Alison Lee Satake SPECIALIZING IN BUSINESS & SCIENCE REPORTING

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The beginning of a new era
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Garage to globe
Garage to globe

Baton Rouge Business Report The sleek contoured interior of audio engineering company PreSonus Audio Electronics resembles the designs of the recording equipment, audio mixer boards, and speakers created within these walls. And although the company moved into its new 44,000-square-foot headquarters six months ago, the new-car smell has yet to wear off. The workplace has […]

Cooking the books
 Cooking the books

Baton Rouge Business Report Bookkeeper Susan Fonte was responsible for maintaining the financial records, paying the bills, and opening the mail for a Mandeville real estate development firm for about five years. But between 2008 and 2010, she stole over $192,000 from the company by forging her boss’ signature on checks and depositing the funds […]

Scientists win multimillion dollar contract
Scientists win multimillion dollar contract

Cape & Plymouth Business Photos courtesy of Hydroid Radio story produced for NPR affiliate, WCAI Driven by the need to earn enough money to put their children through college, six scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute developed an underwater robot and brought it to market. “You have a bunch of people doing research, working really […]

Drive to telecommute still strong for some firms
Drive to telecommute still strong for some firms

Worcester Business Journal Illustration courtesy of New England Business Media Yahoo’s recently announced ban on telecommuting sparked shock and surprise among employers, especially since one of the pioneers of the Internet revolution seems to be turning its back on an Internet-fueled work perk. Telecommuting has indeed become part of the workplace culture in the United […]

‘Green’ recruiting
'Green' recruiting

Boston Business Journal Photo courtesy of EnerNOC Enacting real environmental sustainability is not only part of the mission of energy management company, EnerNOC, but it’s a recruitment tool that can attract selective MBA graduates. “I felt very strongly about going to a company where I could feel strongly about the mission,” said Brianna Walsh, senior […]

Flurry of winter sales
Flurry of winter sales

Cape & Plymouth Business Photos courtesy of Synergy Sports During the off season when many Cape Cod businesses slow, the outdoor activity equipment company, Synergy Sports, ramps up for its busiest time of year. The peak season for the parent company of Yukon Charlie’s brand snowshoes and other outdoor equipment and apparel runs from October […]

Maestro inspired
Maestro inspired

Cape & Plymouth Business Photo by Jerome Karter If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra’s innovative new programming that has been unfolding over the past five years, you have a second chance. Artistic director and conductor Jung-Ho Pak, 50, recently received a five-year extension to his contract to […]

Companies share tips on managing inbox overload
Companies share tips on managing inbox overload

Worcester Business Journal Illustration courtesy of New England Business Media Slogging through the daily onslaught of email slows workflow and interferes with productivity. Many people receive about 50 to 100 emails a day, according to a recent study by New York-based networking and data management company Varonis. It’s not uncommon for some to spend up […]

Lean, green vegan machine
Lean, green vegan machine

Cape & Plymouth Business Photo by Julia Cumes Former Marine Nathaniel Fanara doesn’t fit the stereotype of a vegan. He used to eat fast food every day. But the 30-year-old from Dennis opened downtown Hyannis’s first vegetarian and vegan restaurant, The Green Lotus Café, located at 349 Main Street earlier this year. Fanara graduated from […]

Startup Nation
Startup Nation

SouthCoast Business Bulletin Illustration courtesy of Startup Weekend In the land of startup business ideas, the web and mobile app developer is king. This was apparent at the first annual Startup Weekend Cape Cod held March 8-10 at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Twelve entrepreneurs had a minute each to pitch their startup name and idea to […]

10 tips on how to get what you want
10 tips on how to get what you want

Wilma Magazine Photos by Jeff Janowski Women tend to think they are bad negotiators. We tend to get emotional. We think we are the underdog and feel intimidated. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, some of the skills that come naturally to us like, multi-tasking and asking people how they are, […]

Dwellings: How the pros live
Dwellings: How the pros live

Wilma Magazine Photos by Mark Steelman An architect and an interior designer opened up their homes to us. Both of these homeowners built, renovated and decorated their living spaces themselves. A labor of love and a continuous work-in-progress, these homes epitomize the DIY (do-it-yourself) lifestyle. An architect Nature inspired architect GORDON HALL to design and build […]

Behind the scenes: Luring ‘Iron Man 3’
Behind the scenes: Luring 'Iron Man 3'

Greater Wilmington Business Journal Illustration by Nina Bays After the New Year, Wilmington will begin to buzz with work in preparation for Iron Man 3’s arrival. Filming will primarily take place between May 21 and September 7, according to a local film industry memo. But the deal that brought the film here was a year […]

Marine biotech project born on a racetrack
Marine biotech project born on a racetrack

Greater Wilmington Business Journal Contributed photo About a year ago at the Virginia International Raceway in Danville, a Wilmington scientist and a businessman collided by chance. The chance meeting sparked a recent new business venture. The University of North Carolina at Wilmington scientist and professor, JEFF WRIGHT, who has owned a racecar team for about […]

Career born here comes full circle
Career born here comes full circle

Greater Wilmington Business Journal Photo by Jeff Janowski GE Hitachi CEO CAROLINE REDA calls the nuclear disaster in Japan following the tsunami and earthquake this spring a “defining moment” for the business and the nuclear energy industry. Not only has it delayed the Nuclear Regulatory Commision’s final approval of GE Hitachi’s latest nuclear reactor design, […]

‘One Tree Hill’ star takes us behind-the-scenes
‘One Tree Hill’ star takes us behind-the-scenes

Wilma Magazine Photo by Jeff Janowski Fiery, raspy-voiced actress SOPHIA BUSH wrapped up the final season of the popular Wilmington drama, “One Tree Hill,” last month. In the show, she plays Brooke Davis, the creator of the fashion line, Clothes over Bros. But, over the nine years of filming the show here, Bush has grown […]

Redrawing the lines: Neighborhood Schools
Redrawing the lines: Neighborhood Schools

Wilma Magazine Photo by Tom Fitzsimmons/Kennedy Library Foundation ELIZABETH REDENBAUGH seems to have an ideal life in Wilmington. A self-proclaimed soccer mom with three children. Local attorney. Community leader. School board member. Her community work — specifically her stand against segregated neighborhood schools —recently led to the honor of sharing the 2011 John F. Kennedy […]

Chemical Romance
Chemical Romance

Greater Wilmington Business Journal Photo courtesy of Wes Livingston Chemical company Dulany Industries Inc. is in the process of building a new sulfuric acid plant on the U.S. 421 corridor about six miles northwest of Wilmington. Dulany Industries is the parent company of Southern States Chemical, which currently operates a sulfuric acid plant in Wilmington. […]

Fincannons find talent across the Southeast
Fincannons find talent across the Southeast

Greater Wilmington Business Journal Photo by Alison Lee Satake When Frank Capra, Jr. first came to Wilmington to scout locations for “Firestarter,” local casting director Craig Fincannon met him at the airport. “Frank flew in and he came out and he looked like Hollywood,” Fincannon said. From there, the Wilmington film industry was born. Since […]

Enter Sandman
Enter Sandman

Greater Wilmington Business Journal Photo by Alison Lee Satake Each time the tide goes out, it takes with it perhaps our most valuable natural resource: sands from our local beaches. To offset this and to protect the homes and buildings near the shoreline from storm damage, every three or four years the local beach communities […]

Wilmington women rebuilding in the Middle East
Wilmington women rebuilding in the Middle East

Wilma Magazine Photo courtesy of Dee Dee Fauser The war-ravaged landscape of Kabul, Afghanistan may not be a hospitable destination, but for 52-year-old Dee Dee Fauser of Hampstead, it was the first place outside the U.S. that she had ever gone. Fauser, a paralegal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Wilmington, saw the […]

Tune in to White Space
Tune in to White Space

Greater Wilmington Business Journal Wilmington led the nation’s shift to digital television broadcast. Now, the Port City wants to blaze the trail into white space. What is white space? White space is a powerful, short wave length signal that can collect and transmit information through brick walls, groves of trees and buildings clearly. “It’s like […]