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Risk takers still see golden opportunities in California

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

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

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.
Elly Yu

Why female entrepreneurs get less funding than men

Oct 25, 2017
A study published in the Harvard Business Review looks at how investors view male and female entrepreneurs differently.
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She quit her six figure job to help other women better understand their cars

Sep 19, 2017
Patrice Banks was a failure analyst and a self-described "auto airhead" when she become a mechanic, then opened an auto repair center aimed at women.
At Patrice Banks' auto repair shop, you can get your oil changed and your nails done.
Courtesy of Patrice Banks/Girls Auto Clinic Repair Center

How a business tycoon cashed in on the Mexican Revolution

Jul 26, 2017
You may not have heard of him, but the Tennessee farm boy was once the richest man in Mexico.
Mexico City in 1912.
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What's growing in the Silicon Desert

The startup scene is blossoming in Phoenix
Downtown Phoenix
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Startups fight for geographic diversity

Apr 6, 2017
It's not just about investors thinking broadly, it's also about starting businesses away from the herd.
Startup investors tend to back ventures similar to those that worked in the past, which often means pouring more money into the same old places.

Craft brewers say regulations are holding back growth

Mar 2, 2017
President Trump says he'll cut the red tape that's hurting small businesses.
A view of several beverages from Denizens Brewing Co.
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Uber and Airbnb in the age of Trump

Jan 31, 2017
In his new book, Brad Stone writes about Silicon Valley startups that are changing the world.
A man poses holding a smartphone showing the App for ride-sharing cab service Uber in London on October 28, 2016.