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Why is venture capital investment booming?

Jul 14, 2021
Venture capital deals and dollars-raised are on track for another record-breaking year, according to the National Venture Capital Association.

Why people are quitting their jobs and starting businesses

The high quit rate and number of new startups signals optimism in the economy's future.
Many people are quitting their jobs and becoming entrepreneurs, signaling confidence in the economy's future.
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Why investment in Black entrepreneurs is on the rise

Jun 15, 2021
Many large companies are interested in both the cause and the financial returns, says Melissa Bradley of 1863 Ventures.
Melissa Bradley of 1863 Ventures has observed a dramatic increase in Black and brown entrepreneurship over the past year, aided by venture capital and corporate investment.
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Black women are thriving in Detroit's business ecosystem

Sep 14, 2020
Black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the country, says Courtney McCluney of Cornell, despite having fewer resources.
People from Detroit "really have all the gusto to be great entrepreneurs," says Courtney McCluney of Cornell.
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Key measure of entrepreneurship has fallen since Great Recession

Sep 6, 2019
The formation of new businesses that hire workers and have payroll is lagging, according to new data from the Census Bureau.
A "closing sale" sign stands outside one of the last few open stores at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville, Pennsylvania. The mall closed in 2018.
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Which industries are recession-proof?

Sep 6, 2019
Marketplace listeners share their thoughts on how a recession would affect them.
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How immigrant entrepreneurs get their start in the U.S. economy

Jul 4, 2019
In the heart of LA’s Thai community, low-income immigrants are getting ready to launch their first businesses in a new food hall.
Iririn Srirada, the owner of Thai food stall So Zaap, at the East Hollywood Farmer's Market on Hollywood Boulevard.
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Amazon offers employees incentives to quit ... and start delivery businesses

May 14, 2019
The company wants to rely less on outside shippers.
More than half the products sold on Amazon come from smaller companies.
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My Economy: Starting a small business in Echo Park

Apr 5, 2019
Maurice Harris wanted to open a coffee shop when he saw his neighborhood changing. The process wasn't easy.
Maurice Harris is the owner of Bloom & Plume Coffee in Echo Park in Los Angeles, California.
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From the cubicle to the beehives

Oct 30, 2018
When she left her office job, she didn't know what her business would look like. But it had to involve bees.
“I was at the office job 40 hours a week,” says Hilary Kearney, founder of Girl Next Door Honey. “And then on my lunch break, I was doing things like catching swarms, just really cramming in bees into all the little cracks of time that I had left over.”
Tosca Rodigonda. Courtesy of Hilary Kearney.