By Kirsten Adshead/motherbility
Your new-business idea may be closer than you think. Looking close to home is how to Milwaukee moms founded The Big Backyard.
Also: A Wisconsin accelerator is expanding into Indiana, small-business owners are more optimistic than ever, and lending institutions are getting more generous with handing out funds to entrepreneurs. There’s so much that’s Good to Know.
Mompreneurs’ ‘indoor playground’ inspires kids’ entrepreneurship: Christine Jahn and Cindy Lofy’s business started as so many do — The world wasn’t offering what they needed, so they made it themselves. Nine years later, more than 20,000 families play in The Big Backyard each year, and Jahn’s and Lofy’s kids, inspired by their moms, are exploring entrepreneurship themselves.
WI accelerator expands into Indy: Gener8tor’s gBETA program is spreading to Indianapolis, and will be the first public accelerator in Indiana’s history, according to the Hoosier State’s governor. Gener8tor already operates in Madison, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.
Small-business owners’ optimism peaks: Thirty-two percent of small-business owners believe now is a good time to expand, the highest percentage ever reported in the National Federation of Independent Businesses’ annual survey, which began in 1973.
Lending to small businesses hit record high last year: Money may not buy happiness, but it buys a lot of other things. So small-business owners will be happy to hear that lending institutions’ approval rates for small businesses hit a record high last year, according to Biz2Credit.
A home for families of the hospitalized: When people travel from out of town for hospitalization, their loved ones and caregivers often struggle to find a place to stay. Jenny Owens has launched a program in Baltimore to help.
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