Welcome Voices on Small Business
Almost everyone is familiar with the owner of the corner store, a friend or neighbor dabbling away in the garage to create the next big thing, the technology whiz kid, a seasoned executive ready to make a new start or the savvy "mompreneur" who seeks a more flexible schedule.
They are all critical to U.S. competitiveness, especially during an economic downturn. There are nearly 27 million small businesses in the United States that account for about half of the American economy and employ about half of the country's workforce. During the last 15 years, small firms generated 93 percent of the nation's new jobs.
But the self-employed, as well as managers of small or micro businesses, face many hardships that make it difficult to grow their business. Granted, not every small business wants to become a big business, but they all struggle with issues like affordable health care, rising gas prices, access to capital, bureaucratic red tape, an onerous tax code and understanding export opportunities, to name a few.
To see what the experts advise, washingtonpost.com is launching Voices on Small Business, a new video series in partnership with Big Think, that will offer some suggestions, answer questions and spur dialogue on what makes a successful business.
Featured in the launch are: Tom Scott, founder of Nantucket Nectars, Thomas Cooley, the dean of NYU's Stern School of Business, and Fabrice Grinda, founder of OLX and Zingy. You'll be able to see and hear new voices each week.
Small Business Readers: Do you think these folks are providing good advice? Are there questions you would like to see future guests answer? Which leaders or interesting people in the small business community would you like to see participate?
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