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Wednesday Links: How the SBA Works; Jobs Numbers; Made in Haiti

Posted by: Nick Leiber on February 3, 2010

Why doesn’t the Small Business Administration lend directly to small businesses? Robb Mandelbaum, writing on the NYT You’re the Boss blog, highlights President Obama’s response to a business owner who asked this question during a town hall meeting last week.

The latest ADP report showed private companies in the U.S. cut an estimated 22,000 jobs in January, the smallest decrease in two years, Bloomberg’s Timothy R. Homan reports.

After the earthquake, it became easier for a textile manufacturer to convince U.S. apparel companies that they wanted the “Made in Haiti” label, Chana Joffe-Walt writes on NPR’s Planet Money blog.

James and Karla Murray spent eight years completing Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York. Tune in to their narrated slide show featuring a selection of reporting anecdotes and photos from their book on Newsweek’s small business section.

Writing on Inc.’s staff blog, Max Chafkin details the magazine’s experiment in which its editorial staffers will all work virtually for a month.

Reader Comments

Karla Murray

February 7, 2010 2:47 PM

Thanks for posting about our Store Front book. If anyone would like to see some large-scale Storefront prints from our book, we are part of a group show at Clic Gallery 255 Centre Street @ Broome in Manhattan until February 28,2010

Karla Murray

February 7, 2010 3:48 PM

Thanks for posting about Store Front book. We currently have some of our large-scale Storefront photographs in a group show at Clic Gallery 255 Centre Street @ Broome in Manhattan until February 28, 2009.

Carol Cross

February 8, 2010 1:57 PM

I would imagine this book will be a valuable antique in years to come when Mom and Pop unique-type independent businesses are just a fond memory. I'm sure the historical societies in New York State already have secured their copies.

The Box Stores, big and small, will take over, along with the branded franchise outlets. Will all of the big cities of the World look much the same from the standpoint of retail outlets because the global economy is here to stay?

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