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Spotlight: Brenda DeCroo

Spotlight: Brenda DeCroo

After graduating from Penn State University with a degree in accounting, I held a number of different jobs—real estate agent, retail manager, outside sales. At age 30, I finally settled into an accounting position and used my degree. I was happy to be able to learn and grow in a respectable occupation and to work for a global manufacturing company based in Pittsburgh that had

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To Succeed in Business, You Need a Team

To Succeed in Business, You Need a Team

By Janice Palko According to the Small Business Administration, a business that started in 2004 had a 78.9 percent chance of lasting one year. However, that same business had a less than 50-50 chance (48.9 percent) of making it to the five-year mark. There are many reasons why a business may fail, believing you can launch, maintain, or expand a business without any help is

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I Just Want IT To Work

I Just Want IT To Work

Call Kevin Campbell When You “Just Want Your Computer to Work” If you use a computer, you are no doubt familiar with this scenario: Your computer goes haywire and you try everything in your limited repertoire of repair skills only to find yourself still sitting in front of a malfunctioning computer. That’s when you give up, lay your head down on the keyboard in defeat,

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Bonnie Baxter, Founder of Open Doors Pittsburgh

Bonnie Baxter, Founder of Open Doors Pittsburgh

If you are a Pittsburgher, the city’s skyline is almost as a recognizable as your own face. But how familiar are you with the buildings that populate that skyline? How many of them have you ever been inside? Do you know who designed them. Or their history? Thanks to Bonnie Baxter, you have an opportunity to get to know better the iconic buildings in Pittsburgh.

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Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

  By Raquel Issenberg   When Michael Bonaventura arrived in Pittsburgh in 1983, the city’s steel industry had bottom out, but Michael’s life was on the rise. He had come here to purse two dreams: marrying his beautiful Pittsburgh fiancée, Antoinette, and becoming a well-respected chef. Happily, both of those dreams have come true. Michael married Antoinette, and they are the owners of the renowned

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Lee Terbosic Interview

Lee Terbosic Interview

Recently, Popular Pittsburgh chatted with Lee Terbosic, a nationally touring magician and comedian. A Pittsburgh native, Mr. Terbosic, 34, will put the city in the spotlight November 6th, when he attempts “Houdini 100.” At noon, while dangling upside-down high above the corner of Liberty Avenue and Wood Street in a straitjacket, he will attempt to undo himself in a death-defying feat of magic that has

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Pittsburgh Startup ModCloth: Turning the Women’s Retail Clothing World Inside Out

Pittsburgh Startup ModCloth: Turning the Women’s Retail Clothing World Inside Out

When Susan Gregg Koger was in high school, she had no clue that her penchant for vintage clothing would lead to founding one of the nation’s fastest growing retailers. The Florida native came to Pittsburgh in 2002 along with her then boyfriend Eric Koger (now her husband) to attend Carnegie Mellon University. The Floridians’ need for warm winter clothing led them to thrift stores, where

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Bill Strickland – The Solution Man

Pittsburgh Profiles: Bill Strickland - The Solution Man

“You’ve got to look like the solution, not the problem,” said Bill Strickland at a 2002 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference in Monterey, California. For nearly 50 years, Pittsburgh native Bill Strickland has been applying his simple solution to help at-risk kids, single parents, and displaced workers visualize and achieve their dreams. According to Strickland: You solve problems by creating a world-class environment because people

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Rick Sebak – Pittsburgh’s Scrapbooker Extraordinaire

Pittsburgh Profiles: Rick Sebak - Pittsburgh’s Scrapbooker Extraordinaire

Watching a Rick Sebak show is like visiting your grandparents’ attic with your kindly, cool uncle. As he dusts off and opens the boxes and trunks, he gives you a little history, unearths some long-forgotten treasures, tells some great stories, and stumbles across some surprises.  And in the process, you also learn a bit about yourself. Described by some as a national treasure, a visionary

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CME Websites: Keeping Alert for the Next Opportunity

CME Websites: Keeping Alert for the Next Opportunity

One idea of entrepreneurial success is the man or woman with a vision who introduces a new product or service and achieves fame and prosperity. Another, and more practical approach, is simply to listen and watch for opportunities in your own business environment.  At CME Websites {Code Media Essentials}, our company growth has been fueled far more by “paying attention” than by innovative brilliance. CME actually began

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