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    Small Businesses, Criminal Histories, and the Paycheck Protection Program

    Jun 21, 2021

    The Paycheck Protection Program—signed into law as part of the CARES Act in March 2020—provided money for payroll, rent, mortgage, and utilities to small businesses. But companies owned by individuals with criminal backgrounds were ineligible to receive funds. Some of the restrictions were later relaxed, but how many business owners and employees were affected?

  • People take part in the celebrations for the National Liberation Day near the Arch of Reunification in the city of Pyongyang, North Korea, August 14, 2005, photo by Yuri Maltsev/Reuters


    From Hermit Kingdom to Open for Business

    May 25, 2021

    When the situation in North Korea becomes conducive to foreign investment and development, what might it take to kick-start the country's economy?

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