all know we should sit less; sports experts say we are made for movement.


Allina, nurses union meet but fail to reach deal

After a flurry of counteroffers, talks stalled over who would pay for the rising costs of union health plans.