Fit for Survival (Style Weekly)
A decade after Saxon Shoes rose from the ashes, the family-run retailer is thriving on customer service and trend spotting.
Military supplier ADS Tactical files for $100M stock offering (Virginian-Pilot)
A rapidly growing company that supplies the Defense Department with apparel, communications gear, emergency medical equipment and other products has filed for a public stock offering that could raise $100 million for its three shareholders.
For business and young professionals, a new way of life in downtown Roanoke (Roanoke Times)
There’s a blossoming urban lifestyle in downtown Roanoke that is changing the way businesses do business and young professionals view the city.
Housing Crash Is Hitting Cities Once Thought to Be Stable (NY Times)
As Florida and the Southwest have begun to stabilize, the pain has moved to economically diverse cities where the boom was relatively restrained, like Seattle, Atlanta and Minneapolis.
Married to the Job (and Each Other) (WSJ)
While some sweethearts can handle the pressure of building a relationship and a company, many others warn it’s a difficult path. The constant interaction, the strain of juggling work and personal life, and the trials of entrepreneurship can take a toll. The secret to making it work? Have a good marriage in the first place.
Banks slashed small business lending by $43 billion (Fortune)
The numbers back up what small business owners have been saying for two years: Main Street suffered a brutal credit crunch.
The total value of outstanding loans to small businesses plunged by $43 billion, or 6.2%, between June 2009 and June 2010, according to a report released this week by the Small Business Administration. That’s a drop of $59 billion, or 8.3%, from June 2008.
Pandora Joins the IPO Parade (Inc.)
The web radio company files for a public offering, and reports revenue of $55.2 million in its most recent fiscal year.