In his book, “The Business Romantic: Give Everything, Quantify Nothing, and Create Something Greater Than Yourself,”  author Tim Leberecht argues that we underestimate the importance of romance in our lives, and that we can find it in and through business by designing products, services, and experiences that connect us with something greater than ourselves. 

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Procter & Gamble plans to expand its manufacturing base with a new facility in West Virginia.  The consumer products giant will build a plant in Berkeley County, which is in the northeast corner of the state, near Hagerstown, Maryland. 

According to a company press release, the one million square foot facility will manufacture multiple P&G brands once it's operational in 2017. It will also be the second new domestic plant built since 1971.  P&G currently has 29 plants in 21 states.

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Macy’s plans to lay off thousands of retail workers in response to changing shopping habits in stores and online.  The Cincinnati-based retailer has announced it will close 14 department stores in nine different states, but will open two new locations in the continental US and one in Puerto Rico, and will open two new Bloomingdale’s stores by late 2017.

In a press release late Thursday afternoon, Macy’s says its overall workforce of about 175,000 will stay nearly the same as it picks up staffing in other parts of the company.

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A Cincinnati tech start-up supported by Cintrifuse has received a large investment from a pair of venture capitalist firms. 

"Everything But The House" is an online estate auction and consignment company, which now has the backing by firms that also supported Twitter and tumblr.  

Tim Schigel with Cintrifuse says the investment shows Cincinnati is becoming a good place for start-ups. 

  The Affordable Care Act has drastically changed the way businesses shop for, fund and provide health insurance to their employees. And both small and large businesses face challenges in meeting the measuring, monitoring and reporting requirements of the ACA.

  What can Wall Street learn from thriving small businesses on Main Street, and how do these businesses evolve successfully from their start-up roots? Those questions inspired three economists, Paul Oyer, Michael Mazzeo and Scott Schaefer, to take a road trip across America's heartland.

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Xavier Leadership Center

May 21, 2014

  For more than 50 years, the Xavier Leadership Center has provided high-quality development programs for corporations, organizations and individuals, here, nationally and internationally. Xavier Leadership Center Director Bruce Miller and Associate Directors Shelly Wallace and Mike Leavy discuss the Center, its programs, and its 3-Dimensional Learning Model, which connects learning with what students think, feel and do.



Gabrielle Zevin’s latest novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, is a love letter to the world of books, and booksellers, that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds. Garbrielle Zevin joins us, along with Craig Popelars, director of Marketing with Algonquin Books, and Michael Link, Author and Publisher coordinator at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, to discuss the novel, and how a book makes it from manuscript to your reading table. Gabrielle Zevin will be doing a book signing at Josepth-Beth in Rookwood at 7:00 this evening.