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Happy Mardi Gras!

Posted by: Donna Scanlon

Today’s guest author is Ellen Terrell, Business Reference Specialist Today is Fat Tuesday the culmination of the Mardi Gras season. This is a HUGE event for the city of New Orleans, my hometown. There are many ways to gauge success from a economic standpoint – revenues, hotel room occupancy, tax collection, money spent by the …

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Second time around….

Posted by: Donna Scanlon

This week marks my one year anniversary here at the Library of Congress. Granted, this isn’t the first job I’ve had and other one year milestones were not necessarily a big deal, but librarianship is a new career for me and it is my second career! The dotcom bust (2000-2002) took its toll. I was …

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Traveling for the holidays….

Posted by: Donna Scanlon

Did you know…… about 91% of holiday long distance travel is by personal vehicle the average long-distance trip length over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday is 275 miles about 50% of us make same-day trips, the other half averages about 4 nights away the average age of the Christmas/New Year’s holiday travelers is slightly above 36 …

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New Venture for the New Year

Posted by: Donna Scanlon

Ever thought about starting your own business or maybe doing something out of your home? This seems to be a topic on the minds of many people recently. The number of questions about starting a business that have been received through our Ask a Librarian service has increased, and there have also been other blog …

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Macy’s and the parade

Posted by: Donna Scanlon

Yesterday I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from beginning to end for the very first time. I’ve always caught parts of it, but when I lived in California it just started too early for me. There were bits of trivia about the parade provided throughout the broadcast that piqued my curiosity so I went …

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Black Friday

Posted by: Donna Scanlon

No, not the financial crisis of 1869*, but what is considered by many to be the biggest shopping day of the holiday season! The day after Thanksgiving, often referred to as “Black Friday,” is a day that many retailers kick off their holiday sale season. One myth is that this day is when retailers begin …

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We’ve got your number!

Posted by: Donna Scanlon

We regularly receive requests for federal statistics and knowing where to look can often be a daunting task! With so many agencies producing numbers you might ask: Where do I begin? Can I get them over a period of time? Whether it is population numbers for Livermore, CA for a business plan, or employment numbers …