Small Business http://wnpr.org en What's Behind the Connecticut-Made Brand? http://wnpr.org/post/whats-behind-connecticut-made-brand <p>What consumer product comes to mind when you&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">think of Vermont? Maple syrup, Cabot cheese, or Ben &amp; Jerry’s, perhaps? If that's what comes up in a kind of consumer word association, marketing gurus would nod their heads knowingly. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A strong product is great, but if you don’t build a strong brand, it won't sell. How are businesses and policy makers branding Connecticut-made products?</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:51:25 +0000 Sujata Srinivasan 25666 at http://wnpr.org What's Behind the Connecticut-Made Brand? Beer Fans Line Up For Small Batch Offerings At Vermont Brewer's Festival http://wnpr.org/post/beer-fans-line-small-batch-offerings-vermont-brewers-festival With over 30 breweries in Vermont- to say nothing of home brewers- there is craft beer being made in just about every corner of the state.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/vpr/audio/2014/07/vpr-beerfest-20140721.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>This past weekend, the <a href="http://www.vtbrewfest.com/">Vermont Brewer’s Festival </a>celebrated those beer makers, along with those visiting from New England and Quebec.<p>At the Burlington waterfront on Saturday, beer lovers lined up to sample a wide range of beers from Vermont’s ever-growing craft beer industry.<p>Now in its 22nd year, the Vermont Br Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:28:14 +0000 Annie Russell 25624 at http://wnpr.org Beer Fans Line Up For Small Batch Offerings At Vermont Brewer's Festival Berlin Limousine Firm Ordered to Pay $500,000 in Back Wages http://wnpr.org/post/berlin-limousine-firm-ordered-pay-500000-back-wages <p>A Berlin limousine firm has been ordered to pay its drivers half a million dollars in back wages and damages, after it failed to pay overtime for several years.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:59:50 +0000 Harriet Jones 25044 at http://wnpr.org Berlin Limousine Firm Ordered to Pay $500,000 in Back Wages Business Climate: Is Connecticut Really That Bad? http://wnpr.org/post/business-climate-connecticut-really-bad <p>A recent study saw Connecticut <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/101758236?_cldee=bWVhZ2hhbi5tYWNkb25hbGRAY2JpYS5jb20%3d&amp;utm_source=ClickDimensions&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=CD_NEWSROOM" target="_blank">drop once again in the ranking of business-friendly states</a>. According to CNBC, we’re now among the bottom five states in the nation in terms of our business climate.</p><p>There is a view out there, however, that things may not be so bad after all.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 03:02:59 +0000 Harriet Jones 24674 at http://wnpr.org Business Climate: Is Connecticut Really That Bad? Yo Is The Buzzy App Of The Moment, Whether Yo Like It Or Not http://wnpr.org/post/yo-buzzy-app-moment-whether-yo-it-or-not <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeLZCy-_m3s</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:27:00 +0000 Elise Hu 23987 at http://wnpr.org Yo Is The Buzzy App Of The Moment, Whether Yo Like It Or Not Connecticut Vaccine Company Gets $50 Million in Federal Funding http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-vaccine-company-gets-50-million-federal-funding <p>Meriden’s Protein Sciences has been awarded a multi-million dollar extension to its contract with the federal government to provide flu vaccines.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:26:12 +0000 Harriet Jones 23836 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Vaccine Company Gets $50 Million in Federal Funding How Connecticut Manufacturing Businesses Have Beat the Odds For 100 Years http://wnpr.org/post/how-connecticut-manufacturing-businesses-have-beat-odds-100-years <p>The odds were never in favor of small businesses. Data from the Small Business Administration shows that only about one-third of all start-ups make it beyond the first ten years.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:27:12 +0000 Sujata Srinivasan 23576 at http://wnpr.org How Connecticut Manufacturing Businesses Have Beat the Odds For 100 Years Bringing Manufacturing Jobs Back to Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/bringing-manufacturing-jobs-back-connecticut-0 <p>This hour, we kick off our year-long <a href="http://wnpr.org/topic/manufacturing" target="_blank">Made in Connecticut series</a> with a conversation about keeping jobs in and bringing jobs back to Connecticut. Senator Chris Murphy joined us, along with WNPR’s Harriet Jones, and some folks from the local manufacturing industry, to take an in-depth look at the present and future of manufacturing in our state.</p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 22405 at http://wnpr.org Bringing Manufacturing Jobs Back to Connecticut Finding a New Business Paradigm For Connecticut Non-Profits http://wnpr.org/post/finding-new-business-paradigm-connecticut-non-profits <p>Giving to good causes is something many of us think about at the end of the year, as we send off a donation to a non-profit that we support. But what if you had the means and business expertise get more deeply involved in the work of your chosen cause? A new organization in Connecticut wants to harness that kind of talent.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 17:45:53 +0000 Harriet Jones 22259 at http://wnpr.org Finding a New Business Paradigm For Connecticut Non-Profits Teen's App Helps Pay Family's Bills http://wnpr.org/post/teens-app-helps-pay-familys-bills Michael Sayman is a 17-year-old game developer from Miami, whose app — 4 Snaps — has been going strong in the iTunes App Store. Sayman was highlighted at Facebook's development conference last week by Mark Zuckerberg. He graduates from high school this month and starts an internship at Facebook headquarters later this summer. Mon, 05 May 2014 16:41:38 +0000 editor 21306 at http://wnpr.org Teen's App Helps Pay Family's Bills How a Stamford Startup Is Disrupting the Online Ad Market http://wnpr.org/post/how-stamford-startup-disrupting-online-ad-market <p>Do you ever wonder how the banner ad that pops up on your favorite website gets there, and who chooses what you’ll see?</p><p>At the moment, the buying and selling of digital ads is largely controlled by big legacy agencies. But there’s a tiny upstart company in Stamford that wants to disrupt the growing market.</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:54:48 +0000 Harriet Jones 20978 at http://wnpr.org How a Stamford Startup Is Disrupting the Online Ad Market Reshoring Reaches Connecticut Manufacturers http://wnpr.org/post/reshoring-reaches-connecticut-manufacturers <p>As World War II came to a close, manufacturing in Connecticut employed close to half the state's working population. Now it accounts for only eleven percent of employment. That dramatic decline over half a century is due to one irresistible force:&nbsp;off-shoring, and the loss of work to cheaper labor markets in Asia. But that force may not be so irresistible after all.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:56:00 +0000 Harriet Jones 20648 at http://wnpr.org Reshoring Reaches Connecticut Manufacturers End May Be Near For Hartford Cabaret Series http://wnpr.org/post/end-may-be-near-hartford-cabaret-series <p>Dan Blow, the noted Hartford-based fashion designer who creatively refashioned himself into one of the city’s most industrious and illustrious concert producers, plans to pull up stakes in Hartford to live in the Bahamas; shutter his clothing business, sell his elegant Woodland Street condo, and in a severe blow to the local music scene, perhaps end his enormously popular&nbsp;Music@Japanalia&nbsp;series&nbsp;held primarily in his West End boutique.</p><p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:55:29 +0000 Owen McNally 20470 at http://wnpr.org End May Be Near For Hartford Cabaret Series New Haven Cardboard Furniture Company Goes Beyond One-Man Production http://wnpr.org/post/new-haven-cardboard-furniture-company-goes-beyond-one-man-production <p>In New Haven, there's a furniture shop where everything is designed, hand-made, and shipped by just one employee working with cardboard.</p><p>Now <a href="http://www.chairigami.com/" target="_blank">Zachary Rotholz of Chairigami</a> is working with manufacturers in Connecticut to scale up production of his cardboard furniture, and even make it high-tech.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:54:33 +0000 Alan Yu 19527 at http://wnpr.org New Haven Cardboard Furniture Company Goes Beyond One-Man Production No Laptops, No Wi-Fi: How One Cafe Fired Up Sales http://wnpr.org/post/no-laptops-no-wi-fi-how-one-cafe-fired-sales Customers chat, read the paper and order sandwiches and espresso drinks at the counter of <a href="http://augustfirstvt.com/">August First Bakery & Cafe</a> in Burlington, Vt., but there's something different here. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Annie Russell 19889 at http://wnpr.org No Laptops, No Wi-Fi: How One Cafe Fired Up Sales Bristol Business Gets a Boost -- From a Cash Mob http://wnpr.org/post/bristol-business-gets-boost-cash-mob <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By the time Bristol's West End Pizza was ready to open its doors on Saturday morning, there were a dozen patrons already outside, waiting to get in. You may have heard of a flash mob. Well, this is a financial version. The family owned pizzeria was the target of a "cash mob," which is essentially a group of people joining forces to give a business a really good day.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:33:56 +0000 J Holt 19456 at http://wnpr.org Bristol Business Gets a Boost -- From a Cash Mob City of Hartford Launches Mentor-Protégé Program http://wnpr.org/post/city-hartford-launches-mentor-prot-g-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many cities promote minority and women owned businesses by hiring them to provide services. But Hartford is going one step further -- with a mentoring program.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Shane Kelly is an ironwork contractor, and his company, Kelly Steel, has been a certified minority-owned business for years. He wants to expand his business into more areas of his industry. "I've been apprehensive, you know," he said. "No one wants to mess up."</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:42:35 +0000 J Holt 18927 at http://wnpr.org City of Hartford Launches Mentor-Protégé Program Need Money For Your Startup? Being An Attractive Male May Help http://wnpr.org/post/need-money-your-startup-being-attractive-male-may-help Google. Twitter. Facebook. Back before they got big, companies like these were just startup ideas, born in dorm rooms and run out of garages. Then came the venture capitalists: rich, older men ready to fund the brilliant ideas of younger, creative men.<p>But what if you are a woman with a startup idea? A new study says you might not do so well. It's been well-documented that businesses started by women receive very little venture capital money. <br /> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 21:57:00 +0000 editor 18872 at http://wnpr.org Need Money For Your Startup? Being An Attractive Male May Help Connecticut Job Numbers Tell a Complicated Story http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-job-numbers-tell-complicated-story <p><a href="http://www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi/laborsit.asp" target="_blank">The latest employment report from the state Department of Labor</a> showed a hopeful pick-up in job creation in Connecticut last year. But it also revealed a big loss in jobs in the first month of this year.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:24:19 +0000 Harriet Jones 18550 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Job Numbers Tell a Complicated Story Frank Rich Says Fox News Is Over http://wnpr.org/post/frank-rich-says-fox-news-over <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">From Faith Middleton:</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> One of the nation's most interesting thinkers, writer Frank Rich talks with us about </span><a href="http://nymag.com/news/frank-rich/fox-news-2014-2/" style="line-height: 1.5;">his analysis of what's happened to Fox News</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Essentially, Rich says liberals and centrists keep falling for the Fox game, by responding to Fox's silly stories, like the so-called war on Christmas, or the </span>birther<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> controversy. The bait is offered time and again, and usually taken. Witness MSNBC's constant responses to Fox “news” reports.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:43:35 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 18222 at http://wnpr.org Frank Rich Says Fox News Is Over Campaign Aims to Improve Business Climate in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/campaign-aims-improve-business-climate-connecticut <p>The state's poor business climate is a perennial complaint for Connecticut's largest business organization. And now it's launched a campaign to make it an urgent priority.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:40:12 +0000 Harriet Jones 18057 at http://wnpr.org Campaign Aims to Improve Business Climate in Connecticut Mixed Effects on Industry and Workers as Malloy Pushes for Higher Minimum Wage http://wnpr.org/post/mixed-effects-industry-and-workers-malloy-pushes-higher-minimum-wage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the pace of the gubernatorial campaign picks up, with the position </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">up for re-election this November,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dannel</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Malloy&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is making minimum wage a top priority issue.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A further increase in the minimum wage is one of the most politically polarizing debates the legislature is likely to see this session.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:04:58 +0000 Sujata Srinivasan 17458 at http://wnpr.org Mixed Effects on Industry and Workers as Malloy Pushes for Higher Minimum Wage Connecticut Sets Export Record http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-sets-export-record <p>Connecticut set a new record for exporting goods and services in 2013, one of just 16 states to do so. Connecticut is also punching above its weight in the value of the goods it sends abroad.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:11:02 +0000 Harriet Jones 16881 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Sets Export Record Hearing Over Sexual Assaults on College Campuses; Connecticut Ranks Second in AP http://wnpr.org/post/hearing-over-sexual-assaults-college-campuses-connecticut-ranks-second-ap <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TQfw4xtMlRQ" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The legislature’s higher education committee heard testimony on Tuesday over a bill aimed at improving sexual assault policies on Connecticut college campuses. The proposal would change how schools report sexual assaults involving both students and employees.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:04:54 +0000 Teri McCready 16835 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Touts Universal Pre-K; More Autistic Students in Seclusion http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-touts-universal-pre-k-more-autistic-students-seclusion <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CNH4P_31HCw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Near the end of his State of the State address last week, Governor Dannel Malloy discussed his propsosal for universal preschool by expanding state-supported early childhood education spaces by 4,000 over the next five years. The plan is already garnering nationwide attention. Malloy said the initiative would be a first in Connecticut history.</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:15:18 +0000 Teri McCready 16770 at http://wnpr.org Online Tool Helps Connecticut Businesses Navigate State Red Tape http://wnpr.org/post/online-tool-helps-connecticut-businesses-navigate-state-red-tape <p>The Secretary of the State <a href="http://www.concord-sots.ct.gov/CONCORD/NewBusinessFormation/BusinessRegistrationTool.jsp?pInquiry=false" target="_blank">has unveiled a new online tool for businesses to help them get off the ground.</a></p><p>According to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, the web resource has a very simple aim. "If you were a small business person who just wanted to start your own business for the first time," she said, "where would you start, and how would you do it?" Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:40:29 +0000 Harriet Jones 16748 at http://wnpr.org Online Tool Helps Connecticut Businesses Navigate State Red Tape Task Force on Pet Shops Issues Final Recommendations http://wnpr.org/post/task-force-pet-shops-issues-final-recommendations <p>A task force created to examine the sale of cats and dogs in Connecticut pet stores has issued its recommendations to curb the sale of animals that come from puppy mills.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:46:33 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 16298 at http://wnpr.org Task Force on Pet Shops Issues Final Recommendations Malloy Seeks $25 Million for Manufacturing Support http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-seeks-25-million-manufacturing-support <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Malloy administration wants to set aside more cash to help the state's manufacturers. </span><a href="http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?Q=538900&amp;A=4010" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">The&nbsp;proposal</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> seeks authorization from the legislature to set up a $25 million fund to help advanced manufacturing companies.</span></p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:59:30 +0000 Harriet Jones 16237 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Seeks $25 Million for Manufacturing Support DCF Developing Children's Behavioral Needs Plan; DEEP Commissioner Discusses Climate Change http://wnpr.org/post/dcf-developing-childrens-behavioral-needs-plan-deep-commissioner-discusses-climate-change <p>The proposal to address the behavioral, mental, and emotional needs of children is a requirement passed under legislation that was passed by the General Assembly last year. The plan is in response to the shooting in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. DCF is looking to create the plan with help from families along with experts and other advocates. It should be completed by October.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:35:37 +0000 Teri McCready 15453 at http://wnpr.org DCF Developing Children's Behavioral Needs Plan; DEEP Commissioner Discusses Climate Change Social Entrepreneur Supporters Lobby Connecticut Lawmakers to Recognize B-Corps http://wnpr.org/post/social-entrepreneur-supporters-lobby-connecticut-lawmakers-recognize-b-corps <p>Supporters of social entrepreneurship are once again lobbying lawmakers to create a new business structure in the state. They want Connecticut to pass a law allowing social enterprises to register as B-Corps, or benefit corporations. That would set them apart from other business entities that don't have a declared social mission.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:55:17 +0000 Harriet Jones & Heather Brandon 15442 at http://wnpr.org Social Entrepreneur Supporters Lobby Connecticut Lawmakers to Recognize B-Corps