Small Business
Sophia Lee

Short-order squeeze

Business | Shutdowns and COVID-19 are endangering locally owned restaurants
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/31/20, 03:23 pm

On a typical day, République’s Gothic-style dining room hums with the din of clinking glasses, scraping forks, and conversations over eclectic fare such as kimchi fried rice with beef short rib and heirloom tomato salad. As an all-day restaurant in Los Angeles that shifts from morning pastry pick-ups to business lunch breaks to celebratory dinners, silence is a rare guest at République—until a pandemic completely shut down the city’s dining scene. 

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Facebook/Mr. Faulkner’s Old-Fashioned Hot Dogs

City invests in 13-year-old’s hot dog business

by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/30/19, 11:40 am

An entrepreneurial 13-year-old hoped to earn money for school clothes by selling hot dogs, chips, and sodas in front of his Minneapolis home this summer. But someone sent a complaint to the city’s health department because Jaequan Faulkner’s stand was technically illegal without a vendor’s license.

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Steps toward freedom

Business | Building businesses to fight modern-day slavery 
by Andrew Shaughnessy
Posted 7/18/19, 01:15 pm

Kolkata (once known as Calcutta) is infamous for Sonagachi, one of the largest red light districts in Asia. About 10,000 women, trapped in the sex trade, live within a labyrinthine tangle of streets. Many are victims of human trafficking, young village girls lured to the city by false promises of a job or marriage, then sold on the doorstep of a brothel. Others enter the pain factories out of desperation and poverty.

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