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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

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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In this Texas Hill Country town, "tradio" is vital for commerce

by Andy Uhler Dec 13, 2018
It's entertainment, gossip and a window into rural American life.
KNEL 95.3 FM is a local radio station in Brady, Texas.
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Small businesses struggle to find workers

by Kristin Schwab Dec 6, 2018
There are more job openings right now than there are job seekers. That has small businesses scrambling to find qualified workers.
Christine and Patrick Hall, owners of Élan Flowers in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood.
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Free, fast shipping during the holidays can pressure small businesses

by Justin Ho Nov 29, 2018
How some stores have been dealing with buyer expectations.
A worker sorts packages at a UPS facility in 2010 in Hodgkins, Illinois.
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How New York's court system turned into a debt-collection machine

by Marketplace Staff Nov 27, 2018
A series from Bloomberg this week sheds light on a predatory lending practice that’s turning New York’s court system into a debt-collection machine. Some lenders that offer cash advances to small businesses require their customers to sign what’s called a…