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Host: Scott LaMar

Whats it take to start a successful business?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 17, 2012 7:57 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, July 18:

Maybe you saw the headlines over the past few years that suggested the sagging economy was a good time to start a business.  The thinking was that so many jobs were lost that would be entrepreneurs would see an opportunity to venture out on their own.

Unfortunately, the Great Recession squashed the dreams of many of those who wanted to start a business.  According to the Small Business Administration, the number of startups dropped 12% from 844,000 in 2007 to 742,000 in 2010. 

What does it take to start your own business?  What challenges do entrepreneurs face?  Is more credit available as the economy slowly improves?  What about investors?

These are important questions when you consider more jobs have to be created for the economy to grow.

On Wednesday’s Radio Smart Talk, we’ll ask our guests those questions and find out where small business is going.  Joining us will be Cheryl Young, a business consultant with Shippensburg University’s Small Business development Center and Shaun Donovan, the Economic Development Specialist for the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC.

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