Harrisonburg coffee shops saw sudden sales drops as the pandemic redefined normal, but some are coming back stronger than ever. The Madison Business Review spoke with four cafe owners to hear how business has been after a horrific spring and a dull summer. Here are their stories.

Refugees  an often overlooked minority group  are beginning to fall victim to the coronavirus. Their exposure presents a series of unique and nuanced problems, from a worsened humanitarian crisis to a prolonged pandemic.

Jack Brown’s and Billy Jack’s have a bit more breathing room in the social distancing era, thanks to a new dining space between the two restaurants that was previously home to a T-shirt shop. The Madison Business Review checked in with the eateries to hear how business has been amid the pandemic.

Economic analyses of the effects on workers show mixed results at best in cities that have implemented a $15 per hour minimum wage. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean modestly raising the minimum wage after years of stagnation would cripple the economy. Here’s how economists view the hot-button issue.


The world is eagerly awaiting a COVID-19 vaccine, but pharmaceutical companies are embattled by political pressure on both sides of the aisle as well as dips in drug sales. Here's what's happening in the pharmaceutical industry and what's next for the industry.

President Donald Trump promised there would be "a depression the likes of which you’ve never seen" if Joe Biden won the White House. Wall Street appears to strongly disagree after stocks soared last week. Here's what's behind the move higher in the market.

The world is waiting to hear who the next president is, as are JMU students, faculty, staff and others in the Harrisonburg community. The Madison Business Review spoke with JMU professors to add historical context to the roles politicians and the media are playing in this monumental moment in U.S history.

Scares abound this time of year, and the stock market isn't immune. An autumn wave of COVID-19 across the U.S. and Europe frightened investors despite solid Q3 earnings reports from tech giants ahead of the election. The Madison Business Review's Bryce Roth breaks down what moved the market in this week's market analysis.

Snapchat soared this week in a busy week that saw companies like Netflix and Tesla also reported earnings. The Madison Business Review's Bryce Roth breaks down what moved the market in this week's market analysis.

In the U.S. education system, it's often more important to know which question to bubble in on standardized tests than to know basic personal finance skills. Here's how one company is changing that by empowering students with knowledge.

Combating climate change through the Green New Deal is a massive economic risk given its exorbitant cost, but Senator Bernie Sanders thinks it would pay for itself. Can the U.S. afford to tackle climate change, or can it not afford not to?

Distrust of the American media is near an all-time high, and our democracy is in peril. JMU Media Arts & Design assistant professor Ryan Alessi joined Madison Business Review editor James Faris to discuss the state of the media heading into the 2020 presidential election.

Uncertainty abounds heading into the fourth quarter of 2020. The presidential election looks to be a toss-up with weeks to go, and there's no precise timeline on a safe vaccine release or an economic recovery. Here’s what's behind September's choppy market action.

An opening in the Supreme Court led to talk that the Affordable Care Act could be knocked down, which led to volatility in health care and the broader market. Banks were also weak this week. Madison Business Review contributor Bryce Roth explains what moved the market in this week's market analysis.

The secret is out: Working too hard leads to diminishing returns that often harm employees’ mental health and employers’ productivity. Here's the ideal workweek length and how both employers and employees can benefit from it.

It takes two hands to count all the dining halls, parking decks, academic buildings and sports arenas built by JMU in recent years. The Madison Business Review's Landon Birsch breaks down the planning behind the moves in this insightful read.

Materialism and the insatiable hunger for new devices leads to the mining of cobalt, used in lithium batteries. Companies like Apple and Tesla are taking note of human rights issues involved in cobalt production and are seeking alternatives.

College isn't for everyone. Teachers and parents who pretend like it is can hurt students and put them in unnecessary long-term debt. Here's why skipping college may be the best investment a young person can make.