Business & Industry

Keeping It Clean: Manufacturers Find Markets in the Water Industry

The management of water on the Earth is an increasing challenge, as global population grows and consequently puts greater demand on a limited resource. According to the GreenFacts Initiative, freshwater accounts for only 2.5 percent of water on the planet, and most of that is frozen in glaciers and ice caps. Only a small fraction is available on the surface for use by living things, including...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Friday Focus: Recognizing Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Several initiatives across the country are in place to help grow immigrant entrepreneurship and boost the U.S. economy. Here is a round-up of the latest efforts. ACCESS for Immigrant Entrepreneurs ACCESS, a social and economic services agency, recently graduated the first class of its Immigrant Entrepreneur Development Program, the Associated Press reports. The Dearborn-Michigan based operation,...

Read More »
Business & Industry

High Compression Ratios and Ethanol Blends Combine to Make a Super-efficient Car

Four years ago, American LeMans kicked off its first green racing season. The program, which requires teams to use alternative fuels such as ethanol blends (E10 or E85), clean diesel, or isobutanol is going strong today. Sponsored by U.S. Dept. of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), it is an attempt to raise the visibility of...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Light Friday: Iron Man Technology Realer than You Think

Plus: Smartphones with Superpowers Mind-Controlling a Rodent Are Football Helmets Safer Today? The futuristic "Extremis" technology, which hacks the human body through nanotechnology, showcased in Iron Man 3 may not be as sci-fi as it seems. In fact, a real version may be just a decade away. Dr. Shuming Nie, a professor in Biomedical Engineering at Emory University, explains that the seemingly...

Read More »
Business & Industry

What are the Benefits of Biodegradable Polymer Additives for Fracking?

Fracking allows us to extract untold riches of previously unrecoverable natural gas and oil, which is lowering their prices and reducing the cost of things that use natural gas in production. Opponents of the procedure say there are serious environmental concerns, particularly with the materials used, which could seep into the groundwater or bubble up to the surface, contaminating the ground....

Read More »
Business & Industry

U.S. to Match China in Manufacturing Attractiveness by 2015

New research shows that the U.S. has now matched Mexico as an attractive location for manufacturing in terms of labor and operational costs, and will match China in desirability by 2015, which will vastly accelerate reshoring. According to a recent survey from AlixPartners, the United States and Mexico are now considered equally attractive options for U.S.-based companies to situate production...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Is Paid Sick-Leave Unhealthy for Business?

The New York City Council has approved a bill that will require small businesses with 20 or more employees to offer sick-leave days. The legislation, set to take effect April 1, 2014, comes after several years of opposition, as some business leaders and politicians argue that such a measure is a potential threat to business. Nearly 1 million employees that do not currently receive sick-leave will...

Read More »
Business & Industry

STEM Talent: Does Supply Outweigh Job Demand?

Despite reports that maintain there is a shortage of science, tech, engineering, and mathematics talent, new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) contradicts such claims, revealing that only one of every two STEM college graduates is hired into a STEM job each year. The EPI, which analyzed supply, employment, and wage trends in the STEM labor market, notes that U.S. employers have an...

Read More »
Business & Industry

A Struggling Green Manufacturing Sector Causes Oregon to Retool Tax Incentives

The state of Oregon boasts many great opportunities for manufacturers: Friendly legislation and tax breaks, fairly inexpensive land (compared to other states), and a level of corporate taxes that aren't too burdensome. Oregon's attitude toward business and manufacturers has led to major corporations like Nike, Adidas, and Intel deciding to do business there, along with major solar companies...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Which Small Businesses Create the Most Jobs?

The small business sector has traditionally been the main driver of U.S. job creation and growth, but its impact on the employment market has declined in recent years. Here we look at the types of small businesses that are still responsible for providing a significant share of new jobs and what can be done to support them better. Job creation is on everyone's lips. Although major corporations...

Read More »