Textiles are once again being produced in Stafford Springs. Eight months after the Warren Corporation mills closed, ending the industry in Connecticut, the newly-reopened company has taken its first work order.
What consumer product comes to mind when youÂ think of Vermont? Maple syrup, Cabot cheese, or Ben & Jerryâ€™s, perhaps? If that's what comes up in a kind of consumer word association, marketing gurus would nod their heads knowingly.
A strong product is great, but if you donâ€™t build a strong brand, it won't sell. How are businesses and policy makers branding Connecticut-made products?
This hour, we kick off our year-long Made in Connecticut series with a conversation about keeping jobs in and bringing jobs back to Connecticut. Senator Chris Murphy joined us, along with WNPRâ€™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.
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.
Michael Sayman is a 17-year-old game developer from Miami, whose app â€” 4 Snaps â€” 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. Sayman spoke with Tell Me More about his app, how he used the proceeds to help his family and how some schools and teachers are overlooking the importance of tech.
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:Â off-shoring, and the loss of work to cheaper labor markets in Asia. But that force may not be so irresistible after all.
Dan Blow, the noted Hartford-based fashion designer who creatively refashioned himself into one of the cityâ€™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 popularÂ Music@JapanaliaÂ seriesÂ held primarily in his West End boutique.
Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 8:46 am
Customers chat, read the paper and order sandwiches and espresso drinks at the counter of August First Bakery & Cafe in Burlington, Vt., but there's something different here. Where there used to be the familiar glow of laptop screens and the clicking of keyboards, now the devices are banned.
"I was here working on my laptop when I looked over and saw that there's a sign that says 'laptop-free,' " says Luna Colt, a senior at the University of Vermont.
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.Â
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.Â
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."
Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 8:47 pm
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.
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.
From Faith Middleton: One of the nation's most interesting thinkers, writer Frank Rich talks with us about his analysis of what's happened to Fox News. 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 birther controversy. The bait is offered time and again, and usually taken. Witness MSNBC's constant responses to Fox â€śnewsâ€ť reports.
As the pace of the gubernatorial campaign picks up, with the position up for re-election this November,Â GovernorÂ DannelÂ MalloyÂ is making minimum wage a top priority issue.Â A further increase in the minimum wage is one of the most politically polarizing debates the legislature is likely to see this session.Â
The legislatureâ€™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.
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.
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?"
The Malloy administration wants to set aside more cash to help the state's manufacturers. TheÂ proposal seeks authorization from the legislature to set up a $25 million fund to help advanced manufacturing companies.