Karl Skutski, left,  and David Tobin, right,  both of the Tobin Group stand in the recording booth of client New Perspective Communication. They specialize in advising small business owners.

Consulting firm finds niche advising small business owners

Business succession plans can be hard to develop — and harder still for PR firms, which hold intangible, difficult-to-price assets.

about 12 hours ago

UPMC physician designations come into question

Family physician Malcolm Harris says his name was wrongly included in a UPMC listing of 1,600 doctors who will not be in Highmark’s network.

about 12 hours ago

 In the Pittsburgh region, this year’s open enrollment is anything but typical.

Employers face unusual market for health insurance; open enrollment period to begin

The Affordable Care Act and the Highmark-UPMC breakup mean the normal open-enrollment period dynamics have been turned on their heads.

about 12 hours ago

Law schools adapt to 'new normal'

Pittsburgh’s law schools are holding fast to tried-and-true approaches, as others look at creative ways to increase enrollment.

about 12 hours ago

Affordable car coverage still elusive, advocates say

Too many people with good driving records in low-to-moderate-income households can’t find affordable car insurance.

about 12 hours ago

Ced Kurtz’s TechMan Texts: Solid state drives taking the spotlight

Also: credit holds; the Oscar for Best Picture with a Drone?; I do it Microsoft way; the annoyance game; and testing the iPhone 6.

about 12 hours ago

Leaders of midsized law firms look to reduce overhead

For midsized law firms, daily life is marked by constantly balancing between keeping an active practice and managing strategic operations.

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  Stanley J. Parker

Dateline Pittsburgh: 09/30/2014

People on the move.

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Business Workshop: Recruitment or raiding?

A decision by an FINRA panel should remind companies that hiring multiple employees from a competitor may lead to a “raiding” lawsuit.

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 Safety regulators are looking into allegations that Toyota Corollas from the 2006-to-2010 model years can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds.

Business Briefs: UPMC Health Plan chief receives top Athena award

Also: Board member appointed West Penn Multi-List head; unintended acceleration in Toyota Corollas eyed.

about 12 hours ago

Pittsburgh region's unemployment rate remains steady in August

The unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh region has remained steady for three months now.

about 1 hour ago

 StarKist employs about 100 people in its Pittsburgh offices on the North Shore.

StarKist CEO Lee retiring

Sam Hwi Lee has been in the post since November 2012 and on the board since 2008.

about 1 hour ago

 A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. coal train makes a scheduled run from Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada to Seattle in March.

Coal competing with oil and gas for space on rail

Crude oil and frack sand are fast-growing darlings of the nation’s largest railroads.

about 8 hours ago

 Dominion Resources Cove Point LNG Import Terminal in Lusby, Maryland. The facility is one of several in the U.S. seeking approval to export liquefied natural gas overseas.

Advocacy group seeks faster approval for LNG exports

A pro-export organization is making its way to Pennsylvania, fighting for a streamlined approval process

about 10 hours ago

 Wind turbines are used to produce electricity near Somerset, Somerset County. Pennsylvania lawmakers have commissioned a report on the impact of wind farms in the state.

State organization to study impact of wind farms in Pennsylvania

Report is expected to include farms’ impact on the state’s landscape, wildlife and electric grid.

about 9 hours ago

 Steven Kovacik, owner of Zero Fossil Energy Outfitters, stands in front of the photovoltaic power generators installed at the Carrie Furnaces by his company.

Zero Fossil Energy Outfitters brings solar lighting to Carrie Furnaces

On a sunny afternoon in Rankin, Steven Kovacik shined his flashlight down the long tunnel that once served as an active blast furnace. He

about 10 hours ago

Having a plan when the lights go out

New vice president of operations for Duquesne Light discusses safety, workforce

about 11 hours ago

FirstEnergy to cut retiree health insurance subsidy

FirstEnergy Corp. is eliminating a health care subsidy for retirees beginning Jan. 1, affecting 8,500 former employees.

about 11 hours ago

Economist: Public benefits aid startups for immigrants

Children’s health insurance gave immigrants the confidence to start businesses and succeed, Harvard researcher says.

about 12 hours ago

Former Consol Energy Mine managers try to save benefits

Consol retirees who became managers say losing some of their benefits will hurt them financially.

1 day ago

ATM, checking account overdraft fees surge

The average fee for using an out-of-network ATM climbed 5 percent over the past year to a new high of $4.35 per transaction.

1 day ago

Aquion Energy in Lawrenceville raises $25M

The battery maker started manufacturing in March at the former Sony plant in Westmoreland County.

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Nova Chemicals inks deal as anchor shipper for UTOPIA project

Project to ship ethane from Ohio to Canada moves forward.

about 23 hours ago

 Range Resources' Carter Impoundment in Mt. Pleasant Township, Washington County.

Pennsylvania DEP admits drilling probe error in Range inquiry

The state might have used incomplete, inaccurate data to decide whether chemicals leaking from a shale wastewater site contaminated a well.

1 day ago

 IC Light's Pirates cans are popular sellers at The Beer Market on the North Side.

Iron City beer plays ball with Pittsburgh's sports teams

After years on the sidelines, Iron City is finding success again by tapping into the city’s sports teams.

2 days ago

Work Zone: Getting a handle on billable hours

A new service aims to help firms more accurately track time employees spend of varying tasks.

2 days ago

Thai-Japanese duo angling for another Marcellus ethane cracker

PTT Global Chemical and Marubeni Corp. are looking at Washington County and two other sites for possible ethane cracker project.

2 days ago

 What a scan shows on BuyPartisan

BuyPartisan app ensures that purchases are politically correct

Scan a product’s bar code with this smartphone app -- and up pops a record of campaign contributions made by the company.

2 days ago

 Jim Williams, 57, of McCandless is an IT guy who never saw long periods of unemployment between jobs. Then, a year-and-a-half ago, he was laid off. Despite constant searching, he still has not landed a new job.

Long-term unemployment hits many, hits hard

Six months and more of looking for work wears down the hardiest of job seekers.

2 days ago

Heard Off the Street: SEC letters spur insiders to sell

There’s an interesting subplot in SEC letters that question a company’s accounting practices.

2 days ago

The week that was: 09/28/14

The business week in review.

2 days ago

The Color of Money: Information can prevent having regrets about a reverse mortgage

Understanding reverse mortgages and their implications are important in avoiding surprises later.

2 days ago

 Ted Pappas, the producing artistic director of the Pittsburgh Public Theater, has been a big part of the company at the theatrical heart of the city for nearly 40 years. Mr. Pappas has been with the theater for 15 years.

Pappas puts the public in Pittsburgh Public Theater

As PPT marks its 40th season, Ted Pappas, the longtime artistic director, wins raves for being professional and personable.

2 days ago

Dateline: 09/28/2014

People on the move

2 days ago

Elder Law: Planning for long-term care can't be left to chance

The aging of the U.S. population will put long-term care into focus.

2 days ago

Sound Advice: Although hard to find, quality stereo receivers are still out there

Don Lindich’s top recommendation is the Outlaw Audio RR2150 for $699.

2 days ago

Consumer Reports: Popular food labels often lack meaning

Words such as “fresh,” “real,” and “artisinal” sound appealing but often are marketing tactics.

2 days ago

Office Coach: To assert authority, partner with boss

Instead of confronting a rogue group singlehandedly, you need to partner with your manager.

2 days ago

Business calendar: 9/28/2014

Business meetings, events and seminars this week.

2 days ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett announces the award of a $5 million Economic Growth Initiative grant to continue the revitalization and renewal of Downtown Pittsburgh at the site of the new Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University on Forbes Avenue on Friday.

State grant secured for new Pittsburgh Playhouse in Downtown

Point Park University hopes to start work on the $75 million complex on Forbes Avenue before the end of the year.

3 days ago

Shaky stock market bounces back

Economic growth and consumer sentiment help major indexes erase earlier reverse.

3 days ago

Letters to the Business Editor: Reporting out of line with facts

Len Boselovic’s Sept. 21 column mentioned the Center for Political Accountability’s successful advocacy for greater transparency.

3 days ago

Business Briefs: Uber must stop services in two major German cities

Also: Sale of FedFirst to CB Financial approved by shareholders; son replaces father as COO, president of hand tool maker.

3 days ago

 National color marketing manager Dee Schlotter demonstrates using PPG’s new color workstation and digital kiosk at its new paints headquarters complex in Cranberry. The facility formally opened Thursday.

PPG celebrates keeping new headquarters close to home

PPG opens it new North American architectural paints headquarters in Cranberry, but it wasn’t a sure bet the region would get the facility.

4 days ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto, left, with City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle

City negotiating new pact on nonprofits’ contributions

The mayor and his staff have said discussions have focused on a new agreement structured more along the lines of the Pittsburgh Promise.

3 days ago

 Strip District produce terminal

Mayor's aide hails 'very positive' discussions on Strip District produce terminal

McCaffery Interests and Rubino Partners are working with Pittsburgh to develop a plan for the structure and surrounding area.

4 days ago

 Participants learn how to assume the brace position in a cabin simulator during a British Airways flight safety course at the airline's Cranebank training facility in London.

Training course shows how to survive a plane crash

British Airways is offering a flight safety course for fliers willing to drop $265 to learn the tricks to surviving a plane crash.

4 days ago

Business Briefs: Kmart in Beaver County closing in early December

Also: Bayer’s credit outlook looking better  credit card issuers waive late payments;  FAB Universal lawsuit delayed for settlement talks

4 days ago

Pa. oil and gas regulations under consideration

Officials from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection are deciding which regulations to keep, and which need to be changed.

4 days ago

 Conservative commentator Sean Hannity speaks at the luncheon for the Shale Insight 2014 conference Thursday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Marcellus Shale Coalition closes with speeches from big names

Gov. Tom Corbett, former Gov. Tom Ridge and Fox News pundit Sean Hannity all spoke at the Downtown event Thursday.

4 days ago


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