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Oct 18, 2019

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My Economy

A small bike shop with a big, customer-first idea

by Bennett Purser Sep 10, 2019
HubBub Bicycles specializes in something you can't easily buy online.
Diane and Brian Jenks riding their tandem bicycle on a trip to Israel.
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Recession talk begins to wear on small businesses

by Erika Beras Sep 10, 2019
Owners were slightly less optimistic in August than the previous month.
The graph representing the Stock is seen on a TV screen at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 14, 2019 in New York City.
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How veterans are faring in the tight labor market

by Kimberly Adams Sep 5, 2019
One out of every 10 businesses in the U.S. is owned by veterans, and most of those are small businesses. But, like the rest of American workers, low unemployment is changing how they are entering the workforce.
Veterans attend the first Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Job Fair for Veterans in Los Angeles, California on September 14, 2016.
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The "van life" movement reaches businesses

by Jack Stewart Aug 29, 2019
Ford looked into why sales of its Transit van were higher among small businesses and found mobile storefronts replacing brick and mortar.
Pewabic Pottery, in Detroit, MI, modified a van to create a traveling exhibition space with portable ceramic firing kilns.
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Travel ban takes its toll on small businesses

by Nina Roberts Apr 12, 2019
Businesses are struggling with hiring, access to capital and family separation.
Shahab Mothena, co-owner of Amir Deli in Brooklyn, is waiting for his Yemeni wife, currently living in Egypt, to be issued a visa. 
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Another day, another storm

by Kai Ryssdal and Liz Sanchez Apr 11, 2019
Businesses in the Midwest are in the process of recovering from last month's floods.
A tractor drives through flooding in Missouri last month. Midwest businesses are struggling to shoulder the financial burden of flooding and storm damage by two recent storms.
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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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"It's a mess": Midwest flooding leaves small businesses reeling

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Mar 18, 2019
Heavy rain and melting snow have brought historic flooding to parts of the Midwest. Around 200 miles of Missouri River levees in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas have been compromised, according to the Associated Press, and flood warnings are still…
Floodwater covers a famer's field near Plattsmouth, Nebraska.  Damage estimates from flooding in Nebraska top $1 billion. Midwest states are battling some of the worst flooding they have experienced in decades as rain and snow melt from the recent "bomb cyclone" has inundated rivers and streams. At least three deaths have been linked to the flooding.
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IRS releases final rules on deductions for "pass-through" businesses

by Marielle Segarra Jan 18, 2019
You won't find a lot of simple yes-and-no answers in the 247-page document.
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Northern California fires leave local businesses with few options to rebuild

by Ben Bradford Dec 17, 2018
There's limited aid available for businesses displaced by November's devastating fire in Paradise.
A burned car and a gas station remain visible after the Camp Fire tore through the region near Pulga, east of Paradise, California, on Nov. 11, 2018.
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