This business is really, REALLY underwater

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Those “pop-up” restaurants are just so old fashioned. The new craze just may be swim-in. Or dive-down.

That’s the hope of entrepreneur John Beernaerts, who just opened a new restaurant called “The Pearl” in Brussels, Belgium. Have you guessed where this restaurant is located? Yeah, it’s underwater. In a deep pool that Beernaerts also owns. Read More…

Are You Prepared to Pay $25K for A Physical?

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(This post originally appeared on Inc.)

Healthcare is a big topic of conversation for many of us – both personally and professionally. Costs are rising, and strategies to keep expenses down are limited. Many companies offer wellness plans to their employees because healthy employees mean lower long-term insurance rates. But we all know people that eat well, exercise regularly – yet are still affected by illness. Is there any way to really find out about and treat employee’s health problems before they become known?

J. Craig Venter has been asking the same question. “How do you know [people are] healthy?” Venter pointed out in this Forbes article. “We use a definition of health out of the Middle Ages: If you look okay and you feel okay, you’re deemed healthy. We have a different way of looking at people.” Read More…

What’s the rush? A grocery chain starts a check-out line for people who want to take it slow.

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Check-out lines at stores are usually kind of stressful, aren’t they? People are always in a rush. The cashiers are very busy. The self-checkout process can be frustrating, particularly if you’re not finding the bar code or don’t have your credit card ready. Hear that? It’s the groans from the people in line behind you when you’re forced to call for assistance because you accidentally scanned something twice. Yeah, we’ve all been there.

Now, imagine if you suffer from dementia–or autism or social anxiety or any another condition that impacts your memory or thinking skills. You might have questions, or trouble recognizing your cash or a cashier that just speaks more slowly. You require more time to think through the transaction. For many people who have this condition, an everyday trip to the store can become a nightmare. Read More…

The milkman is alive and well in New York City

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

I’m too young to remember the milkman, but apparently it was a real thing for many years. Through the mid-20th century the great majority of U.S. households received their milk delivered to their doors daily and the milkman was as familiar a sight in the neighborhood as the postman. Of course, as supermarkets and grocery stores proliferated, the milkman has all but been put out to pasture.

But not in New York City. Read More…

If your business helps seniors then you could win $10,000

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Are you making life better for old people? The AARP wants to know.

“Research shows that 70 percent of U.S. disposable income is controlled by an aging population, so there are tremendous business opportunities here. We just want to help companies find those opportunities and help solve some of our key challenges in the process.” Read More…

Will You Make Your Next Video Call With Amazon? Plus Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 – Amazon launches its own Skype-like communications tool.

“Chime” from Amazon Web Services will enable users to start meetings with a simple click and share screens or additional content. It requires no PIN, and any attendee can mute a line to eliminate background noise. Chime also features a visual roster that shows who is on the call and who won’t be able to make it. There’s a free version to start with pricing up to $15 per month per user. (Source: TechRepublic)

Why this is important for your business: Read More…

Study: Working From Home Causes More Stress

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(This post originally appeared on Inc.)

You’d think that working from home is all about warm slippers, hot cocoa and your cat purring contentedly on the desk next to you. Or maybe it’s just you purring contentedly. Whatever. It’s the life, right? Well, maybe not so much.

A study of workers in 15 countries released last week by the United Nations International Labour Organization found that even though technological advances have made it much easier for employees to work from home, the negative side effects can be significant. It doesn’t matter if an employee is “highly mobile” (always on the run), a regular at-home worker or one who splits time between home and the office – it’s just more stress than even a few daytime episodes of Dr. Phil can treat. Read More…