• Q&A: Jim Whalen, GemCity Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Biodegradable packaging firm lands two national contracts
  • Lance Armstrong’s doping admission stirs strong reactions
  • Venture capital funding in area fell to 16-year low
  • Harley-Davidson ‘Freedom Jacket’ making global journey to Milwaukee for 110th celebration
  • Greenberg Traurig sued by former partner for gender discrimination
  • Strong start for ABQ holiday shopping
  • Bad blood over zombie races ends up in Boston federal court
  • Rivals try to score points on Carmona’s Crowley joke, consultant’s ties to Romney
  • Nationwide study suggests manufacturing skills gap concerns ‘overblown’
Q&A: Jim Whalen, GemCity Engineering and Manufacturing

Q&A: Jim Whalen, GemCity Engineering and Manufacturing

With more than 75 years under its belt,GemCity Engineering and Manufacturinghas proven staying power. The Dayton-based contract manufacturer — which deals in medical implants, robots, automated equipment and other complex electromechanical products — is constantly pushing for diversification to remain relevant. Gem has 270 employees globally, including 110 locally, and...

Biodegradable packaging firm lands two national contracts

Biodegradable packaging firm lands two national contracts

Dayton area biodegradable food packaging products company has landed deals with two major national group purchasing organizations. Centerville-based BioGreenChoice was awarded contracts with: • Irving, Texas-based Novation, a health care supply chain and contracting company for the more than 65,000 members of VHA Inc., UHC and Provista LLC. Novation develops and...

Lance Armstrong’s doping admission stirs strong reactions

Lance Armstrong’s doping admission stirs strong reactions

Plano-native Lance Armstrong‘s “redemption” appearance on Oprah Winfrey‘s television network last night was, as predicted, an admission that he cheated to win seven Tours de France, lied for years about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, and trampled anyone who came forward with the truth as he made millions of dollars from his...

Venture capital funding in area fell to 16-year low

Venture capital funding in area fell to 16-year low

Venture capital funding in eastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware fell last year to its lowest level since 1996, according to the latest MoneyTree report, which came out Friday. Companies in what the report calls the Philadelphia Metro Area got $399 million in venture funding in 2012, down 13 percent...

Harley-Davidson ‘Freedom Jacket’ making global journey to Milwaukee for 110th celebration

Harley-Davidson ‘Freedom Jacket’ making global journey to Milwaukee for 110th celebration

It was born last August when a Chinese man painting road markers on the Tibetan Plateau was asked to paint something on a Harley-Davidson Inc. executive’s leather jacket to symbolize what the iconic Milwaukee motorcycle manufacturer means to him. The man painted the Chinese character for “freedom.” Now that jacket,...

Greenberg Traurig sued by former partner for gender discrimination

Greenberg Traurig sued by former partner for gender discrimination

Law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP is being sued by a former partner at the firm,Francine Griesing, who alleges that Greenberg Traurig officials denied her compensation, promotions and support accorded to other, less-productive partners – which Greenberg calls “shareholders.” Griesing’s lawsuit was filed by the plaintiffs’ law firm Sanford Heisler LLP in the...

Strong start for ABQ holiday shopping

Strong start for ABQ holiday shopping

The holiday shopping season got off to a robust start in Albuquerque over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend with Coronado Center, the state’s largest shopping center, reporting a nearly 10 percent sales increase from 2011. Nationally, consumers spent $59.1 billion over the weekend, a 13 percent increase over last year, according...

Bad blood over zombie races ends up in Boston federal court

Bad blood over zombie races ends up in Boston federal court

  Zombies sure can be scary. After all, who wouldn’t be frightened by reanimated corpses, roaming the streets to feast on hapless humans? But an event promoter in Amesbury claims another reason to be afraid of the walking dead: They can apparently cost you big money in lost business. At...

Rivals try to score points on Carmona’s Crowley joke, consultant’s ties to Romney

Rivals try to score points on Carmona’s Crowley joke, consultant’s ties to Romney

Democrats are trying to make some political hay out of embattled Arizona political consultant Nathan Sproul and his links to Mitt Romney, while Republicans are hoping to score points on U.S. Senate candidate Richard Carmona’s little joke saying KPNX-TV Channel 12’s Brahm Resnik was “prettier” than CNN reporter and recent presidential debate moderatorCandy Crowley. Carmona, a Democrat and...

Nationwide study suggests manufacturing skills gap concerns ‘overblown’

Nationwide study suggests manufacturing skills gap concerns ‘overblown’

The skills gap problem might not be as dire as many manufacturers and advocacy groups say, according to a new study from The Boston Consulting Group. The global management consulting firm’s research shows the United States has a shortage of 80,000 to 100,000 highly skilled manufacturing workers, which the group...

 

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Four Houstonians to be honored at Woodrow Wilson Awards

Four Houstonians to be honored at Woodrow Wilson Awards

Four prominent Houstonians will be honored next week for their public service at the 2013 Woodrow Wilson Awards at River Oaks Country Club. Washington, D.C.-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will present awards to Carol and Michael Linnand Sue and Lester Smith on March 21. The Linns will receive the Woodrow Wilson...

 
 

Majority of Texans support Medicaid expansion, survey says

Majority of Texans support Medicaid expansion, survey says

Three Houston-area lawmakers are spearheading legislation to make Texas schools safer. State Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, and State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, filed legislation Feb. 12 to give local parents and taxpayers choices to enhance safety and security at school campuses. The Texas School District Security Act would enable school districts...

 
 

Houston physicians respond to Dollars for Docs data

Houston physicians respond to Dollars for Docs data

From 2009 to 2012, 15 drug companies gave $2 billion to health care professionals nationwide, according to recently released data from ProPublica, an investigative, nonprofit journalism organization. In this week’s Houston Business Journal, I highlighted three pharmaceutical companies — New York City-based Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY) and GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK),...

 
 

Ultra Music Festival brings music, crowds, energy to downtown Miami – slideshow

Ultra Music Festival brings music, crowds, energy to downtown Miami – slideshow

Ultra Music Festival is mostly a giant party, but there are business benefits to having one of the world’s most successful music festivals in downtown Miami Yes the traffic is bad. Yes, some people do drugs and get crazy. But there’s also a lively energy bringing in hundreds of thousands...

 
 

Top 5: CardioKinetix’ $48M round topped last week’s fundings

Top 5: CardioKinetix’ $48M round topped last week’s fundings

CardioKinetix Inc. announced a $48 million funding on Thursday, the biggest round of last week in Silicon Valley. The Menlo Park company is developing a a catheter-based device for heart failure patients. The Business Journal updates new fundraising activity daily in The Funded, our searchable database, which can be found by clicking...

 
 

Blue Jeans Network VP: Telecommuting is here to stay, and always wear pants

Blue Jeans Network VP: Telecommuting is here to stay, and always wear pants

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has gotten everyone’s two cents regarding her decision to ditch telecommuting, fromRichard Branson to a moms organization. One of the more creative responses was from Blue Jean Networks, a video conferencing company that specializes in helping mobile workers communicate. Just yesterday the company redesigned its billboard on Highway 101 suggesting Mayer call them for...

 
 

5 takeaways from 3 of the Valley’s top commercial real estate dealmakers

5 takeaways from 3 of the Valley’s top commercial real estate dealmakers

Gather three of the Valley’s top commercial brokers in a room, ask them questions about the state of the market and predictions for the coming year, and you have a recipe for rapt attention. That was the case Monday at NAIOP Silicon Valley’s brokers panel, a lunchtime event that drew movers and...

 
 

New Menlo VC Venky Ganesan on idolizing Warren Buffett and avoiding ‘The Social Network’

New Menlo VC Venky Ganesan on idolizing Warren Buffett and avoiding ‘The Social Network’

Venky Ganesan is the newest managing director at Menlo Ventures, joining the firm after nearly 15 years at Globespan Capital Partners. Among his biggest recent successes at Globespan was investing early in Santa Clara-based Palo Alto Networks, which went public last year in a very successful IPO. Other big recent exits included several by...

 
 

5 hot startups, 3 updates and a surprise from Launch Festival

5 hot startups, 3 updates and a surprise from Launch Festival

The startup circus that is the annual Launch Festival has folded its tent and it will take a while to figure out whether any important new companies debuted there over the past few days. But there are always some interesting ideas, the chance to catch up on the progress of...

 
 

Sequestration could spur defense contractors out of Arizona for politically friendlier states

Sequestration could spur defense contractors out of Arizona for politically friendlier states

region’s top business recruiter believes sequestration-induced defense reductions could have a lasting negative impact on Arizona’s economy. But Greater Phoenix Economic Council CEO Barry Broome also sees the looming Pentagon cuts as a wake-up call for the region to look to other high-tech and high-wage sectors beyond the $711 billion U.S. military...