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.

Lawmakers work to simplify FAFSA form

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid form -- also known as FAFSA -- is lengthy, confusing and cumbersome for students and their families, lawmakers and experts say. Now, lawmakers are considering separate bills to simplify the application, which some say could be adopted as early as this year.

Central bankers worldwide descend on Wyo.

Central bankers from Europe, the UK, Japan, Turkey, South Africa, Mexico, Russia, Canada, India, Brazil, the US and many other nations are meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo., to discuss monetary-policy issues. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer is set to speak Saturday and is expected to offer insight into when the central bank will increase interest rates. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney also is scheduled to speak Saturday.

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.

Companies eye new Web domains for improved cybersecurity

Banks and other companies have started moving their websites to the new .bank and other branded domains in an effort to clamp down on cybersecurity. But security experts warn that with the new structure comes the added responsibility of having to ensure their networks' infrastructure is solid, instead of relying on Verisign, which will still control .com domains.

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.

Apple Pay may expand to small businesses with new card reader

Apple and North American Bancard have forged a partnership that come September will enable smaller retailers to buy a $40 PayAnywhere card reader that plugs into iPhones and iPads and works with Apple Pay as well as other mobile-payment systems that support near-field communication technology.

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.

Carbon pricing could slash deforestation-related emissions, study says

About a seventh of the world's tropical forests will be lost to deforestation by midcentury, and the clearing and burning of that land will boost global emissions by 169 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, a study says. Rigorous carbon pricing could roughly halve deforestation-related emissions, researchers say.

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.