Small Business

December 29, 2016, 10am PST
Entrepreneurship is a hot word these days. Lots of towns say they would like to attract more entrepreneurs and grow their small business communities. But how do you do it?
Modern Cities
August 12, 2014, 6am PDT
For a city famous for high cost of living, incredible demand for housing, famous examples of gentrification, and political pressure to build, New York City is lagging behind the volumes of residential construction approved in comparable cities.
The Wall Street Journal
November 20, 2012, 9am PST
Allyn Gaestel outlines the tensions that arise as a growing Vietnamese community begins to define the visual character of Washington Ave. in South Philadelphia.
Next American City
October 7, 2012, 5am PDT
Participants from a conference called the Inner City Economic Summit offer a variety of themes on "What Works" for meeting the needs of inner cities economies.
EngagingCities
February 24, 2012, 5am PST
Chuck Wolfe traces the comeback of sandwich board signage in cities, explains how associated regulations work, and offers reasons why such signage should be carefully fostered.
The Atlantic Cities
November 21, 2011, 10am PST
A report from the Sustainable Business Network recommends policy changes that will help Philadelphia improve business formation and job growth.
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 12, 2011, 2pm PDT
When governments use public money to woo national chains, economic growth and job creation aren't worth the cost, says Stacy Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Independent retailers also suffer.
Business Week
April 28, 2011, 9am PDT
Levittown is the quintessential American suburb. A new proposal seeks to reinvent it as a hub for small businesses.
Fast Co. Design
April 12, 2011, 2pm PDT
Luring business has long been a major strategy among cities to stay prosperous. This ranking lists the cities in America that are best at bringing in and harboring small businesses.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal
September 23, 2010, 11am PDT
Rick Harrison tells a parable of a small businessman who's auto shop is decimated when a traffic engineer decides to put a median on the adjoining road, eliminating left turns into his shop. Will light rail essentially do the same?
New Geography
August 31, 2010, 1pm PDT
Stacy Mitchell reports on the growing trend of micro-financing, where small business people turn to the local community to get the funding they need to open restaurants or small shops.
Yes! Magazine
August 2, 2010, 12pm PDT
Seeking to replicate the success of the High Line linear park in New York City, some are suggesting the creation of a linear small business market beneath a segment of Metro tracks in Harlem.
Crain's Business New York
June 9, 2010, 2pm PDT
Typically thought of as a war to protect small businesses in communities from being swallowed up by a giant, the local opposition to Wal-Mart stores is often funded secretly by other major grocery chains.
The Wall Street Journal
August 26, 2009, 11am PDT
Historic downtowns in Israel are struggling against the growing tide of suburban American-style shopping malls that are developing on the outskirts of town.
Tablet
April 17, 2009, 10am PDT
As a new luxury retail center replaces a decades-old hardware store in upscale Malibu, California, many worry about the troubled future facing local businesses and services.
Los Angeles Times
January 7, 2009, 6am PST
Cities like Alexandria, VA and Agoura Hills, CA have taken to relaxing sign restrictions for the sake of boosting local business.
USA Today
December 27, 2008, 7am PST
Next American City reports on a recent conference that emphasized the role of immigrants in fueling economic growth.
Next American City
August 6, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Mom-and-pop shops in New York are being rapidly replaced with chain stores, according to a new count that shows more than 5,700 chain outlets in the city.</p>
The Daily News
May 2, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>While cities are eager to encourage businesses to go green, many government incentive programs are not designed with small businesses in mind.</p>
Globe St.
April 25, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>As proposals for big-box retail projects mount in New Orleans, many small business owners who are returning to the city worry about the coming competition. A documentary is currently being filmed about the recovering city's business atmosphere.</p>
New Orleans Times-Picayune