Business

Farming
1:06 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Agriculture Chief Hopes Grants Boost "Locally Grown"

Sujata Srinivasan

The recent growth in farmer's markets in Connecticut speaks to the increasing popularity of locally grown food. Now the state's Department of Agriculture has big plans for Connecticut-grown produce to fuel the economy and create jobs.  

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News
1:06 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Agriculture Chief Hopes Grants Boost "Locally Grown"

Sujata Srinivasan

The recent growth in farmer's markets in Connecticut speaks to the increasing popularity of locally grown food. Now the state's Department of Agriculture has big plans for Connecticut-grown produce to fuel the economy and create jobs. 

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Where We Live
2:46 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

What's Up With Stuff?

Mike Baird (Flickr Creative Commons)

Seventeen days after a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh, a woman was pulled alive from the rubble. But more than 1,000 people have been confirmed dead in the tragedy.

This has renewed questions about where all the stuff we buy in America comes from.

NPR’s Planet Money has been trying to tackle this question for the last three years by making their own t-shirt.

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News
7:36 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Game Xchange Owner Named Connecticut Small Business Person Of The Year By SBA

J Holt

Businessman Chris Runyan isn't one to follow a trend. In an online, downloadable world, he's built a successful brick and mortar business. And, in a time when companies are moving out of state, he relocated from Arkansas to Connecticut to do it.

When Chris Runyan moved to Connecticut in 2009, he came with the intention to start his own business. He said, "My goal was to get six stores on the ground in three years." 

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Small Business
7:36 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Game Xchange Owner Named Connecticut Small Business Person Of The Year By SBA

J Holt

Businessman Chris Runyan isn't one to follow a trend. In an online, downloadable world, he's built a successful brick and mortar business. And, in a time when companies are moving out of state, he relocated from Arkansas to Connecticut to do it. WNPR's J Holt met him.

When Chris Runyan moved to Connecticut in 2009, he came with the intention to start his own business.

Runyan- "My goal was to get 6 stores on the ground in 3 years." 

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Gun Market
10:59 am
Mon April 29, 2013

GE Capital Ends Funding for Small Gun Retailers

Wikimedia Commons

When GE Capital announced it will no longer finance gun purchases at small firearms dealers, it predictably drew both praise and criticism. But the company’s own explanation of the move seemed to raise more questions than it answered. 

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News
9:38 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Companies Learn to Blend Physical and Virtual Commerce

The debate over the Amazon tax seemed to put e-commerce giants on one side of a bright line, and brick and mortar businesses on the other. But the fact is that the distinctions between real and virtual businesses aren't so clearly defined.

 

Manufacturing might seem to you and me to be the ultimate brick and mortar business. It's an industry where you make things you can drop on your toe in a building you can walk into. Not so, says David Drake.

 

"All the commerce I do is done electronically."

 

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Ecommerce
9:38 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Companies Learn to Blend Physical and Virtual Commerce

The debate over the Amazon tax seemed to put e-commerce giants on one side of a bright line, and brick and mortar businesses on the other. But the fact is that the distinctions between real and virtual businesses aren't so clearly defined.... as WNPR's Harriet Jones reports.

 

Manufacturing might seem to you and me to be the ultimate brick and mortar business. It's an industry where you make things you can drop on your toe in a building you can walk into. Not so, says David Drake.

 

"All the commerce I do is done electronically."

 

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News
3:57 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Courant: From Wolfpack To Whale, and Back Again

It may be time to say goodbye to the Whale...again. Hartford's minor league hockey team could soon have a new name.

The team used to be known as the Hartford Wolf Pack. Then, in 2010, it was renamed the Hartford Whale -- a throwback to the city's onetime NHL Whalers.

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Small Business
10:47 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Bridgeport Corner Store Struggles After Sandy

Sujata Srinivasan

Almost six months after Superstorm Sandy, some businesses are still fighting to get back on their feet. Pop’s Grocery, a 52-year-old corner store in Bridgeport, was inundated by floodwater during the storm. As part of her series on recovery after Sandy, WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan went back to visit.

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Sandy Recovery
10:47 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Bridgeport Corner Store Struggles After Sandy

Sujata Srinivasan

Almost six months after Superstorm Sandy, some businesses are still fighting to get back on their feet. Pop’s Grocery, a 52-year-old corner store in Bridgeport, was inundated by floodwater during the storm. As part of her series on recovery after Sandy, WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan went back to visit.

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News
11:27 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

What Jobless Numbers Can - and Can't - Tell Us

Sujata Srinivasan

The Connecticut Department of Labor says economic recovery is taking longer than expected because of the lingering effects of a balance sheet recession  – the most severe of its kind. Sectors saw steep reductions in their networth and consumers are still paying off personal debt. It’s a delicate environment where any negative trends could tip the apple cart, say economists at a panel discussion at the Labor Department. 

 

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Economic Recovery
11:27 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

What Jobless Numbers Can - and Can't - Tell Us

Sujata Srinivasan

The Connecticut Department of Labor says economic recovery is taking longer than expected because of the lingering effects of a balance sheet recession  – the most severe of its kind. Sectors saw steep reductions in their networth and consumers are still paying off personal debt. It’s a delicate environment where any negative trends could tip the apple cart, say economists at a panel discussion at the Labor Department. WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan reports. 

 

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News
9:37 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Physicians Seek Bargaining Power

Harriet Jones

Connecticut's system of primary healthcare still relies heavily on small, physician-owned practices. It's a quaint hangover in a world that's increasingly dominated by large multi-specialty groups, and hospital-owned practices. But as WNPR's Harriet Jones reports, Connecticut's small practice doctors are looking to wield just a bit more clout.

Dr Doug Gerard sees his last patient of the morning. He's an internist in New Hartford, the only primary care doctor in town.

"Knock on wood, I haven't missed a day in practice due to illness since the beginning."

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News
10:34 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Connecticut's Craft Beer Industry Booms

J. Holt

The 2013 Craft Brewers Conference was held in the nation's capital this past week, and it drew over 6,000 attendees from an industry growing steadily amid an otherwise struggling economy. As WNPR's J. Holt reports, Connecticut's Craft Brewing industry is experiencing an explosion of it's own.

Mark Sigman: "Basically we're just transferring the second round of water, hot water, into the mash tun here." 

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Breweries
10:34 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Connecticut's Craft Beer Industry Booms

J. Holt

The 2013 Craft Brewers Conference was held in the nation's capital this past week, and it drew over 6,000 attendees from an industry growing steadily amid an otherwise struggling economy. As WNPR's J. Holt reports, Connecticut's Craft Brewing industry is experiencing an explosion of it's own.

Mark Sigman: "Basically we're just transferring the second round of water, hot water, into the mash tun here." 

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News
12:48 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Postal Service To Reduce Operations At Two Processing Plants

Diane Orson

The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to reduce operations at two Connecticut mail processing plants this summer. That’s earlier than anyone expected, and could affect more than a thousand workers. 

There’s been talk for a long time about closing or cutting back operations at postal facilities in Wallingford and Stamford. But last year, USPS officials assured workers – and CT’s Congressional delegation -  that nothing would happen before 2014.

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News
12:38 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Pfizer Will Tear Down Empty Lab Space in Groton

Harriet Jones

Drug giant Pfizer says it’s going to tear down 750,000 square feet of unused laboratory space on its Groton campus. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, the move comes after frantic efforts in recent months to find a reuse for the facility.

 

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Drugs or Demolition
12:38 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Pfizer Will Tear Down Empty Lab Space in Groton

Harriet Jones

Drug giant Pfizer says it’s going to tear down 750,000 square feet of unused laboratory space on its Groton campus. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, the move comes after frantic efforts in recent months to find a reuse for the facility.

 

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News
12:31 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

CT's Coastline Generates Billions for the Economy

Harriet Jones

A new study says Connecticut’s coastline is worth at least $7 billion to the state’s economy. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

 

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The Coast is Clear... And A Money Maker
12:31 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

CT's Coastline Generates Billions for the Economy

Harriet Jones

A new study says Connecticut’s coastline is worth at least $7 billion to the state’s economy. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

 

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High-End Foods
10:08 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Specialty Foods Make a Comeback

Sujata Srinivasan

Specialty foods like handcrafted chocolate and gluten-free organic pasta may be pricey, but some small business owners say they’re seeing a pick up in demand. WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan reports on how entrepreneurs in the high-end food business have pulled through the recession, priming their business for growth.

 

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Playing Games With People's Lives?
10:30 am
Thu March 21, 2013

A Thousand Sub Base Workers Face Pay Cuts

Sequestration is already here, but most of us have yet to notice any effects. That’s not true for hundreds of people in Connecticut who work for the Department of Defense in civilian jobs. Right now they are figuring out ways to manage financially when their paychecks take a dive next month. WNPR’s Harriet Jones spoke to some of them.

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War Means Money
8:55 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Iraq and Connecticut's Defense Industry

Sikorsky Aircraft

The war in Iraq has had a profound effect on Connecticut’s economy in the last decade. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, it has vastly increased the importance of the defense industry.

 

Connecticut has always had a strong reliance on the Department of Defense, but Pentagon spending here acquired a new importance in recent years.

 

“You’ve seen about a threefold increase since  2003. That’s an enormous number and it’s an enormous part of our state’s GDP.”

 

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Aviation
10:55 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Connecticut Goes To Paris

Despite the economic downturn, aerospace is a thriving international business. But for small manufacturers in Connecticut, it can be a challenge to plug into global markets. This summer, some of them will have a chance to show their wares at the famous Paris Air Show. WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan reports.

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No Luck For Business Owners
9:17 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Business Owners Seek Support at Capitol

Harriet Jones

Small business owners from around Connecticut came to Hartford this week – urging the Governor and the legislature not to add to their burdens. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

                                                   

When pundits talk sometimes about Connecticut being business un-friendly, this is an example of what they mean.

 

“I wrote all of the senators, all the representatives, I wrote Malloy’s office, I put phone calls in, I put emails in, and I have never received a single reply from anybody.”

 

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The Little Guy
11:23 am
Thu March 7, 2013

State Reboots Small Business Counseling

Boating Business
1:46 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Connecticut's Marine Industry Impacted By Hurricane Sandy

When Hurricane Sandy blew across the Northeast it caused devastating damage to the boating industry. The losses could amount to more than half a billion dollars. And as WNPR’s J Holt reports, Connecticut’s marine industry is still feeling the effects four months later.

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Local Support
9:54 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Nurturing Home Grown Business

Sujata Srinivasan

Economic recovery is often tied to increasing exports and attracting foreign investments. But some economists say it’s just as important to grow what’s known as the “non-tradable” sector - small businesses that provide products and services for people who live here. WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan reports.

 

History major Maggie Downie was working in museum education when she realized she wanted to start her own business. 

 

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International
9:48 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Eurozone Troubles Cause Connecticut Ripples

Sujata Srinivasan

Europe’s economy is in trouble. Just last week, the European Commission said it believes the continent is about to see a second consecutive year of economic contraction. That could be bad news for some companies in the Nutmeg state, as WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan reports.

 

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