01/28/2007

Brussels' population rising

According to Mathieu Van Criekingen the rise in Brussels' population is due above all to the arrival of foreigners rather than a reversal of urban flight, i.e., the return of former residents who moved to the greener suburbs.

Results of the study indicate that, even if gentrification in Brussels is still marked by the gradual mutation of workingclass areas into " trendy " rather than " chic " neighbourhoods, this process is already highly selective in social terms. Indeed, whilst various types of migrant are leaving the inner city, their destinations vary markedly, in line with their socio-economic profiles.

Source : Mathieu Van Criekingen, What is happening to Brussels’ inner-city neighbourhoods ? Selective migration from areas undergoing gentrification. Posted on Brussels Studies, Dec. 12, 2006.

 

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01/27/2007

The 10 Riskiest Businesses To Start

Maureen Farrel assessed the 10 riskiest businesses to start.

" While some two-thirds of small firms make it past the two-year mark, just 44% can hack it for four years, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (USA) ".

According to Fair Isaac (FIC), the more riskiest are : transportation, apparel stores, restaurants and bars, communications, travel agencies and tour operators, food services, personal services, auto repair, trucking, and money services businesses.

" And which industries are a better fit for the faint of heart ? Surprisingly, real estate--including landlords, agents and developers--has a relatively low risk profile, according to Fair Isaac's data. Professional services and licensed trades score well, too: Think insurance brokers, doctor's offices and law firms ".

Maureen Farrel, The 10 riskiest businesses to start, Forbes.com, Jan. 18, 2007. Full article >>

01/13/2007

2006 Belgian TEA declined to 2.7 %

The 2006 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor reports a substantial decrease of the entrepreneurial "mindset" in Belgium for nascent as well as new companies. The Total Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA) declined from 3.9 % (2005) to 2.7 % (2006).
Belgium has now the lowest rate of early-stage entrepreneurial activity and the fifth lowest rate of established business ownership.

The 2005 TEA showed a small increase at 3.9 % from 3.5% (2004).

Source : Global Entrepreneurship Monitor