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How immigrant entrepreneurs get their start in the U.S. economy

by David Wagner 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

by Erika Beras May 14, 2019
The company wants to rely less on outside shippers.
 Boxes move along a conveyor belt at an Amazon fulfillment center.
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My Economy

My Economy: Starting a small business in Echo Park

by Marketplace Staff 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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My Economy

From the cubicle to the beehives

by Marketplace Staff 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.
My Economy

From the cubicle to the beehives

by Marketplace Staff 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.

The women-led business whose real business is more women-led businesses

by Phoebe Unterman and Kai Ryssdal Oct 25, 2018
We talked with Audrey Gelman, co-founder and CEO of The Wing, a women-focused coworking space.
The Wing's newly-minted co-working space in San Francisco.
The Wing

The women-led business whose real business is more women-led businesses

by Phoebe Unterman and Kai Ryssdal Oct 25, 2018
We talked with Audrey Gelman, co-founder and CEO of The Wing, a women-focused coworking space.
The Wing's newly-minted co-working space in San Francisco.
The Wing

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Risk takers still see golden opportunities in California

by David Wagner Mar 30, 2018
California’s early history redefined how Americans saw failure and success. Today, the state’s economy continues to benefit from entrepreneurs eager to take big chances.
Gold miners pose near their camp on a hillside in El Dorado, California circa 1848 to 1853. 
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Some immigrants returning to Mexico find new opportunities

by Jorge Valencia Feb 22, 2018
A computer coding class seeks to train young people for jobs in Mexico.
The Hola </code>  classroom in Mexico City.
Jorge Valencia

Conference of African-American women offers platform for exercising economic and political power

by Elly Yu Feb 21, 2018
Black women own about 1.5 million businesses in the U.S. At an Atlanta gathering, they set an agenda for making their voices heard.
Labriah Lee Holt stands inside her blow-dry salon, which she plans to open in May. She'd like to see more support for women entrepreneurs of color.
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