When I was looking for articles about business this week it was really difficult to find any article that was not about the crisis on Wall Street. This makes sense since the economy is on almost everyones mind and it has a lot to do with business but I was hoping to have found more written about small businesses since thats the kind of article we will be writing when we do our piece on the minority business owner. I was only able to find one news source that had a lot of articles on small businesses and that was the LA Times. In their business section they had a sub-section that was all about small businesses so that was really helpful. I found a very interesting article about a man who started a coffee shop in LA that he hopes will attract a lot of Latino customers. What I noticed that was different about this story is that there was a lot written about investors, percentages, profit margins, transactions per day, and sales goals. I don't think this kind of information would have been in an article if it was just a feature piece about the coffee shop owner.
Another article I looked at was from the Star Tribune and it was about the plans to close the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. At first what shocked me about this article is that I had no idea people still actually traided grain and crops like that anymore. I guess I figured it was all done online now. And thats actually what the article said was the reason why the grain exchange will be closing is because most of the traiders were just doing it online anyways. I thought this was an interesting article because it shows how ways of conducting business are changing as we become more and more dependent on technology. This story didn't really talk at all about any kind of typical business stuff though, like if there would be any affect on the cost of items if trading was moved to all online.
The third article I read was about the jobs cuts at Chrysler. What I think made this article different than a non business article that would have been about this topic is that there was a lot of information about the loss of money that was the reason behind the job cuts that was very technical. I don't think this type of information would have been placed in a normal article because people who don't know a lot about business would probably have been lost and gotten bored with the article, because I did. When I see lots of numbers in an article it usually scares me away from reading it because I automatically think I won't understand what they are talking about and I think that is true for a lot of other people as well. But in this case a lot of specific information about money and numbers was needed because the type of person who would probably read an article in the business section would want to know about that kind of think.