Rebecca Harris http://wesa.fm en How the Business of Weddings is Changing with the Times http://wesa.fm/post/how-business-weddings-changing-times <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From bridal shops to reception venues and more, <a href="http://www.bridalassociationofamerica.com/">weddings are big business</a>. Whether you’re part of the wedding party or simply attending the event you can expect to shell out some serious coin.</span></p><p>Business contributor Rebecca Harris revealed some facts that show weddings are changing.</p><p>One of Harris's discoveries was that June and September are now the most popular months for marriage.</p><p>"15% of US weddings take place in each of those months. It used to be summer time but as you can see from a day like today, people are really selecting to get married in cooler months."</p><p>The cost for weddings is also at a record high as Harris reported the average cost of a wedding in the United States is $30,000. With these rising costs the wedding business now makes up $40 billion of the economy.</p><p>Among other changes are the ages of the people getting married. The average age of a bride is 29 while the average age of a groom is 31 and Harris noted, "It used to be much younger."</p><p>Another major change is the increase of destination weddings, which now make up 24% of all weddings. But as Paul Guggenheimer pointed out this increase in destination weddings means a higher cost for the guests.</p><p><strong>Check out these websites and ideas for keeping wedding plans local:</strong> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:35:41 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33020 at http://wesa.fm How the Business of Weddings is Changing with the Times The Business of Breakfast (Why It's The Most Important Meal) http://wesa.fm/post/business-breakfast-why-its-most-important-meal <p>Breakfast is, as the saying goes, "the most important meal of the day," and businesses are really catching on.</p><p>Taco Bell has recently begun to offer breakfast choices, joining a long list of restaurants that seek to help you start your day in a tasty, if not exactly healthy way.</p><p>Business contributor, Rebecca Harris has some statistics that may make you, and food businesses, think twice about skipping breakfast. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:43:48 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32260 at http://wesa.fm The Business of Breakfast (Why It's The Most Important Meal) The Business of the Barbecue (And Grilling) http://wesa.fm/post/business-barbecue-and-grilling <p>This Friday is July 4th, and to commemorate the nation’s 238th birthday people across the country will march in parades, watch fireworks and, of course, fire up the grill.</p><p>Tons of hot dogs, burgers, steaks, and propane will be sold in the lead up to Independence Day, <a href="http://businessclarksville.com/news/june-and-july-are-peak-months-for-summer-grilling-accidents/2014/05/15/63074">the biggest grilling day of the year</a>. So it seemed to be an appropriate time to discuss the business of grilling with contributor Rebecca Harris.</p><p>Harris says that even though humans have been cooking meat for hundreds of thousands of years, backyard grilling didn’t truly become popular <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/a-brief-history-of-grilling.html?oc=linkback">until the 1950’s</a>. The sudden increase in popularity was spurred by the creation of suburbs, and the creation of the backyard grill. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:26:43 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31890 at http://wesa.fm The Business of the Barbecue (And Grilling) The Business of Soccer http://wesa.fm/post/business-soccer <p>Arguably the biggest sporting event in the world is currently taking place down in Brazil. The World Cup draws big numbers of television viewers across the planet, making it a great opportunity for companies looking to get their brand in front of a global market. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of soccer.</p><p>“It’s a widely viewed sport. It has a cumulative audience, in the 2006 figures that we looked at, 26 billion people watched it over a course of a month, with an estimated 715 million people watching the final match, which is 1/9 of the entire world’s population. When we talk about those numbers, automatically that translates into television advertising, sports apparel sponsorship, infrastructure building in the host country, think about what's been built in Brazil alone, it’s just remarkable. So this really is big business.” Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:04:17 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31488 at http://wesa.fm The Business of Soccer Keeping the Business of Invention Alive in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/keeping-business-invention-alive-pittsburgh <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Inventors across the globe believe they’ve just created the Next Big Thing when they unveil their inventions, but few of these inventions are put into wide scale production and fewer still become the big thing their creators envisioned. The long odds do not discourage these inventors, and a sizeable amount of them will convene in Pittsburgh next week for the </span><a href="http://www.inpex.com/attend-inpex.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">Invention &amp; New Product Exposition (INPEX)</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Business contributor Rebecca Harris stopped by to talk about what it takes to get an idea off the drawing board and onto the shelves. Harris explained why Pittsburgh’s culture of innovation makes it ideal for hosting INPEX.</p><p>“There is so much going on from technology to robotics to regular innovations and inventions. When you think of things like <a href="http://www.4moms.com/">4moms</a> ... a lot of what they build is technology based on robotics ... and we’re also looking at also some inventions here in Pittsburgh helping to increase <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/innovation/2013/01/a-look-inside-threerivers-3d-the.html">high-performance, high-quality 3D scanners </a>at a fraction of the cost, and certainly so many inventions and patents are coming out of our universities every day, it’s quite remarkable.”</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:34:52 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30668 at http://wesa.fm Is Social Media Hindering the Business of Golf? http://wesa.fm/post/social-media-hindering-business-golf <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Golf has been described as a “good walk spoiled.” </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The rise of Tiger Woods brought an increased interest in the sport along with a new generation of fans in the early part of the century. However, recent stories from </span><a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/06/sport/golf/golf-economy-obama-fedex/" style="line-height: 1.5;">CNN</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-23/golf-market-stuck-in-bunker-as-thousands-leave-the-sport.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bloomberg news</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> report a declining interest in the game. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Business contributor Rebecca Harris, director of the <a href="http://www.chatham.edu/cwe/">Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship</a> at Chatham University, looks at the business of golf.</span></p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.ngf.org/">National Golf Foundation</a>, more than 400,000 players, mostly men, left the sport last year. This may be attributed to the wicked winter weather on the east coast delaying the start of the game.</p><p>Golf club and gear sales also declined due to the new technology being phased into the sport, which older players may be slower to pick up. But Harris believes that another form of technology has had a negative effect on the sport as well.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:04:56 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30305 at http://wesa.fm Is Social Media Hindering the Business of Golf? Pittsburgh's Summer of Festivals Brings Big Business http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-summer-festivals-brings-big-business <p></p><p>Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summer season.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Pittsburgh, no matter where you go there will be festivals a plenty, celebrating everything from ice cream to the arts.</span></p><p>Business contributor&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rebecca Harris</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;looked at the economic impact of these festivals citywide, especially when it comes to the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> diversity of events.</span></p><p>“Everything from huge outdoor concerts, to massive fairs, to small outdoor events, to cinema in the parks, to&nbsp;neighborhood festivals. There's really just about something for everybody."</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 19:52:44 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 29916 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Summer of Festivals Brings Big Business Exploring Pittsburgh's Forms of Alternative Transportation http://wesa.fm/post/exploring-pittsburghs-forms-alternative-transportation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to a</span><a href="http://www.census.gov/" style="line-height: 1.5;"> Census</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> report released last week, Pittsburgh ranks third among large cities with commuters walking to work. As residents of cities look for alternative transportation the reasons they cite include convenience, affordability and environmental awareness.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.chatham.edu/about/spotlight/women/rebeccaharris.cfm" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">Rebecca Harris</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, &nbsp;gridlock on Pennsylvania roads costs commuters “billions in terms of time lost at work as well as increased gasoline expenses.”&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:08:58 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 29540 at http://wesa.fm Exploring Pittsburgh's Forms of Alternative Transportation A Week-Long Celebration of Small Businesses http://wesa.fm/post/week-long-celebration-small-businesses <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week is <a href="http://www.sba.gov/nsbw/about">National Small Business Week</a>.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rebecca Harris, Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, discussed the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">week-long</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;celebration.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She explained that more than half of all Americans either own or work for a small business, and each year these businesses create two out of every three new jobs in the United States.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“[This week] is really designed to recognize the nation’s top businesses, the entrepreneurs,and really the business advocates. There are a number of activities; there are panel discussions, there are forums, there are workshops, there are webinars,” Harris said. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It’s a big, big venture and it culminates with the naming of the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/06/17/50-years-national-small-business-week">Small Businessperson of the Year in Washington D.C.</a> at the end of the week.”&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 20:43:16 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 29152 at http://wesa.fm A Week-Long Celebration of Small Businesses From Politics to Consumerism, The Business of Mother's Day http://wesa.fm/post/politics-consumerism-business-mothers-day <p></p><p><a href="http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mothers-day" style="line-height: 1.5;">Celebrations of mothers and motherhood</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and </span>Cybele<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>This year marks the 100th anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s presidential decree that made Mother’s Day a national holiday, and in that time it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending in the United States and around the globe.</p><p>Business contributor Rebecca Harris points out that Mother’s Day was not always about gift-giving.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 20:08:05 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28788 at http://wesa.fm From Politics to Consumerism, The Business of Mother's Day Businesses Based on Recycling http://wesa.fm/post/businesses-based-recycling <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that Spring is here households and businesses are no doubt doing some Spring cleaning. But if you want to help the environment or earn some additional cash, where and how do you recycle some of the items you're discarding? This week contributor Rebecca Harris looked at the business of recycling.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Recycling is now mandatory in residences, businesses, offices and institutions in Pittsburgh, so these companies have become more important in the city. The average American generates 4.6 pounds of garbage per day, and only recycle a pound and a half.</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:02:14 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28395 at http://wesa.fm Businesses Based on Recycling Celebrating Earth Day In Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/celebrating-earth-day-pittsburgh-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Virtual Earth Day</strong></p><p>A virtual Earth Day party takes place this week. One of the highlights will be a new environmental music video on how consumers can save money and energy. The video even features a cameo from Mayor Peduto. We got details on the video and event from Joylette Portlock, President of Communitopia&nbsp;and creator of the <em><a href="http://www.dosomethingaboutclimate.com/">Don't Just Sit There, Do Something About Climate Change</a></em> web series.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:56:47 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27998 at http://wesa.fm Celebrating Earth Day In Pittsburgh 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