The Economy & Business

The Economy & Business
5:42 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Demonstration For Minimum Wage Comes To Dayton

Protesters for a higher minimum wage outside the downtown Dayton McDonald's.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Protests demanding a raise in the minimum wage have been spreading across the country, and the movement made its way to Dayton for the first time. On Thursday, union-backed groups reported events in over 100 cities; some involved worker walk-outs, but many were protests or demonstrations in front of fast food and retail outlets.

Outside the McDonald’s in downtown Dayton around lunchtime, a small crowd gathered near the road, rallying drivers to honk in support. The protesters’ complaint: Ohio’s minimum wage of $7.85 isn’t enough to actually live on.

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The Economy & Business
7:33 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Can A Neighborhood Improve Without Gentrifying? WYSO’s Lewis Wallace Talks To Jan Lepore-Jentleson

Twin Towers in Dayton. St. Mary's Church, in the background, is central to the neighborhood's history.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The Twin Towers neighborhood in Dayton was established more than a hundred years ago, and it’s been through a lot. Recently 84 new houses opened in the area for low-income families through a public-private partnership organized by East End Community Services. But what does this mean for a neighborhood trying to turn itself around?

 

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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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Jobs
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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