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Localizing small business this holiday season

CNBC reports that major brands including Target, UPS, and Kohl’s plan to hire almost a quarter million (230,000) seasonal workers this year in preparation for the holiday shopping season. While retail

Covering the impact of tariffs on local businesses

As part of the United State’s ongoing trade war with China, the Trump administration instituted a 15 percent tariff on certain categories of Chinese imports, which went into effect in

Pouring out new ideas for bars and bartending

Every summer, there are new recommendations for local bars to try or cocktails to imbibe. Here are some new ways to look at bars and bartending. The daily routine Alcohol

Summertime — and the scamming is easy

Consumer scams are on the rise. In 2018, consumer scams surged 38% over the previous year, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).Consumers shelled out $1.48 billion to fraudsters, with nearly

Small Business Saturday is packed with local stories for business reporters. (Image by StockSnap via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

Small businesses deserve more of your attention

National Small Business Week wrapped up in May, but the vital role that small businesses play in driving local economies continues throughout the year. Small businesses account for 99 percent of all

Covering your local startup scene

Startups aren’t just a coastal phenomenon. While Silicon Valley is often considered the country’s startup mecca, smaller hubs are now emerging in other cities. For instance, Austin, Texas has earned the nickname

Business angles for the local makers movement

Artisans and small-batch food producers do much of their sales leading up to holiday gift-giving, so December is a good time to explore how the local makers and crafting movements

Small Business Saturday is packed with local stories for business reporters. (Image by StockSnap via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

Small Business Saturday story ideas

The day after Thanksgiving is an almost-official holiday devoted to spending money, primarily at large corporate-owned businesses. That doesn’t sit well with a lot of people. Small Business Saturday is

Veterans Day, Nov. 11, is full of story ideas for business reporters. (Image by Jennifer1051 via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

3 business stories for Veterans Day

Since 1918, when America celebrated the armistice ending WWI, November 11 has been an important day in the United States. It became even more notable in 1954, when President Eisenhower

Business journalists who want to cover climate change for a local audience can focus on the impact on agriculture. ("Calf" image by "zdenet" via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

How to localize climate change through agriculture

Discussions about climate change usually center around global temperatures and the general state of the environment. The relevance to a local audience isn’t always apparent. A person in Arizona, for

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