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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,...

Confidence Among Small Firms Holds Steady in February

wsj.com — 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

wsj.com — 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

blogs.wsj.com — 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.

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.
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Where are savings from cheaper gas going? Consumers are socking away gas windfall and paying down debt. on.wsj.com/1AytUty @WSJ

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Shedding light on the office cubicle? 3M, Alcoa offer products to enhance natural lighting in the workplace. on.wsj.com/1Ayw24E @WSJ

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