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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?

Small-Business Lending Is Slow to Recover — 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 22, 2014

Asian investors turn their eyes toward U.S. apartment buildings. via @WSJ

Oct 22, 2014

Companies Try to Escape Health Law’s Penalties via @WSJ

Oct 21, 2014

Email Isn’t for complex ideas or strong feelings, says MIT’s director of Initiative on Technology and Self @WSJ

Oct 21, 2014

How big data is tracking city life: "Fitbit for the city" via @WSJ

Oct 20, 2014

Three tips for #startups looking to capture an investor's attention, by @TinaSharkey on The #Accelerators via @WSJ

Oct 20, 2014

The six worst things about working at a tech #startup: “Modafinil is an essential tool"… via @slate

Oct 20, 2014

Harry’s co-founder on how the shaving #startup chose its first hires via @WSJ

Oct 20, 2014

How does Google handle IT for its workers? Ask CIO Ben Fried via @WSJ

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