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Websites – and the challenges they throw down – can help people reduce energy use

Websites – and the challenges they throw down – can help people reduce energy use

Whether it’s to reduce energy bills or to combat global warming, more people are turning to Web-based tools to track their energy consumption and associated carbon emissions. And companies like Carbonrally in Cambridge hope to turn that interest into a business. “I built the company with the idea that the Internet can connect people with […]

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When the company goes to the customer

When the company goes to the customer

Carolyn Labuda recently enjoyed her bachelorette party at home. The 27-year-old high school math teacher opted for a quiet afternoon with 11 friends instead of a night out on the town. Her guests couldn’t have been happier. Three technicians from Mobile Spa provided hot-stone and Swedish massages, manicures, and pedicures – transforming Labuda’s Lexington condominium […]

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Cosmetics firms heed calls for organics

Cosmetics firms heed calls for organics

Consumers who are vigilant about what they put into their bodies have proved they also care about what they put on them, making naturals and organics the fastest-growing segment of the cosmetics industry. According to Organic Monitor, a London consulting company, sales of natural and organic cosmetics are soaring, with revenues projected to approach $7 […]

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Different path to a new career

Different path to a new career

During one of his many shuttle flights between Boston and Manhattan, William W. Moyer wound up sitting with a few sportscasters from CBS. One of the men told Moyer he had a great voice and should consider doing voice-overs for television and radio. “I’d never heard the term,” said Moyer, 62, who’d spent 40 years […]

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Common needs spur growth in cohousing developments

Common needs spur growth in cohousing developments

For 39-year old Katherine Journeay of Marlborough, it started with a group of friends who complained that they never saw each other; they fantasized about owning land at the end of a dead-end road and putting up a bunch of houses. After a year of discussion they hired a cohousing consultant to see if they […]

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The Web gives boomer caregivers a boost

The Web gives boomer caregivers a boost

When Steven Dworkin’s father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2005, he and his two siblings began to share in his care. But Dworkin was in Newton, his parents lived in Florida, and his brother and sister were in Connecticut. “My dad passed away relatively quickly,” Dworkin said. “And then we were completely unprepared to […]

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In parents’ quest, an opportunity

In parents’ quest, an opportunity

Kyle Wanda was almost 3 years old when he had an allergic reaction to a pistachio that he ate. He broke out in hives and his voice became “froggy” because his throat was swelling, his mother, Alane, recalled. “It became very apparent that something really bad was happening.” Six years later, Alane Wanda still carries […]

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Free-play site draws card players after crackdown

Free-play site draws card players after crackdown

When Congress cracked down on Internet gambling last year, Michael Clebnik was poised to profit. The 48-year-old entrepreneur from Newton had recently launched a poker site with a business model that didn’t depend on gambling. “We looked at the dynamic of poker content and [were confident] there was a different way to be able to […]

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Indirect route to customers works on Web

Indirect route to customers works on Web

The sweeping success of online social networks like MySpace and Facebook has created new avenues for businesses – from New Balance to TripAdvisor – to market themselves. Since Facebook opened up its platform to third-party users in May (allowing anyone to offer a free tool or game for Facebook users to download) Web traffic on […]

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Sales soar to new heights for wind turbine systems

Sales soar to new heights for wind turbine systems

Home wind turbines may never become be as ubiquitous as satellite dishes, but their popularity is steadily gaining momentum. In 2000, the American Wind Energy Association in Washington, D.C., reported small wind system sales rang in at $19.26 million . In 2006, the number rose to $52 million , a 170 percent increase. Some homeowners […]

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