Editor’s Note: The Capital Business empire grows as we open a new suburb: On Small Business

October 23, 2011

Capital Business is sprouting a suburb. Our new neighborhood is called On Small Business, and it is starting out as a new Web channel at washingtonpost.com/on-small-business.

On Small Business is our attempt to focus 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, advice columns and more.

On Small Business is meant to complement our regular coverage in Capital Business. 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 of 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 when whole industries are being upended by 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 that On Small Business can be a place to share ideas and learn a thing or two about navigating this brave new world.

Dan Beyers is the founding editor of Capital Business, The Washington Post’s go-to source for news about the region’s business community.
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