Small Businesses, Big Problems
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.
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.
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 SDPBQuick 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.