Welcome to On Small Business, The Washington Post’s newest Web channel focusing on entrepreneurship and the people, policies and businesses that make it go.
There’s been a lot of discussion around Washington these days about the vital role Main Street plays in the national economy, and what the government should—and should not—do to help. We want to connect those broad policy debates to the everyday realities of small business owners.
One way we will do this is by hosting a weekly forum on these pages with small business leaders on important issues of the day. We also plan daily coverage of the sector and occasional video chats with newsmakers. We will pass on advice from people who have ovecome business obstacles in the past and offer resources to help you run your own enterprise.
Perhaps most importantly, we want to hear from you about your challenges and triumphs. So we’ll offer polls, chats and plenty of opportunities to get your input.
On Small Business is being produced by the team of Capital Business, The Post’s weekly business newspaper. Managing editor V. Dion Haynes will oversee the effort and we have hired two terrific journalists to report and produce the page. J.D. Harrison has been an assistant editor at Portfolio.com in New York, writing about technology and small business. Olga Khazan is a recent graduate from the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California. She has blogged for Forbes and is a former Washington Post intern.
They’ll help us set the template for this channel, one we feel has an important mission: We live in an entrepreneurial age, a time when it has become increasingly imperative for each and every one of us to take charge of our careers.
That’s often easier said than done. The path is not always clear. Whole industries are being upended by technological and cultural change. Rob Campbell said as much this week in a response to our inaugural forum question.
“I tell students that they need to prepare themselves for jobs that do not exist at companies that do not yet exist,” wrote Campbell, a serial entrepreneur who had a hand in the development of software programs such as PowerPoint and FileMaker.
I like to think in some small way that On Small Business can be a place to share ideas and learn a thing or two about navigating this brave new world.