Small-business optimism climbs, but inflation agita persists

Jul 9, 2024
The mood among businesspeople is better than it has been this year, but they're still more pessimistic than the historical average.
High costs remain top of mind for many small-business owners, according to a survey from the NFIB
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Charcuterie owner offers a feast for the eyes

Jul 4, 2024
Shandra Turner launched Bougie Grazer in Atlanta after leaving her property management job during the pandemic.
Turner opened the Bougie Grazer "to get off the couch" during the COVID pandemic.
Courtesy Turner

Tulsa's "Black Wall Street" continues to bring dreams to life

Jun 26, 2024
Kellen James, the new owner of Silhouette Sneakers & Art, talks about what purchasing the business meant to him.
The Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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She's a cattle rancher and he loves to cook. Together, they opened a steakhouse.

Jun 17, 2024
The Trasks recently opened JT's Steakhouse, a farm-to-table restaurant in Ely, Nevada.
Terrill and Jess Trask recently opened JT's Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada.
Courtesy Jess and Terrill Trask

Brewery owner wants to make a difference in his community

May 30, 2024
Victor Zamudio, co-owner of Brown Soul Brewing Co. in South Gate, CA, hopes his brewery can serve as "a beacon for others" looking to start a business.
Victor Zamudio (left) and Hugo Sanchez (right) are two of four owners of Brown Soul Brewing Co. in South Gate, CA.
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All dressed up with no sales to show for it

May 27, 2024
A day in the life of a struggling, but hopeful, entrepreneur.
Taylor Nesiah Jenkins, owner of a secondhand boutique called Haus of Vestige, with some of her inventory at a bridal fair in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Before, he built nuclear detectors. Now, he's making cowboy boots.

May 23, 2024
Steve Christo runs a custom boot shop in Virginia. "I thought, 'If I can build nuclear detectors, I should be able to make a boot,'" he said.
Christo works with clients to take their measurements and select leathers as part of his custom boot-making.
Courtesy Christo

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Indie games are a “heart-dominant” business

May 14, 2024
David Brancaccio on the parallels between Super Meat Boy and Picasso’s masterpieces.
Tommy Refenes, one of the developers of Super Meat Boy.
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Broken sewing machine? This owner and technician might be able to help.

Apr 16, 2024
Kate Sprout, owner of Alaska Sewing Machine Repair in Anchorage, Alaska says her new business has allowed her to live the lifestyle that she wants.
Kate Sprout, owner of Alaska Sewing Machine Repair in Anchorage, Alaska, working on a machine.
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Starting a new business isn't easy, but this artist is ready for the challenge

Apr 8, 2024
Iranian-born artist, professor and now studio owner Sara Rastegar talks about what it's like to open a new business.
Point Studio Art offers classes for hand-printing on fabric made products.
Courtesy Sara Rastegar