Economic Downturn

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Kickstarter's Live Project Count Is Down 35 Percent From Last Year

Layoffs are planned as crowdfunding takes a serious blow.

IMF Warns 'Great Lockdown' Global Recession Will Be Worst Since Great Depression

Global gross domestic product will shrink by 3% in 2020 before recovering by 5.8% in 2021, according to the International Montetary Fund's base case.

Times Are Good, so Start Working Now to Make Your Small Business Recession-Proof

The financial crisis of 2007-2009 can tell the prescient business owner how to prepare for any downturn that may be on the horizon.

Bringing About a New Economic Reality Demands Vigilance and Hard Work

Many factors led to our current economic state.

The Last 8 Years Were Pretty Good for Many Entrepreneurs

Oh, it was no walk in the park, but the structural transformation begun in 2008 has offered opportunity, too.

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