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Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media

Will Pennsylvania see profit with the legalization of pot?

By April 1, 2016 12:42 PM

For the 23 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana for medical and, in three cases, recreational use, there have been plenty of stories of money to be made in growing or dispensing the drug – which had been illegal in most parts of the nation since the 1930s. CONTINUE READING

Sleepy on the job? You're not alone

By Stacy Wescoe
March 11, 2016 03:44 PM

Día de los Muertos – The Day of the Dead – typically is celebrated in Mexico in conjunction with Halloween. CONTINUE READING

AAA: Motorists aren’t quite ready to trust self-driving cars

March 1, 2016 11:43 AM

What drives you? In the future it could be your car. CONTINUE READING

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Those pesky fire alarms aren’t always false

February 18, 2016 03:39 PM

It wasn’t the first time it’s happened. It wasn’t even the first time it’s recently happened. I’m sitting at my desk, happily typing away on my computer, trying to make deadline, and the fire alarm goes off. CONTINUE READING

Agent: Travelers cautious but not canceling Caribbean vacations because of Zika threat

February 5, 2016 03:01 PM

February’s chilly weather generally brings thoughts of travel to warmer climes, but this year those daydreams have been tempered with fears of reports of the Zika virus in a number of Caribbean and Latin American travel destinations. CONTINUE READING

The joy of being the target demographic

January 25, 2016 04:26 PM

Last summer I had the privilege of interviewing ArtsQuest’s new CEO, Kassie Hilgert in advance of Musikfest. CONTINUE READING

Powerball losers take comfort – winning isn’t everything

January 14, 2016 04:02 PM

So you didn’t win the big Powerball, huh? (I’m assuming that, since none of the jackpot tickets were sold in Pennsylvania.) CONTINUE READING

NO FLU FOR YOU! Companies can help stop the spread of office sniffles

January 5, 2016 03:47 PM

Fresh back from the holidays, most office workers are finding that they can’t throw a wadded-up tissue without hitting a sneezing colleague. CONTINUE READING

Star Wars a strong force in ticket and tie-in sales

December 18, 2015 04:14 PM

The Force has awakened to the tune of $57 million. Not a bad payday for one night. CONTINUE READING

Pawlowski: Test train will show Lehigh Valley passenger rail ‘CAN be done’

December 10, 2015 02:58 PM

If Missouri is the “show me” state, then perhaps the Lehigh Valley can be the “show me” region. CONTINUE READING

Remembering Frank Concannon – accountant, councilman, gentleman

December 2, 2015 03:35 PM

An accountant, a city councilman and a charming Irish chap show up at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter says, “Well, hello, Frank Concannon. It's been terribly boring up here without you.” CONTINUE READING

Networking outside the norm

By May 31, 2016 12:21 PM

While most networking groups tend to fall into the same routine by hosting the... CONTINUE READING

Peach Music Festival shines

By Christopher Holland
August 15, 2016 03:13 PM

With temperatures soaring into the upper 90s over the weekend, the... CONTINUE READING

Telemarketers targeting mobile phones are annoying and sometimes scary

By August 10, 2016 02:17 PM

A few years ago, I got rid of my home's landline, as many others have done. CONTINUE READING

Paid family leave could be another whammy for businesses

By August 11, 2016 11:34 AM

New rules on overtime pay. CONTINUE READING

A century-old best friend

By March 30, 2016 10:08 AM

Who could have predicted that a simple rag doll with red-yarn hair, a... CONTINUE READING

Business Events

CFO of the Year Awards
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
2016 Lehigh Valley Business Expo
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
CPBJ Business Event
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Manufacturing Symposium
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Fastest Growing Companies Awards
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
CPBJ Business Event
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Special Editions

Made in the Greater Lehigh Valley 2016

By August 4, 2016 04:26 PM

‘Made in the Greater Lehigh Valley,’ an inaugural supplement, examines successful manufacturers throughout the region, including those who drive our area’s thriving food and beverage industry. CONTINUE READING

Business Profiles 2016

July 22, 2016 02:57 PM

Business Profiles, our annual 36-page supplement, examines successful companies throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley — a behind-the-scenes look at how they began, how they grew and how they prospered. CONTINUE READING

Forty Under 40 2016

June 16, 2016 03:37 PM

Our fourth annual class of Forty Under 40 award-winners reveals a who’s who of the region’s leading young business owners, partners, vice presidents and executives taking their companies to new heights. CONTINUE READING

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Technology Update 2016

June 3, 2016 02:20 PM

Our inaugural 20-page supplement is packed with valuable information technology advice, such as how to protect your company’s online reputation, determining how much IT you really need and how free Wi-Fi connects with customers. CONTINUE READING


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