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Boston Says It Has A Plan To Erase The Gender Wage Gap

If you're a woman, you're probably paid less than your male colleagues — 77 cents on the dollar, to be exact. Now Boston thinks it has a solution to eradicate the wage gap. It starts with getting businesses to sign a pledge.
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Food Truck Lottery

After years of parking where they choose, food truck operators in the District of Columbia are preparing to have their spaces

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Walmart Stores Opening For Business In D.C.

As labor groups continue to target Walmart over its wages and working conditions, the big box retailer is gearing up to open its first stores in D.C.
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Sherman Alexie Wants You To Be A 'Superhero' For Indie Bookstores

Small Business Saturday is this weekend, but for author Sherman Alexie, it's also Small Bookstore Saturday. He's encouraging authors across the country to visit their local independent bookstores and put in a shift behind the counter, selling their favorite titles.
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A New Worry Looms Online For The Affordable Care Act

HealthCare.gov is supposed to be mostly fixed by Saturday, but errors in an obscure but crucial form could further disrupt the rollout.
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A Day For Small Businesses To Stand Out In The Crowd

Tucked between Gray Thursday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday. It's a designation invented by American Express, but it's becoming vital to small businesses around the country.
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Infomercials Still Tell, And Sell, Product Stories

The infomercial industry is predicted to hit $250 billion — 1 percent of U.S. GDP. Host Scott Simon speaks with business writer Jon Nathanson about the economics and enduring strength of infomercials.
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In A Small Town With Big Events, Some Are Tiring Of Tourism

More and more towns are hosting festivals to bring extra money into the area. But these attractions can be disruptive, and one town in Michigan isn't sure it wants any more. Traverse City is looking at new restrictions to cure "festival fatigue," to the dismay of the business community.
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'Retail Theater:' Inflated Retail Prices Meant To Look Like Steals

Ari Shapiro talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Suzanne Kapner about the fake discounts retailers build into their products during the holiday season.
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Black Friday's Mission Creep: When The Holiday Deals Are Elsewhere

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is one the busiest, most hectic shopping day of the year. But how important is it for retailers and as an indicator of the strength of the holiday shopping season?

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