small business

Downtown Dayton's Third Perk Coffeehouse and Wine Bar hosts an event called the Perk-E-Lator to help would-be entrepreneurs hone their business ideas.
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A century ago, Dayton helped drive the global economy with inventions that changed the world – think, the airplane, the cash register, pop-top cans, the self-starting engine. In our series Scratch, WYSO explores some of the people and ideas that could impact life and the economy in the Miami Valley and beyond. 

The series was inspired by a simple question: where is Dayton’s famous spirit of invention still alive and well in the Miami Valley? And, who benefits? 

Lynze Hensley

With Thanksgiving Day under their belts and the holiday shopping season officially underway, holiday gift-givers will be out in force this weekend. While some shoppers will likely head to big-box retailers like Target and Walmart, local business owners are hoping some people will consider shopping small instead.

 

Small Business Saturday is a marketing campaign started in 2010 by American Express. Since then the idea has been embraced in all fifty states and supported by the federal government through legislation.

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The bookstore business is volatile these days, and while independent bookstores are fighting off online competition better than record stores did, there are still causalities. And it’s not just the owners and employees that suffer when an indie bookstore shuts down. The cities and towns they serve suffer too.

Books N’ More in Wilmington, Ohio, is closing. In fact, by the time you read this, they’ll be gone.

Catherine Crosby heads the Dayton Human Relations Council.
Dayton Human Relations Council

People in West Dayton and Trotwood, among other parts of the Dayton area, have seen scores of businesses boarded up, from banks to grocery stores to Best Buy and Target.

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Small businesses around Ohio are struggling to sort out the details of the Affordable Care Act, and it’s unclear whether recent delays in the law help or hurt the confusion.

The big Obamacare question for small employers is this: “Am I required to provide health insurance to my employees, or not?”