Harriet Jones

Black Friday is an established Holiday tradition, as we work off the turkey with a visit to the mall. But small, local retailers often get left out of the spending spree. The relatively new concept of Small Business Saturday is an attempt to put that right. WNPR’s Harriet Jones has the story.

Charge card giant American Express began the Small Business Saturday campaign in 2010. One year on, the concept has expanded.

Federal transportation officials have officially committed $275 million for a busway from New Britain to Hartford.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, state officials say construction will begin this Spring. The state says that when the busway opens in 2014, it will be a bus-only stretch of road with 11 stops and service every three to five minutes, carrying an estimated 16,000 passengers a day.  The half-billion dollar project has drawn criticism from those who say it's too costly to those who say it's the wrong transportation plan to begin with.  At a press conference, Governor Dannel Malloy defended the busway as he celebrated it.

Bradley Field Enters the Jet Age

Nov 18, 2011

After acquiring the World War II Bradley air base from the U. S. Government in 1948, the State of Connecticut poured considerable resources into upgrading the facility, with the goal of developing a regional air transportation center. In 1952 a state-of-the-art terminal building, Murphy Terminal, was opened in the spirit of “if you build it, they will come”. Slowly but surely “they” (the airlines and their passengers) did come, validating the State’s vision.

Harriet Jones

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he’s committed to retaining critical skills in the defense industry, but he says disastrous cuts could result from a failure of deficit reduction talks. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, Panetta spoke to employees at Groton shipyard Electric Boat.

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We keep hearing that the job prospects for young workers aren't very good. So, what if they start their own businesses? 

Today, we're live from the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford for the last Small Business Breakfast of the year. It's taking place as part of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

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The 2008 recession hit the new car industry hard. Multiple dealerships in the state closed but now there are new figures showing sales are rebounding.

WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with James Fleming, President of the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association about why people are buying new cars again.

Community Bank Tests Out Financial Literacy

Nov 11, 2011

Financial literacy courses are seeing renewed political support since the housing crash. But it's still unclear whether that kind of training has any positive affect on people's habits. As the Connecticut Mirror's Uma Ramiah reports, a community bank in New Haven is working to figure that out.

Lynn Smith is speaking to a group of at risk youth between the ages of 16 and 22 at the New Haven Family Alliance center. She shows a slide with three names: Larry King, Ulysses S. Grant, and MC Hammer.

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Thousands of small businesses around the state were closed down for days by the recent power outage. Now that the lights are back on, many are working on insurance claims to recoup their losses. But as WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports some are in for a nasty surprise.

This is A Little Something, a small independent bakery in West Hartford’s Park Street. Owner Beth Bolton says the power was out here for five days.

The parent company of Connecticut Light & Power says it will establish a ten million dollar fund to compensate residential customers who lost money as a result of the recent power outages. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

Harriet Jones

The foremost experts in the tree care industry have gathered in Hartford this week, just as the state’s power system is devastated by snow damage to trees. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

Just as chain saws are being fired up and tree crews are working round the clock across Connecticut, delegates from all over the country flocked to Hartford Thursday for the annual Tree Care Industry Association conference. Mark Garvin is President of the Association. He says attendance is down this year.

A Banking Roundtable

Nov 3, 2011
Chion Wolf

President Obama just unveiled a new plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure...but what other help is out there?

The state of Connecticut is working to help homeowners as well...sponsoring a mortgage assistance event  on Tuesday November 15.  

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Harriet Jones

For many people struggling without power, the answer has been to find a hotel room and hunker down. That’s meant a rush for the shoreline hotels and guest houses in Southeastern Connecticut, which was unscathed in the storm. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

The Currency Show

Nov 1, 2011
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We're still a long way from becoming a "cashless" society, and maybe we never will be one, because the phrase freaks some people out. Cashless society means, to them, some kind of mark or implant on your hand or head and a surrendering of freedom and control to a shadowy blobby new world order. But there are changes in the world of currency and tender, legal and otherwise. Several online worlds have spawned their own currencies which can, in turn, be spent in the physical world under certain circumstances. 

One Year To Go Global

Oct 31, 2011

Exporting is increasingly important to Connecticut’s economy. The state has a core of companies large and small that have led the charge into international markets, but there’s potential for many more to follow. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports on a new initiative to help small businesses take their first steps overseas.