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Hospitality & Retail

Central Pa. projects receive millions in state grants

More than two dozen projects in Central Pennsylvania were awarded millions of dollars in matching grants from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), supporting both public and private construction and renovation projects across the state. The local grants are part of a broader package of grant awards $275 million for 214 projects statewide.

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Double-edged sword: Digital technology can help businesses – except when it doesn’t

A pair of chainwide cash register crashes at Target Corp. in June, right around the heavy-sales Father’s Day weekend, may have cost the national retailer $50 million to $100 million in lost sales, according to some analysts. The problems — one of which the company blamed on a “technology glitch,” while another was traced to a tech center run by NCR Corp. — were quickly corrected, but they also point to a deeper issue, said some local experts: Technology has helped to boost business productivity, but it’s also exposed companies to a host of challenges.

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Shipping out: After court ruling, Pa. distillers debate laws on interstate shipping

A recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision regarding residency requirements for liquor sales in Tennessee is giving hope to some Pennsylvania distillers, who see direct shipping of vodka, rum and gin as the future of their industry. Others, however, are more circumspect. Robert Cassell, president of the Pennsylvania Distillers Guild, said shipping spirits directly to consumers ...

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Lita Heckler: Taking the leap

After time off to recover from surgery led Lita Heckler to the realization that she didn't like her corporate job, she set out to start anew. In 2008, Heckler began working for Edible Arrangements and today operates three of the fruit arrangement franchises in the midstate.

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