Stories by Joseph Pisani

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Pisani: On Kickstarter, everyone wants to be 'Staff Pick'

NEW YORK - Want your project to get selected as a "Staff Pick" on crowdfunding site Kickstarter? Good luck with that.
By Joseph Pisani

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

Wal-Mart appeals to low-income customers

NEW YORK - Wal-Mart is the latest company to get rid of fees that traditional banks charge customers who don't have enough money in their accounts to cover purchases.
By Joseph Pisani

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Startups offer banking for smartphone users

NEW YORK - The latest banks are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Startups, such as Moven and Simple, offer banking that's designed for smartphones.
By Joseph Pisani

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

College degree is still a good investment

NEW YORK - Some comforting news for recent college graduates facing a tough job market and years of student loan payments: That college degree is still worth it.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, June 20, 2014

Instagram photos turn into sales at businesses

NEW YORK - A picture is worth thousands of dollars for Limelight Extensions. Phones start ringing at the Farmington Hills, Mich., salon each time co-owner Miranda Jade Plater posts pictures on ...
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, June 6, 2014

Many small businesses still skip the Web site

NEW YORK - It's cheap. It's easy to do. And it can take less than 20 minutes to set up. Yet more than half of all small businesses still don't have a Web site.
By Joseph Pisani

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Small business on-the-go? Smartphones make it easy

Smartphones have become vital for on-the-go entrepreneurs.
By Joseph Pisani

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Meet Fetch Whistle, a fitness tracker for dogs

NEW YORK - Bad news for lazy dogs: A new device, called Whistle, lets pet owners track how much exercise - or sleep - their four-legged friends are getting. Whistle is similar to popular activity ...
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, May 2, 2014

Unlikely partnerships help small businesses thrive

Some large companies are coming to the rescue of small businesses, providing mentorship, formal instruction and cash in the form of loans or prizes to help give small companies a leg up.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, April 4, 2014

GrubHub delivers strong market debut

NEW YORK - Investors sent shares of GrubHub up more than 30 percent Friday in an initial public offering that gave the online food ordering service a market capitalization of nearly $2.7 billion.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, March 21, 2014

Amazon Prime price shock? Try these cheaper rivals

Many shoppers were taken aback when Amazon raised the price of its Prime service, which offers free two-day shipping and a streaming video service. If you're looking for alternatives, there are ...
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

5 money resolutions for the new year

The Associated Press talked to a few financial experts about what you should be doing to keep your money goals for the year on track.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013

Credit card companies offer free credit scores

NEW YORK - Want to check your credit score? It might be included on your next credit card statement.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

Building an emergency fund is necessary

Let the government shutdown serve as a wake-up call: You need an emergency fund.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

Be aware about student loan forgiveness

Student loan forgiveness programs can make your debt disappear, but the programs are not a quick fix.
By Joseph Pisani

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

Find shopping deals for college students

From laptops to clothing, many discounts are available for college students. But sometimes a little searching is required
By Joseph Pisani

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Save money on summer concert tickets

If the show you want to see is sold out, keep trying - there are a few other ways to get tickets.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

Chicken and waffles, garlic bread could be new Lay's chips

The next Lay's potato chip will taste like chicken and waffles. Or cheesy garlic bread. Or Sriracha, a hot sauce often used in Thai dishes.
By Joseph Pisani

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012

Retailers go head-to-head

This holiday season, the hottest trend among retailers isn’t on a store shelf. It’s taking place at the register. Many retailers are expanding price-matching policies.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, Dec. 30, 2011

Deal sites fill in health care gaps

Daily deal sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial are increasingly moving beyond little luxuries, such as facials and vacations, and offering deals that are helping some people fill holes in their ...
By Joseph Pisani

Top headlines

Historic building on Laney campus demolished

The demolition of the 89-year-old Cauley-Wheeler building on the Lucy C. Laney High School campus is over, but the plan for a building that will act as a link to the former site and its story has ...
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