Yoshikazu Netsuno (left) watches his son Shinichi hammer a thick stack of specialized paper. In between each sheet is a thin layer of gold leaf. "My son is going to take over this business, so in our case, we had a successor," Netsuno says. "Many other artisans' families in Kanazawa were not so lucky."
David Shadaha, who operates a cart called King of Falafel & Shawarma, takes an order from a customer in Midtown Manhattan, N.Y. Shadaha is back selling food after taking a job as a GrubHub deliveryman during the pandemic.
A store displays a sign before closing down permanently following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, on Aug. 4, 2020 in Arlington, Va. The Small Business Administration's inspector general office said billions of dollars in relief loans may have been handed out to fraudsters or ineligible applicants.
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During a StoryCorps interview last week, Joe Bianco, left, and his son Peter, reflected on their craft — one that's been honed in their Brooklyn tool shop for three generations.
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Jovita Carranza, head of the Small Business Administration, speaks as U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listens during a news conference on April 2. The SBA has notified nearly 8,000 businesses that their information may have been exposed.
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The Secure Act aims to make it easier for small employers to offer retirement benefits. But some analysts say the new law doesn't go far enough because it's optional and doesn't apply to gig workers.
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Entrepreneur Stinson Dean (left) and his wife Stephanie play with their three children in their yard in Independence, Mo. He says the Affordable Care Act made it possible for him to start his own business.
Indea Leo of Lillabee baking hopes that Amazon buying Whole Foods will be good for her business. "We think there is going to be a lot of exciting possibilities of bypassing the shelf altogether and reaching a wider customer base."
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President Obama speaks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Concerns about a possible "Brexit" were floating in the air as British investors met with state economic teams at the two-day summit.
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President Obama signs the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in 2012. Crowdfunding, long used by charities, could become a popular way for small businesses and startups to raise money.