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Obamacare will raise premiums for 65% of small firms
The government estimates that new Obamacare rules will increase premiums for at least two-thirds of small businesses that offer insurance.
Entrepreneur Barbie is stuck in a time warp
The new Barbie has a bright pink dress, pumps and a leather briefcase, which is the stereotype of a female entrepreneur that many want to break.
Fighting co-founders doom startups
In startups, founders' relationships are seldom harmonious, so investors look for clues in body language, eye contact and tone when deciding whether to back the firm.
Frigid winter drives demand for long underwear
Shivering from the Arctic cold, shoppers have been emptying shelves of warm base-layer gear -- and manufacturers are scrambling to keep up.
Jacksonville is hot for startups
Jacksonville, Fla., is emerging as a low-cost hub for startups where entrepreneurs are finding money, mentors and city grants to get started.
Italian gunmaker brings factory jobs to U.S.
Chiappa, an Italian gunmaker known for its exotic firearms, is going to start making them in Dayton, Ohio.
Barbie's latest gig: Entrepreneur
After already having gone through 150 careers, including police officer and astronaut, Barbie's newest gig is an entrepreneur.
Grand St. aims to become 'Etsy for electronics'
Gadgets store expands to offer pre-orders, beta testing, and indie electronics.
Why Big Ass Fans pays 30% above national average
Founder and CEO Carey Smith says paying people more -- and avoiding layoffs -- is just smart capitalism. The company's numbers back up his claim.
A business movement focused on the little guy
Makers build and create a growing array of things -- everything from robots and drones to shoes and jewelry. Think of them as the next generation of the Do It Yourself crowd.
Banks or Bitcoin for marijuana companies?
Even with permission, banks aren't eager to work with marijuana companies.
An app-powered propeller for paper planes
A propeller for paper planes and other app controlled toys were on display at the 2014 Toy Fair.
Atlanta restaurant loses $75K due to storm
When winter storms slammed the South, a well-known steakhouse suffered huge losses during one of its busiest weeks of the year.
The snow is great for my business
Snow boots, thermal underwear and even protective dog booties are flying off the shelves, thanks to a very snowy winter.
Winter storms slam online sales, too
The East Coast has been crippled by storms and frigid weather, which hurts small businesses -- even those that don't rely on foot traffic.
Yuengling ice cream returns
Yuengling brewery owner started Yuengling's Ice Cream to survive Prohibition. The sweet treat was revived this week.
Marijuana manufacturing 2.0
Companies large and small are racing to bulk up on tech innovation for a nascent legal market that is suddenly, well, ablaze.
Million-dollar startup threatened by copycat
The Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker hit its first million in sales in a year. Now, its inventors say their product is being ripped off.
Norway's curling team makes a splash with crazy pants
The men's Olympic curling team for Norway wears eccentric pants from Loudmouth, a California-based small business that specializes in outrageous apparel.
Get $100,000, give up 6% of your pay
Upstart matches investors with young people who want a lump sum of cash in exchange for a piece of their future earnings.
Facebook forms small business council
How the biggest social network has won over more than 1 million of the smallest companies.
Drought hits ski towns hard
Some small ski resorts have yet to open this season in the northwest and tourism-dependent businesses are struggling to make ends meet.
Dumb Starbucks: Authorities aren't laughing
Los Angeles health officials shut down Dumb Starbucks, a parody coffee joint, on Monday around the time a television comedian emerged as the proprietor.
Olympians pursue startup ventures on the side
Many Olympic athletes have launched their own startups, which help pay their bills and set them up for a post-Olympic career.
Big companies show small biz cred
Big corporations are tapping into Main Street to win hearts, minds, and more customers.
A startup club for doctors only
Doctors Tim Gueramy and Tracey Haas launched The Walters Physician incubator last year to help doctors pursue their startup ideas.
Handbag company lifts Pakistani women from poverty
By switching to a for-profit model, handbag label Popinjay secured better investments, the right employees and is able to help more low-income Pakistani women.
Paid sick leave won't hurt businesses
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing to require paid sick leave from even the smallest of businesses. But these laws can work well for both employees and employers.
Stormy weather weighs on job growth
Payroll processor ADP said that 175,000 jobs were added in January, the weakest level of hiring since August. All the cold and snow appears to have hurt the job market.
The story behind GoDaddy's 'I quit' ad
This woman quit her job during a Super Bowl commercial to launch her puppet business full-time.
Software salesman revs up scooter sales
After retiring from a career in software sales, Tim Juntgen happened upon an idea that got his creative engines going.
GoldieBlox ad makes Super Bowl history
GoldieBlox, whose toys aim to get girls excited about science and engineering, wins Intuit contest for a free 30-sec Super Bowl ad.
New ammo packs 3 shots into one bullet
The Multiple Impact Bullet splits into three or four pieces when it leaves the gun. The fragments are connected by fiber, in order to improve accuracy.
From dog toys to software -- seriously!
It wasn't easy for a dog toy company to turn itself into a software firm, but the cofounders spotted a bigger opportunity and grabbed it.
Business owners divided on minimum wage
An exclusive survey says small businesses are split when it comes to supporting a federal minimum wage hike to $10.10.
Hobie Alter: Founding father of the surfing industry
Hobie Alter followed his bliss -- and his ingenuity -- to design surfboards and sailboats.
How will a minimum wage hike hit businesses?
Thirteen states increased the minimum wage on Jan. 1, and President Obama supports raising the federal rate to $10.10. 4 small business owners weigh in on how an increase would affect them.
HomeHero: A marketplace just for seniors
Founders Kyle Hill and Mike Townsend want to tap into a $40 billion market opportunity with their L.A. startup.
Want to boost sales? Start exporting
Small businesses can't stay anchored to the U.S. if they want to accelerate sales. They need to be aggressive about taking their products overseas.
Hardest part of being the boss: Firing people
Letting someone go is "emotionally draining," says one entrepreneur, but sometimes it's the only way to save a team.
The hidden costs of a minimum wage hike
A minimum wage hike means an increase in employers' taxes -- and could mean higher costs from vendors.
America's favorite businesses
From a science camp for girls to a kombucha brewer, communities around the country voted on their favorite small businesses. These 12 came out on top, each scoring a $250,000 grant from Chase and a
trip to Google's headquarters.
Meet the Warby Parker of mattresses
Tuft and Needle is set to do to the mattress business what Warby Parker did for eyewear and TOMS did for footwear: blow it up.
Prim: Anatomy of a folded startup
The YCombinator-backed laundry pick-up and delivery business barely lasted seven months. One of its founders walks
through the postmortem.
How I emerged from bankruptcy to grow a thriving company
Danny Fisher was the CEO of a major independent film company when the economy collapsed and he was forced to declare bankruptcy. Here's how he started over.
The booming business of ukuleles
Between 2010 and 2012, ukulele sales nearly doubled, and they're helping some small music stores keep the lights on.
So you want to join an accelerator? Here's how
Niche accelerators are exploding across the country. But is it right for your business? Here are some things to consider.
9 hot startup accelerators
From energy and education to robots and food, these specialty programs offer startups seed money, mentoring and connections in exchange for equity.
How hand-crafted ukuleles are made
Mike DaSilva left his job in the tech industry a decade ago and followed his passion, making beautifully hand-crafted ukuleles that sell for thousands of dollars.
Community banker nominated to head SBA
President Obama picks Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder of an L.A. community bank that lends to small businesses, to head of the Small Business Administration.
Strangest place I've closed a deal
As proof that business waits for no one, these people shunned the corner office and closed deals strapped to a biplane, fishing for marlin -- even in the bathroom.
Minimum wage hike could mean a raise for all
Fourteen states are raising the minimum wage this year, but it's not just those workers that benefit. Employees making more than the new minimum often get raises, too.
Made in America. Sold in China.
Bucking the trend, these small businesses are taking their U.S.-made products to China and capitalizing on its burgeoning consumer market.
What's the deal with crowdfunding investments?
Thanks to a new rule, small business owners can use Facebook and Twitter to raise funds, but the change appears to be flying under the radar.
Will a higher minimum wage impact your business?
Do you own a small business and want the minimum wage to stay the same? Or do you welcome the change? Tell us how a minimum wage increase affects your business.
67-year-old Italian restaurant closes its doors
New Year's Eve marks the end of an era for Merlino's Belvedere, which has struggled to stay open amid a series of natural disasters and a struggling economy.
Losing jobless benefits hurts people, local economies
Hard choices for 1.3 million workers hurts local businesses, economists say.
Airline exec goes all in with racehorse company
Airline exec Steve Zerda gave up a stable career to become a racehorse owner -- a risky bet that might just pay off.
Healthy food chain helps kids get off the streets
California chain Tender Greens launched a 3-month program that teaches at-risk youths about food and the culinary arts. For some kids, the results are life-changing.
Want to chat in 29 languages?
Droid Translator is a new app that promises to translate your phone, text and video conversations into 29 different languages.
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