Small business


Hostel living during COVID-19

Published June 4, 2020

Like many small local businesses, Cream City Hostel is facing challenges during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.


Shorewood launches emergency business assistance fund

Published April 23, 2020

Shorewood's Community Development Authority (CDA) has teamed up with the Shorewood Business Improvement District to create an emergency fund to help local businesses meet their short-term financial needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Small business owners feel the pinch, cling to hope

Published March 24, 2020

Much has been written already about workers in the gig economy, as well as employees of the service industry. The economic shutdown from coronavirus has been nothing short of devastating for so many Milwaukeeans, and it will get worse before it gets better. I reached out to three Milwaukee business owners I know to see where things stand during this unprecedented time of crisis.


8 businesses we can't believe are still open

Published April 26, 2015

Who goes to a store just to buy pens? Or scuba flippers? Or lamp shades? These are questions we might ask ourselves while driving by some Milwaukee specialty shops.


Micro lawn-mowing businesses put food on table for poor laborers

Published Aug. 21, 2014

There is an informal service industry in Milwaukee made up of landscapers who go door to door, offering up their services at a discount as a way to make a living. During the winter, many of the landscapers go door to door with shovels, hoping to make a few dollars clearing snow and ice.


Corey captures independent spirit in "For Love and Money"

Published March 23, 2014

For his latest book - "For Love and Money: Portraits of Wisconsin Family Business" - photographer Carl Corey, had one criteria: Wisconsin family-owned businesses in existence a minimum of 50 years. Like Corey's previous book, "Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars," "For Love and Money" relies on images to tell a powerful story of the state.


Small business execs weigh in on Obamacare

Published Jan. 24, 2013

Regardless of the impact of the Affordable Care Act, the members of the board of directors of the Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) are remarkably bullish about their prospects for 2013.


Make Thursday's lunch productive

Published June 9, 2010

Business owners, call an audible and treat yourself by attending the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce Top 10 Small Businesses of the Year Awards Luncheon on Thursday.


Health reforms include tax credits for small businesses

Published April 21, 2010

Let's take a time out from the political heat surrounding the health care reforms recently signed into law by President Barack Obama for a moment and instead take an objective look at one aspect of the real-world impact of the bill.