Entrepreneurship , Small Business – April 22, 2019 Juno Chung, President of Koa Pancake House, is constantly innovating with new technology to make the business more efficient. | Photo: David Croxford. Currently Reading: Editor’s Choice: Small Business Awards 2019 Share this:Tweet Profiles of five great local companies that you should know about. Meli James & Brittany Heyd Meli James and Brittany Heyd launched Mana Up in November 2017 with the goal of empowering the owners of locally based consumer product companies. The key is Hawaii itself: Mana Up gives smart, ambitious local people the chance to build careers at home instead of on the Mainland and Mana Up helps these CEOs authentically use the worldwide allure of the Islands to market their brands. Mana Up has had three cohorts of companies and the goal is to help each company grow its revenue to more than $10 million a year. James says some cohort participants have already … [Read more...] about Editor’s Choice: Small Business Awards 2019
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opinion Jon Webb Evansville Courier & Press Published 2:29 PM EST Feb 5, 2019 Toward the end of the Vietnam War, Keith Benedict got the call: he was going to see the draft board. He passed his physical. He may have been a little overweight, but they didn’t care about that. Not with Saigon crumbling. Toward the end of the visit, the nurse asked if there were any problems they may have missed. “I don’t know if it means anything,” Benedict said, “but I have a size-16 shoe.” The nurse ducked into a back office to confer with a co-worker. Benedict could hear them murmuring in confusion. “Well, Mr. Benedict, we can’t draft you because we don’t stock any shoes bigger than size 13,” the nurse said when she reappeared. “But given the circumstances, you look like a fine candidate for the military! We’ll give you an extra budget and you can buy your own shoes.” “And I said, ‘I don’t … [Read more...] about ‘The system’ hindering Evansville small business owner Keith Benedict
The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) held a “stop in and talk” event at the South Side Chamber of Commerce’s Welcome Center on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 30. At least half a dozen URA CIE staff representatives attended and visited businesses along East Carson Street to let them know about the URA’s financing programs and resources for existing and new businesses. The URA CIE offers programs for businesses and entrepreneurs, developers, homeowners, and partnerships, including minority and women-owned small businesses, that provide access to capital through loan programs. They offer a variety of financing products for commercial real estate development and small- and medium-sized business development. These are gap financing products that work in conjunction with private equity and private debt to help businesses close needed financing for business growth and expansion. The CIE programs include: The … [Read more...] about URA has resources for small businesses in South Pittsburgh
There was something very odd about sitting in the public hearing for the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA) on Oct. 22, listening to all the testimonies and discussions about the implications of the bill. One can only listen to city officials repeat that they “fully share the goals” of SBJSA but raise concerns about its “unintended consequences” so many times before going numb. There were many bizarre things about the hearing, beginning with the numerous gentlemen in blue hats that began crowding the front steps of City Hall just before the hearing was about to start. “VOTE NO TO RENT CONTROL,” the caps read, sitting atop the bald heads of men in suits, or dressed in casual clothes but important shoes. “Would you like one?” James Wacht, a commercial real estate developer, asked me, pointing to his cap. “I’m okay, thank you,” I replied. “I have a feeling we’re not on the same side,” he said. … [Read more...] about The Small Business Jobs Protection Act Received a Hearing, What Next?
As the effort to develop a new I-10 bridge over the Mobile River pushes forward, both the U.S. Department of Transportation and its state counterpart want to make sure small players have a shot at getting a piece of the massive project. Meanwhile, the current timetable indicates work on the project will begin in 2020, not 2019 as had previously been projected. The desire to support small business engagement is particularly focused on disadvantaged business enterprises or DBEs, a blanket term that includes minority- and women-owned businesses but also can include businesses owned by other groups such as veterans disabled in service. Both USDOT and ALDOT plan DBE networking events and training programs, including one coming up later this month. Such events give businesses a chance to put themselves in position to compete for contracts, even though it may be a year or more before the process reaches that point. Two ALDOT representatives working on the project, Public Information Officer … [Read more...] about 2020 start seen for I-10 bridge; small business events planned