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The Season

For these retailers, the holiday season is crucial — and has deadlines

by Sean McHenry Dec 18, 2019
This holiday season, we're following several retailers from the end of November to the start of the New Year. This is part two of our series.
A holiday sale in New York City.
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The Big Book

A flower shop in Maine roots for newly arrived refugees

by Bridget Bodnar and Kimberly Adams Dec 13, 2019
In Cynthia Anderson's "Home Now," Somalis and Congolese transform a former mill town. At a flower shop there, wariness turns to warmth.
Jamilo Maalim, on the phone, with her daughter Aaliyah and friend Binto at Mogadishu Store in Lewiston.
Amy Toensing

Small retailers face the extra challenge of negotiating tariffs

by Andy Uhler Nov 28, 2019
Big retailers can negotiate to keep tariff-induced price hikes at bay. That's hard for small businesseses.

The big problem for small business? Finding qualified people to hire

by Sabri Ben-Achour Nov 12, 2019
One in four small businesses is having a hard time recruiting, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.
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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.
Courtesy of Diane Jenks

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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Veterans

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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Invest in Marketplace today

Ask not what Marketplace can do for you, but what you can do for Marketplace.

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.
Ford

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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