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Start-up and small business reporter at the Wall Street Journal.

A Startup Sours After A Falling Out — Investors often wield tremendous influence over a startup-and that can backfire if the relationship between investor and entrepreneur turns bitter. Just ask Virginia Barnett, of Lithia, Fla. Last year, she co-founded Gr8code, a business that offered bootcamp-style computer programming courses for beginners. A former Walt Disney Co.

Yelp Reviews Brew Fight Over Free Speech, Fairness — A closely watched Internet free-speech case is headed to the Virginia Supreme Court this month, with many businesses that live and die by online reviews rooting for the owner of a small, suburban carpet cleaner.

Repeat Crowdfunding Reaps Rewards for Entrepreneurs — Here's a secret for budding entrepreneurs using crowdfunding platforms to finance their projects: It pays to go back for seconds. Consider the success rates on Kickstarter, the New York-based online platform where users make contributions on projects in exchange for rewards, like an early version of the product.

Startups Offer Unusual Reward for Investing — When a young Boston entrepreneur sought half-a-million dollars to launch his startup last fall, he turned his back on today's usual tactics, such as selling equity stakes or issuing convertible notes. Instead, Vinayak Ranade opted to use a largely untested way for entrepreneurs to raise funds known as a Simple Agreement for Future Equity.

The High Cost of Saving a Failing Small Business — For small businesses facing bankruptcy, the path to a fresh start isn't cheap. Filing for bankruptcy protection to save a small business often costs at least $100,000 to $300,000-and sometimes twice as much in cases where creditors are contentious, lawyers say.

Small Business Owners Scramble to Prepare for New Tax Form — Small employers are facing an unexpectedly onerous task: tallying their individual employees' monthly health-care costs. Starting in 2016, under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50 or more full-time workers are required to file new tax forms laying out what individual employees are being charged for their employer-sponsored plans.

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? The case,...

Confidence Among Small Firms Holds Steady in February — Despite severe winter storms and frigid temperatures, confidence among small firms held steady in February, marking the fourth consecutive month of record highs. Overall, small businesses across the U.S. and in a range of industries, from retail to construction, said they expected stronger sales and improved profits in the months ahead, according to the survey of 713 small firms by The Wall Street Journal and Vistage...

Bootstrapped Startups Risk Lack of Connections — More entrepreneurs in recent years have tried to bootstrap their companies, starting with very little capital and deliberately avoiding outside investors. But as the economy improves, many of those relying solely on their personal finances-and business earnings-to finance young companies are coming to grips with the downside of that strategy.

Small Exporters Wary of Obama Tax Plan — The Obama Administration's plan to tax the foreign earnings of American companies might hinder the ability of small exporters to compete abroad, several small firms said. On Monday, President Obama proposed to impose a 19% tax on foreign earnings by U.S. firms, along with a one-time 14% tax on previous earnings held overseas.
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Apr 25, 2015

The Saturday Essay: In praise of the teen summer job via @WSJ

Apr 25, 2015

Obama escalates feud with his fellow Democrats over Pacific trade deal via @WSJ

Apr 24, 2015

Too much of everything: Global oversupply extends beyond commodities, elevating deflation risk via @WSJ

Apr 24, 2015

RT @WSJdigits: Amazon Shares Soar to All-Time High on Cloud Surprise

Apr 24, 2015

Why companies’ results vary: Earnings figures differ as data providers include/exclude variety of charges via @WSJ

Apr 24, 2015

The perils of workers’ comp for injured Cirque du Soleil performers: injured stars don’t keep their salaries @WSJ

Apr 24, 2015

As California drought drags on, home builders vie for a voice via @WSJ

Apr 24, 2015

Rich, but not Silicon Valley rich for founders of Box via @WSJ

Apr 23, 2015

Stage mudders: @PiaCatton on investors who share an appetite for risky bets on Broadway shows and race horses. @WSJ

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