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Companies Wary of Affordable Care Act Plans for Small Businesses

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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Small businesses who offer insurance appear to be sticking with what they have rather than venture out into the Affordable Care Act marketplace. 

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New Jersey News

Sandy Aid Delay Felt on Main Street

Thursday, January 03, 2013

The delay in billions of dollars in Sandy disaster aid is hurting the finances of scores of municipalities throughout the region and adding uncertainty for tens of thousands of small businesses in those towns.

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The Takeaway

Small Business Owners React to Jobs Report

Friday, October 05, 2012

The recently-released ADP September jobs report showed modest growth in the job market. While all of this will certainly be hailed as positive results from the Democrats, Republicans and other detractors will be quick to point out that job growth has been significantly less than what was expected.

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WNYC News

Niche Market | Trophies

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity. Slideshow below.

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WNYC News

Iconic Steuben Glass in Upstate NY Shutters After a Century

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Steuben Glass of Corning, N.Y., officially closed its doors this week after more than a century in business. The brand Steuben became synonymous with luxury in the early part of the 20th century but gradually lost the cache necessary to compete in today's marketplace other than as high-end collectibles.

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WNYC News

Empire Blue Cross Cuts Small Biz Coverage

Monday, November 21, 2011

Small businesses in New York will soon have fewer options for insuring their employees. Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, one of the state’s largest insurance carriers, is discontinuing many of its most popular plans for firms with 2-50 employees.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Really Creates Jobs? Pt2: Small Business

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Yesterday we discussed manufacturing, today we look at small business. How many jobs are actually created? Our guest is, Greg David, Director of Business & Economics Reporting Program at CUNY Journalism School.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Did It Work? The Small Business Lending Fund

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Roben Farzad, a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, begins a weekly series this month looking at Obama administration economic stimulus programs. This week: the Small Business Lending Fund.

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The Takeaway

Why the New Small Business Jobs Bill May Not Create Jobs

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The government wants to create new jobs. Most new jobs come from small businesses. Logic might suggest that the government should support small businesses, yet that’s proven hard to do in practice. Why? And, are there better ways for the government to encourage businesses to hire more people?

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The Takeaway

A Small Time Business Owner Competes with Unemployment Benefits

Friday, September 24, 2010

Anthony Fraccia hoped that offering a job in Michigan at his small business — a part-time position that would become full-time depending on performance — he'd get plenty of applicants. But one potential employee who called told him they wouldn't take the job because "I make more on unemployment." It took a minute for it all to sink in, but it left Fraccia wondering if extending unemployment benefits was actually bad for business.

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The Takeaway

One Small Business in Detroit is Hiring Again

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Are small businesses hiring again? Detroit Power and Light owner Will Laneski is, and he explains why.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Businesses and Taxes

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bill Rys, tax counsel for the National Federation of Independent Business, and Robert Reich, public policy professor at the University of California at Berkeley and author of Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future, give their takes on the claim that a tax on the wealthy is a tax on small business.

Local Robert Reich Appearances 
Tuesday September 21, 2010 7:00pm at Barnes and Noble, 150 East 86th Street, New York, NY
Thursday, September 23 7:00pm at The Strand, , 828 Broadway, New York, NY

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The Takeaway

Recession is Officially Over, Small Businesses Still Struggle

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Stocks surged on Monday, following an announcement from the National Bureau for Economic Research that the recession has been over since June of 2009. 

You can be forgiven if this comes as news to you — it's come as news to many people, not least the small business owners who've been struggling to survive in an economy where credit is tight, health care costs are high, and consumers and investors remain skittish.

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The Takeaway

What's in the Small Business Bill?

Friday, September 17, 2010

The small business bill championed by President Obama and Democratic legislators is — after months of languishing in the Senate — moving through Congress. Expected to be easily passed by the House, the aid package includes $12 billion in tax breaks as well as $30 billion in government-backed loans for small businesses. Proponents estimate it may create as many as 500,000 jobs.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Starting Up: Entrepreneurship Panel

Friday, July 30, 2010

Our entrepreneurship panel discusses what it means to be a business-leader in tough economic times and how to succeed in different parts of New York.  Guests include: Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation; Dr. Andre Fenton, neuroscientist and president of the Bio-Signal Group at SUNY/Downstate Medical Center’s biotech incubator in Brooklyn; Leni Calas, editor and publisher of the blog QueensMamas.comGerdie Rene, owner of Sankofa Salon in Cambria Heights, Queens; owner of Brooklyn-based Otte Gear, Todd Fairbairn; Keavy Landreth, owner of Kumquat Cupcakery in Brooklyn; Celine Legros, owner & maker of miniature pastries at Les Canelés de Céline, now using WHEDCo's Bronx kitchen incubator; K.Y. Chow, president of Grand Meridian Printing in Long Island City; Jessamyn Waldman, executive director of the Hot Bread Kitchen in Long Island City; Rob Kalin, CEO of Brooklyn-based Etsy, with Etsy top-seller Alyssa Zygmunt of Brooklyn Rehaband Puneet Mehta, the co-founder (with Sonpreet Bhatia and Archana Patchirajan) of MyCityWay in Manhattan.

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The Takeaway

Census Data Show a Boom for Minority-Owned Businesses

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Census Data from the years 2002 - 2007 show that the number of minority owned businesses in the US rose by 46 percent during those five years, to about 5.8 million. That's nearly twice the national rate for all businesses during that time.

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The Takeaway

Sam's Club to Offer Small Business Loans

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Retail giant Sam's Club will begin offering loans of up to $25,000 to members who are small business owners. The division of Wal-Mart Store Inc. is teaming up with Superior Financial Group, one of 13 federally licensed nonbank lenders for the program. Already, nearly half of Sam's Club members are small-business owners who account for more than half of the store's revenue. The store says that 15 percent of those members say they have been denied loans from other lenders in the past. 

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The Takeaway

Small Businesses Bartering In Tough Times

Thursday, April 08, 2010

The White House is taking steps to help small businesses secure loans, but while they wait, those businesses are finding creative ways to stay afloat. The White House recently launched a $21 million program this week to help banks make loans to small businesses. This comes more than a year after President Obama proposed to allocate $15 billion (with a 'b') from the federal bailout specifically for this purpose. Getting even this relatively small amount of money out the door proved a struggle for the White House, as the administration tries to pass more legislation to help small businesses.

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The Takeaway

A Girl Scout Cookie Smackdown

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Today, we take our inspiration from the Girl Scouts. Across much of the country, Girl Scout cookie selling (and for some, eating) season is winding down. And if you’re like us, that means you’ve stockpiled boxes and boxes of Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, and Samoas.

Watch a video of the girl scout cookie smackdown!

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The Takeaway

How to Turn your Hobby Into a Business the World Wants

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Have you ever thought of turning your daydreams into a business? The economic climate may be stormy, but now might be the perfect time to do it − depending on where your interests lie. Justin Jones-Fosu, leadership trainer and host of WEAA's "Listen Up!" explains.

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