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April 1st, 2015

Despite the hype, it isn’t all about social media. By Lena Hewitt Contrary to popular belief, social media isn’t the only way to communicate with the masses. Ed Keller, CEO of the Keller Fay Group LLC, explains why good, old-fashioned face-to-face communication is still king when it comes to marketing. Given the sheer number of […]

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Capturing philanthropy

April 1st, 2015

Janet Echelman’s large-scale, aerial creations of thread have captured attention worldwide, so when the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Wash., wanted a sculpture that expressed the spirit of the foundation and established the center of its new global campus, Echelman got the commission. Her permanent installation, “Impatient-Optimist,” delicately floats between two buildings, changing […]

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Building with textiles

April 1st, 2015

A report from the TextielMuseum exhibition: the current and future potential of textiles in architecture. By Marie O'Mahony The use of textiles in buildings is by no means new, with early examples of dwellings made using branches and animal furs that can be dated back more than 35,000 years. The TextielMuseum in Tilburg, Holland, is […]

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Productivity paired

April 1st, 2015

Father and son team Stewart and Ross Brown embrace the challenge of change by making the most of their strengths. By Sigrid Tornquist When we implement something new—whether in regard to technology, infrastructure or processes—there’s always some doubt about how well it will work out,” says Ross Brown, vice president of Brown Sales Corp. in […]

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Climbing with gecko-tech

April 1st, 2015

Stanford University mechanical engineering graduate student Elliot Hawkes wanted to find out how geckos (small tropical lizards) climb walls. Many geckos have specialized toe pads that allow them to climb smooth vertical surfaces. Now Hawkes is climbing sheer glass buildings on campus, testing a controllable adhesive system that sticks to glass and supports a person’s […]

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Path to success

April 1st, 2015

FiberTect® illustrates a successful strategy for commercializing a new technology. By Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D. “Applied research deserves Nobel prizes,” proclaimed the editorial of Nature Materials in January 2010. Although the Nobels are known to be rewarded only to basic discoveries, there are plenty of examples to showcase rewarding research of applied nature—for example, the 2014 […]

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Q&A with Stewart and Ross Brown

April 1st, 2015

By Sigrid Tornquist Q: In addition to manufacturing medical items, Brown Sales Corp. makes products for a broad range of industries, for clients that range from entrepreneurial individuals to publicly traded companies. Where do you draw the line as far as the types of products you will consider manufacturing? A: We get a lot of […]

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Snapshot: A case of precision

April 1st, 2015

By Sigrid Tornquist When a medical equipment manufacturer needed an intricate case to hold a device to be worn by patients, the company turned to Brown Sales Corp. to help design and manufacture the item. The device was to be worn for extended periods of time, so the case was designed for comfort in addition […]

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Robert Allen debuts new website

March 31st, 2015

Stronger color focus, search function and project planning capabilities. The Robert Allen Group has redesigned its website to include new features built to change the way designers approach color and fabric selection online. The new site focuses on color, with a border of clickable Robert Allen swatches at the top of each page and a […]

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SCORE accepting nominations for outstanding small business awards

March 31st, 2015

Nominations due April 17; winners announced at 2015 SCORE Awards in September. Small business mentoring organization SCORE is accepting nominations for the 2015 SCORE Awards through April 17. Winners will be recognized at the awards gala taking place Sept. 17 in Washington, D.C. The awards recognize U.S. small business owners and nonprofit organizations whose success […]

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