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 Pirates fans stand in line for will-call tickets before the first game of a double header at PNC Park in July 2013. The Pirates ticket sales team includes a lot of millennials.

Pirates VP sees potential, challenges in millennials

From large corporations to small, the workplace is adjusting to the influx of millennial workers.

about 17 hours ago


 The power of some troubled pension plans to drastically reduce the benefits of current and future retirees was included in the last-minute, $1.1 trillion budget compromise signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 16.

That solid pension benefit? It may be subject to change

Federal budget allows troubled plans to cut benefits for retirees.

about 17 hours ago


 Amanda Olar is a student in the Accelerate Leadership Center at the David A. Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

Programs foster leadership in most ‘cared-for’ generation

Managing the millennial generation commands much of the focus and fret of today’s corporate leaders.

about 17 hours ago


 Ed Vescovi walks through an idled biodiesel plant now owned by Weavertown Environmental Group in Beaver County. The plant is on hold, pending an uptick in market conditions and a signal from the federal government on biodiesel blending mandates.

Missing biofuel standards stall development

A Monaca biodiesel plant is on hold hoping for a market rebound and a federal decision on mandates.

about 17 hours ago


Elder Law: Care-receiving, care-giving complications

Almost 40 percent of those over 65 report having some disability, and those over 85 represent an even higher percentage who are disabled.

about 17 hours ago


Sick day excuses showing creativity in symptoms

The annual survey by CareerBuilder asked employers to share the most unbelievable excuses they’ve heard for people missing work.

about 17 hours ago


Balancing Act: Navigating the demands of business travel

In 2014, business trips abroad increased an estimated 5.6 percent, and researchers expect the trend to continue.

about 17 hours ago


 Elijah Socie, 6, of Brookline runs underneath a large pride banner to celebrate a federal judge ruling Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

What were the Post-Gazette's top 10 news stories of 2014?

The Post-Gazette staff voted the following as the top 10 stories of the year carrying local significance.

about 17 hours ago


Business calendar: 12/28/2014

Wednesday

about 17 hours ago


 HOROVITZ, RUDOY & ROTEMAN LLC ANNOUNCES NEW HIRESMatt Dodson was hired as a Tax Professional in the Firm’s DeJulius Division in Whitehall and will be responsible for accounting and tax preparation for closely held businesses. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, with additional accounting coursework taken at La Roche College. Matt has over three years of experience in personal and small business income tax preparation.

People on the move: 12/28/2014

Accounting

about 17 hours ago


The Week that Was: 12/28/2014

Economy here picking up …

about 17 hours ago


Featured recall: Keurig MINI Plus Brewing Systems

Keurig MINI Plus Brewing Systems

about 17 hours ago


The Color of Money: Some things to note from 2014

All of this year’s financial changes will help a lot of people move forward to a better financial place in 2015.

1 day ago


Sound Advice: Onkyo, Neuhaus offer top receivers

The bottom line is, I don’t know how much better the T-2 would sound than the Onkyo in this case.

about 17 hours ago


Office Coach: Boss lacks basic skills

Sometimes the only way to assure that you will be “treated fairly in the future” is to find a more professional place to work.

about 17 hours ago


Consumer Reports: How to survive do-it-yourself customer service

The do-it-yourself economy is transforming industries, services and society at 4G speed.

about 17 hours ago


 Bob Mock from Turtle Creek works seven days a week as Skating Director of Ice & Blades of Western Pennsylvania and teaching ice skating at the Rostraver Ice Garden before a class.

Boomers grapple with retirement strategies

Many will not have enough saved to retire at 65, and intend to keep working as long as they can.

1 day ago


 So far, so good for shipping companies, though the "returns" season has only just begun.

Shippers still navigating holiday rush

FedEx and UPS are among companies moving to the return phase of the season.

1 day ago


Stocks close week on a high note

U.S. stocks close higher, extending gains for the week

1 day ago


 John Chips, left, with his son Tim at their dental practice in Ross.

For many family-owned businesses, handing off the baton is tricky

Some bruised egos may be inevitable, as specifics about who will control what, and when, are worked out.

2 days ago


 The Kathy Davis card display at the Wegman's in the Shops at Valley Square in Warrington, Pa.

A quarter-century of greeting cards success, and more, for Kathy Davis

More than 400 million of Kathy Davis’ greeting cards have sold. Lately, that amounts to $100 million in annual sales.

2 days ago


 Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies.

Xbox Live back up, PlayStation Network still down

Gamers on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network experienced connection problems and delays on Christmas Day.

2 days ago


 Ashley Merritt packs an order for shipping at the Amazon fulfillment center earlier this month in Lebanon, Tenn. Amazon.com, the world’s biggest Internet retailer, hired more workers and opened new distribution centers, extending its reach to get goods to customers faster.

Online holiday retail sales hit record

Online shopping is on pace to rise 16 percent to $61 billion for the November to December period, according to researcher ComScore Inc.

2 days ago


Tips for tackling Christmas gift returns

Even Santa Claus gets it wrong sometimes, hence the throng of customers who flock to shopping malls after Christmas.

2 days ago


 A shopper walks on the logo of Sony's PlayStation 4 at an electronics store in Tokyo on Christmas Day. Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies.

Hacking group claims credit for Xbox, PlayStation network woes

Thursday’s incidents are the latest part of a series of escalating attacks against Sony.

2 days ago


 Two young girls play at the edge of Lake Erie on Huntington Beach in Bay Village, Ohio in May.

Great Lakes water levels surge from rainfall, runoff

Water levels in lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie and Ontario are all above seasonal averages for the first time in 16 years.

2 days ago


Ag-tech in Silicon Valley could change how the world eats

Dozens of companies are creating technology to make farmland more productive and farming more efficient.

2 days ago


 Jeanne Clark, public information officer for Alcosan (Allegheny County Sanitary Authority) started her new job at Alcosan on her 65th birthday, working past normal retirement age.

Older workers bring the long view to their jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 18.7 percent of Americans over 65 were working or looking for work last year.

3 days ago


 On Wall Street, stocks opened slightly higher, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 18,000 for the first time.

U.S. stocks eke out gains in abbreviated trading day

It was the Dow’s sixth straight gain, coming during a half-day trading session ahead of the Christmas holiday.

3 days ago


 An effort to make public data more available includes a survey that encourages citizens' feedback at http://pittsburghpa.gov/pghdataforum/

Online center to serve as data portal for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

A $1.8 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation will help start the effort of making data more useful and easily available.

3 days ago


Wal-Mart gift card exchange, Honda recalls, mortgages rates

Average U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but the benchmark 30-year low remained very close to the 19-month low hit last week.

3 days ago


In Takata shake-up, president is removed as founding family member expands role

The Takata board voted to replace Stefan Stocker, who became president last year.

3 days ago


 The 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO features exterior, interior and performance refinements, along with an expanded model selection that includes both 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic transmissions and a new 370Z NISMO Tech grade.

Nissan 370z Nismo revs up some sporty fun

The 370Z handles like a dream, as a low-slung sports car like this should. Winding country roads are a delight.

3 days ago


 Trudie Bruner is the president and chief operating officer at Fernley & Fernley.

A new face at Philly’s Fernley & Fernley

Besides the president’s post at Fernley & Fernley, women are now at the helm in accounting, human resources, client services and meeting

3 days ago


 A woman uses the Uber app on a Samsung smartphone in September.

Uber slapped with suit by 45 Philadelphia taxi companies

The suit also names 18 individuals, including Uber drivers it says are operating illegally in the city.

2 days ago


 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark and the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC are seen in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Binding arbitration for UPMC, Highmark

The UPMC-Highmark in-network contract expires Dec. 31.

3 days ago


Former LTV site to set sustainability standard

Almono LP has hired a top global architecture and design firm, to revamp the master plan with an emphasis on sustainability.

4 days ago


 Plastic surgeon Leo McCafferty has noticed a trend -- more older male executives seeking plastic surgery to regain a youthful appearance in the workplace.

Cosmetic surgery growing in popularity among men

Whatever the reason, the number of middle-aged and older men signing up for cosmetic surgery has increased three-fold in the past 15 years.

4 days ago


 Katie Hopkins of Point Breeze has volunteered the past six years and plans to do so again in 2015 as part of the United Way’s Money in Your Pocket Coalition.

Allegheny County tax program pushing for expansion

Katie Hopkins has volunteered the past six years and plans to do so again in 2015 as part of United Way’s Money in Your Pocket Coalition.

4 days ago


Enrollment for Obamacare jumps with 2 million new sign-ups

WASHINGTON — Enrollment in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is increasing rapidly, with more than 2 million people so far

4 days ago


Broker imprisoned for mortgage fraud faces new charges

David C. Jackson, a mortgage broker who went to prison in 2006 in a loan fraud conspiracy, was indicted Monday.

3 days ago


 Assistant professor Dan Reed teaches automotive service technology students at the Community College of Philadelphia. The Labor Department said today that applications for unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000.

Applications for unemployment benefits fall to 7-week low

The Labor Department said today that applications dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000.

4 days ago


Keurig recalls single-serve brewers, stock falls, GNC enters e-commerce partnership, Pharmacy sales boost Walgreen earnings

News from Keurig; GNC Holdings Inc.; Walgreen; Southern California Ports; Barnes & Noble

4 days ago


US economy grew at a rate of 5 percent in third quarter, fastest in more than decade

Federal data shows that third-quarter U.S. economic annualized growth was 5 percent, driven by a consumer spending and plunging oil prices.

4 days ago


 Pilot Maxime Tran Quan Tien guides his Parrot Bebop drone during a presentation to the press in Paris.

Drones become popular holiday gifts

Drones, flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers, have “taken off” as gifts.

4 days ago


 Mary Teister, 72, would like to keep her landline phone. Her husband needs it for his pacemaker, and she says she always knows where her phone is in an emergency.

Phone companies would like to cut your landline cord for you

If you haven’t cut the cord on your landline phone service, pretty soon you may not have a choice.

4 days ago


 The Pennsylvanian, as seen from the Hill District, a 242-unit apartment complex at Grant Street and Liberty Avenue, and a a former train station is being offered for sale by its owner, Brothers Property Corporation of Coral Gables, Fla.

The Pennsylvanian in Downtown Pittsburgh up for sale

The 242-unit apartment complex at Grant Street and Liberty Avenue is being offered for sale by its owner, Brothers Property Corp.

4 days ago


 A South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Picture's "The Interview" on Monday.

Theories abound over who hacked Sony

Despite President Barack Obama's conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet's newest game of whodunit continues.

4 days ago


Bethel Park chamber, students work to boost local shopping

The new Bethel Park Chamber of Commerce and Bethel Park High School DECA students formed a partnership to promote local businesses.

4 days ago


 Mark Mattern of Butler Community College's Hospitality Program, left, sophomore Mike Paul, center, and engineering tech professor Mike Aikens review details from a vacuum mold in the school's manufacturing lab.

Manufacturers draw in millennials with new training approach

Millennials’ need for instant gratification is changing the way manufacturers train the next generation of workers.

5 days ago



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