Small Business

5:00am

Wed April 30, 2014
The Local Food Challenge

Public, Private Partners Key To Local Food Success

Ashley Turk is a member of Food Corps, a service program that supports local food systems. In northeast Iowa, Turk and other organizers maintain a robust network that connects growers with clients.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

As Food Corps service member Ashley Turk navigates her way through a brand-new greenhouse in the courtyard at Waukon High School in the northeast corner of Iowa, she points to a robust supply of red and green lettuce leaves growing neatly in rows.

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5:00am

Wed March 26, 2014
Business

Retirement Could Bring A Wave Of Boomer Businesses To Market

Roy Hansen, left, has put his truck driving school on the market and is planning for retirement. “I turn 69 next month, and you know it’s just time to do it.”
Grace Hood KUNC

So-called “business brokers” match buyers and sellers for all kinds of small enterprises, everything from high-end hair salons to septic tank cleaning. For those in the business of selling businesses, 2014 is expected to be a big year across Colorado and the U.S.

When it comes to the recent boom, it’s, well, baby boomers who are mostly behind the uptick.

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6:01am

Tue March 11, 2014
Colorado Flood

One Road, Two Cities, Enduring Challenges After Colorado Floods

Neil Sullivan stands at the counter of his deli, The St. Vrain Market in Lyons, Colo.
Grace Hood KUNC

It’s been six months since heavy rain flooded 24 Colorado counties, damaging businesses, homes, roads and ending 10 lives. An estimated 28,000 residents were impacted and nearly 1,000 businesses were damaged or destroyed.

When it comes to business, the small towns of Lyons and Estes Park have faced a particularly steep road to recovery.

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5:00am

Tue February 25, 2014
Agriculture

Playing The Markets, Learning To Manage Risk

Robbie Maass shows his mother, Leah, the Commodity Challenge game that is helping him understand market tools. Leah Maass says her farm could benefit from better use of the tools and she’s hoping Robbie will be able to learn how to put them to work for the family.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

On a frigid winter day, Chad Hart tries to warm his economics students at Iowa State University to the idea of managing some of the risk of farming using the commodity markets. Because, as he told them on the first day of class, farmers don’t make money planting or harvesting crops; they make money selling them. And Hart knows that marketing—managing those sales for the best profit—can be intimidating.

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6:00am

Tue February 11, 2014
Agriculture

Changing Dairy Industry Leaves Some Farmers In The Dust

Donnie Davidson turns off the lights in his dairy parlor. His family has been producing grade A milk in Holden, Mo., since the 1930s.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

Donnie Davidson’s family has been producing bottled milk in Holden, Mo., since the 1930s. But the 63-year-old farmer decided to sell his herd of 50 milking cows in November after the roof on one of his barns collapsed from last winter’s snow.

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