Guests gathered for the VIP reception at Sprout Fund's Hothouse event.

Pittsburgh charities rethink the value of galas

Big charity galas may raise significant dollars for some organizations but some nonprofits shun them because of time and expense.

about 12 hours ago

Benefits of health information exchanges still unclear

Are health information exchanges really saving money and improving patient health? Perhaps — but there’s not much evidence of that so far.

about 12 hours ago

Len Boselovic's Heard Off the Street: Lawyers group says brokers can't be trusted

Brokers can legally recommend clients make investments that are in brokers’ best interests.

about 12 hours ago

 Even if you don’f follow the Pittsburgh Penguins, you can still ask about team captain Sidney Crosby’s performance at Consol Energy Center.

WorkZone: Use sports to get the ball rolling in business

Seattle broadcaster encourages even non-sports fans to “Talk Sporty” in the workplace to boost business networking opportunities.

about 12 hours ago

 BoXZY, which houses a 3-D printer, a computer-controlled router and a laser, was created by Justin Johnson, left, and his brother Joel at TechShop in Bakery Square.

Brothers' passion for 3-D printing inspires backers to invest

Joel and Justin Johnson have turned BoXZY into the most richly funded Kickstarter campaign in Pittsburgh.

about 12 hours ago

 A study by Carnegie Mellon University revealed that smartphone apps are asking for users personal information much more frequently than even researchers imagined. The screenshot above reflects one of the most extreme examples pulled from the study.

Most apps don't care about privacy, CMU study finds

Carnegie Mellon University researchers seeking solutions to data collected unwittingly by advertisers.

about 12 hours ago

 These unique, handmade-in-the-USA Ohm Walsh speakers with patented technology produce stunningly beautiful sound combined with a realistic 3-D soundfield that must be experienced to be appreciated. There is a good chance your pair will become a family heirloom at $1,250 a pair and up.

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Reach out an touch Ohm Walsh's sound

The Ohm Walsh speakers are made like no others and maintain their value for decades.

about 12 hours ago

 David Caliguiri

People on the move:3/29/2015

Sisterson & Co. LLP, A to Z Communications, AE Works, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board

about 12 hours ago

Michelle Singletary’s The Color of Money: Treat yourself prudently

“OK, so when can you spend money on something you want?”

about 12 hours ago

 Former NFL running back William Ward Walsh, 66, takes the web-based, game-styled brain health test developed by RC21X, supervised by Mike Schuler. The test results will be used to evaluate Walsh's status for the NFL concussion lawsuit. Walsh played for the Packers and Oilers.

Coraopolis-based program has a new tool to keep tabs on your brain: RC21X

Former WVU player assembles star-studded Pittsburgh team for a brain health tool that aims to become a lifetime wellness aid.

about 12 hours ago

Consumer Reports: The eBays for borrowers and lenders

Peer-to-peer lending has become increasingly popular.

about 12 hours ago

 Deborah Todd  Carl Domingo, 21, a senior of Rochester Institute of Technology, works on a computer problem during the first hackathon SteelHacks at the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

'Make something cool': SteelHacks competition sizzles at Pitt

SteelHacks brought more than 150 students from Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne, Chatham and Youngstown State to Oakland to test their

about 12 hours ago

Business calendar: 3/29/2015

Tuesday -  Disability Matters with Joyce Bender, online. Speaker: Susan Palmer Mazuri, director, global public policy, AT&T Services Inc.

about 12 hours ago

Office Coach: Work for a toxic organization? Get out

Also, experience in different departments can be a good thing.

about 12 hours ago

Proposed Medicare overhaul would affect doctors, some beneficiaries

The House passed a measure that would create a new payment formula for doctors and charge higher premiums to some Medicare beneficiaries.

1 day ago

 BNY Mellon CEO Gerald L. Hassell

Headhunter reportedly compiling list of replacements for BNY Mellon CEO

The overture does not appear to represent an official search effort by the full 15-member board, which has so far supported Gerald Hassell.

1 day ago

College rankings based on employment give only part of the picture

The lists rating which school will boost the students’ earning capacity the most aren’t always accurate measures of a college’s full impact.

1 day ago

 In this March 13, 2015 photo, shoppers walk past a J. Crew retail store along Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach, Fla.

ExOne could resolve issues; Workers’ comp rates dropping; Ex-Consol manager gets prison

News from ExOne, Consol Energy, UPMC, Highmark, FAB Universal and BMW.

1 day ago

 Ellen Pao, center, walks to Civic Center Courthouse in San Francisco on Friday.

Jury finds no gender discrimination in case that captivated Silicon Valley

Ellen Pao accused Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers of treating her “oppressively” because she was a woman and firing her when she

1 day ago

 Solar Impulse 1, the solar-powered airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, completes its final leg of the Across America campaign in July 2013. The journey began in May in San Francisco. The plane flew day and night without fuel. It was powered exclusively by solar energy.

Bayer MaterialScience puts its mark on solar-powered aircraft

A solar-powered aircraft is traveling around the world with energy-efficient components designed and produced by Bayer MaterialScience.

2 days ago

 Four Seasons will be scouting locations Downtown, in the Strip District and along the riverfronts.

Four Seasons chain scouting Pittsburgh for possible hotel location

“They are expanding aggressively and they like Pittsburgh,” said Eric M. White, the URA business development executive.

2 days ago

 The DEP released a revised draft of wide-ranging regulatory changes this month after considering suggestions submitted by citizens, industry representatives and environmental groups.

New DEP rules for shallow oil and gas wells draw industry ire

The rules would affect both large-scale operations conducted by the newer shale industry and the traditional oil and gas drilling sector.

2 days ago

 “This is my kind of transaction, uniting two world-class organizations and delivering shareholder value,” said Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, in the official deal announcement.

Heinz-Kraft merger reflects challenges for iconic brands

The deal may benefit investors, but will it help the businesses?

1 day ago

 Jennifer McGee, a marketing coordinator with Massaro Construction works with student Nikki Mauder, a senior at Fox Chapel High School, in the Massaro construction trailer outside of the school.

School's construction serves as an internship site for Fox Chapel students

About 10 Fox Chapel students are getting a real-world work experience at Massaro CM Services, the high school construction contractor.

2 days ago

Government aims to protect low-income users of ‘payday’ loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed rules Thursday to protect Americans from stumbling into what it calls a “debt trap.”

2 days ago

 Earlier this month, Alice Pittrell of East Liberty and others marched from the Bottom Dollar site on Penn Avenue to the Aldi store on Baum Boulevard to show their support for bringing a grocer to the Bottom Dollar location.

Aldi stocks up on W. Pa. stores

The Illinois-based discount grocery bought all of the Bottom Dollar store locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey.

1 day ago

American Eagle in Chile, Peru; Peoples to extend service; Pittsburgh construction contracts spike

News from American Eagle; Eurofashion; Peoples Natural Gas; Dodge Data & Analytics; RadioShack; and Standard General LP.

2 days ago

 “Israel is a very small country with big ideas,” said Yaron Sideman.

Conference promotes business between Pittsburgh, Israeli companies

Global Venturing is a new initiative by the University of Pittsburgh to stress the importance of innovation as economic drivers.

2 days ago

 American Express’ stock is down 12 percent this year, making it the second-biggest decliner on the Dow Jones industrial average.

Some AmEx cardholders can leave home without it

Changing consumer habits, extremely aggressive competition and increased pushback from merchants are putting heavy pressure on AmEx.

2 days ago

 Response crews for the train derailment near Mount Carbon, W. Va., monitor the burning cars in February next to the Kanawha River.

Washington pushes for holistic response to rail accidents

Concern over recent derailments of trains carrying crude oil manifested in dual announcements from legislators and industry groups.

3 days ago

 Andy Masich, president and CEO of Heinz History Center, said, “H.J. Heinz would have been pleased with the merger” because the company founder always thought globally.

Pittsburgh officials ask what's not to love in Heinz-Kraft mega-merger?

Andy Masich, president and CEO of Heinz History Center, said, “H.J. Heinz would have been pleased with the merger.”

3 days ago

 Craig Davis, president and CEO of Visit Pittsburgh, is expecting a successful 2015 for tourism in the city.

Pittsburgh on track to be 2015 hot spot

Craig Davis of VisitPittsburgh said the first quarter already has proven to be much better than expected for hotels.

2 days ago

 The 2015 BMW 228 offers top-notch performance, and is coupled with excellent handling in the snow with the XDrive package, just added for 2015.

Driver's Seat / Scott Sturgis: Review of the 2015 BMW 228i xDrive Coupe

2015 BMW 228i xDrive Coupe: All-around fun.

3 days ago

 A single male age 40 contributing 9 percent of salary at $20,000 a year would need $14,619 already saved for a 50 percent chance of retirement success.

Saving early can be a savior for your retirement

The Washington, D.C.-based Employee Benefit Research Institute has calculated  the savings needed for retirement at different ages.

3 days ago

Former Consol Energy manager gets prison in gas royalties theft

Scott D. Hamilton, 38, formerly of Baden, Beaver County will spend 30 months in federal prison for stealing $440,000 from the company.

3 days ago

 Jaclyn Clifford and Marlene van Es will soon be graduating from the University of Pittsburgh Law school and are starting a firm for legal aid to entrepreneurs who want to start environmental oriented businesses in the city.

Pitt law students tackle urban agriculture and food policy issues

Trellis, a law firm being established by two students graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, has a social mission.

2 days ago

State approves Peoples Natural Gas' plans to expand natural gas service

With abundant natural gas produced from the Marcellus Shale play, natural gas prices are forecasted to remain low, the utility said.

2 days ago

Electric supplier to pay $2.3 million settlement for deceptive marketing practices

Energy Services Providers, doing business as Pennsylvania Gas and Electric, has agreed to pay $2.3 million in addition to other penalties.

3 days ago

 Six months after being selected, the two developers for the Strip District produce terminal have yet to merge their visions.

Design experts to examine Strip District produce terminal

The redevelopment of the Strip terminal and the area around it will be the subject of a three-day design charrette in Washington, D.C..

3 days ago

Maya Design teams up with StoryCorps; Distributors could face Allegheny County drink tax; PUC plans hearing on Uber trip data

Read more business news about bank fees, durable goods orders, Howard Johnson’s, Lumber Liquidators

3 days ago

U.S. Steel to temporarily idle operations at Granite City, Ill.

The complex supplies flat-roll steel to the company’s Texas tubular business, which has been dented by cutbacks among oil producers.

3 days ago

 Fans prepare for a Steelers game at Heinz Field in 2013.

Officials: Heinz Field name will not change with merger deal

The Steelers sold the naming rights for the football stadium in 2001 to the Heinz Co. for $57 million over 30 years.

4 days ago

Opening accounts at Pittsburgh-based banks may mean bonus cash for consumers

A number of local banks are offering cash incentives and other goodies to help reel in new customers.

4 days ago

 This rendering shows a view of the proposed U.S. Steel headquarters.

Pittsburgh planning commission approves U.S. Steel building

Developers presented building design changes to the commission Tuesday before the vote.

4 days ago

 The Fifth Ave Place headquarters of Highmark in view with the U.S.Steel Tower offices of UPMC, in Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania forecast to clarify UPMC-Highmark consent decree issues

A state insurance spokesman downplayed the possibility of the state weighing in on key provisions of last summer’s consent decree?

4 days ago

 Ketchup bottles are displayed at a May exhibition of Berkshire Hathaway companies in Nebraska. Kraft Foods will merge with H.J. Heinz Co., owned by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway, to form the third-largest food and beverage company in North America.

Heinz, Kraft merger would build food giant

The merged company will be co-headquartered in Pittsburgh and the Chicago area.

4 days ago

 The full-size mock-up on Greentree Road that contractors created of a small part of PNC Tower to test the functionality of several aspects of the LEED Platinum certified building.

PNC examining green features of its new tower on a mock-up in Green Tree

The $400 million Tower at PNC Plaza, Downtown, is months away from completion, but part of it already is operating — in Green Tree.

4 days ago

 An ad for Taco Bell’s new chicken “biscuit taco.”

Taco Bell’s waffle taco is dead; biscuit taco to replace

The newest weapon in the breakfast wars is a biscuit shaped like a taco.

4 days ago

Universal Stainless CFO resigns; NoWait, First Watch team; Ansys reaches Europractice deal

News from Universal Stainless, NoWait, First Watch, Ansys, Europractice, the Pittsburgh airport, RealSTATs, General Motors and more.

4 days ago

 “People don’t love red-eyes. ... They’re no fun,” said Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority.

More service from Pittsburgh to West Coast among airport chief's priorities

Christina Cassotis also plans to push for more service into Washington, D.C., and would like to see Delta Air Lines expand its Paris flight.

5 days ago


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