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July 28, 2017

NEW YORK — At small businesses this summer, many owners won't be trying to figure out whether employees will be counting it as vacation time, personal days or sick leave when they send texts or emails that say, "I'm not coming in today."

A growing number of companies combine vacation and sick…


Vacationing business owners cope with being unreachable

July 27, 2017

NEW YORK — While hiking in the Himalayas for three weeks, Mike Scanlin had no cellphone service much of the time and no way to charge his phone. Running his business — a one-man operation — became a very sporadic proposition.

It was a calculated risk. "I felt I was going to lose…


Companies offer quirky perks to help keep top workers

July 26, 2017

NEW YORK — Sabbaticals, massages, or a home maid service? Bike maintenance, tattoos or guitar lessons? Some small and medium-sized companies are offering quirky and enviable perks to try to attract and keep the best workers.

The hundred staffers at marketing firm Velvet Media can periodically…


Home jewelry business looks to expand

July 24, 2017

Some people will say they do their best work in the comfort of their own homes.

Rocky Mount resident Peggy Davis can attest to that statement. For the past four years, Davis has been making a variety of different unique and colorful jewelry from necklaces, bracelets and earrings all handmade at her…