Rebecca Harris http://wesa.fm en The Business of Summer Camp, from Architecture to Arts & Crafts http://wesa.fm/post/business-summer-camp-architecture-arts-crafts <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">While winter is hardly a distant memory, it’s time to start making summer plans. If summer camp is in your child’s future, contributor Rebecca Harris says now is the time to sign-up. This week she focused on</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> the business of summer camps.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">More than six million children attend summer camps each year, and there are many different options. There are day camps, sleep away camps and even summer camps for adults. Rebecca has suggested just a few to check out before sessions fill up.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:30:09 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27610 at http://wesa.fm The Business of Summer Camp, from Architecture to Arts & Crafts Take A Trip To Canada, In Downtown Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/take-trip-canada-downtown-pittsburgh <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week our neighbors to the north – Canada - will be celebrated in Pittsburgh via a temporary Canadian consulate. Canada is Pennsylvania’s largest trading partner and export market, receiving 30 percent of the state’s foreign-bound goods. This week contributor Rebecca Harris&nbsp;looked at the state’s business connections to Canada.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:04:55 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27216 at http://wesa.fm Take A Trip To Canada, In Downtown Pittsburgh Corporate April Fool's Jokes Going Viral http://wesa.fm/post/corporate-april-fools-jokes-going-viral <p>Cheetos perfume, Taco Bell purchasing the Liberty Bell and American Beagle dogwear.</p><p>They’re all examples of corporations getting into to spirit of April Fool's. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of April Fools.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:33:04 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26850 at http://wesa.fm How Pittsburgh Organizations Are Bringing Hollywood To The Steel City http://wesa.fm/post/how-pittsburgh-organizations-are-bringing-hollywood-steel-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From film festivals, to movies and TV shows, Pittsburgh has become one of Hollywood's leading locations for motion picture and television production. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week contributor&nbsp;Rebecca Harris&nbsp;looked at the business of filmmaking in the Steel City.</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:33:45 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26445 at http://wesa.fm How Pittsburgh Organizations Are Bringing Hollywood To The Steel City The Business of French Products http://wesa.fm/post/business-french-products <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, contributor&nbsp;Rebecca Harris&nbsp;looked at the connection French businesses and products have to our commercial sector.</span></p><p>France is the sixth largest foreign investor in the Pittsburgh region, with 27 French-owned companies that operate about 50 establishments in the area.</p><p>Here are some Pittsburgh businesses with a French connection: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:31:24 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26066 at http://wesa.fm The Business of French Products The Business of Gluten Free http://wesa.fm/post/business-gluten-free <p>One of the newest food trends in recent years is an increase in gluten-free products. From grocers' shelves to bakeries, you're finding them everywhere. Contributor Rebecca Harris&nbsp;looks at gluten free products in this week's business segment.</p><p><a href="http://www.findmeglutenfree.com/">The market for gluten-free is growing</a>, and it took second place in Time Magazine’s top ten food trends in 2012.</p><p>The Girl Scouts have introduced a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie, and many people are just avoiding gluten in general. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:16:01 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24978 at http://wesa.fm The Business of Gluten Free The Good & The Bad for Businesses in the Winter http://wesa.fm/post/good-bad-businesses-winter <p>With the abundance of cold weather, there has been no shortage of news stories about the climate, energy issues and snow-related complications.</p><p>But in addition to an increase in coverage by media outlets, many businesses that <a href="http://www.saltinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/economic-costs-of-snowstorms.pdf">sell winter items</a> and services are seeing a big boom in revenue. While others may see a decrease in earnings as a result of the unsettling weather.</p><p>Business contributor Rebecca Harris divides the good from the bad and shares the implications of a long winter.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:49:14 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24604 at http://wesa.fm The Good & The Bad for Businesses in the Winter Candies and Flowers and Cards--Oh My! http://wesa.fm/post/candies-and-flowers-and-cards-oh-my <p>Shopping bags will overflow with candy, cards, flowers and jewelry this Friday as Valentine’s Day approaches.</p><p>The holiday was <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day#Historical_facts">originally</a> associated with traditional romantic love in the Middle Ages, but became commercial in the early 18th century when lovers began giving gifts and making each other cards.</p><p>Rebecca Harris, Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, shares some of the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/13/living/valentines-day-statistics-btn/">numbers </a>that will be seen this Friday.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:57:54 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24252 at http://wesa.fm Candies and Flowers and Cards--Oh My! The Business of the Winter Olympics http://wesa.fm/post/business-winter-olympics <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The 2014 Winter Olympics open this Friday. While they are taking place a world away, how will they impact local businesses? We posed that question to our contributor Rebecca Harris</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p><font color="#333333" face="Georgia, Times, serif"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">There are seven Pittsburgh Penguins headed to&nbsp; the Olympics, along with bobsledder&nbsp;Lauryn Williams and a local Pittsburgh nurse going to provide medical care, so Pittsburgh will be well represented in Sochi.</span></font></p><p><font color="#333333" face="Georgia, Times, serif"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">While airlines and travel agents are booking low numbers of trips to Sochi, local advertising sales are up because of the large amount of TV viewing and streaming that <a href="http://www.nbcolympics.com/video">NBC </a>will be offering during the games.</span></font> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:56:19 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23885 at http://wesa.fm The Business of the Winter Olympics Super Bowl Viewers to Order 1.23 Billion Chicken Wings http://wesa.fm/post/super-bowl-viewers-order-123-billion-chicken-wings <p>While the beloved Steelers won’t be playing in this year’s Super Bowl, residents of the City of Champions <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2014/01/18/Pittsburgh-is-still-a-football-town-even-when-the-Steelers-aren-t-playing/stories/201401180052#ixzz2r4FAxdqI">still enjoy </a>watching the annual football game.</p><p>As one of the largest watched TV broadcasts each year, the economic impact of the football game reaches all facets of the tradition.</p><p>Super Bowl revenue includes everything from commercial payments to transportation and restaurant packages. This year<a href="http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/48"> the game</a> will be played on February 2nd&nbsp;at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.</p><p><strong>Rebecca Harris</strong>, business contributor and Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University explains that this game will be a first for shared hosting by New Jersey and New York, as well as the first time the game will be played outdoors in cold weather conditions.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:29:49 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23493 at http://wesa.fm Super Bowl Viewers to Order 1.23 Billion Chicken Wings Why Today is a Good Day to Buy a Convertible http://wesa.fm/post/why-today-good-day-buy-convertible <p>One thing you couldn’t escape during the holiday season were year end close out deals enticing you to purchase a new car. But, when is the best time to buy a <a href="https://www.usaa.com/inet/pages/advice-auto-buynewcar?akredirect=true">new car</a>?</p><p>Should you buy American or foreign, new or used? This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the <a href="http://www.nada.org/NR/rdonlyres/F250B7BA-1140-44B8-87DB-73A1610C0DDA/0/2012Pennsylvania.pdf">business </a>of car buying.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:16:50 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23139 at http://wesa.fm Why Today is a Good Day to Buy a Convertible The Business and Popularity of Knitting http://wesa.fm/post/business-and-popularity-knitting <p>Whether its mittens, afghans or sweaters, knitting has made a comeback in recent years. Young and old are spinning yarns and contributor Rebecca Harris, has been looking at the business of <a href="http://www.knittinguniverse.com/stitches/">knitting</a>.</p><p>She finds that while many think of knitting as something for the old, an increasing number of young people are taking the time to learn to spin yarn as a means of building <a href="http://knitthebridge.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/yarn-bombing-fiber-installations-from-around-the-world/">communities</a>.</p><p>Many of the <a href="http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-places-for-knitting-in-pittsburgh/">stores </a>that sell yarn and supplies have a large part in this trend.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:12:31 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22823 at http://wesa.fm The Business and Popularity of Knitting The Business of Outdoor Winter Recreation http://wesa.fm/post/business-outdoor-winter-recreation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that the holidays are over there are plenty of long gray days ahead.</span></p><p>Rather than give in to cabin fever, strap on some skis or snowshoes, get outdoors and enjoy the white stuff!</p><p>Business contributor Rebecca Harris has been looking at the business of winter recreation and shares some interesting info about the profitability of the <a href="http://www.nsaa.org/about-us/">ski industry</a>, how resorts are <a href="http://www.nsaa.org/environment/">focusing on sustainability</a>, and some <a href="http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/guide/pittsburgh-winter-fun/">local ideas </a>for a snow day. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:47:20 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22476 at http://wesa.fm The Business of Outdoor Winter Recreation Namaste and the Business of Yoga in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/namaste-and-business-yoga-pittsburgh <p>From the downward sun salutation, to the archer, yoga enthusiasts are striking poses across the country. And yoga studios are springing up everywhere.</p><p>According to business contributor <a href="http://www.chatham.edu/cwe/">Rebecca Harris</a>, the classic techniques of yoga date back more than 5 thousand years, and come from a desire to develop greater personal freedom, health, and self understanding. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:09:09 +0000 Heather McClain 21549 at http://wesa.fm Namaste and the Business of Yoga in Pittsburgh Rebecca Harris Travels to Washington With a Focus on Small Business http://wesa.fm/post/rebecca-harris-travels-washington-focus-small-business <p>The bad weather currently blanketing the northeast did not keep our intrepid business contributor, Rebecca Harris from making it to the nation's capital Monday. &nbsp;She sat on a business roundtable at the White House which focused on the government's interest in local businesses.&nbsp;</p><p>Harris received the invitation from Sam&nbsp;Brown, Director of the White House Business Council, a part of the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/engage/office">Office of Public Engagement</a> and Intergovernmental Affairs. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:44:50 +0000 Nick Frost 21141 at http://wesa.fm Rebecca Harris Travels to Washington With a Focus on Small Business Millennials Driving the Business of Tattoos http://wesa.fm/post/millennials-driving-business-tattoos <p>Tattoos were once the domain of sailors and bad guys in movies and television. Over the past two decades the art of inking has increased.</p><p>Tattoo parlors are <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/neighborhoods-city/2013/09/15/Steel-City-Tattoo-convention-leaves-its-mark-on-Pittsburgh/stories/201309150235">everywhere</a> and they’ve achieved the ultimate pop culture status of reality shows devoted to the craft.</p><p>Business contributor Rebecca Harris says Millennials are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/01/16/generation-y-tattoos-toronto_n_2439295.html">driving </a>the trend. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:06:55 +0000 Katherine Blackley 20744 at http://wesa.fm Millennials Driving the Business of Tattoos Millennials Return Home: The Business of the Boomerang http://wesa.fm/post/millennials-return-home-business-boomerang <p></p><p>As Thomas Wolfe famously stated, “You can’t go home again.” Yet millennials in Pittsburgh aren’t taking heed.</p><p>Along with Cleveland and Albuquerque, Pittsburgh was recently listed in <a href="http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2013/11/where-millennials-can-make-it-now/7454/">an article</a> by The Atlantic as a town luring back its townies.</p><p>Business contributor Rebecca Harris comments on this trend and how it can affect the city’s demographics and economy.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:35:33 +0000 Katherine Blackley 20447 at http://wesa.fm Millennials Return Home: The Business of the Boomerang Trend Shows More Shelter Animals Find Homes http://wesa.fm/post/trend-shows-more-shelter-animals-find-homes <p>Lost and stray animals are finding their way to <a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/adopt/tips/top_reasons_adopt.htm">better homes</a>, according to a recent trend at animal shelters.</p><p>According to business contributor Rebecca Harris of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, fewer pets are landing in animal shelters and the number of <a href="http://www.border-wars.com/2012/06/now-only-2-of-dogs-die-in-shelters.html">euthanized </a>dogs and cats has decreased. What has emerged is a trend toward adopting these unwanted animals, instead of going to a pet shop or breeder.</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:36:39 +0000 Katherine Blackley 19690 at http://wesa.fm Trend Shows More Shelter Animals Find Homes TV Program Shows How to START UP a Company http://wesa.fm/post/tv-program-shows-how-start-company <p>Many Americans dream of owning their own business, but too often statistics and a fearful economy stop their progress- not Gary Bredow.</p><p>He started his own production company after quitting his desk job and he now hosts the public television program, <a href="http://startup-usa.com">START UP</a>, where he talks with American entrepreneurs.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:08:57 +0000 Katherine Blackley 19318 at http://wesa.fm TV Program Shows How to START UP a Company Pittsburgh International Airport Has Steady Growth Without Being a Hub http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-international-airport-has-steady-growth-without-being-hub <p>While we're no longer a US Airways hub, the Allegheny County Airport Authority continues to bring new development and flight routes to the Pittsburgh International Airport.</p><p>Through internal modifications and innovative marketing and promotional strategies, the Airport Authority has managed to maintain a positive impression and steady growth.</p><p>“Pittsburgh is always on the top of the list when airlines need to land or take off in an emergency…from hurricanes to blizzards,” says Rebecca Harris, Director of the <a href="http://www.chatham.edu/cwe/">Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University</a>. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:31:48 +0000 Katie Blackley 18932 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh International Airport Has Steady Growth Without Being a Hub Temporary Art Installations Boost Economy http://wesa.fm/post/temporary-art-installations-boost-economy <p>Temporary art installations are all the rage—while they’re around. This past summer Pittsburgh has seen a host of exhibits including the “yarn-bombing” of the Andy Warhol Bridge and, of course, the Rubber Duck Project.</p><p>Business contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the economic impact of these visiting art projects.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:40:39 +0000 Katherine Blackley 18552 at http://wesa.fm Temporary Art Installations Boost Economy Hauntrepreneurs Thrive in Halloween Season http://wesa.fm/post/hauntrepreneurs-thrive-halloween-season <p>Fear and fright have become big business.&nbsp; Young “<a href="http://www.hauntrepreneurs.com/">hauntreprenuer</a>s” thrive during the Halloween season by enticing thrill-seekers to commercial <a href="http://www.hauntedhouse.com/search/Haunted_Attraction_Directory/_USA_,040All_50_States,041/Pennsylvania/">Haunted Houses</a> and families to <a href="http://www.thundertix.com/tours/ghost-tours-are-scary-big-business/">Halloween attractions</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Business contributor Rebecca Harris says the Halloween attraction industry appeals to 18-34 year olds looking for a fright and the big corporation looking to grab the young market.</p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:21:44 +0000 Katherine Blackley 18173 at http://wesa.fm Hauntrepreneurs Thrive in Halloween Season The Business of Pharmacies Expand & Evolve http://wesa.fm/post/business-pharmacies-expand-evolve <p></p><p>No longer are pharmacies the corner soda shop drug stores of the past.</p><p>Modern pharmacies and drug store chains have <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fdrugstorenews.com%2Farticle%2Fpharmacy-trends-and-outlook-2013&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFfU_nvF0ejbIrre1eguhmrVsaqGg">expanded</a> their role from prescription outlets to alternative venues for medical treatment.</p><p>According to business contributor <a href="http://www.chatham.edu/cwe/">Rebecca Harris</a>, many drug stores are going <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fstream.wsj.com%2Fstory%2Flatest-headlines%2FSS-2-63399%2FSS-2-180298%2F&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNH9C_LYYgg6it4yhMk9wF2pvXZxHw">above</a> and beyond their traditional roles by offering immunizations and flu shots for all ages throughout the year. She says because they deal with prescriptions daily, pharmacists often know more about the latest medical trends than doctors and can be a valuable partner for consumer health.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:09:54 +0000 Katherine Blackley 17070 at http://wesa.fm The Business of Pharmacies Expand & Evolve Hispanic Business Contribution in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/hispanic-business-contribution-pittsburgh <p>As the <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hispanicheritagemonth.org%2F&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNH7cSBreDACf2OQ_Uoig7FbeGQHOA">Hispanic</a> population in the Pittsburgh region grows, businesses touting authentic Latin food are flourishing.</p><p>These stores bring culture and exposure to the region, says business contributor Rebecca Harris, Director of the <a href="http://www.chatham.edu/cwe/">Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University</a>.</p><p>They’re also providing <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/grocery-with-latin-touch-opens-in-beechview-703141/">area grocery stores</a> with Latin American and Mexican items to fill the ever-increasing demand.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:52:07 +0000 Katherine Blackley 16692 at http://wesa.fm Hispanic Business Contribution in Pittsburgh The Diet Industry is Big Business http://wesa.fm/post/diet-industry-big-business <p>As obesity rates rise in the United States, so too do the amount of citizens <a href="http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/4/prweb10629316.htm">annually</a> attempting to diet. Rebecca Harris, Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, says <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/100-million-dieters-20-billion-weight-loss-industry/story?id=16297197">studies</a> show at any one time, America has an estimated 108 million people on diets.</p><p>She notes that most are women, most make four or five attempts per year to diet and an overwhelming majority are trying to <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/exercise-weight-control">lose weight</a> by themselves, without a plan or program.</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:38:03 +0000 Katherine Blackley 15903 at http://wesa.fm The Diet Industry is Big Business