Inside the heartland's innovative small businesses
The New + the Next

Rural Kansas Fights to Save Grocery Shops

For years, small-town stores have been shuttered by the likes of Walmart and Dollar General.
The New + the Next

Where Farmers Are Turning Into Craft-Beer Brewers

There’s a craft brewery boom happening across Connecticut.
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A Solution for Struggling Small Towns: Organic Food?

When its lone factory closed, Viroqua rallied and transformed itself into a rural outpost of foodie cool.
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As Family Farms Fade, This Industry Booms

Like the agriculture operations they serve, auction firms in the heartland are consolidating ownership and getting big.

The Carlos Watson Show

The Carlos Watson Show brings bold, impactful conversations with culture-defining celebrities, intellectual pioneers and changemakers, spotlighting the voices you need to hear to make sense of this important time in American history.
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The Data Scientist Taking on America's Urban Decay

Stacey Mosley’s platform, FixList, is like the Zillow of redevelopment, helping developers find properties ripe for regeneration.
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The Changing Face of America's Classic Diners

Survival strategy of the short-order eatery — go chic with cocktail menus, free Wi-Fi and global cuisines.
News + Politics

The Young Foreign Workers Trump Forgot

One Wisconsin resort town hopes Trump’s threat to ax J-1 summer work visas was just campaign bluster.
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The Secret Behind Louisville's Economic Boom

Bryce Butler of Access Ventures in Louisville uses “venture philanthropy” to invest in his community.
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Can VR and 'Sexy-Time' Lighting Save Shopping?

Retailers turn to tech to enhance the in-person shopping experience.
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Old Clothes, New (Business) Models

Heartland vintage clothing shops are staying in the black by tapping into tech and taking the show on the road.

The Weekender

OZY Tribe members near and far provide delicious recommendations for your valuable weekend time.
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Revenge of the Independent Hardware Stores

Independent home-improvement suppliers are defying the gloomy retail environment and making their mark on Main Street.
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The Republican Deregulation Bonanza Could Start With Craft Beer

With tax relief and regulatory reform, craft brewing could become America’s engine of local economic growth.

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