Grocery store wars: Which chain takes the cake?

Welcome to CapBiz A.M., your morning primer on business news with a focus on Washington.

Market entry: Neighborhoods like Shaw, Mount Vernon Square and NoMa, once considered food deserts in the District, are now ground zero in a fierce grocery store competition. Question is, which supermarket leads the way in terms of price, selection and convenience? We put them to the test. (CAPBIZ)
Tech plan: D.C. mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser last week offered the first glimpse of her plans for the city’s burgeoning tech economy during a Q&A session at a co-working space in Shaw. Here’s what we learned. (CAPBIZ)
Skin spa: Arleen Lamba two years ago opened Blush Med Institute in Bethesda with a distinct concept in mind: A skin care spa with a monthly membership. Now, she’s looking to expand nationally. (CAPBIZ)

Looking outside: District Policy Group, the lobbying unit of law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath, is experimenting with a new approach meant to help the company capture new business in the health-care field. (CAPBIZ)

Sifting through: RedOwl, based in Baltimore, has developed software that scans employee communications, including e-mails, to find patterns (and even information leaks) employers want to know about. (CAPBIZ)

Sale dispute: National Labor College has closed down and sold its Silver Spring campus in March, yet a legal battle with scorned buyer Monument Realty continues. (CAPBIZ)

Boardwalk eye-sore: The closures of Revel, Trump Plaza the Showboat and the Atlantic Club have Atlantic City officials looking for ways to avoid having dark, empty shells on the Boardwalk. (AP)

Shifting model: General Electric is shedding is appliances business as it grows increasingly distant from consumers’ lives. Here’s what’s driving that evolution. (WP)

A $100 million bet: In Detroit, JP Morgan is joining a group of business leaders in a bold 21st-century experiment, aiming to solve problems the public doesn’t seem to trust politicians to solve anymore. (WP)

Cranking up: Manufacturing output in the United States accelerated last month, driven by a boom in automobile production and boosting the economy at the start of the third quarter. (REUT)

On Wall Street

Major U.S. stock indexes last week posted a second consecutive week of gains. Investors this week will be looking for clues coming out of the Fed’s annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. (Get the latest updates here)

What’s on tap today

Housing market index (10:00 a.m.)

General Assembly mobile development session at 1776 (4:00 p.m.)

Help: How to more effectively manage your cash flow (ENT)

Follow: SmartThings

Extra: Sometimes, the answers for your business are hiding in plain sightsmar. (WP)

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J.D. Harrison covers startups, small business and entrepreneurship, with a focus on public policy, and he runs the On Small Business blog.
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J.D. Harrison · August 15, 2014