Dawn Rivers

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Microbusiness: firms with fewer than five employees. Nine out of every ten U.S. businesses. About 12% of the economy (the entire manufacturing sector is about 11% of the economy). Microbusiness is big and getting bigger but who's talking about them? We are. Join host Dawn Rivers for news, analysis and conversations with a string of intriguing, knowledgeable guests who understand how you REALLY do business.

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RESCHEDULED - The National Small Business Association (NSBA) is the grandaddy of Washington-based small business advocacy organizations. It was founded in 1937 and currently represents a membership of more than 150,000... more

Microbusinesses are kind of miraculous because of the way their owners are able to do so very, very much with so very, very little. They usually have low resources, small staffs and no time, so that it is hard for the managers of larger... more

Author David Gerwitz has a new book out with the timely title "How To Save Jobs". On the next Microbusiness Conversations, he'll be telling us just how he proposes to do that and what it means ... especially for microbusinesses.

The state of the economy these days is on everybody's mind. We've had about a year of steady, if unexciting, GDP growth but the economy still feels recessionary to most of us. Consumers still aren't spending much and companies still... more

We've been having some pretty esoteric conversations over the past few weeks but now we get very down to earth and practical with a show about everybody's least favorite topic: taxes. Between all the tax cuts being proposed or passed for... more

Nonemployer business owner Janna Piper owns and operates Portland, OR-based Janna Piper Housesitting (www.jannapiperhousesitting.com) and, in spite of the recession, business remains steady. But this... more

There is a lot about running a microbusiness that is about how well you master the mind-work involved. What do I mean by that? So often, operating a microbusiness feels like non-stop action but the fact is that there are a whole... more

It's a pretty rare thing for the economic research community (or even the small business research community) to specifically study microbusinesses. So, you might be surprised at just how much that research literature has been able to... more

There have been millions of new microbusinesses launched in the last year by laid off workers, mostly desperate to find some kind of income. What can they do to improve their chances of success? We'll see what Melinda Emerson,... more

Senator Blanche Lincoln made the news all over the country last week, having successfully beat back a well-financed primary runoff challenge from Arkansas Lt. Governor Bill Halter. She came under fire from the left wing of the Democratic... more
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