Business

2:34am

Fri June 21, 2013
Planet Money

How Brush Factories Survive In America

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 1:46 pm

Fourth-generation owner of Braun Brush, Lance Cheney, stands next to a special-order brush his company made for the artist Richard Artschwager.
Marianne McCune NPR

Brushes are pretty simple: a bunch of flexible fibers sticking out of something stiff. Not surprisingly, Chinese manufacturers have grabbed a big share of the U.S. brush market. But several hundred small U.S. brush factories are still hanging on. Here are three strategies they're using to survive.

1. Compete On Quality

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2:34am

Fri June 21, 2013
Business

'Last Word' Pays Homage To Actor James Gandolfini

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 6:46 am

Gandolfini, who died this week while vacationing in Italy, became famous for his role in The Sopranos. Tony Soprano, the mob boss, described his job as "waste management consultant." Call it what you want, but on the job, Tony Soprano had plenty of business insights.

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3:25pm

Thu June 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Dow Loses 350 Points After Fed Hints It Will Stop Buying Bonds

Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after the opening bell on Thursday.
John Moore Getty Images

The Dow Jones industrial average closed down more than 353 points on Thursday in a selloff sparked by uncertainty about the end of a government monetary stimulus program and a credit crunch in China.

Wall Street followed a downturn in global markets. The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index lost 2.5 percent, while the Dow and Nasdaq composite indexes both lost 2.3 percent.

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7:26am

Thu June 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Weekly Jobless Claims Rise Slightly

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 9:31 am

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance rose by 18,000 last week, the Employment and Training Administration says. At 354,000, the number remained at a level consistent with modest job growth.

According to the agency, the four-week moving average, a less volatile indicator, rose 2,500, to 348,250.

The AP reports:

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6:00am

Thu June 20, 2013
Agriculture

Running A CSA Can Be A Tricky Business

Michael Baute and Meghan Williams co-own this tiny farm, Spring Kite, in Fort Collins. Both had farmed as apprentices before, but wanted their own space and their own business. One-third of their produce goes to the farm’s CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, clients.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Within the local food movement, the community supported agriculture model is praised. CSAs, as they’re commonly known, are often considered one of the best ways to restore a connection to the foods we eat.

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