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.
Investors should be thankful for strong stock performances in a turbulent 2020. Madison Business Review editor James Faris breaks down what happened in markets this week.
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.
Madison Business Review editor James Faris spoke with Breeze TV's Colby Johnson about how investors were reacting to President-Elect Joe Biden's victory, an effective vaccine from Pfizer and the Department of Justice's lawsuit filed against Google.
Bitcoin has soared since October and may be approaching new all-time highs. Here's an in-depth look at how cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin work and both the catalysts for continued growth and risks to the highly volatile digital asset.
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.
Positive vaccine news overshadowed politics this week for the first time in months. The Madison Business Review's Bryce Roth breaks down the latest on vaccines, spiking COVID-19 case counts and the stock market's performance.
Google is under antitrust scrutiny from the Department of Justice, but investors appear unfazed. Here's a breakdown of the case and what it means for tech giants.
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.
Here's a final look at the proposed economic policies of Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden and which plan would be better for America.
COVID-19 has weeded out many businesses, but that hasn’t stopped a Waynesboro-based hemp supplier from rolling out a location in downtown Harrisonburg.
There is a ton of unknown ahead, including the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, but there may still be upside for stocks. Here's what moved the market in October.
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.
Say goodbye to the "broke college student" stereotype. Madison Business Review contributor Marco Kemp shares what he's learned as a young investor with JMU students.
Harrisonburg-based breweries and wineries have faced an unprecedented test from COVID-19, but they’re not ready to tap out yet. The Madison Business Review found some stories of unexpected success amid frustrating, scary times for owners.
Starship food-delivery robots landed at JMU at the right time. JMU Dining told the Madison Business Review how popular the service has been while sharing how it made decisions when JMU sent students home during the pandemic.
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.
JMU secured its largest private cash donation ever as its College of Business found donors to sponsor the name for its newly unveiled academic building by Newman Lake. Here's an inside look at how the deal happened.
Do immigrants help or hurt the economy, and will more immigrants boost gross domestic product or raise the unemployment rate? Read and decide before heading to the polls.
The College of Business Learning Complex found another donor and landed a name.
Earnings season is kicking off, some vaccines are hitting roadblocks and Congress is still gridlocked on a stimulus deal. The Madison Business Review's Bryce Roth breaks down what moved the market in this week's market analysis.
A deadlocked Congress is damaging the travel industry, as countless companies desperately need stimulus to survive the pandemic. Political progress would give worldwide travel a much-needed kickstart.
Mergers and acquisitions have fueled the growth of big businesses. Here's how corporations like Uber, Microsoft and Apple are overcoming the odds and expanding.
Bagels weren’t always at the forefront of people’s minds as COVID-19 hit Harrisonburg, but Mr. J's Bagels & Deli found ways to keep making bread.
Financial technology, or fintech, makes global payments seamless and helps people in developing countries manage money. It's been crucial amid the pandemic, though there are limitations.
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?
Why is it that the 18- to 29-year-old age demographic is seemingly the most politically active yet consistently votes the least? The Madison Business Review's Phillip Roth used economic principles to find the answer.
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.
These three high-flying software plays can and will win regardless of what happens in the fourth quarter of what’s been a 2020 for the record books in almost every way imaginable.
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.
It's no secret that Americans love fast food, but what about in a recession? The Madison Business Review's Phillip Roth analyzes consumer behavior at restaurants and grocery stores in economic downturns in this insightful read.
Corporations have found ways to survive and advance amid the pandemic while small businesses got steamrolled. Will the trend reverse?
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.
Investing is a great way to help ensure present and future long-term financial security. Here are simple steps to help you get started.
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.
Here's where JMU ranks nationally and in the state, according to The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education.
What's next for the stock market heading into the fall and an election year? Madison Business Review contributor Bryce Roth explains what's moving markets in this week's recap.
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.
Federal help is on the way for Harrisonburg-based businesses hit hard by the pandemic.
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.
Employers: Want to save money and boost productivity, workplace satisfaction and worker retention rates? Have employees work fewer hours. Here's why.
The Breeze recently launched a new section, the Madison Business Review which focuses on business and economics. Students are able to write about topics like economic trends, stock market news, business policies and more. Editor James Faris made an appearance at Breeze TV's studio to talk ab…
While conventional wisdom may be that President Trump's agenda is better for big businesses and the economy, Joe Biden's plan to stop COVID-19 could be better for the economy and investors.
America's economic recovery from the pandemic hinges on the virus's trajectory and Congressional support for individuals and businesses via a stimulus bill. It's just one more mystery keeping investors on their toes this fall.
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.