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Sellers need Amazon, but at what cost?

bdlive.co.za — SOME small-business owners are coming to grips with the reality that Amazon.com is not just a partner - it is a rival, too. Among them is Jordan Lindberg of Traverse City, Michigan, whose four-year-old business Stardust Memorials sells cremation urns. So far, about 10% of his firm's $3m annual sales is from Amazon buyers.

Sellers Need Amazon, but at What Cost?

wsj.com — Some small-business owners are coming to grips with the reality that Amazon.com Inc. is not just a partner-it is a rival, too. Among them is Jordan Lindberg of Traverse City, Mich., whose four-year-old business, Stardust Memorials LLC, sells cremation urns. So far, about 10% of his firm's $3 million annual sales is from Amazon buyers.

Mouth Trumpet Lets You Toot Your Own Horn, but Without the Horn

wsj.com — BALTIMORE-Side-by-side on folding chairs, Rick and Sonia Samuel pursed their lips and blew. With his face turning red, Mr. Samuel managed to produce a low-frequency buzzing. His wife's mouth emitted noises several octaves higher. "Sometimes people think that if they just blow, they're going to produce music," their instructor, Victoria Vox, explained to the group of about 20 people, gathered in a turn-of-the-century townhouse.

Solid Economy Causes Small-Business Optimism to Surge

wsj.com — Chris Sugai is exploring whether to rent a bigger warehouse early this year to expand his mountain-bike business. He anticipates that revenue at Niner Bikes, his nine-year-old Fort Collins, Colo., high-end mountain-bike company, will reach $17 million in 2015, up from $15 million last year.

New Facebook Rules Will Sting Entrepreneurs

wsj.com — Chrisy Bossie built a $100,000-a-year gemstone e-commerce business by sharing information about her products on her company's Facebook page several times a week. "Steals in the Shop! I have a TON of new 36-inch-long necklaces, most priced at $15, available in amethyst, lapis, watermelon tourmaline, turquoise....

Corporate Profit Forecasts Ride on Politics

wsj.com — A surprising number of finance chiefs could miss their corporate earnings targets if an 11th-hour deal isn't reached in Washington to retroactively reinstate more than 50 tax breaks that expired last year. In recent weeks, dozens of companies have reaffirmed financial forecasts that include millions of dollars in tax credits and deductions.

Will Facebook’s New Rules Affect Your Business?

blogs.wsj.com — For years Facebook urged individual small firms to create Facebook pages from which they can engage with their customers by adding status updates and other unpaid messages. This time last year, for instance, Facebook offered this tip: "A steady rhythm of posts in the days before a big event can help keep your business top-of-mind to customers," to kick off the holiday shopping season.

New Facebook Rules Will Sting Entrepreneurs

New Facebook Rules Will Sting Entrepreneurs

online.wsj.com — "Steals in the Shop! I have a TON of new 36-inch-long necklaces, most priced at $15, available in amethyst, lapis, watermelon tourmaline, turquoise.... Shop them all here," she wrote in a recent marketing post on a Facebook page for Earthegy, the business she runs from her home in rural Kent Store, Va.

For Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs, Startup Visas Offer a Chance to Finish

online.wsj.com — An expiring visa last year left Al-Hassan Hleileh facing a dilemma: move his San Francisco technology firm to Chile or resign as chief executive. He chose to step aside. President Barack Obama's move Thursday to loosen an array of immigration restrictions, including steps to let certain foreign-born entrepreneurs stay in the U.S., could...
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