WNPR to Host Live Remote Broadcast of the Small Business Breakfast Forum on Where We Live

Release Date: 01/20/2011

Wednesday, January 26 Beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Waterbury’s Palace Theater

– Former Congressman Rob Simmons and Economist Nick Perna Serve as Panelists –
 
In early January, WNPR began a new groundbreaking series called WNPR’s Small Business Project,which isdesigned to delve into the complex world of small business in Connecticut.As part of the project, WNPR is hosting its first Small Business Breakfast forum onWednesday, January 26 at 7:30 a.m. at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. The forum will be featured as a live remote broadcast on WNPR’s Where We Live beginning that morning at 9 a.m. Guests may register to attend this free event at www.wnpr.org, keyword: Small Biz. Space is limited.
 
WNPR’s Small Business Breakfast schedule of events:
7:30-8:30 a.m.             Continental breakfast and networking
8:30-8:45 a.m.            Economist Nick Perna speaks
8:45-9:00 a.m.             Pre-show warm-up
9:00-10:00 a.m.           Live remote broadcast of Where We Live
 
WNPR’s Small Business Breakfast forums, held quarterly at locations around the state, will focus on what it means to run a successful small business today, how small businesses impact today’s economy and how business start-ups can take advantage of available financing and governmental help. Moderated by Where We Live host and WNPR news director John Dankosky, the live broadcast will feature a panel discussion, as well as an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. Among the distinguished panelists scheduled to appear are former U.S. congressman and Business Advocate Rob Simmons and economist Nick Perna.  
 
WNPR’s Small Business Breakfast forum is sponsored by Founding Partner Webster Bank with additional support from CBIA Health Connections and Palace Theater in Waterbury.
 
“Webster Bank started 75 years ago as a one-person enterprise, and we’ve never forgotten our small business roots,” said Jim Smith, Chairman, President & CEO, Webster Bank. “As Connecticut’s top SBA lender for the past three years, Webster Bank understands how small business drives innovation, generates economic activity and creates jobs. We look forward to hearing the stories of the men and women who bring small business to life in WNPR’s Small Business Project.”
 
WNPR’s Small Business Project strives to elevate understanding of the challenges faced by small business, educate policy makers and highlight the vital role of small business to the state’s economy. As an offshoot of WNPR’s Business Desk coverage, the new radio series is spearheaded by award-winning business reporter Harriet Jones, who puts small business under
the microscope and investigates all aspects of what it takes to run a company of this kind. The project includes weekly reports on small businesses during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, monthly in-depth exploration of small business topics affecting Connecticut, live remote broadcasts of Where We Live during quarterly Small Business Breakfast forums, and online archived reports and resources for small businesses at wnpr.org. WNPR’s Small Business Project is made possible by Founding Partner Webster Bank with additional support from CBIA Health Connections.
 
To register for the WNPR’s Small Business Breakfast forum or for more information about the WNPR’s Small Business Project, visit www.wnpr.org keyword: Small Biz.
 
About WNPR
WNPR is an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. Part of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. WNPR has also been the recipient of many esteemed awards, including two George Foster Peabody Awards, five Ohio State Awards, two Gracie Allen Awards and over 50 Associated Press Awards, including eight Mark Twain Awards for Overall Station Excellence. WNPR’s award-winning local programming lineup includes The Faith Middleton Show, Where We Live and The Colin McEnroe Show. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. CPBN also includes CPTV, a media service that is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. For more information, visit www.wnpr.org.
 
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