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The Lending Model That Bypasses the Bankers

Disparities in access to capital help drive inequality. For that to change, innovative new lenders have to weaken Wall Street's hold on credit.

This Twentysomething Wants to Help At-Risk Teens. So She Opened a Boxing Gym.

E-Lisa Moreno knows she's the unlikeliest of small business owners in the Kansas City suburbs. That's what keeps her going, despite some setbacks.

When Supporting a Family Means Running Two Businesses

When her parents became ill, Ericka Trinh took over her mom's St. Paul beauty salon and started a bakery business on the side. She doesn't sleep.

How Car Ownership Helps the Working Poor Get Ahead

Access to public transit helps, but it's not enough to connect some workers with economic opportunity.

How to Launch a Silicon Valley Start-Up When You Can't Live in the U.S.

This Mexican programmer has a successful California business developing educational games for mobile devices. The catch? He can't live here.

Hispanic Wealth Could Triple by 2025

Population growth will drive the trend, according to a report from the St. Louis Fed. The average Hispanic family likely still won't see many gains.

Battling the Big Name Hot Sauces

Uncle Brutha's complex and layered hot sauces have won countless awards, but the man who created them still has to pound the pavement to sell them.

How Johnny Hernandez Became San Antonio’s Top Chef

For this small-business owner, it all started in his dad's kitchen.

The City That Offers Sharia-Compliant Loans to Muslim Business Owners

Somali entrepreneurs are transforming neglected neighborhoods with the help of a Minneapolis Islamic financing program.

Where Homeowners Are Still Underwater

Some low-income, mostly minority neighborhoods may never recover from the mortgage crisis.   

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The Lending Model That Bypasses the Bankers

Disparities in access to capital help drive inequality. For that to change, innovative new lenders have to weaken Wall Street's hold on credit.

This Twentysomething Wants to Help At-Risk Teens. So She Opened a Boxing Gym.

E-Lisa Moreno knows she's the unlikeliest of small business owners in the Kansas City suburbs. That's what keeps her going, despite some setbacks.

When Supporting a Family Means Running Two Businesses

When her parents became ill, Ericka Trinh took over her mom's St. Paul beauty salon and started a bakery business on the side. She doesn't sleep.

How Car Ownership Helps the Working Poor Get Ahead

Access to public transit helps, but it's not enough to connect some workers with economic opportunity.

How to Launch a Silicon Valley Start-Up When You Can't Live in the U.S.

This Mexican programmer has a successful California business developing educational games for mobile devices. The catch? He can't live here.

Hispanic Wealth Could Triple by 2025

Population growth will drive the trend, according to a report from the St. Louis Fed. The average Hispanic family likely still won't see many gains.

Battling the Big Name Hot Sauces

Uncle Brutha's complex and layered hot sauces have won countless awards, but the man who created them still has to pound the pavement to sell them.

How Johnny Hernandez Became San Antonio’s Top Chef

For this small-business owner, it all started in his dad's kitchen.

The City That Offers Sharia-Compliant Loans to Muslim Business Owners

Somali entrepreneurs are transforming neglected neighborhoods with the help of a Minneapolis Islamic financing program.

Where Homeowners Are Still Underwater

Some low-income, mostly minority neighborhoods may never recover from the mortgage crisis.   

Show More
 
About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.