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Sandy Contractor Criticized, Maker Faire Grows, Microlending Booms: Sept. 24

Sandy Contractor Criticized, Maker Faire Grows, Microlending Booms: Sept. 24

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Heather Haddon reports that Louisiana contracting firm Hammerman & Gainer, which was criticized for its performance in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, has also raised hackles in New Jersey, where it’s administering $780 million in federal relief funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy. [Wall Street Journal]

Maker Faire is helping push the DIY movement into the mainstream, writes Adrianne Jeffries. [Verge]

Former Trader Joe’s President Doug Rauch is launching a store to sell food items that are past their expiration dates at discount prices (audio) [NPR].

Microlending is booming in Silicon Valley, writes Martha Mendoza. [Associated Press]

President Nick Friedman of College Hunks Hauling Junk talks about expanding a small moving company into a franchise business (video). [Fox Business]

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Clark is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek.

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