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Good luck finding a name for your new company

May 25, 2020
The number of available company names that hasn't been trademarked is getting smaller and smaller.
Companies are having to get more and more creative to come up with a name that isn't already taken.
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Food delivery startup Munchery folds, leaving small businesses on the hook

Feb 19, 2019
In 2018, U.S. venture capital investment surpassed the 2000 dot-com peak for the first time. According to the financial data company PitchBook, investors put some $130 billion into thousands of U.S. companies. Many of these businesses will not make it,…
Three Babes Bakeshop employees at a bake sale protest outside of Sherpa Capital, one of the VC firms that invested in Munchery. 
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How delivery apps are changing the restaurant industry

Nov 19, 2018
"We have to adapt every single thing we do," one eatery owner says.
Sara Deseran and Joe Hargrave have made changes to their restaurant to adapt to third-party apps.
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A California city is planning on giving money to some residents, no strings attached

Feb 27, 2018
The economically depressed city of Stockton, California is experimenting with Universal Basic Income.
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Small farmers say meal kits cut into their CSA businesses

Jan 18, 2018
Some small farms that participate in community-supported agriculture say that meal kit companies are cutting into their profits.
Paul Underhill is selling more to restaurants and grocery stores to compensate for lost revenue from CSA boxes.
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New barbershops cash in on male grooming trend

Jan 16, 2018
Men are shelling out for barbershops that have nostalgic atmospheres.
Jonah Buffa co-owns this Fellow Barber location with his brother Sam.
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Bay Area restaurants introduce training programs to address their race wage gaps

Jan 10, 2018
In the restaurant industry, people of color are more likely to hold lower-paying, back-of-house jobs, but some restaurants are trying to change that.
Cory Woods went through a training program to transition from the kitchen to the front of the house, where he is now earning far more money.
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With increased wildfires, utilities in California are trying to pass on the cost of damages to customers

Jan 2, 2018
Lawmakers in California have introduced a bill to make it harder for state utilities to have customers cover the cost of fire damage.
Firefighters assess the scene as a house burns in the Napa wine region of California on Oct. 9, 2017.
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LGBTQ advocates ask why questions left off Census survey

Jul 10, 2017
Gay rights advocates say questions about sexual orientation and gender identity would connect the LGBTQ community to all the rich data of the census.
Gay, lesbian and transgender activists react to the unanimous decision by the Iowa Supreme Court recognizing same sex marriage as a civil right during a celebration on April 2009 at the University of Iowa.
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Baby boomer entrepreneurs hope co-op model will keep business going

May 3, 2017
Almost half of the country's privately-owned businesses are owned by Baby Boomers. What happens when they retire?
For 36 years Dan Knapp and Mary Lou Deventer have made money out of  other peoples' trash.
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