How to work your way through a sales drought

If you have a sales drought, don't despair -- work through it instead. Revisit your sales target and rebuild your prospect base. Consider coaching as well as "reinventing your environment," which could be as simple as taking a day off.

Teachers reach out to families, students in their homes
National Public Radio

Schools increasingly are encouraging teachers to make home visits, a trend encouraged and supported by the National Education Association. The principal of a Tennessee elementary school says the visits help give teachers a better understanding of students and their families.

Q2 GDP revised upward to 3.7% growth

The US economy expanded an annualized 3.7% in the second quarter, according to a revised estimate by the Commerce Department, exceeding economists' expectation of 3.3% growth. The expansion, upwardly revised from 2.3% growth, was driven by business investment, inventory, government spending and consumer spending. Import data have been revised downward.

Target looks to serve liquor at new Chicago store

A new Target store planned for Chicago's Navy Pier neighborhood could feature cocktail service, as the retailer has applied for a Consumption on Premises liquor license from the city, according to records. Target also applied for a license to sell packaged liquor at the smaller-format store, which is slated to open in October.

CDC warns physicians of plague uptick

When diagnosing patients with symptoms of plague and risk factors, clinicians should consider the zoonotic disease as a possibility, according to a CDC publication in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. CDC veterinarian Natalie Kwit and colleagues note that there have been 11 domestic human cases of plague since April 1, and three of those patients died. From 2001 to 2012, there was a median of only three cases per year.

How to unlock your sharing superpowers

Drew Neisser cites six ways to harness word-of-mouth marketing from Bryan Kramer's book "Shareology," including being clear rather than clever, maintaining a sense of humor and snazzing up written content with pictures and videos.

Wal-Mart gives holiday layaway a 2-week head start

Wal-Mart will launch its holiday layaway program on Friday, two weeks earlier than last year, and shoppers will have 90 days instead of 60 to pay off the total, the retailer said Thursday. Wal-Mart brought back layaway in 2011 after dropping it five years earlier, and this week's layaway launch coincides with the retailer's "Toy Week" promotion.

Sony's portable speaker doubles as a TV remote
The Verge

Sony has created a portable speaker that doubles as a remote control, allowing users to listen to a TV show from anywhere in the house. The device goes on sale in Japan on Sept. 12 for around $167.

Genentech, Syndax to combine cancer drugs in clinical trial

Roche Holding unit Genentech and Syndax Pharmaceuticals agreed to collaborate in a Phase Ib/II trial that will evaluate the combination of Genentech's MPDL3280A, or atezolizumab, and Syndax's entinostat as a treatment for triple-negative breast cancer. The collaboration may be extended to add a late-stage trial and trials for new indications, Syndax said. The firms did not disclose the value of the partnership.

Adobe to bring free version of Photoshop to iOS devices

Adobe Systems will launch a free, slimmed-down version of its Photoshop application for iOS devices at a developers conference in October. Adobe hopes the move will introduce the software to more consumers.

Contracts are awarded in $248M hockey arena project in Detroit
Detroit Free Press

Three companies won construction contracts worth more than $25 million as part of the $248 million arena for the National Hockey League's Detroit Redwings. The contracts cover work for structural precast concrete, an arena bowl cladding system and a roof system. The general contractor is a joint venture among Barton Malow, Hunt Construction Group and White Construction.

Moniz: PTC has played a key role in increasing wind affordability

Stable policies like the wind energy Production Tax Credit have played a crucial role in making renewables more efficient and cost-competitive, according to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. The American Wind Energy Association said tax credits are especially important for the industry right now. "Wind energy is increasingly cost-competitive in several parts of the US, but we need stable, predictable policy to continue bringing this consumer benefit to every corner of the country," said AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan.

Hawaiian launches safety video starring island scenery

Hawaiian Airlines uses scenic backdrops from the islands for its new safety video, which also features employees and their families. Other airlines have also revamped once-stodgy safety videos with a lighter touch.

PHL airport train adjusts schedule for papal visit

The Airport Regional Rail Line, serving Philadelphia International Airport, will provide special service when Pope Francis visits the city on Sept. 26 and 27. Travelers will be able to purchase "papal passes" to receive priority boarding on the train. The airport line will provide express service to two stations in the city's center.