small business http://wamc.org en Schumer Pushes To Keep Export-Import Bank Running http://wamc.org/post/schumer-pushes-keep-export-import-bank-running <p>U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was at General Electric in Schenectady this afternoon calling on fellow lawmakers to keep the Export-Import Bank intact.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:14:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 94823 at http://wamc.org Schumer Pushes To Keep Export-Import Bank Running Survey Says Small Businesses Want A $10.10 US Minimum Wage http://wamc.org/post/survey-says-small-businesses-want-1010-us-minimum-wage <p></p><p></p><p>A new survey of small business owners finds the majority favor an increase of the federal minimum wage.</p><p>It has been widely reported that Republicans contend President Obama's proposed hike to the federal minimum wage would be a job-killer. But that's not how Republican small business owners feel, if a new poll released by the Small Business Majority is any indication.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:56:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 85335 at http://wamc.org Survey Says Small Businesses Want A $10.10 US Minimum Wage "Mud Season" By Ellen Stimson http://wamc.org/post/mud-season-ellen-stimson <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a self-deprecating fashion, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Mud Season</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> chronicles </span><a href="http://www.ellenstimson.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ellen Stimson’s</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> transition from city life to rickety Vermont farmhouse.</span></p><p>When she decides she wants to own and operate the old-fashioned village store in idyllic Dorset, pop. 2,036, one of the oldest continually operating country stores in the country, she learns the hard way that “improvements” are not always welcomed warmly by folks who like things just fine the way they’d always been.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85160 at http://wamc.org "Mud Season" By Ellen Stimson Rep. Tonko Tours Local Company To See Growth And Innovation http://wamc.org/post/rep-tonko-tours-local-company-see-growth-and-innovation <p></p><p>Congressman Tonko, a Democrat from the 20<sup>th</sup> district, toured Creatacor, Inc., a company that designs and fabricates displays for trade shows and other corporate events. The company based in Clifton Park employs 56, and this month will complete renovations to its warehouse and corporate offices.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:20:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 82446 at http://wamc.org Rep. Tonko Tours Local Company To See Growth And Innovation Federal Grant Aims To Assist Small Businesses In Northern Berkshires and Franklin County http://wamc.org/post/federal-grant-aims-assist-small-businesses-northern-berkshires-and-franklin-county <p></p><p>Officials and members of the Northern Berkshire business and Franklin County business communities gathered in North Adams Friday to kick off a federally-funded initiative supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs.</p><p></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:00:45 +0000 Lucas Willard 69620 at http://wamc.org Federal Grant Aims To Assist Small Businesses In Northern Berkshires and Franklin County NYS Senator Launches Small Business Committee http://wamc.org/post/nys-senator-launches-small-business-committee <p>A New York State senator says he is putting his ear to the ground when it comes to the concerns of small business owners.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 13:23:50 +0000 Allison Dunne 64040 at http://wamc.org NYS Senator Launches Small Business Committee Export Forum Benefits Berkshire Businesses http://wamc.org/post/export-forum-benefits-berkshire-businesses <p></p><p>Pittsfield-area commercial leaders and experts participated in a forum Tuesday to discuss bringing their businesses to an international level.&nbsp;</p><p>U.S. Representative Richard Neal said that the forum he organized for the business community in his new Congressional district is similar to forums he previously held in a former district closer to Boston. Neal said that across the Massachusetts have a significant potential for growth in a new global marketplace.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 56858 at http://wamc.org Industry Forecasters Predict Stronger Holiday Shopping Season in Mass. http://wamc.org/post/industry-forecasters-predict-stronger-holiday-shopping-season-mass <p></p><p></p><p>Despite worry and economic uncertainty, industry forecasters are predicting stronger retail sales this holiday season. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief took a look what small businesses in Western Massachusetts are predicting in the coming weeks.</p><p>The holiday shopping season is upon us. Next weekend is the busiest shopping day of the year. But also, economic uncertainty and the looming fiscal cliff are on the minds of many. However, retail industry forecasters are still predicting a stronger holidays sales season this November and December.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 22:41:41 +0000 Lucas Willard 52112 at http://wamc.org Industry Forecasters Predict Stronger Holiday Shopping Season in Mass. Hope Seen For Small Business Growth http://wamc.org/post/hope-seen-small-business-growth <p>Leading economists say there is considerable uncertainty weighing heavily on the economic outlook for Massachusetts. But, for now, the state&rsquo;s economy is doing comparatively well with signs of confidence in the future for small businesses.&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 16:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 41609 at http://wamc.org Hope Seen For Small Business Growth Vox Pop : Small Business Forum : 5/23/12 http://wamc.org/post/vox-pop-small-business-forum-52312 <p>Are you or do you aspire to be a small business owner? In this turbulent economic climate the prospect may be frightening, but today we&rsquo;ve got two guests who can offer some advice on getting your start-up, well, started.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 17:00:00 +0000 39637 at http://wamc.org