Daily business briefing: Bike shuttle coming to downtown Belleville

News-DemocratMay 16, 2013 

Belleville entrepreneur Duncan Sewell is launching a bicycle taxi service downtown in time for Art on the Square this weekend. His new service is Belleville Bike Taxi, which involves Sewell pedaling a bright red, three-wheeled bike transporting up to five passengers throughout downtown during the spring and summer festivals. The fare is $3 per mile for the first person and $2 per mile for each additional rider. For any distance under a mile, passengers will be charged $2. During Art on the Square, the service is free, but Sewell will accept tips. For more information, call 203-1090 or visit Belleville Bike Taxi on Facebook. ...

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Anheuser-Busch InBev no longer plans to acquire a small Czech brewer, Budejovicky Budvar, the St. Louis Business Journal reports. The two companies have long been locked in a legal battle over the use of the Budweiser brand name. ...

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A new report from Chicago-based workplace authorities at global outplacement consultancy, Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., has found that rising quit rates and fewer job seekers vying for open positions could signal a return to the types of labor shortages that plagued employers during the dot.com boom. While widespread talent shortages are probably five to 10 years away, some regions and industries already may be feeling the pinch. ...

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The restaurant industry saw relatively strong sales and traffic in April, the National Restaurant News is reporting. A survey of 66 restaurants regarding April sales, profit trends, performance and outlook showed solid performances across all segments and strengthening both operator and consumer confidence, according to the latest NRN-MillerPulse survey. Industry same-store sales rose 2.9 percent in April, an improvement from the 1.3 percent increase reported in March.

-- Will Buss, BND business writer

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