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business cycles

(Encyclopedia) business cycles, fluctuations in economic activity characterized by periods of rising and falling fiscal health. During a business cycle, an economy grows, reaches a peak, and then begins a dow...

Business Roundtable

(Encyclopedia) Business Roundtable (BRT), an association consisting of the chief executive officers of major U.S. corporations that was founded in 1972 through the merger of the three preexisting business org...

business ethics

(Encyclopedia) business ethics, the study and evaluation of decision making by businesses according to moral concepts and judgments. Ethical questions range from practical, narrowly defined issues, such as a ...

Better Business Bureaus (BBBs)

(Encyclopedia) Better Business Bureaus (BBBs), agencies devoted to promoting ethical practices on the part of business through voluntary self-regulation. BBBs are supported by businesses in communities throug...


(Encyclopedia) combination, in business: see trust .


(Encyclopedia) note, in business: see promissory note .

Getty, Jean Paul

(Encyclopedia) Getty, Jean Paul, 1892–1976, American business executive, one of the richest men in the world during his life, b. Minneapolis, Minn. He inherited his father's oil business, George F. Getty, I...

Gordon, Bruce S.

(Encyclopedia) Gordon, Bruce S., 1946–, African-American business executive and civil-rights leader, b. Camden, N.J.; grad. Gettysburg College (B.A., 1968), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S., 1988...

Rotary International

(Encyclopedia) Rotary International, organization of business and professional people, founded (1905) by Paul Percy Harris, a Chicago lawyer. Beginning with one club in Chicago, it spread to other cities, and...

Temple City

(Encyclopedia) Temple City, residential suburban city (1990 pop. 31,100), Los Angeles co., S Calif.; settled 1827, inc. 1960. The city has light manufacturing and service businesses.

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