Gene Marks, The Hill

Gene Marks

The Hill

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Recent:
  • The Hill
  • The Guardian
Past:
  • Entrepreneur
  • Forbes
  • Fox Business
  • Washington Post
  • Philly Mag
  • HuffPost
  • Inc.com
  • The New York Times

Recent articles by GENE:

Blowing up the Death Star would cause an economic crisis (and other reasons employers shouldn't pay off workers' college debt)

An academic paper found that destroying the Death Star would trigger an economic crisis in “Star Wars'” fictional universe. → Read More

Start me up: 2020 is on course to be a record year for new businesses

Amid the economic upheaval of the pandemic it may seem counterintuitive that startups have reached unparalleled levels → Read More

Want to keep tabs on your working-from-home staff? Resist the urge

Companies offering remote monitoring software are booming. But spying on your employees is no way to treat people → Read More

Two billion 'out of stock' messages an ominous sign for small businesses as holidays near

Some small business owners are retreating — they’re cutting back on their holiday promotions and simply raising prices. → Read More

Eminent domain: can small-business owners beat the government?

Governments have the right to buy up land for the common good – but what about the business owners forced to move? → Read More

California’s landscapers to bear brunt of ban on gas-powered lawnmowers

The state’s move to electric off-road engines will cut noise and pollution – but some businesses are far from happy → Read More

Employees are not showing up to work — employers are replacing them with robots

Businesses don’t like to talk about how they’re eliminating employees with automation. But it’s happening. → Read More

Want employees to return to the office? Let them bring their pandemic pets along

Pet-friendly offices and insurance for animal companions could be the trending post-pandemic employment perks → Read More

Wokesters or felons: Whom would you hire?

This is a world in which some employees feel threatened when a co-worker has a different political view or enjoyed Dave Chappelle’s recent Netflix special. → Read More

US wages are going up, and those who don’t adapt to the new reality will fail

Labor is in short supply, so it’s more expensive. It’s simple economics and hankering for pre-pandemic times won’t help → Read More

Drunk at the bar: are small businesses responsible for customers’ behavior?

A Texas restaurant has been ordered to pay $5.5m to a customer who got drunk and injured himself. Who’s to blame? → Read More

Why the startup party is coming to an end

A higher cost of capital means less capital available for small businesses and startups. → Read More

‘Smishing’: the rising threat for business owners that brings scams to smartphones

Hackers, no longer content with phishing emails, are now sending text messages to entice people to click on fake links → Read More

Why businesses angry about Biden's new COVID-19 plan need to stop complaining

These are not big or even costly asks, compared to the demands on businesses made by other governments over the centuries. → Read More

Restaurant workers are getting stiffed. It’s time for employers to pay up

The tipped wage scale allows restaurants to pay workers less than the legal minimum wage. Some unscrupulous owners nevertheless try to get away with paying even less → Read More

Minority-owned startups face extra hurdles – Senator Ben Cardin wants to help

The Maryland senator is working to pass three bills that would support minority entrepreneurs → Read More

US vaccination wars are a headache business owners could do without

Nobody wants to play vaccine cop but the aggressive attitude of some unvaccinated patrons is making a tough situation worse → Read More

A business owner's defense of the American Families Plan

Before you throw your hands up in disgust, please allow me, a small business owner who also opposes government expansion, to ease your concerns. → Read More

Funerals are expensive. And family firms are under threat from new tech

Dying is a profitable business – yet funerals today are pretty much handled the same as they’ve been for decades → Read More

Are restaurant owners brave or stupid for turning away the unvaxxed?

We all have our opinions as to the rationale of those who, for whatever reason, legally and of their free will have chosen not to put chemicals in their bodies. → Read More