The Manhole Cover Picker-Upper

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, opening manhole covers, which weigh up to 400 lbs., is difficult at best and dangerous at worst. Dave Roberts, 51, who spent 25 years lifting them while working for waste-water authorities in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, decided to find a better way. A perpetual tinkerer, Roberts designed a machine to remove the […]

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In September 2008, Joe DeLoss took a job as director of social enterprise at Lutheran Social Services, a 300-bed homeless shelter in Columbus, Ohio, reports Businessweek. His main task: creating businesses that would employ shelter residents and help them develop job skills. A former investment analyst who “ate a lot of really crappy boxed meals”

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Labor Day 2010

I would like to dedicate this Labor Day holiday to the 14.9 million women and men who, through no fault of their own, lost their jobs in the economic downturn. I’ve been there. I feel your pain. Days upon days looking for a job. Just looking for a job becomes a job, a non-paying job.

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The Race To Launch L-A, Maine

Lewiston-Auburn, Maine has begun the race to find a young entrepreneur. Not just anyone, though. They are on the lookout for someone with a connection to their community that is interested in building there. There are a few catches, of course: you have to be willing to locate that business in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine’s second largest

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Will Work For Food

The peace of an otherwise quiet summer weekend is often muddled by the sound of lawn mowers and leaf blowers. NPR reports that In Los Angeles’ business district, an old-fashioned method of ground control provides an alternative soundtrack – the munching of goats. In a steep hillside city park on Bunker Hill, right next to

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