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Employee Wellness Pays Dividends

The business world has come a long way since 1843 when Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in which Scrooge’s clerk, Bob Cratchit, had to plead for coal to heat his office and a day to spend Christmas with his family. Instead of considering his employee’s health, Scrooge’s focus was on the bottom line, until he was visited by those ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, which set him on an altruistic path.

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A Tourist TreasureDickinson Area EDA

A Tourist Treasure

Dickinson Area EDA

In 2021, Business in Focus reported on the economic opportunities that abound in the Dickinson area, a micropolitan region in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This month, we sat down with community leaders within the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance (DAEDA) to learn about the region’s thriving tourism industry.

Renewing the Past and Embracing the NewAtlantic City, New Jersey

Renewing the Past and Embracing the New

Atlantic City, New Jersey

The biggest Atlantic hurricane on record by diameter, Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey’s Atlantic City in late October 2012 with winds of up to 91 miles per hour. By the time it was over, lives had been lost, homes and businesses destroyed, and Atlantic City’s legendary boardwalk, with its roots going back to 1870, was ruined.

America’s Nature PlaygroundSweetwater County, Wyoming

America’s Nature Playground

Sweetwater County, Wyoming

Business in Focus is visiting Sweetwater County, Wyoming once again. After reporting on the area’s major mining and industrial projects and highlighting the county’s burgeoning economic opportunities, we sat back down with community leaders to focus on the positive impact and increasing potential that tourism has within the region.

Innovation, Sustainability, and Customer CareESBE Scientific

Innovation, Sustainability, and Customer Care

ESBE Scientific

Since its founding in 1968 as a clinical laboratory supplies distributor for the Southern Ontario market, ESBE Scientific has expanded steadily and significantly and is widely known as one of the largest 100 percent Canadian-owned distributors serving the clinical, research, industrial, and biotechnology laboratories.

Stronger TogetherSamuel Automation Solutions Group

Stronger Together

Samuel Automation Solutions Group

Things are booming at Samuel Automation Solutions Group (Samuel ASG) of Waterloo, Ontario. “We’ve gotten stronger. We have a greater reach and expertise. Being part of a much larger organization demonstrates stability that the smaller independents don’t always have,” states President Robert Lague.

New Products, New Ownership for This Family FirmPeninsula Plastics

New Products, New Ownership for This Family Firm

Peninsula Plastics

Big changes have taken place at Peninsula Plastics Ltd., a start-to-finish custom injection moulding company in Fort Erie, Ontario, since it was profiled in February 2021’s Resource in Focus magazine. There has been a change of ownership in this family firm and some exciting new products—including a cutting-edge plastic garbage can.

High Performance3DXTECH

High Performance


The story of 3DXTECH began when, after thirty years of working for global leaders in the high-performance plastics and composites industry, the emerging technology of three-dimensional (3D) printing caught Matt Howlett’s eye. He bought a 3D printer, quickly recognized the untapped potential, and launched 3DXTECH in 2014

People, Planet, ProfitThe Triple Bottom Line

People, Planet, Profit

The Triple Bottom Line

According to the Triple Bottom Line (TBL), businesses must commit to social and environmental concerns in equal measure to their commitment to profits. In other words, there isn’t just one bottom line; there are three: people, planet, and profit. In fact, the theory maintains that if a company only focuses on its earnings, without regard to the social and environmental impact, then it is impossible to gather a full and accurate cost of doing business.

Making Their MarkEntrepreneurship Among Women Veterans

Making Their Mark

Entrepreneurship Among Women Veterans

The United States is home to more than 2 million women veterans—and this number is on the rise. In 2000, women veterans made up just four percent of the veteran population, but that figure is predicted to make a dramatic leap to 18 percent by 2040, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Arizona’s Expansive FrontierMaricopa Economic Development Alliance

Arizona’s Expansive Frontier

Maricopa Economic Development Alliance

Maricopa, Arizona is enjoying remarkable growth as newcomers are drawn to the community’s economic opportunity, exceptional diversity, quality of life, and affordability, which make the city an attractive alternative to nearby Phoenix. Since 2000, Maricopa’s population has skyrocketed from approximately 1,200 people to 75,000. Just two decades ago, “We were nothing but farmland,” says Christian Price, the former Maricopa mayor and current President and CEO of the Maricopa Economic Development Alliance (MEDA).

Celebrating a Decade of People-Led SuccessVector Controls and Automation Group

Celebrating a Decade of People-Led Success

Vector Controls and Automation Group

Vector Controls and Automation Group (Vector CAG) is an established representative, distributor, service and solution partner for several manufacturers. The company was born on March 6, 2013 from a concept that took two years to fully realize after President and Managing Partner Jared Boudreaux, having worked for Endress+Hauser, working with their leadership and consultants to consolidate representatives in the market and geography.

Supporting Women in ITUniversal Technologies

Supporting Women in IT

Universal Technologies

Universal Technologies is a woman-owned IT consulting firm focused on servicing the government sector, primarily in New York City. The company provides projects, personnel, and solutions to deliver well-designed, well-managed, secure, and stable infrastructure and computing environments. This wide range of services and products covers everything from individual jobs to enterprise-wide solutions.


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