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Small Businesses Anticipate Breakout Year Ahead

Entrepreneur Bill Brown had scaled back his San Jose, Calif., construction firm as demand for new Silicon Valley homes and offices dried up in recent years, cutting his staff by two-thirds, to 50 by late 2011. But over the course …

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Blish-Mize Announces New CEO

Blish-Mize Co. of Atchison, Kan appointed Jonathan D. Mize as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding his father, John H. Mize. “I’m excited and honored to be appointed Chief Executive Officer & President of our company,” says Jonathan.  “Under my father’s leadership …

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Germany Plays Host to Industry Innovation Awards

If you’re looking for that little something different to make your operation stand out, the International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany, may have just what you’re looking for. As home to the ‘EISEN Innovation Awards, the International Hardware Fair showcases …

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Mortgage Rates Won’t Derail 2014 Housing Market

Home prices are rising, and so are mortgage rates, making it tough for would-be buyers, particularly first-time purchasers, to close a deal on a new place. Meanwhile, the looming threats of new mortgage rules and pending housing-finance reform are adding …

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New-Home Sales Finishing 2013 on a High Note

Sales of newly built, single-family homes declined 2.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 464,000 units in November from an upwardly revised strong pace of 474,000 units in the previous month, according to data released today by the …

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Existing-Home Sales Decline in November, but Strong Price Gains Continue

Existing-home sales fell in November, although median prices continue to show strong year-over-year growth, according to the National Association of Realtors. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, dropped 4.3 percent to …

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Target Confirms Massive Credit Card Data Breach


Target reported Thursday that its stores have been hit by a major credit-card attack involving up to 40 million accounts. Chief Executive Officer Greg Steinhafel confirmed earlier reports that a brazen data breach had taken place. In a statement, Steinhafel …

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Former Do it Best President and CEO Honored

An old friend and supporter of the hardware industry was recognized in Fort Wayne on Dec. 19, when Don Wolf, the retired president and CEO of Do it Best Corp., was awarded the Sachem Award. More than 300 people, including …

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