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About Hope Stephan

Hope Stephan is editor of the Central Penn Business Journal. Fast Forward is posted on Sundays to give you a jump on the week ahead.

Are you strategic about the future? You might want to think again

By Hope Stephan
August 1, 2014 11:04 AM

As the House and Senate wrangle over transportation funding, you have to wonder if the issue at hand – stop-gap funding to the states to keep current projects going – isn't blinding everyone to a bigger question. CONTINUE READING

How quickly the norm becomes obsolete

By Hope Stephan
July 25, 2014 02:14 PM

There it lay on my desk, unwanted, an alien thing that nobody was quite sure what to do with. CONTINUE READING

Millenials don't always deserve the bad press

By Hope Stephan
July 18, 2014 02:30 PM

Millennials sure took a beating in the media last week. What can we learn? CONTINUE READING


Rollup TVs, smartphones and other longish thoughts from this week

By Hope Stephan
July 11, 2014 02:14 PM

This was one of those weeks that could have been more focused. Instead of thinking about a few big ideas, I found myself trying to catch lots of little ones as they came pouring in, clamoring for attention. CONTINUE READING

'Experimenting' on customers is all part of business

By Hope Stephan
July 3, 2014 01:48 PM

As if we needed another reason to “unlike” Facebook, it gave us another last week. CONTINUE READING

When quitting is empowering

By Hope Stephan
June 27, 2014 01:56 PM

Last week, I wrote about the three most powerful words I know. CONTINUE READING

The three most powerful words

By Hope Stephan
June 20, 2014 03:05 PM

That massive, much-discussed tome on economics I planned to read on vacation? Haven’t so much as cracked it open. I was too busy. And once I got back, I reorganized two closets, went to a conference, weeded the flower beds, caught Gamut Theatre’s excellent annual Shakespeare in the Park production, rejuvenated my grill — and read a different kind of economics book. That one was fun, a word I don’t expect to apply to the other one. CONTINUE READING

A measle-y business problem

By Hope Stephan
June 13, 2014 02:34 PM

Here's the most interesting business-related information I came across in my daily strolls through the Internet – weeds and all – last week: CONTINUE READING

Offer your opinion on criminal record expungement bills

By Hope Stephan
June 6, 2014 01:38 PM

In Pennsylvania, if you have a criminal record, it's likely to stick to you forever, affecting your ability to find a job or decent housing, damaging your credit and otherwise preventing you from having a normal life. That's even if you never get into trouble again after a youthful misstep or were never convicted. CONTINUE READING

Practicality and dreaming big aren't mutually exclusive

By Hope Stephan
May 30, 2014 10:59 AM

Are you a dreamer or do you consider yourself a practical person? Do the two paths have to be separate or can imagination actually bring them together to accomplish great things? CONTINUE READING

Same-sex marriage ruling and your business

By Amy Gulli
May 23, 2014 01:50 PM

It's been the news of the week, and it will affect your business. CONTINUE READING

Bye-bye, bad reviews; hello, censorship

By Hope Stephan
May 16, 2014 10:55 AM

While a lot of people in the U.S. are fighting now to preserve net neutrality, not so many have noted a European Court of Justice ruling that could alter our Internet experience far more profoundly. What does it matter how fast our download speeds are if the information we're accessing has been censored? CONTINUE READING

Focusing on your employees' focus

By Hope Stephan
May 9, 2014 01:58 PM

I think I've got spring fever. And sports fever. And vacation-coming-up fever. CONTINUE READING

Piketty, Keynes – what else should I be reading?

By Hope Stephan
May 2, 2014 02:49 PM

Since this blog started a little more than a year ago, my goal has been to bring you items and ideas that might be of use in your business — or at least be mildly interesting. This week, I want to turn the tables. CONTINUE READING

Rush to judgment rarely beneficial

By Hope Stephan
April 25, 2014 03:35 PM

I wish I could be one of those people who immediately form a firm opinion when major news occurs. Or maybe I don't. CONTINUE READING

You're in the midst of change – do you see it?

By Hope Stephan
April 17, 2014 11:27 AM

On this day when so many of our readers are spending the day enjoying family and friends, I will be short and – I hope – sweet. CONTINUE READING

Mixing business with religion

By Amy Gulli
April 11, 2014 02:10 PM

“It's not personal; it's strictly business.” How many times have you heard or used that nugget of wisdom in your career? CONTINUE READING

Pennsylvania's brain drain outpaces its brain gain

By April 4, 2014 02:43 PM

Can you feel it – the mingled excitement and dread in the air? That’s the vibe of thousands of college students looking forward to graduation and striving to find a job. CONTINUE READING

Oculus Rift sale a lesson for investors, corporations and entrepreneurs

By Hope Stephan
March 28, 2014 10:39 AM

Read the fine print. Always good advice, but a reminder never hurts, especially in the era of anybody-can-publish-anything: Don't trust and always verify. CONTINUE READING

How do you view your business -- through a View-Master or an Oculus Rift?

By Hope Stephan
March 21, 2014 01:25 PM

Somewhere down in the basement, there's a box with a View-Master and dozens of photo reels, mostly of national parks and other places my parents either had visited or wanted to. Before I could read, I spent hours gazing at the “3-D” images created by the stereoscopic pairs of photos on the flat paper discs, feeling like I'd been transported into those far-away worlds. CONTINUE READING

Go ahead, baby boomers – do what you like

By Hope Stephan
March 14, 2014 02:36 PM

Last week in the New York Times, I read another of those “baby boomers are deluded” stories that I find increasingly annoying. You know – not savings enough for retirement, refusing to act their age, holding younger people back by clinging to their jobs, thinking it's all about them and so on. CONTINUE READING


Poll Question of the Week:

Does your business use temporary workers?

Burnin' up the Christmas Eve sky

By Joseph Deinlein
December 16, 2014 11:04 AM

Since Thursday is Christmas, and we're all in a fun and festive mood, I thought... CONTINUE READING

A novel way to look at your CPA

By Hope Stephan
December 19, 2014 10:45 AM

My mail at the office picks up this time of year, as greeting cards arrive from... CONTINUE READING

12 last-minute holiday wines for $12 or less

By Erica Reed
December 23, 2014 12:33 PM

Are you in search of a last-minute gift? Do you need to impress those... CONTINUE READING

Enjoy this time at 'home' with your family

By Jeff Geoghan
December 19, 2014 08:30 AM

We've been working on plans for next year's marketing, and once again I'm... CONTINUE READING

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