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North Carolina families run business together in the Caribbean

When Dare Blankenhorn walks in to work each day, he is often dressed in khaki shorts, a loose button down shirt, and flip-flops fit for a day at the office: a marina in the Caribbean.

Updated: Jul. 21, 2014 11:52 PM | Full Story

Statistically speaking: Most small-business leaders mantained or grew sales in 2013

According to the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report for Small Businesses, 84 percent of small-business leaders said they either maintained or grew sales and revenue in 2013.

Updated: Jul. 21, 2014 11:42 PM | Full Story

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Getting physical with virtual reality

When Facebook acquired virtual reality headset developer Oculus VR for $2 billion in March, many in the tech industry lauded the move as heralding the next generation in computer gaming.

Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 11:53 AM | Full Story

Florida in a battle for space-launch business

In the war between the states for the emerging commercial-rocket-launch industry, Florida is working to regain momentum after a key rival - Texas - has all but secured victory in a major battle.

Updated: Jul. 22, 2014 8:07 AM | Full Story

Ecuador is betting $1 billion that a dream city can make it a high-tech leader

It's the year 2043 and this burgeoning city of 100,000 is a high-tech mecca. Using rare plants from the Amazon, university researchers have cured many diseases; factories churn out nano-sponges that soak up oil spills around the world; local software designers are the envy of Palo Alto. Ecuador - once known for its crude and bananas - is now the Silicon Valley of the tropics, the Singapore of the Andes.

Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 8:16 AM | Full Story

Expectations are high as Mexico prepares to accept foreign oil explorers

On barren ranch land just south of the Texas border, where road signs are pockmarked with bullet holes, a small group of foreign oil and gas companies is looking for the future.

Updated: Jul. 15, 2014 8:11 AM | Full Story