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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

Applebee’s wants you to ‘smell what they’re cookin’ with $75M investment in new grill-menu

By May 17, 2016 04:12 PM

About two years ago, I wrote a blog about the disappointing state of fast-casual restaurants. Reacting to the downturn in dining out during the recession, many of them sacrificed quality to keep prices more affordable for the penny-pinching public. CONTINUE READING

Can America sell more beer than Bud?

May 10, 2016 04:01 PM

This summer, beer drinkers may be saying “this America is for you.” CONTINUE READING

Everyone’s talking toilets, but tech is the real excitement

April 29, 2016 12:21 PM

I had an exciting privilege today. I was the first to “christen” the new fourth floor ladies’ room here at 65 East. CONTINUE READING


Recycling with a heart: Casino shows it cares with carpeting

April 13, 2016 03:25 PM

While some businesses hope to be the “wind beneath the wings” of the community groups they help, the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is happy to be “the carpet beneath their feet.” CONTINUE READING

Will Pennsylvania see profit with the legalization of pot?

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

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

From out of the rubble … a fast moving economy of industrial growth

By August 23, 2016 03:40 PM

It seems like every week, if not almost every day, I’m writing about a... CONTINUE READING

Lehighton Downtown Initiative to kick off Rocktoberfest

By Christopher Holland
September 27, 2016 02:35 PM

Carbon County is best known for the quaint, humble and historic town of Jim... CONTINUE READING

Coca-Cola Park up for the honor of 'America's Best Restroom'

By October 4, 2016 03:05 PM

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Coca-Cola Park have received many awards over... CONTINUE READING

First-half report card for Penn State: Not bad

By October 14, 2016 10:30 AM

Penn State is one play away from being 5-1 and possibly in the Top 25. CONTINUE READING

Business Events

Fastest Growing Companies Awards
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Berks Real Estate & Development Symposium
Thursday, November 17, 2016
CPBJ Business Event
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
2017 Real Estate & Development Symposium
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Special Editions

LVB Expo Guide 2016

By September 30, 2016 11:55 AM

Our directory of nearly 100 exhibitors is your guide for Lehigh Valley Business Expo 2016 this Wednesday at the Agri-Plex Expo Center at Allentown Fairgrounds. The day also features ‘90 Ideas in 90 Minutes’ — the best ideas from 10 of the region’s top business leaders — and a forum on manufacturing that focuses on emerging technologies and driving business. CONTINUE READING

CFO of the Year 2016

September 16, 2016 09:19 AM

More than 20 accomplished financial executives offer their advice for success in our supplement, ‘CFO of the Year Awards 2016.’ The annual publication honors the region’s top financial executives. CONTINUE READING

Construction & Real Estate Fall 2016

September 8, 2016 04:49 PM

forefront. Our twice-a-year Construction & Real Estate report examines the campus construction boom and also updates industrial park and homebuilding activity, as well as offers advice on how to choose a construction company. CONTINUE READING


Made in the Greater Lehigh Valley 2016

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

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