woman leaning against a brick wall in a white jacket
woman leaning against a brick wall in a white jacket

This week, we have a story that looks at what it’s like to be a small business owner as omicron sweeps over the United States. Two weeks ago, as we started to see the headlines from Europe, I went on a trip to New York and hosted my family here for a pre-holiday weekend. If there’s anything I’ve learned from the pandemic, it’s to seize the day – sometimes, seizing an opportunity at work, sometimes seizing the moment enjoy life, sometimes recognizing the need to pause and reflect. We’re taking next week off from the newsletter, though we’ll still be posting stories, and will be back again Jan. 5, and working on our first event.

You’ll get a sense of the community that we’re creating here at Times of E as you look at our most read stories of the year. It can feel like the big economy and the pursuit of money controls everything. But the real power always lies with individuals, especially people of conscience. There are more of you than you realize, influencing from within and without organizations.

I hope you’re gathering with many good people this holiday season.

Top 15 Most Popular Times of E Stories, 2021

How Michigan Grew Its Startup Ecosystem
JP Morgan Is Investing $2.5 Trillion for Climate Change
20 Great Places to Start a Business After the Pandemic
As A $3 Billion Boom Hits Louisville, a New Generation of Black Leaders Arises
VC Fund Returns are More Skewed Than You Think
A Far-Sighted Foundation and a Private Equity Magnate Pour $200M Into Portland
Reinventing the Business Model for Food Production
Insight Into the Top 20 University Entrepreneurship Competitions
Elaine Arkansas Struggles To Remember the Worst Case of Racial Violence in US History
Out of Delta Dirt, A Bright Clean Splash of Hope
A Young Tech Millionaire Moved to Boise. Now He’s Humbler and More Connected
Investors Who Ignore LatinX Entrepreneurs May be Ignoring the Next Big Thing
Canvas CEO Steps Down after $50M Round Incited Racial Controversy about Who Gets Funded
How Climate Innovators are Bypassing the Power Grid
Covid 19 Lessons from Past Crises Points to a Long and Hopeful Road for Entrepreneurs

This story and others on New Builders Dispatch are made possible by a sponsorship from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that provides access to opportunities that help people achieve financial stability, upward mobility, and economic prosperity – regardless of race, gender, or geography. The Kansas City, Mo.-based foundation uses its grantmaking, research, programs, and initiatives to support the start and growth of new businesses, a more prepared workforce, and stronger communities. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org and connect with www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.

A business journalist for 20 years, am the founder of Times of Entrepreneurship and the co-author of The New Builders.