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Today you can buy pretty much anything, from anywhere. And thanks to hundreds of shopper comparison sites, you can typically find the best price and fastest delivery available.

Japan and the United States have a long history of not only economic competition, but also cultural exchange. In the U.S., for instance, sushi and anime are popular. And the Japanese long ago adopted baseball and jazz. If that’s old news to you, here’s one America-to-Japan export that might surprise you: U.S. convenience stores.

This story is about one of those stores: an iconic Ohio chain that went extinct here decades ago, only to become one of the most ubiquitous convenience store brands in Japan.

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Procter & Gamble has filed to trademark such Internet speak as "LOL" and "WTF," saying the terms could be used to market its products. 

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For more than a century Hamilton, Ohio was a major manufacturing city. Paper mills, safe companies, automobile parts manufacturers fueled the small city along the Great Miami River. Beginning in the 1960s those factories began closing, transforming it into the classic Midwestern Rust Belt city.

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It is getting easier to find the resources to launch a business with the help of a number of local incubators that provide seed money and mentoring. But growing a business through second stage development remains a challenge. Now, economic development and business incubator HCDC Inc. has launched an Office of Innovation + Creativity program to help established companies continue to grow.

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It was a good year in 2017 for startups in Ohio. According to VentureOhio, more than $470 million in venture capital was invested statewide. So how is the Cincinnati startup market looking in 2018? We've seen strong growth in recent years with an explosion of craft breweries, tech startups, and a dozen business accelerators to help incubate and launch new ventures. But has the market slowed?

History of Black-Owned Businesses in Walnut Hills

Apr 26, 2018
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One of the first African-American business districts in Cincinnati was Walnut Hills. The Lane Theological Seminary, owned by Dr. Lyman Beecher, father of Harriet Beecher Stowe, began leasing plots of land to African-Americans in the 1840s.

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Starting a business is always a risk. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, a third of all businesses fail within two years. New owners have to build a customer base, manage costs, comply with local, state and federal taxes and regulations and find good employees, all while trying to maintain their original visions for their companies.

But half of all small businesses survive at least five years, and businesses with fewer than 10 employees make up 75 percent of private-sector employers.

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"Your Money or Your Life," by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez, was originally published in 1992. Since then, the book has sold more than one million copies and a newly revised fourth edition recently was released as an e-book.

The book takes a "whole systems" approach, integrating your relationship with money – earning, spending and saving – to your overall life values. And this revised edition reflects the dramatic changes that have occurred in the financial landscape since the original was published more than 25 years ago. 

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With growing concerns about identity theft, cybersecurity and keeping your personal information safe from hackers, what’s a consumer to do?  If your personal information is compromised or you become a victim of a scam, where do you turn for help? This is National Consumer Protection Week, which aims to provide answers to questions like these.

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With new carriers and more flights, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) served 7.8 million passengers in 2017, its largest volume since 2010. The airport also handled more than one million tons of cargo last year.

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The auto industry has been rapidly evolving thanks to new design and manufacturing methods and the increasing incorporation of new computer and communications technologies into vehicles. Electric cars, hybrids, smaller cars and bigger trucks, and now the reality of driverless vehicles, are all changing the attitudes of the American car buyer.

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The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative Annual Breakfast takes place next Wednesday, January 24. Dr. Debra Clary, corporate director for the Leadership Institute at Humana, Inc. will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast, one of the largest professional development and networking events of the year

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From Hollywood to Capitol Hill to the NPR newsroom high profile sexual harassment cases are prompting a national conversation about a pervasive problem. But researchers find low wage workers are more vulnerable to sexual harassment than those in high paid positions and they may have less recourse for reporting the mistreatment.

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With the Bourbon Trail’s main features being less than 90 minutes away, Northern Kentucky is taking steps to tap into Kentucky’s thriving bourbon industry. Northern Kentucky is now an official gateway to the Bourbon Trail. And the region is promoting it Bourbon Line, three distilleries and a collection of bourbon bars and restaurants.

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Like many local governments, Cincinnati offers incentives to businesses to locate or expand operations in the city, bringing jobs and an economic boost to the area. But a recent Cincinnati Enquirer report of the 180 incentives granted by the city from 2014 through 2016 shows 97 percent of that money went to neighborhoods on the east side of Cincinnati. And that only half of the city's neighborhoods received any incentive money at all for businesses. 

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This Thursday is the 30th Anniversary of the October 1987 stock market crash that sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeting by almost 23 percent in one day. Markets around the world also fell that day, making this the first contemporary global financial crisis. The huge drop in the Dow remains the largest one-day stock market decline in history, topping even the 1929 crash.

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Clifton Market, a co-op store owned by shareholders who paid $200 a share, opened in January on the site of the former Keller’s IGA. Since then it’s struggled financially. 

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Preliminary reports show Procter & Gamble shareholders rejected the bid by activist investor Nelson Peltz for a seat on the company's board this morning during P&G's annual meeting.

We talk with WCPO Business reporter Dan Monk about the vote outcome and what it will mean to P&G's future operations.

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Astute observation is critical to professional success. By showing people how to look closely at images, Amy Herman, founder and president of The Art of Perception, Inc., helps people hone their “visual intelligence,” a set of skills we all possess but few of us know how to use properly. 

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