NY to Host International Franchise Expo

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NEW YORK — Aspiring entrepreneurs ready to get on the fast track to business ownership will have a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with executives from more than 400 proven franchise brands at the International Franchise Expo (IFE). The Javits Center in New York City will become the epicenter of business opportunities from June 15-17. …

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Mastercard Will Let You Pay at Vending Machines With App

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Mastercard hopes to make creased dollar bills and spare coins a thing of the past at vending machines next month. Through a partnership with PayRange, maker of the world’s simplest mobile payment solution for machines, consumers can buy beverages and snacks with its Masterpass app at vending machines across 300 cities in the United States …

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Alcoa to Move Headquarters to Pittsburgh

NEW YORK — Alcoa Corporation plans to move its NY headquarters to Pittsburgh and consolidate administrative locations around the globe as it looks to streamline and lower costs. The company is a global leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminum products. It split into two companies — Alcoa and Arconic — last November. Alcoa will close …

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Martha Stewart Launches Online Wine Shop

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NEW YORK — Home decorating expert Martha Stewart has launched her own wine shop in partnership with her marketing firm Sequential Brands Group and online retailer DRINKS.  Martha Stewart Wine Co. features a curated collection of wines, plus monthly wine club options and special occasion gift memberships, and is available at MarthaStewartWine.com. Wine lovers can …

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UPS to Offer Saturday Delivery in NY

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UPS, one of the nation’s leading package delivery services, will offer ground delivery and pickup on Saturdays for the first time starting in the NY metro area this month. The company is making the move to Saturday to capture more business from e-commerce companies and compete with the U.S. Postal Service, which has always been …

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Sotheby’s Expands Partnership With Invaluable

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NEW YORK — Sotheby’s has agreed to a multi-year extension of its partnership with Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles. The new deal strengthens a relationship that has helped Sotheby’s increase the number of online bidders and buyers participating in its auctions. Rob Weisberg, CEO of Invaluable, said, “We’re …

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Albany Region to Get New Area Code

Upstate New York in the Albany area is getting a new area code this fall to accommodate growing cell phone usage. All customers within the existing 518 area code should begin preparing for the introduction of the new 838 area code and 10-digit dialing. The 518 area code covers Eastern NY south of Albany all …

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Forbes Releases 31st Billionaires Issue

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NEW YORK – A record 2,043 billionaires made Forbes magazine’s 31st annual ranking of the world’s billionaires. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, leads the list with $86 billion and President Donald Trump has a net worth of $3.5 billion according to the March 28, 2017 issue of Forbes magazine. To view the list, visit www.forbes.com/billionaires. …

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FreshDirect Expands to DC

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Online food retailer FreshDirect — based in Long Island City — is expanding its service to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area next month. FreshDirect will start delivering farm-fresh produce, high-quality meat, seafood, dairy, prepared meals, and grocery and household staples to the doors of residents living in D.C., Arlington and McLean, VA and Bethesda, MD …

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Accenture Releases Workforce Demographics

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NEW YORK –  Consulting firm Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has released the demographic makeup of its U.S. workforce for 2016, showing modest increases in these areas of diversity over 2015. The company also set a new goal to grow the percentage of its women in the U.S. from 36 percent to 40 percent by 2020. Accenture …

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Sotheby’s Opens Dubai Office and Gallery

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Sotheby’s, the New York-based fine art auction house, has officially opened Sotheby’s Dubai in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The new office and gallery space complements Sotheby’s existing network of offices across the region and will serve clients through an expanded program of year-round events, including …

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Urban-X Accelerator Launches in Brooklyn

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BROOKLYN — URBAN-X, an accelerator for startup ventures, has opened a new home within design space A/D/O in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. Founded by MINI with joint venture partner SOSV, URBAN-X is a venture accelerator that educates, invests in and advocates for startups shaping the future of cities through technology and design. “Cities are …

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IBM Teams Up With Salesforce

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) have formed a strategic partnership to deliver joint solutions designed to leverage artificial intelligence and enable companies to make smarter decisions, faster than ever before. With the partnership, IBM Watson, the leading AI platform for business, and Salesforce Einstein, AI that powers the world’s #1 CRM, will seamlessly connect to …

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