Congress is debating whether to allow government money to flow into firms backed by venture capitalists. Some argue start-ups can't make it without VC money, but that shouldn't cut them off from government funds. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Media buzz usually spotlights 20-something Ivy League grads who start the hottest new tech companies and social networks. But the average tech-company founder is 39 and entrepreneurs over 50 surpass the younger generation two-to-one. Mitchell Hartman reports.
The National Small Business Association releases its mid-year survey today, and everything from revenue to number of employees on payroll has gotten worse since December. Mitchell Hartman looks at what's challenging small businesses now.
While the recession has hit big industries hard, some entrepreneurs have been well-positioned to weather the tough times. Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman talks to small-business owners whose new enterprises are doing quite well.
A group of women in northern Mexico saw opportunity in piles of electronic waste sitting just across the border. They plugged in their energy and made a successful business, despite the powers that be. Ingrid Lobet reports.
Paul Kedrosky, senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, argues that entrepreneurship is the key to getting us out of this economic mess. He talks with Tess Vigeland about the biggest obstacles facing new businesses.
The flow of initial public offerings slowed to a crawl during the first half 2009, but the number of IPOs has taken off recently. Could this spell success for start-ups in the months ahead? Mitchell Hartman reports.
A number of Web sites help Internet users fund entrepreneurs from developing countries. Now one of the biggest, Kiva.org, will allow users to make microloans to small business owners in the U.S. Rachel Dornhelm reports.
A new survey of 700 venture capitalist leaders found that more than half of them will invest in fewer start-ups this year. Janet Babin reports how more open trade and immigration policies could help the industry.