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Saturday, July 22, 2017 |

Q: I'd love to start my own small business, but I just don't have the financial or other resources I would need right now. I'm a millennial, and sometimes I think someone of my generation just isn't ready to take on the responsibility of small-business ownership. But I also hate the thought of working for someone else until I can accumulate enough money and experience to strike out on my own. Any suggestions?

Saturday, July 22, 2017 |

On one morning late this spring, dozens of inmates at Solano State Prison in Northern California scurried around the penitentiary's gym, ready for a life-changing day. They were about to pitch their business ideas to a squad of Silicon Valley's elite tech leaders and venture capitalists. The prisoners were part of an entrepreneurship program by a nonprofit company called Defy Ventures. The inmates, or entrepreneurs-in-training (EIT for short), take courses for an average of six months that teach them how to turn their small business ideas into reality.

Friday, July 21, 2017 |
FARGO—Not long ago, champions of a new business waited until opening day to offer their support as a paying customer.