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

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Disabled Access: New Legal Push

online.wsj.com — 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

online.wsj.com — 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

online.wsj.com — 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

online.wsj.com — 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

online.wsj.com — 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

blogs.wsj.com — 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

online.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?

Small-Business Lending Is Slow to Recover

online.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.
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Oct 25, 2014

It isn’t what you know at work. It’s how you ‘behave’ on.wsj.com/1wkCht0 via @WSJ

Oct 25, 2014

Brain study may predict how much cash investors feel they can stand to risk. on.wsj.com/1sYFbDl via @WSJMoneyBeat

Oct 24, 2014

Amazon’s spending leads to largest quarterly loss in 14 years despite a 20% jump in revenue on.wsj.com/1tgtqe4 via @WSJ

Oct 24, 2014

No bull? All hat? Billionaire execs are buying mega-sized cattle ranches to impress clients. on.wsj.com/1vT5HQP via @WSJ

Oct 24, 2014

Airbnb discusses a $13 billion valuation with investors in an employee stock sale on.wsj.com/1yr68Bo via @WSJ

Oct 23, 2014

Pitching a #startup: Forget your slides, expect to be interrupted and don't get defensive, says @jasonnazar on.wsj.com/1pBqD9d @WSJ

Oct 23, 2014

Attracting #startup investors: Keep monologue, mentors and media in mind, says @eBay's Michael Moskowitz on.wsj.com/1zjHozc @WSJ

Oct 23, 2014

Attracting #startup investors: Build relationships, no one likes to be used as a piggy bank, says @CMBechs on.wsj.com/1tOdGQh @WSJ

Oct 23, 2014

Maverick Capital to launch VC fund, as hedge funds add to the push to invest in #startups on.wsj.com/1vP92Aw via @WSJ

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