small business http://wrkf.org en In The Super Bowl Ad Game, One Small Business Will Win Big http://wrkf.org/post/super-bowl-ad-game-one-small-business-will-win-big Super Bowl suspense is building — for the game and the commercials. With an audience of over 100 million people, advertisers covet this space, but at a reported $4 million a spot, only the mightiest corporations can afford Super Bowl exposure. This year, though, there's an exception. One lucky little business will get one of those primo slots — free.<p>Intuit, the company that sells software tools including Quicken and TurboTax, is sponsoring a promotion called <a href="https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/" target="_blank">Small Business, Big Game</a>. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 21683 at http://wrkf.org Small Firms May Soon Turn To Crowdfunding To Sell Shares http://wrkf.org/post/small-firms-may-soon-turn-crowdfunding-sell-shares Crowdfunding is popular among musicians, filmmakers and artists looking for a way to finance their next project.<p>Now the Securities and Exchange Commission is <a href="http://www.sec.gov/News/PressRelease/Detail/PressRelease/1370540017677#.UpO6n9KshcY">considering rules</a> that, for the first time, would allow small companies to solicit investments over the Internet and sell shares to the general public.<p>For some small firms, these new rules come as welcome news.<p>Shane Emmett, CEO of Health Warrior, which makes a line of nutrition bars made of chia seeds, says his company is looking to Tue, 26 Nov 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 19279 at http://wrkf.org Small Firms May Soon Turn To Crowdfunding To Sell Shares What Happens When The Pace Of Startups Slows Down http://wrkf.org/post/what-happens-when-pace-startups-slows-down Since the financial crisis hit five years ago, there aren't as many Americans starting new businesses. In uncertain economic times, it's harder for entrepreneurs and investors to take the risk.<p>And if you look back over the past 25 years, it turns out the overall trend is toward fewer new businesses getting started, too — and that's not good at all when the country needs more jobs.<p><strong>The Next Google</strong><p>New businesses are really important for the economy. For one thing, they often come up with new technologies and better ways of doing things. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 18176 at http://wrkf.org What Happens When The Pace Of Startups Slows Down The Roots Of Franchising Took Hold In A Hair Salon Chain http://wrkf.org/post/roots-franchising-took-hold-hair-salon-chain <em>We have been reporting for several weeks now on </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/235557499/ddd">small businesses in America</a>.<em> Today, we explore a business system where entrepreneurs and corporations come together: franchising. Franchising is a bit like marriage. It takes a good long-term relationship to succeed.</em><p>It makes sense to begin a story about franchising and the hairstyling business by looking to Martha Matilda Harper, a servant living in Rochester, N.Y., in the late 19th century. In her spare time, she developed a special hair tonic. The tonic sold well. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 07:05:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 17566 at http://wrkf.org The Roots Of Franchising Took Hold In A Hair Salon Chain When It Comes To Jobs, Not All Small Businesses Make It Big http://wrkf.org/post/when-it-comes-jobs-not-all-small-businesses-make-it-big <em>Part of a series about small businesses in America</em><p>When it comes to job creation, politicians talk about small businesses as the engines of the U.S. economy. It's been a familiar refrain among politicians from both major parties for years.<p>But it obscures the economic reality. It makes a nice slogan, but it's not really accurate to say that small businesses produce most of the nation's new jobs, says John Haltiwanger, an economics professor at the University of Maryland.<p>"I'm kind of tired of people saying that," says Haltiwanger. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 06:56:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 17274 at http://wrkf.org When It Comes To Jobs, Not All Small Businesses Make It Big When It Comes To Businesses, How Big Is Small? http://wrkf.org/post/when-it-comes-businesses-how-big-small <em>First in a series about small businesses in America.</em><p>Small businesses are celebrated and exalted as the hard-working, most deserving members of the political economy. They get tax breaks, and they're touted as the engines of job creation.<p>But a basic question: What <em>is</em> a small business? It turns out there is no one definition.<p><strong>Classifications Of Small</strong><p>Are small businesses made up of just mom and pop shops? Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:58:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 16549 at http://wrkf.org When It Comes To Businesses, How Big Is Small? Medicaid Expansion Proponents Urge Small Businesses To Get Educated While They Can http://wrkf.org/post/medicaid-expansion-proponents-urge-small-businesses-get-educated-while-they-can <p>Last month the Obama Administration pushed back the employee mandate under the Affordable Care Act by one year. Employers with 50 or more full-time workers now have until 2015 to either provide their workers with health insurance or face a penalty.</p><p>In states that are expanding Medicaid as part of the the new health law’s roll-out, businesses have more flexibility in deciding how to make sure their workers are covered. And though Louisiana is not participating, proponents of expanding Medicaid in the state see the delay of the employer mandate as a chance to rally some small business support.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 14334 at http://wrkf.org Medicaid Expansion Proponents Urge Small Businesses To Get Educated While They Can TUESDAY: Economist Ray Keating, Historian Michael Fullilove, Author Peter Lance http://wrkf.org/post/tuesday-economist-ray-keating-historian-michael-fullilove-author-peter-lance <p>Economist Ray Keating, with the <a href="http://sbecouncil.org" target="_blank">Small Business Entrepreneurship Council</a>, talks about the nation's economic environment for small business.</p><p>Historian &amp; author <a href="http://michaelfullilove.com" target="_blank">Michael Fullilove </a>discusses his book, "Rendezvous With Destiny", about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and World War II.</p><p>Investigative writer <a href="http://peterlance.com" target="_blank">Peter Lance </a>on his book, "Deal With The Devil: The FBI's Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer"</p><p></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:47:44 +0000 Jim Engster 13072 at http://wrkf.org