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Business organizations in the state have given a qualified welcome to the jobs legislation that passed the General Assembly this week. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, it’s been dubbed a “good first step.”

Two major bills aimed at boosting job creation in Connecticut have passed the legislature in a special session. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

Lawmakers Wednesday approved a $626 million effort to revamp Connecticut’s economic development strategy. Among other measures the jobs bill contains a grant and loan program for small businesses, plans to streamline state regulation, new approaches to workforce development and tax credits for hiring the long-term unemployed. House Majority leader Brendan Sharkey.

NBC Sports Group is to bring more than 450 jobs to Stamford as it builds a new studio complex in the town. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

NBC will take over the former Clairol plant in Stamford under this deal, converting part of the 32 acre campus into a hockey studio and consolidating some of its other networks and operations at the site. The announcement was made by Governor Dannel Malloy.

Harriet Jones

Big box stores are under pressure. A drastic drop in consumer spending has gone along with a shift to making purchases online. But what does all this mean for the small independent retailer? WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, it may actually represent an opportunity for the main street mom-and-pop store.

The retail industry is in turmoil. But while big box stores come and go, some things remain the same.

Connecticut Firm Brings Work Back From China

Oct 18, 2011
Sarah Miner

The Senate has approved a measure that would allow Washington to raise tariffs on goods arriving from China.  It’s aimed at addressing what many US manufacturers say is an unfair advantage that China gains by keeping its currency pegged artificially low.  The lure of cheap manufacturing in China has been eroding US jobs for decades. 

WNPR’s Sarah Miner tells the story of the obstacles faced by one small Connecticut business trying to reverse the trend.

 

It’s well known that Connecticut’s economy is heavily dependent on defense spending. But concern usually centers around the state’s big employers like Electric Boat and Pratt & Whitney. A new survey aims to demonstrate what the effects might be of defense cuts on small subcontractors. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

Cutbacks in the nation’s defense budget, once unthinkable, are now firmly on the table.

J Holt

Governor Dannel Malloy’s jobs summit Thursday brought together economic thinkers from inside and outside Connecticut to brainstorm about how to get the state’s economy moving. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, Malloy also used the event to launch a new initiative.

“Thank you very much – please – we’ve got work to do…..”

Governor Malloy signaled to the crowd gathered at the Connecticut convention center that his attention is now moving from the state budget to the state’s economy.

Jobs and the Economy

Oct 17, 2011
Chion Wolf

America is looking for ways to create jobs and avoid a prolonged recession. Europe is looking for ways to solve their own economic crisis.

But how do problems there affect your wallet here - and the other way around?  And what are the best ways to deal with our economic troubles?

Governor Dannel Malloy will kick off his highly anticipated one-day jobs summit today, a curtain-raiser to a special legislative session later this month, focused on the economy.  WNPR’s Harriet Jones has been talking to entrepreneurs, new and established, about how jobs are really grown in Connecticut.

Last year U.S. companies spent more than $26 billion advertising on the Internet. They’re on track to surpass that record number in 2011. In the latest in our occasional series, WNPR’s Harriet Jones looks at the small Connecticut companies who are benefiting from that trend.

Times might be hard in many industries right now, but at the offices of WebSolutions in Meriden, you’d never know it.

J Holt

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While they were once called “necessaries”, there hasn’t been much need for them since plumbing moved in doors. That hasn’t discouraged one Connecticut small business owner. WNPR’s J Holt brings us the story of a craftsman who’s built a business around building outhouses.

Kathy Dillner- “I just love this. It makes me so happy to look at it. You know, I always wanted one.”

Jeremy Pollack.

Recent college graduates are finding it difficult to get a job at a time when the national unemployment rate remains stagnant at nine percent. But imagine if you're a veteran just back from serving overseas. You're trying to find employment while carrying the physical and mental effects of war. A consortium of schools including the University of Connecticut are helping turn disabled veterans into small business-owners. As part of WNPR's Coming Home Project, Lucy Nalpathanchil introduces us to a entrepreneurship 'bootcamp'.

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