Entrepreneurship has boomed during the pandemic — especially in these cities

Jan 18, 2022
New business applications set a record in 2021, driven largely by job insecurity. Retail and transportation were favorite fields.
About 5.4 million new business applications were filed in 2021. There was a lot of interest in online retail and a lot of activity in Southern cities.
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How some entrepreneurs weathered the pandemic

Businesses have had to adapt to being fully online, and that has opened of a variety of opportunities.
Pivoting to online during the pandemic has opened up different paths for businesses to flourish.
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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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