small business http://wnpr.org en 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 Employers Contemplate Private Health Care Exchanges http://wnpr.org/post/employers-contemplate-private-health-care-exchanges <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While we've heard a lot in the last few months about public health care exchanges, another, less publicized change is taking place in the world of employer sponsored health care: private exchanges.</span></p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 05:45:58 +0000 Harriet Jones 14819 at http://wnpr.org Employers Contemplate Private Health Care Exchanges Hartford Stage Sees Better Economy, Brighter Future http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-stage-sees-better-economy-brighter-future <p>It’s that time of the year when miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and sweet Tiny Tim electrify the Hartford Stage with their heart-warming story, like they have these past 15 years. But now, in honor of the theater's&nbsp;50th anniversary season, the production has redesigned costumes, more special effects, and new lighting.</p><p>The holiday cheer is much needed. The multiple award-winning Hartford Stage, like its counterparts nationwide, has struggled through the tough economy.</p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:06:00 +0000 Sujata Srinivasan 14662 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Stage Sees Better Economy, Brighter Future 5 New Year's Resolutions From Women To Watch http://wnpr.org/post/5-new-years-resolutions-women-watch New Year's resolutions: Sometimes we make them; usually we break them. The annual goals are intended to bring out the best in us — but what if you're already extremely accomplished?<p>These five women have worked hard to help others, through businesses, innovation and writing. Four of them were speakers at the TEDWomen conference earlier in December in San Francisco (Katrina Alcorn was an attendee).<p>You might expect their resolutions to be far-reaching, but for 2014, they're hoping to focus and maybe even get a little rest. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:17:00 +0000 editor 14706 at http://wnpr.org 5 New Year's Resolutions From Women To Watch East Hartford-Based Moonshiners Implement Inclusive Hiring Practices http://wnpr.org/post/east-hartford-based-moonshiners-implement-inclusive-hiring-practices <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I’m with production manager </span>Eryka<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Wright on the shop floor of East Hartford-based Onyx Spirits Co. LLC,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">which makes handcrafted Prohibition-era moonshine. While some workers carry boxes, Wright and one of her employees are doing the chicken dance. "We do random dance outbreaks to keep the blood flowing and keep the energy high," she said. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wright supervises employees with developmental disabilities. They're trained by MARC Inc., a state-funded, Manchester-based not-for-profit chapter of ARC, a national advocacy group for people with disabilities such as autism, Down's syndrome, and fragile X. The organization places workers at companies across Connecticut, including Bob’s Discount Furniture, Gerber Scientific, and McDonald’s franchises.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Sujata Srinivasan 14433 at http://wnpr.org East Hartford-Based Moonshiners Implement Inclusive Hiring Practices Frontier to Buy AT&T's Landline Business http://wnpr.org/post/frontier-buy-atts-landline-business <p>Stamford-based Frontier Communications announced plans to buy the landline service of AT&amp;T in Connecticut. About&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">1.4 million households in Connecticut will be affected by the sale of the business, which includes Internet subscribers and U-verse video customers.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 04:15:09 +0000 Harriet Jones 14129 at http://wnpr.org Frontier to Buy AT&T's Landline Business Vendors Prepare for Connecticut's Medical Marijuana Market http://wnpr.org/post/vendors-prepare-connecticuts-medical-marijuana-market <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Department of Consumer Protection&nbsp;is expected to award licenses by early 2014 to producers and dispensaries for the newly legalized medical marijuana market. In a ripple effect, other companies are also gearing up to grow market share in a new industry, estimated at $1.7 billion nationally by the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>, and predicted to quadruple in size during the next five years.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:53:30 +0000 Sujata Srinivasan 14026 at http://wnpr.org Vendors Prepare for Connecticut's Medical Marijuana Market Legislative Turmoil, but Record Sales for Connecticut Gun Makers http://wnpr.org/post/legislative-turmoil-record-sales-connecticut-gun-makers <p>It’s been a momentous year for the gun industry in many ways, and for Connecticut’s gun makers more than for most. Events in Newtown changed the landscape for an industry which some people feel is implicated in the tragedy. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 06:04:05 +0000 Harriet Jones 13619 at http://wnpr.org Legislative Turmoil, but Record Sales for Connecticut Gun Makers Technology Center Offers Help to Small Manufacturers http://wnpr.org/post/technology-center-offers-help-small-manufacturers <p>Manufacturers who want to solve technical problems or use new advanced processes are being offered state assistance. The <a href="http://www.ccat.us/" target="_blank">Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology</a> in East Hartford is looking for up to five small or mid-sized companies for its <a href="http://www.ccat.us/media-center/#" target="_blank">Manufacturing Technical Assistance Program</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:11:43 +0000 Harriet Jones 13524 at http://wnpr.org Technology Center Offers Help to Small Manufacturers Don't Register Your Business With The State? It Might Get Dissolved. http://wnpr.org/post/dont-register-your-business-state-it-might-get-dissolved <p>The Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill, said she may seek the authority to dissolve companies that don't comply with state registration requirements.</p><p>All businesses forming in the state must register with the office each year.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:38:36 +0000 Harriet Jones 13451 at http://wnpr.org Don't Register Your Business With The State? It Might Get Dissolved. Malloy Touts Economic Track Record, Launches New Transparency Initiative http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-touts-economic-track-record-launches-new-transparency-initiative <p>The public will soon have access to a one-stop web portal for information on tax credits and direct financial assistance the state is offering to help businesses grow and expand in Connecticut. Governor Dannel Malloy at a press conference in Bloomfield said taxpayers have the right to know what their state government is doing to promote economic development and job creation.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:56:38 +0000 Sujata Srinivasan 13380 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Touts Economic Track Record, Launches New Transparency Initiative Small-Business Access To Online Health Exchanges Delayed Again http://wnpr.org/post/small-business-access-online-health-exchanges-delayed-again The Obama administration is delaying yet again online signup for small businesses through the Affordable Care Act. The program was intended to make it easier for small employers to provide health insurance to their workers on a more equal footing with big business.<p>Employers with 50 or fewer workers were supposed to be able to participate in something called the <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/what-is-the-shop-marketplace/">SHOP marketplace</a>, for Small Business Health Options. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 13119 at http://wnpr.org Small-Business Access To Online Health Exchanges Delayed Again Downtown Businesses Look for Holiday Boost http://wnpr.org/post/downtown-businesses-look-holiday-boost <p>Black Friday is rapidly approaching, and ads from the national chains and the big box stores are hard to ignore. But once again this year, small retailers are hoping to catch a slice of the holiday shopping action.</p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:03:32 +0000 Harriet Jones 13080 at http://wnpr.org Downtown Businesses Look for Holiday Boost Small Firms May Soon Turn To Crowdfunding To Sell Shares http://wnpr.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 14:06:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 12997 at http://wnpr.org Small Firms May Soon Turn To Crowdfunding To Sell Shares