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Pottsville business owner found dead in New Orleans hotel - WPVI-TV

Posted: 02 Mar 2019 04:43 AM PST

New Orleans police are looking for a woman in connection with the death of a prominent businessman from Schuylkill County.

Sixty-two-year-old Patrick Murphy was found dead inside of his hotel near the French Quarter on Thursday.

He owned Murphy's Jewelry Store in Pottsville.

The store has been a staple in that area for more than a century.

Murphy's grandfather founded it back in 1913.

People in the community were upset to hear the news of Murphy's death.

Police are searching for 25-year-old Megan Hall, who was seen entering the hotel with Murphy, then later leaving alone.

The coroner's office says Murphy died from blunt force trauma.

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Valley business owner arrested in connection to FBI investigation - ABC15 Arizona

Posted: 01 Mar 2019 04:33 PM PST

CHANDLER, AZ — In a plot twist, the owner of a tattoo shop who once held a fundraiser to help those impacted by a shooting next to his business has been arrested in connection with an FBI investigation into the sale of heroin on the dark web.

Jason Arnold is among three people arrested in connection with the investigation, facing counts in a federal court of Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

According to court documents, agents with the FBI in Sacramento accessed a network on the dark web last year and found a vendor selling heroin. The vendor, SICKNESSVERSION2, at one point had a 4.81 (out of 5) star rating among customers, according to court documents.

Investigators made four separate purchases of the product, which arrived in California mixed-in with packages of gummy bears, according to the criminal complaint. Investigators tracked postal records, which helped lead them to Jason Arnold, who runs "Damaged Ink Tattoo & Body Piercing" near Chandler Boulevard and Alma School Road in Chandler, according to court documents.

Back in April 2017, ABC15 interviewed Arnold as his tattoo shop held a fundraiser to help those impacted by a shooting next-door. Surveillance video showed bullets barely missing a young girl seated inside the business. At the time, Arnold indicated the bullets may have been meant for his business . The alleged shooter apparently had gotten into an argument inside the tattoo shop.

"I feel like those bullets were meant to come here, you know what I mean?" Arnold said at the time. "And I um...after watching that video and how close that little girl came, you know, I just feel that this is the least we could do."

Now, Arnold is among several arrests connected to the FBI investigation.

ABC15 reached out to an attorney representing Arnold but were told he has no comment.

Fundraiser for small-business owner raises $11K - WILX-TV

Posted: 02 Mar 2019 12:21 AM PST

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Milledgeville business owner accused of $1.3M of insurance fraud after 7 new charges -

Posted: 01 Mar 2019 02:24 PM PST

ATLANTA, Ga. -- A Baldwin County business owner arrested in early February for insurance fraud totaling almost $600,000 is now accused of taking an additional $785,000 from three customers for insurance-related investments.

These seven new charges bring Dean Harrison Grant's total monetary value from the victims to $1,374,384.

Grant, 53, of Milledgeville, is he founder and managing partner of GFG Strategic Advisors located at 136 W McIntosh Street Suite A in Milledgeville.

In February, Grant was accused of receiving a total of $589,384 from three victims -- $447,589 of which was taken from two elderly customers.

"If you have purchased any sort of insurance product or service with Dean Harrison Grant and find that you do not have coverage, I strongly recommend that you call the Department's Fraud Unit at 404-232-1212," said Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck.

What Business Owners Need To Know About ESG Investing - Forbes

Posted: 01 Mar 2019 06:00 AM PST


Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing, originally called socially responsible investing, is causing a sea of change in the business world. The days when a business owner was beholden only to the bottom line and investors are disappearing. So, too, are the days when socially responsible investing was relegated to fringe funds and church investing. Today, with several years of environmental disasters and social changes behind us, we can see how a disregard for them affects not just our natural resources, economic security and insurance premiums, but ultimately our bottom line. A damaged environment and socially unacceptable business practices not only reduce return on investment (ROI) but also interfere with a business's ability to read markets. For that reason, investors are embracing ESG.

As a business owner, you may find yourself interested in the potential marketability and ROI of ESG principles. Here are some recommendations to consider:

1. Be aware that consumers evaluate companies based on their ESG awareness

About 85% of S&P 500 companies published ESG reports in 2017, according to the Governance and Accountability Institute. End users may not read these reports, but they do read labels and news stories that make claims to being environmentally or socially responsible, and they are sensitive to greenwashing.

A 2018 report by Morgan Stanley showed that of all asset owners polled, 84% "are at least 'actively considering' integrating ESG criteria into their investment process, with nearly half already integrating it across all their investment decisions." And a report by the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment found that in 2018, more than 1,100 community investing institutions incorporated ESG criteria into their investment management.

2. Learn where ESG is expressed

What parts of your business can be impacted by ESG? Does your supply chain involve irresponsible sourcing, management or employee treatment? Is your business unnecessarily wasteful? Is it transparent? Consumers are sensitive to these matters and may reward you for being attentive to them. ESG is also a personal value held by many of the best talents in all industries. In my experience, prospective employees — particularly those of Generations Y and Z — are interested in making a difference with their work. They want to take their talents to companies that will help them express their values.

3. Identify your criteria

Select a limited number of criteria to work with. Stick to what is doable, measurable and marketable; it should, of course, be relevant to your company and your market. Most companies can find something in the E, S or G categories. For example, if you are a financial education provider, you could address discrimination in financial services, incorporate cultural views into financial lessons or educate readers on green investment issues.

4. Always think proactively

Tackling ESG proactively rather than reactively can not only hold off critics, but it can establish you as a leader in your field, letting you set the bar and frame how other companies in your industry approach these matters. Another bonus: You might uncover lesser-known or not-yet-explored areas of ESG that will take on more importance in the years ahead. Setting the bar is not only good for current business, but it is also good for future business. But ESG initiatives take time and planning, and to present yourself as such, you need a lot of research beforehand.

Make it a management priority, as well. Making ESG a senior-management-level priority shows commitment. This commitment includes providing needed resources and ongoing maintenance of ESG initiatives.

5. Match rhetoric with action

Consumers and critics alike will be watching to see whether you put your money where your mouth is. Set attainable measurements for your ESG goals and a plan of action to achieve them. Integrate them into technology where possible. Tie compensation or bonuses to your efforts. Cover them in your company's reports to shareholders and the public, your internal communications and any special ESG-related reports. Incentivizing your efforts not only offers motivation, but also helps your company attract top talent.

6. Make it part of your company's narrative

Every company has a story to tell the world. To establish an image as an ESG leader and reap its benefits in the market, commit to your story. Share your ongoing progress with the public and be ready to refer to data and metrics to back up your story. If you lack the evidence to support your claims, you may be accused of greenwashing by critics and shunned by prospective and current customers.

Incorporating environmental, social and governance matters has gone mainstream. Make it an everyday part of your business, and you may see a competitive edge and handsome rewards in the marketplace.

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