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WNYC News

After Sandy, Few Small Businesses Taking Advantage of Emergency Loans

Sunday, January 06, 2013

The Bloomberg administration estimates that 13,000 businesses in New York City were damaged during Sandy, but more than two months after the storm only a few hundred have been approved for emergency loans.

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WNYC News

Finding Temporary Solutions While Facing the Daunting Task of Rebuilding

Monday, December 31, 2012

Gigi Liaguno-Dorr, owner of the destroyed Jakeabob’s Bay restaurant, has been hard at work. Seven days a week, she’s been going back and forth between sorting relief supplies at the borough hall and trying to get her business back on its feet. She says that despite the progress that’s been made, things remain up in the air for many people.

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New Jersey News

Christie Announces Support for Sandy-Stricken Small Businesses

Friday, December 14, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared Friday afternoon in the storm-battered beach town of Seabright to announce a series of measures to help small business owners get back on their feet.

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The Takeaway

Small Business Owners Cope with Loss

Friday, November 02, 2012

Despite the optimistic outlook that the urgent need to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy will result in the creation of jobs, small businesses in New York have taken a huge hit.  New York City small business owners Dawn Casale, and Sherry Delamarter share the impact Sandy has had on their livelihoods, and how they are moving forward in her aftermath.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

After Sandy: Help for Small Businesses

Friday, November 02, 2012

Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and Rob Walsh, Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services, take calls and offer advice for small businesses dealing with Sandy's aftermath.

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New Tech City

Three Apps I Can't Live Without | Jonathan Bowles

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Jonathan Bowles is the executive director of the Center for an Urban Future in New York.

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The Takeaway

The State of Small Business After Obama's Acceptance Speech

Friday, September 07, 2012

Throughout this election, both parties are preaching the necessity of one thing: jobs, jobs, and more jobs. But how someone feels about the economy is often much more important than jobs reports and other hard economic indicators. Two small business owners in key battleground states explain how the economy is influencing their businesses and employment. 

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WNYC News

City Sponsors Tech Classes for Small Businesses

Thursday, August 23, 2012

With help from local internet companies, New York City is launching free tech classes for small businesses interested in building their own websites or marketing themselves using social media. 

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WNYC News

Congress Mulling Legislation to Make IPO’s Easier for Small Businesses

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Senate is debating a bill this week that would make it easier for small, privately-held companies to go public, as part of a package of legislation to promote economic growth called the JOBS Act.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: Own a Business, Work a Second Job

Thursday, March 15, 2012

All week we’ve been hearing from listeners about their Great Recession stories. Some of you have lost jobs, while others have taken pay cuts or moved out-of-state in search of employment. And there are those of you who have created your own employment opportunities: the small business owners of the bunch.

But nothing comes easy when you start from a clean slate. Two Takeaway listeners join us who have ventured to create their own small businesses, while maintaining other part-time work in order to make ends meet.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Karen Mills of the Small Business Administration

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Karen Mills, head of the Small Business Administration, and the newest member of President Obama's cabinet, discusses what the administration is proposing to help small businesses, particularly in urban areas.

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It's A Free Country ®

Obama Calls for Consolidation Authority, Shrinking Government

Friday, January 13, 2012

While Republican presidential candidates continue to call for smaller government and fewer federal agencies, Barack Obama this morning proposed to consolidate six departments focused on business and trade.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Holiday Biz Report

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Reports are that this was a relatively successful kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Business owners, how was your Black Friday through Cyber Monday? Who's shopping, what are they buying, how are you luring them in? Let us know!

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WNYC News

Niche Market | Martial Arts Supplies

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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

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Transportation Nation

Houston to Require Businesses to Offer Bike Parking

Friday, November 11, 2011

(Houston -- Pat Hernandez, KUHF) It was a packed house at Houston's City Hall annex with owners of restaurants and bars discussing proposed changes to off-street parking rules and regulations. The Houston Planning Commission's Suzy Hartgrove deals with how many parking spaces businesses are required to provide for their customers.

"In some cases, we are increasing the number of spaces that businesses will have to provide," she says, "and in some cases we're loosening those restrictions, depending on what it is. Restaurants used to have to provide eight spaces per 1,000 square feet of gross floor area, I know it's complicated, and bars, 10 spaces. We're making our definition of a bar meet with the Texas Alcohol Board says is a bar, and so the number of spaces are going to go up."

She says some of the changes will include the addition of parking for bicycles, and "In some cases we're lessening parking requirements. For instance, back when this ordinance was first adopted, we hadn't heard of a 'Cupcake Shop' before and, people don't need to stay long at cupcake shops. So the parking, right now they're having to meet eight spaces per 1,000. Well. we're gonna take that down to four spaces per 1,000, because you don't need as much parking."

Planning Commissioners heard from many business owners. Some applauded the changes to the ordinance, while some thought it was an assault on small independent restaurants, or that the changes lacked clarity.

Comments from the business owners will be studied and forwarded to the Committee on Regulatory Affairs before the Planning Commission takes any changes to the parking ordinance for council approval in December.

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WNYC News

Niche Market | Baseball

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

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

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WNYC News

As Interest From the Next Generation Wanes, A Family's Tofu Legacy Totters

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fong Inn Too in Chinatown is one of the oldest family-run tofu factories in the country, but the fourth generation has little interest in keeping the tradition going. For now, preservation of the legacy rests squarely on the founder's great grandson.

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It's A Free Country ®

Why Starbucks' CEO Wants to Freeze Campaign Contributions

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The gap between the haves and have-nots is widening. The amount of revenue that state and local municipalities have is going to cut social services in America, and this is why it's so vitally important for corporations to recognize that their pursuit of profitability as a singular goal is quite shallow. It needs to be balanced with a social conscience.

— Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

How US Cities are Reacting to the Debt Crisis

Monday, August 01, 2011

The nation's debt crisis has all eyes on the politicians on Capitol Hill. But we wanted to know how the debt crisis is playing out in different cities across the country — what local fears and concerns are, and what people have to say about what's happening in the District of Columbia. We headed to Denver, Colo., Detroit, Mich., and Miami, Fla. to hear what people have to say about the current debt crisis.

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