1. By day, H. Ralph Vartan is the well-known CEO of Susquehanna Township-based commercial development firm Vartan Group Inc. But away from the construction site and the office, Vartan is passionate about classical music and playing the piano. He grew up playing and went to conservatory before taking over the family business in 2004.

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  2. Seven years ago, Kim and Jesse Hill purchased the Mann building in downtown Lebanon. It was the Lancaster couple’s first venture into commercial real estate.

    In December 2011, the Hills opened Cowork Vibe, a shared workspace on the fifth floor of the historic property at 815 Cumberland St. The coworking concept is designed to provide professional, affordable office space and a supportive atmosphere for freelancers, startups, small businesses and nonprofits.

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  3. Curious about how we made the cover and other illustrations for our Construction & Real Estate supplement? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look. See the whole publication inside the April 27 edition of the Central Penn Business Journal.

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  4. "Bid briefing" is an attempt to highlight some midstate projects out for bid and awarded contracts, as tracked by Harrisburg-based Mid Atlantic BX. It will be a regular blog feature and run the last Wednesday of each month.

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  5. The Business Journal’s annual Real Estate & Development Symposium is largely about networking and opportunities to hear from leading professionals on the industry’s latest trends. But there is always time for fun. We spent a few minutes with SupplySource Inc., where we learned about the spun chair and current trends in the office furniture industry. The spun chair is a “thought-provoking” piece used by companies such as Google.

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