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Small Firms Drop Health Plans — Small companies are starting to turn away from offering health plans as they seek to reduce costs and increasingly view the health law's marketplaces as an inviting and affordable option for workers. In the latest sign of a possible shift, WellPoint Inc.

Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites

Disabled Access: New Legal Push — Small-business owners face a growing number of disabled-access lawsuits, in the wake of a recent appeals-court ruling giving rise to disabled "testers," as well as the release of detailed federal specifications for curb ramps, self-opening doors and other standards.

SEC Clears Way for Tweeting, Blogging About Unregistered Shares — Get a kernel of Quinn! Entrepreneur Coulter Lewis will soon be able to tweet such a message legally as a way to raise cash for his Woburn, Mass., firm, Quinn Popcorn LLC. On Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission lifted a decades-old ban on publicizing any share offerings that aren't registered with the SEC and are limited to...

Bowling Chain Bowlmor Puts Its Own Spin on American Pastime

Bosses Face Affordable Care Act Deadline — The clock is ticking for Tommy Cain and thousands of other U.S. employers facing deadlines to make changes to the health insurance they offer their employees under the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Cain has already met one of the law's key requirements: offer health insurance to at least 70% of full-time staffers by 2015, or face penalties.

Big Kickstarter Campaign Overwhelms Radiate Athletics — Many entrepreneurs are using crowdfunding campaigns to raise the profile of their nascent businesses and products, while also raising funds. But the tactic sometimes backfires when a startup isn't prepared for the demand that follows. Consider the plight of Radiate Athletics and its co-founder Kenneth Crockett Jr.

Small Firms Poised to Spend More on Plants, Equipment — There are signs that small businesses are moving from slashing costs to spending more on new plants and equipment. Among 798 small private firms with less than $20 million in revenue, 51% said in August that they planned to increase capital outlays in the next 12 months.

Amid Licensing Backlash, A Reprieve for Arkansas Hair Braiders — There's a growing backlash against state licensing laws, which entrepreneurs and small-business owners cite as their biggest obstacle to growth, ahead of taxes. As the WSJ reports today, the Supreme Court will take up a case this fall that could curtail the spread of professional licenses.

State Licensing Boards Under Fire From Within — The Supreme Court will take up an antitrust case this fall that could curb the proliferation of state licenses, a top worry for U.S. small-business owners and entrepreneurs. At issue: Can state licensing boards staffed with business owners and professionals regulate their own markets without oversight from government employees?
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Oct 31, 2014

Data scientists: "Nearly every #startup I come in contact with is searching for one," says @musigmainc @WSJ

Oct 31, 2014

There's a great opportunity to bring big data to small firms, says Porch CEO @mattehrlichman @WSJ #smallbiz #startups

Oct 31, 2014

Virgin Galactic said its spaceship crashed during a test flight Friday via @WSJ

Oct 31, 2014

All in the family: More children are calling ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ by their first names via @WSJ

Oct 30, 2014

Cure for office burnout: Mini paid sabaticals for a week or more via @WSJ #smallbiz #startup

Oct 30, 2014

The federal estate tax exemption is rising to $5.43 million for 2015 via @WSJpersfinance

Oct 30, 2014

Apple’s Tim Cook: It's worth privacy tradeoff "if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone" @WSJD

Oct 30, 2014

Steve Ballmer on the Clippers: "I want to win a lot of games!” via @WSJ

Oct 29, 2014

Some small firms stop offering health plans, often turning to health law’s marketplace via @WSJ

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