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Hamilton Farm Bureau Chief Operating Officer Wade Blowers says he hopes to recruit salespeople who will make investing in more storage and processing capacity at his co-op worthwhile.
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August 19, 2011 Unemployment remains high, but a Michigan farm co-op is still having trouble recruiting and filling open positions. Prospective employees aren't willing to move to a state with one of the highest jobless rates, or to change jobs in an uncertain economy, company executives say.
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Precision Iron Works President Steve Leighton (right) says government regulations are keeping his company from growing.
August 18, 2011 In Washington state, a law designed to help contractors by setting an hourly wage for in-state projects is actually hurting Precision Iron Works, the company's president says. Steve Leighton says contractors like him can lose out on projects because out-of-state companies — which don't pay the rates — can outbid them.
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Given the obstacles faced by his ice company, John Natuzzi Jr. says he doubts whether the family business will pass on to a fifth generation.
August 17, 2011 Natuzzi Brothers has been selling ice since 1959, but it's having trouble expanding because three big companies now control almost half of the wholesale ice market.
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Daphne Wilson (center) and her engineering team review plans for a project at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis.
August 16, 2011 With the country still digging its way out of the recession, banks have severely tightened lending to small firms — making it harder for many to get back on their feet. But Daphne Wilson, an entrepreneur in Milwaukee, Wis., didn't let being turned down by four banks stop her.
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Daphne Wilson (center) and her engineering team review plans for control systems at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis.
Erin Toner/Milwaukee Public Radio
August 15, 2011 Small firms represent about 99 percent of all U.S. businesses, but a recent study shows that while businesses are being formed at roughly the same rate as in the past, they're creating fewer jobs than they once did. An NPR series examines some of the obstacles to growth faced by small-business owners.
August 15, 2011 Quick access to credit is not an easy thing for any small business to attain. But it's even harder for Native American Natural Foods. Its headquarters in South Dakota sits on tribal lands and therefore has no value that could be used as collateral for a loan.
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