entrepreneurs http://wnpr.org en 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 High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big http://wnpr.org/post/high-tech-maker-spaces-helping-little-startups-make-it-big Around the country, there are lots of tinkerers working on what they hope will be the next brilliant idea — but who don't have the tools in their garage to build it.<p>In dozens of cities, those innovators can set up shop in a "maker space" — community workshops where members have access to sophisticated tools and expertise.<p>Maker spaces have become hotbeds of technological innovation and entrepreneurship. Thu, 01 May 2014 11:31:00 +0000 editor 21082 at http://wnpr.org High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big Obamacare Enrollees Emboldened To Leave Jobs, Start Businesses http://wnpr.org/post/obamacare-enrollees-emboldened-leave-jobs-start-businesses Until recently, Mike Smith, 64, of Long Beach, Calif., worked 11 hours a day, Monday through Friday and then half a day on Saturday. He was a district manager for a national auto parts chain.<p>He dreamed of retiring early, but it wasn't an option for him because he and his wife relied on the health insurance tied to his job.<p>"At our age, with some pre-existing medical conditions, it would have been very costly to buy insurance on the open market — about $3,000 a month," he says.<p>But the Affordable Care Act changed that. Smith retired in January. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 01:12:00 +0000 editor 21026 at http://wnpr.org Obamacare Enrollees Emboldened To Leave Jobs, Start Businesses 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 What Do You Mean, Coding? http://wnpr.org/post/what-do-you-mean-coding-0 <p>Our schools teach a variety of foreign languages: Spanish, French, even Latin. But should we be focusing on the <a href="http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/09/ap_code/">language of computer programming?</a> Even NBA star Chris Bosh <a href="http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/10/chris-bosh-why-everyone-should-learn-to-code/">is asking everyone</a> from young kids to the homeless to learn to code. Why aren’t we teaching it more? It seems like President Obama needs an army of coders to fix the glitchy <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">HealthCare.gov </a>website.</p><p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky & Catie Talarski 14587 at http://wnpr.org What Do You Mean, Coding? 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 Can Connecticut Retain Its Star Tech Companies? http://wnpr.org/post/can-connecticut-retain-its-star-tech-companies <p>Connecticut has its share of tech giants, like Priceline.com and TicketNetwork. But it's increasingly up against stiff competition from other states to grow and retain technology companies.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 14:47:31 +0000 Sarah Miner 10916 at http://wnpr.org Can Connecticut Retain Its Star Tech Companies? Bill Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg and Snoop Dogg Agree: Learn to Code http://wnpr.org/post/bill-clinton-mark-zuckerberg-and-snoop-dogg-agree-learn-code <p>It may not be enough anymore to just be tech-literate. There is a mainstream push to teach people, both kids and adults alike, to be code-literate. On an episode of <i>Where We Live</i>, there was a discussion with people who code, making the case for more code education.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:59:31 +0000 Tucker Ives 10747 at http://wnpr.org Bill Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg and Snoop Dogg Agree: Learn to Code State's Entrepreneur Ecosystem Awards Second Round of Funding http://wnpr.org/post/states-entrepreneur-ecosystem-awards-second-round-funding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Five million dollars in state funding has been awarded to more than 20 organizations that will promote start-up businesses in Connecticut through the state's entrepreneurial ecosystem.&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ctnext.com" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">CT Next</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was launched a year ago to try to create a climate that would support entrepreneurs and foster successful startup businesses. But the first year got off to a slow start, and there was disagreement about who should take the lead in developing the ecosystem.</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:54:34 +0000 Harriet Jones 10720 at http://wnpr.org State's Entrepreneur Ecosystem Awards Second Round of Funding What Do You Mean, Coding? http://wnpr.org/post/what-do-you-mean-coding <p>Our schools teach a variety of foreign languages: Spanish, French, even Latin. But should we be focusing on the <a href="http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/09/ap_code/">language of computer programming?</a> Even NBA star Chris Bosh <a href="http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/10/chris-bosh-why-everyone-should-learn-to-code/">is asking everyone</a> from young kids to the homeless to learn to code. Why aren’t we teaching it more? It seems like President Obama needs an army of coders to fix the glitchy <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">HealthCare.gov </a>website.</p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:04:54 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky & Catie Talarski 10638 at http://wnpr.org What Do You Mean, Coding? New Business Incubator at Fairfield University is a Place to Network http://wnpr.org/post/new-business-incubator-fairfield-university-place-network <p>Businesses need somewhere to start out in life, and incubators are an increasingly popular solution. The new business incubator at Fairfield University aims to foster links with the community.</p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:32:49 +0000 Harriet Jones 10464 at http://wnpr.org New Business Incubator at Fairfield University is a Place to Network A Company's Tweets Can Help Make It Creditworthy http://wnpr.org/post/companys-tweets-can-help-make-it-creditworthy For many online and other small businesses, getting a loan or a big cash advance is tough. Banks and other traditional lenders are often leery of those without years of financial statements and solid credit scores.<p>But some lenders and other financial services companies are beginning to assess credit risk differently — using criteria you might not expect.<p>Jeffrey Grossman is an acupuncturist in Bellingham, Wash. He's also a small businessman. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:37:00 +0000 editor 9549 at http://wnpr.org A Company's Tweets Can Help Make It Creditworthy Hartford Boosts Immigrant Entrepreneurs http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-boosts-immigrant-entrepreneurs <p>People who immigrate to the United States are twice as likely as native born Americans to start their own businesses. A new organization in Hartford says that entrepreneurial spirit needs to be fostered to help the city&#39;s economy.</p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:52:16 +0000 Harriet Jones 9374 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Boosts Immigrant Entrepreneurs Startups in Connecticut Develop Software Talent Pipeline http://wnpr.org/post/startups-connecticut-develop-software-talent-pipeline <p>The job of software developer is one of the hottest occupations in the world right now, and demand for developers is only expected to accelerate. That poses a dilemma for startup technology companies here in Connecticut. In an incredibly competitive marketplace, how do they find and cultivate the right talent? One program in Connecticut is trying to come up with a solution.</p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:45:39 +0000 Harriet Jones 7931 at http://wnpr.org Startups in Connecticut Develop Software Talent Pipeline How Reddit Emerged From A Rejected (And Very Different) Idea http://wnpr.org/post/how-reddit-emerged-rejected-and-very-different-idea <a href="http://www.reddit.com/about/" target="_blank">Reddit</a> calls itself "the front page of the Internet." The social news site and global discussion board has become increasingly popular since it launched in 2005. Topics range from politics and entertainment to animal videos and conspiracy theories. Many public figures have used Reddit to reach out to fans and supporters, and last year, President Obama used the site to answer voter questions live.<p>Reddit was founded by Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman. Sat, 05 Oct 2013 19:58:00 +0000 editor 7844 at http://wnpr.org How Reddit Emerged From A Rejected (And Very Different) Idea New Direction for CTNext http://wnpr.org/post/new-direction-ctnext <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It’s been just over a year since Connecticut began to create an ecosystem for entrepreneurs. Dubbed CT Next, the system has launched four hubs, hosted many events, signed up hundreds of nascent companies and spent almost five million dollars. But as it goes into its second year it has changed direction and some are left wondering if enough has been achieved.</p><p></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:11:05 +0000 Harriet Jones 3648 at http://wnpr.org New Direction for CTNext Starting a Business Out of High School http://wnpr.org/post/starting-business-out-high-school <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Harriet/sbhighschoolers0528.mp3</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 02:22:18 +0000 Sujata Srinivasan 604 at http://wnpr.org Starting a Business Out of High School Connecticut Startup Culture http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-startup-culture <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Heather/Where%20We%20Live%2001-29-2013.mp3</p><p></p><p>It’s been a little over a year since Governor Dannel Malloy announced Startup Connecticut - an effort to support entrepreneurship in the state. The idea is to create an “<a href="http://www.ctnext.com/">innovation ecosystem</a>” to grow the economy. The state is setting up <a href="http://www.ctnext.com/hubs/">four innovation hubs</a>. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:58:57 +0000 John Dankosky 7075 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Startup Culture Bootstrapping Your Business http://wnpr.org/post/bootstrapping-your-business <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/ss%20120604%20sb%20non-vc.mp3</p><p></p><p>You’d think most entrepreneurs would follow the Facebook formula for success. Take an idea, bankroll it with venture capital, and float an initial public offering worth billions of dollars. But that’s not what every start-up wants. WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan reports.</p><!--StartFragment--><p class="MsoNormal"><o p=""></o></p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:40:41 +0000 Sujata Srinivasan 4979 at http://wnpr.org Bootstrapping Your Business Optimism, Ideals Drive Teen Entrepreneurs http://wnpr.org/post/optimism-ideals-drive-teen-entrepreneurs <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/ss%20120507%20teen%20ents.mp3</p><p></p><p>Most people wait till adulthood to discover their knack for business. But others tap into their entrepreneurial spirit before they even hold a drivers license. In the second of a two part series on young inventors, WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan meets the teen entrepreneurs.</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 16:59:00 +0000 Sujata Srinivasan 7732 at http://wnpr.org Optimism, Ideals Drive Teen Entrepreneurs Angels Seek Connecticut Investments http://wnpr.org/post/angels-seek-connecticut-investments <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/ss%20120302%20ss%20angelvc.mp3</p><p></p><p>Connecticut’s angel investment tax credit appears to be working as new figures show increased funding for start-up companies. Less encouraging, venture capital investments, the next stage of funding required for a company to grow, declined statewide last year. WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan reports.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 16:16:56 +0000 Sujata Srinivasan 6144 at http://wnpr.org Angels Seek Connecticut Investments Business Boot Camp Gives Veterans A New Start http://wnpr.org/post/business-boot-camp-gives-veterans-new-start-0 The pullout of American troops in Iraq and those returning from Afghanistan have brought many service members back to their families and into the civilian job market.<p>While there is a new law that offers incentives to employers who hire them, many veterans across the country are trying to start their own businesses. A rigorous, free <a href="http://whitman.syr.edu/ebv/">program started at Syracuse University</a> is giving them the tools to be their own boss.<p>Twenty-five-year-old Edward Young spends a lot of time in his Ford truck. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 7865 at http://wnpr.org Business Boot Camp Gives Veterans A New Start Business Boot Camp Gives Veterans a New Start http://wnpr.org/post/business-boot-camp-gives-veterans-new-start <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/2012/2012_02_28_File%20LN%20120229%20EBV%20folo.wav.mp3</p><p></p><p><em>A version of this story aired on NPR&#39;s &quot;All Things Considered&quot; on February 29, 2012</em></p><p>A few months ago, WNPR reported on a unique training program for veterans at the University of Connecticut. A consortium of business schools run The Entreprenuership Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, which teaches veterans to be their own boss.</p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:47:11 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 6154 at http://wnpr.org Business Boot Camp Gives Veterans a New Start Stamford Innovation Center Opens For Business http://wnpr.org/post/stamford-innovation-center-opens-business <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/hj%20120203%20stamford%20inc%20FOR%20BIZ.mp3</p><p></p><p>The City of Stamford hopes to attract high-tech entrepreneurs with a new initiative to convert its Old Town Hall into a business incubator.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">Stamford&rsquo;s gracious, marble-lined Old Town Hall occupies some prime real estate in the center of town, but it hasn&rsquo;t served as a hub for the town since the 1960s. Now it&rsquo;s bustling once again.</p><p class="MsoNormal">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a center of gravity and it works for the whole community.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 16:30:09 +0000 Harriet Jones 6262 at http://wnpr.org Stamford Innovation Center Opens For Business State's Business Loans Mired In Paperwork http://wnpr.org/post/states-business-loans-mired-paperwork <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/ss%20120117%20sb%20decd%20loans.mp3</p><p></p><p>Last year’s jobs bill set aside $100 million as a loan pool to help small businesses grow and create jobs. It’s dubbed the Small Business Express Package, and applicants were promised a quick turnaround. State officials have been touring the state to explain the program to businesses that might benefit. But as WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan reports, they have yet to finalize a loan.</p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:52:57 +0000 Sujata Srinivasan 6339 at http://wnpr.org State's Business Loans Mired In Paperwork Older Entrepreneurs More Numerous, Successful http://wnpr.org/post/older-entrepreneurs-more-numerous-successful <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/hj%20120110%20sb%20crusties.mp3</p><p></p><p>If you want to start your own business, your age may be a critical factor in your success. But not in the way you might imagine. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Picture an entrepreneur. Are you thinking of a young, intense 20-something, up all night writing computer code? The reality, more often than not, is at the other end of the age spectrum.</p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:40:47 +0000 Harriet Jones 6368 at http://wnpr.org Older Entrepreneurs More Numerous, Successful Small Business Breakfast: Young Entrepreneurs http://wnpr.org/post/small-business-breakfast-young-entrepreneurs <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Where%20We%20Live%2011-16-2011.mp3</p><p></p><p>We keep hearing that the job prospects for young workers aren't very good. So, what if they start their own businesses?&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:34:32 +0000 John Dankosky 8240 at http://wnpr.org Small Business Breakfast: Young Entrepreneurs Bootcamp Turns Veterans Into Entrepreneurs http://wnpr.org/post/bootcamp-turns-veterans-entrepreneurs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recent college graduates are finding it difficult to get a job at a time when the national unemployment rate remains stagnant at nine percent. But imagine if you&#39;re a veteran just back from serving overseas. You&#39;re trying to find employment while carrying the physical and mental effects of war. A consortium of schools including the University of Connecticut are helping turn disabled veterans into small business-owners. Mon, 26 Sep 2011 12:17:02 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 8513 at http://wnpr.org Bootcamp Turns Veterans Into Entrepreneurs Reaching Out To The Business Community http://wnpr.org/post/reaching-out-business-community <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/RR5PS2_c.mp3</p><p></p><p>Connecticut’s <a href="http://www.ctsbdc.org/" target="_blank">Small Business Development Center</a> – the SBDC – has been using federal funds to provide help and advice to companies in the state for some 30 years. Now it’s re-organized itself to be closer to the entrepreneurial community. WNPR’s Harriet Jones visited with one of the center’s new regional representatives.</p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 17:40:27 +0000 Harriet Jones 9012 at http://wnpr.org Reaching Out To The Business Community But Wait, There's More! http://wnpr.org/post/wait-theres-more <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Commodore%20Skahill/Colin%20McEnroe%20Show%2006-30-2011.mp3</p><p></p><p>There&#39;s something funny about some infomercials.&nbsp;We wasted a certain amount of office time today studying <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZeJZs2fdYo&amp;feature=youtu.be">a kind of curved stick</a> that one attaches toilet paper to so that one can extend one&#39;s reach.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 19:02:19 +0000 Colin McEnroe 9020 at http://wnpr.org But Wait, There's More!