Talking on NPR About First Time Shop Owners Facing Black Friday

This morning, at 6 am, while most of you were sleeping off turkey and gravy, I got up to appear on a new NPR show called The Takeaway. It’s hosted by the great journalist John Hockenberry and his co-host Celeste Headlee.

The subject of our segment was first time business owners and how they are dealing with the recession and Black Friday. Two small biz owners from the New York area were guests, including one guy from Brooklyn who runs a new store that sells skateboards and fresh cut flowers! I was invited to provide more of a big picture, as one of the show’s producers had recently read my story “Fertile Ground for Startups.”

Check it out by clicking here (see the “Listen” link). It’s only 8 minutes long. And it gave me another opportunity to harp on a growing theme of my work: The key role that small business plays in creating jobs during the aftermath of a recession.

I hope and predict that the Obama Admin. will make job creation its singular policy focus in 2010, and come up with innovative ways to help small business–not hurt it. If not, he and the Democrats will be in for a rude awakening come the mid-term 2010 elections, and the U.S economy will not be in much better shape than it is now.

Editor’s note: I apologize for not posting that much over the last week or two. With BusinessWeek’s acquisition by Bloomberg, life has been especially nutty. Now that the deal is scheduled to close on Dec. 1, I hope to resume posting on a more regular basis.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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