The Economy & Business

The Economy & Business
6:24 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Small Business Incubator Clashes With City Over Lease

Food truck rally at Synergy Incubators

An incubator for food trucks and other small vendors in Dayton is getting evicted by the city following a controversial decision last week, and an online petition has gathered hundreds of signatures of protest.

Synergy Incubators has been throwing food truck rallies downtown since July, and was preparing to open a kitchen space in the Oregon district for food trucks, caterers and bakers to share.

But after quite a bit of back and forth, the city decided not to renew the lease for the building at 200 S Jefferson.

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10:06 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Ohio Insurance Companies Project A Job Gap, Encourage Veterans To Apply

Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor speaks about "Insuring Ohio Futures" at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The State of Ohio and insurance industry advocates have launched an effort to urge veterans, students, and people changing careers to seek out insurance jobs. As baby-boomer employees begin to retire in droves, Ohio insurance companies expect to have 17,000 job openings in the next five years in all areas from claims to government relations.

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Holiday Sales Can Make Or Break Local, Small Businesses

Buildings on the eastern side of Main Street near the Miami Street intersection in Waynesville, Ohio, United States. This block is part of the Waynesville Main Street Historic District, a historic district that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Credit Nyttend

Shoppers are out in full force for Black Friday, traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year. And there are plenty of options when it comes to buying holiday gifts. Retail giants like Walmart and Target specialize in high volume, low priced goods that will draw shoppers in to their stores, but the holiday shopping season is one that many small, locally-owned shops depend on for survival. 

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The Economy & Business
4:01 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Dayton-Area Unemployment Is Up From Fall 2012

Tracie Franklin talked to WYSO in September about how she's been trying to find work for months.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO


Blame it on the government shutdown: we missed a month of job reports this fall. But during that time, frankly not much happened. Unemployment in the greater Dayton area ticked up from 7.3 percent in August to 7.5 percent in October, with the number of jobs hovering around the October total of 369,600.

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The Economy & Business
5:21 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Dayton Holiday Sales Forecast Gloomy

Credit Petersirka / Openclipart

The holiday shopping forecast for the state of Ohio is better than last year’s, according to a study by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, but the Dayton-area forecast is the worst in the state.

This holiday season Ohio retailers are looking at a 3.5 percent increase in sales compared to 2012. That estimate, produced by the Economics Center for the Ohio retail group “Focus On Ohio’s Future,” lags behind the national forecast of 3.9 percent. And it lags behind the same estimate last year, when Ohio retailers predicted a 4.2 percent increase from 2011.

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