economy

Health Care
10:13 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Businesses Question Health Care Reform in Connecticut

WNPR’s Small Business Project is taking an in-depth look at the health care crisis facing small employers. In the second of our two reports, WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports on what’s being done to address the problem.

Almost everything about health care reform is controversial. But one thing everyone does agree on. It’s time to act.

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Education
6:16 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Closing The Gap - In The Suburbs, Too

Connecticut Mirror

First of three parts

    WEST HARTFORD--Xavier Rosa is stuck. The fourth-grader at Braeburn Elementary School knows that five is not a factor of 57-he got the question right on his homework assignment. And he knows that any number that ends in five is divisible by five. But his teacher, Michele Cashman, presses him to remember what the other half of the rule is, asking him how many cents he would have if he had two nickels.

    "Ten," he says.

    "So, what's in the one's place?"

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    Tourism
    11:26 am
    Tue March 1, 2011

    Fight Brews Over Tourism Dollars

    Harriet Jones

    Tourism is vital industry for Connecticut, generating some $14 billion in visitor spending each year. Small businesses are the mainstay of the sector. But as WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, many are worried about the future.

    Governor Dannel Malloy says he gets it on tourism.

    “We’re going to rethink in its entirety our approach to tourism—we’re going to work where partnerships work and we’re not going to carry partnerships that don’t work.”

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    Where We Live
    10:24 am
    Fri February 18, 2011

    The State of Big Biz

    Chion Wolf

    Governor Malloy says Connecticut’s “open for business” – but not everyone in the business community sees the same thing.

    First it was United Technologies saying that Connecticut might be too expensive a place to do business.  Now, Aetna’s saying the same thing. Is it possible that big corporations are making plans to get out of the state? Today we’re joined by The Hartford Courant’s Dan Haar, to talk about the role of Connecticut’s big employers in the future of the state.

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    Small Business
    2:48 pm
    Mon February 14, 2011

    Connecticut Exports Hit Record Level

    Last year President Obama challenged the nation’s businesses to double their exports within 5 years. Connecticut has been responding to that call, and as WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, small business has been a key part of the effort.

    Exporting—selling products overseas—is complex and often challenging. It may not seem to be a natural fit for a small business. Not so, says economist Peter Gioia of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.

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    The Faith Middleton Show
    9:17 am
    Tue February 1, 2011

    The Great Depression

    When the stock market crashed in 1929, Benjamin Roth was a young lawyer in Youngstown, Ohio. After he began to grasp the magnitude of what had happened to American economic life, he decided to set down his impressions in his diary.

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    Where We Live
    1:12 pm
    Wed January 26, 2011

    Waterbury Small Business Breakfast

    Chion Wolf

    We keep hearing that “small business” is what's going to drive an economic recovery.  But I have a question:  What is a small business anyway?

    The Small Business Administration says anything under 500 employees is the number - but that's depending on the industry. The state’s jobs bill last year says it's under 50 employees, although most economists seem to agree under 100 is a more realistic and inclusive measurement.

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    Small Business
    7:29 am
    Mon January 24, 2011

    Small Businesses Lead City Revitalization

    Harriet Jones

    WNPR’s Small Business Project is in Waterbury this week. 

    A special edition of Where We Live this Wednesday will come live from the Palace Theater in downtown Waterbury. 

    The Brass City has seen its share of hard times and economic upheaval, but revitalization efforts, many led by small business, are underway. 

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