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

Small-Business Lending Is Slow to Recover

wsj.com — CARROLLTON, Ga.-Brandi Shirey wants to borrow at least $20,000 to expand the birthday- and wedding-cake business she started four years ago after leaving her job as a bookkeeper. Demand for the cakes, which sell for $150 to $500, overwhelms her home kitchen.

Meetup.com Aims to ‘Get People Off the Internet’

wsj.com — Every time members of Twin Cities Museum Meetup get together-to visit museums, galleries and historical sites-Scott Heiferman feels he has helped to make the world a better place. And every month, Mr. Heiferman's business, Meetup.com, collects a flat fee of...

Yelp Deal With Yahoo Has Small Businesses Crying Foul

wsj.com — A recent deal by Yelp Inc. to provide business listings for Internet searches on Yahoo Inc. is getting bad reviews from some small-business owners, who say years of positive feedback from customers have vanished from Yahoo. Colonial Hardwood Flooring of Lexington, Mass., amassed six years of mostly positive feedback on its Yahoo Local listing, says owner Dan Tringale.

A Startup Sours After A Falling Out

wsj.com — 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

wsj.com — 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

wsj.com — 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

wsj.com — 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

wsj.com — 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

wsj.com — 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

wsj.com — 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,...
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May 23, 2015

Amazon targets Etsy with ‘Handmade’ marketplace $AMZN $ETSY on.wsj.com/1JI1EOe via @WSJ

May 22, 2015

WSJ #smallbiz must reads: Middle-class squeeze hits entrepreneurship; 'Uber for helicopters' angers residents. on.wsj.com/1Ap4lSG @WSJ

May 22, 2015

Google touts technology linking store purchases with mobile ads $GOOG on.wsj.com/1EZXV8l via @WSJ

May 22, 2015

Sun Microsystems ex-chair Scott McNealy leads #startup that turns social-network posts into marketing messages. on.wsj.com/1ej9hPa @WSJ

May 22, 2015

Etsy’s unique public offering crafts a stock swoon; Stock-price decline follows unusual IPO. on.wsj.com/1ejmV4R via @WSJ #startups

May 22, 2015

Uber in talks for $1 billion credit facility with banks, fueling IPO rumors. on.wsj.com/1KnVm7O via @WSJ #startups

May 21, 2015

Attention discount choppers: City dwellers want 'Uber for helicopters' grounded. @FortuneMagazine for.tn/1dl0uvZ @jeffjohnroberts

May 21, 2015

Secrets to raising #startup capital: Start before you need it, get more and be strategic, says @JaySamit on.wsj.com/1edSFs9 @WSJ

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