How a coffee company CEO is getting through the pandemic

Oct 14, 2020
Keba Konte, CEO of Red Bay Coffee based in Oakland, California, recounts the challenges his business has faced due to the pandemic.
Keba Konte, CEO of Red Bay Coffee based 
 in Oakland, California.
Courtesy of Keba Konte/Red Bay Coffee

His Houston food truck business has become “very hit or miss”

Aug 11, 2020
With traditional revenue sources like office buildings closed, one food truck owner explains the challenges he's facing during the pandemic.
Jose Sanchez's new food truck business had just picked up when COVID-19 started closing office buildings, a major source of customers.
Courtesy of Jose Sanchez.

For some small businesses, the uncertainties of reopening might be greater than lockdown

May 25, 2020
A vintage cafe and clothing store adapted to lockdown with a new business model. What will a partial reopening mean?
Heartfelt Vintage usually serves teas and cakes to its customers.
Courtesy Kate Ashwell

Tackling the unpredictable gig work of Broadway

Jan 13, 2020
Stagehand John Hatch has been underemployed for more than eight months.
Hatch and a coworker at the 2017 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. He was then working on CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
Courtesy John Hatch

Seaweed sellers worry about tariffs, too

Dec 26, 2019
Fiona Houston co-founded Mara Seaweed five years ago. The company is expanding, but tariffs and geopolitics have been concerning.
Fiona Houston, co-founder of Mara Seaweed, harvesting off the Scottish coast.
Angus Bremner

Preparing for retirement, one Google search at a time

Dec 17, 2019
"I'm realizing I don't even know what I don't know," said Janet Johnson, 63.
Janet Johnson and her husband, Duane Esarey.
Photo courtesy of Janet Johnson

Painting the ski industry, one trail map at a time

Nov 20, 2019
If you've gone skiing in the last 30 years, there's a good chance you've used a trail map painted by James Niehues.
James Niehues works in his home studio in Parker, Colorado.
Lindsay Pierce Morgan

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