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The JOBS Act Provision That Could Change IPOs Forever
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If the SEC allows Regulation A+ to pass without the requirement of state compliance, entrepreneurs could raise up to $50 million.
February 21, 2014 in Starting a Business
Democrats Introduce Legislation to Restore 'Open Internet' Rules

Democrats Introduce Legislation to Restore 'Open Internet' Rules

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Bills introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate would bring back net neutrality laws.
February 4, 2014 in Security
Obama to Bypass Congress, Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contracts on His Own

Obama to Bypass Congress, Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contracts on His Own

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The president plans to announce during his State of the Union address that he is raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from $7.25 an hour for anyone working on new federal contracts.
January 28, 2014 in Hiring Center
Tech Giants Throw More Money Than Ever at Washington Lobbyists

Tech Giants Throw More Money Than Ever at Washington Lobbyists

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New figures suggest that lobby spending by tech leaders like Google and Facebook amounted to a massive $61 million in 2013.
January 24, 2014 in Legal Center
More Bad News for Patent Trolls

More Bad News for Patent Trolls

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On Monday, both the Supreme Court and New York State took a crack at trolling.
January 14, 2014 in Legal Center
Internet Activists Plan Day of Action to Protest Mass Surveillance

Internet Activists Plan Day of Action to Protest Mass Surveillance

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Members of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Demand Progress and activists at large will mobilize on Feb. 11 to protest the NSA's surveillance tactics.
January 13, 2014 in News and Trends
Millionaires Are Now the Majority Party in Congress

Millionaires Are Now the Majority Party in Congress

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For the first time ever, more than half of U.S. congressmen are worth $1 million or more, even as wages have remained stagnant for many Americans.
January 10, 2014 in Personal Finance
To Help Small Business, Cut Regulation

To Help Small Business, Cut Regulation

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The regulatory burden on small businesses is now higher than it was when President Obama took office. Circumstances must change.
January 10, 2014 in Business Management
Why the Postal Service Can't Capitalize on the Christmas Shipping Woes

Why the Postal Service Can't Capitalize on the Christmas Shipping Woes

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This should be the time for the Postal Service to shine, but regulations and Congress won't let it seize competitive ground.
December 27, 2013 in Management & Operations
House Passes Anti-Patent Troll Bill, Sends to Senate

House Passes Anti-Patent Troll Bill, Sends to Senate

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The Innovation Act sailed through a first vote on Capitol Hill today, but faces challenges before becoming law.
December 5, 2013 in Innovation
Entrepreneurs Want Patent Trolls Gone, But Current Legislation Is Sloppy

Entrepreneurs Want Patent Trolls Gone, But Current Legislation Is Sloppy

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The House of Representatives is expected to take up the Innovation Act today, but stakeholders fear that the increased paperwork required by the bill would be counterproductive.
December 4, 2013 in Innovation
Biggest Tech Companies Team Up to Object to Government Spying

Biggest Tech Companies Team Up to Object to Government Spying

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Caught in the controversy over government surveillance, the biggest technology companies ally to get Congress to rein in spying.
November 1, 2013 in News and Trends
The Road Ahead For Entrepreneurs And Tax Reform

The Road Ahead For Entrepreneurs And Tax Reform

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Tax reform is happening. Kind of. And slowly. Here are some predictions of how it might all play out.
October 22, 2013 in Payments & Collections
With Shutdown and Shootout, Washington D.C. Businesses Report Significant Losses

With Shutdown and Shootout, Washington D.C. Businesses Report Significant Losses

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In Day 4 of the federal government shutdown, many D.C.-area businesses are struggling to cope with reduced sales.
October 4, 2013 in News and Trends
Obama Says Shutdown Is Hurting Small Businesses

Obama Says Shutdown Is Hurting Small Businesses

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Today, the president traveled to M. Luis Construction in Rockville, Md., to deliver his latest in a series of strongly-worded attacks against House Republicans regarding the government shutdown.
October 3, 2013 in Financing
Government Shutdown: What You Need to Know

Government Shutdown: What You Need to Know

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Confused about the government shutdown? Here's a look at which agencies are affected and what you can expect from Congress in the days and weeks to come.
October 1, 2013 in Management & Operations
Government Shutdown Would Close Pipelines of Credit to Main Street Businesses

Government Shutdown Would Close Pipelines of Credit to Main Street Businesses

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As Republicans and Democrats draw battle lines in the sand, small businesses seeking capital may be left in the cold.
September 30, 2013 in SBA and Government Funding
10 Stories From the Web to Know About This Week

10 Stories From the Web to Know About This Week

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Jay Z bails on the Nets, parsing the weird productivity tips of historical figures, Twitter and GoDaddy get together, online merchants ditch credit-card processing, tips for delivering a knockout speech. This week's notable news and tantalizing tidbits for entrepreneurs.
September 20, 2013 in News and Trends
As Startup Visa Bill Languishes, Entrepreneurs Leave the U.S.

As Startup Visa Bill Languishes, Entrepreneurs Leave the U.S.

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Innovators drawn to the U.S. for education and research don't have time to wait for legislative action that would help them stay.
September 10, 2013 in Lifestyle
SBA Gets a Temporary Chief

SBA Gets a Temporary Chief

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Jeanne Hulit, the Small Business Administration's associate administrator in the Office of Capital Access, will take over as interim head of the agency when Karen Mills departs at end of the month.
August 20, 2013 in Leadership
Top 3 Candidates to Lead the U.S. Small Business Administration

Top 3 Candidates to Lead the U.S. Small Business Administration

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Karen Mills announced last week that she will be leaving her post at the helm of the SBA. Here's a look at potential candidates to replace her.
July 23, 2013 in Leadership

U.S. Federal Spending at Small Businesses Misses Mark. Again.

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The Small Business Administration releases its scorecard measuring federal procurement in fiscal year 2012.
July 2, 2013 in Business Management
Still Waiting for Obama's SBA Chief Nominee

Still Waiting for Obama's SBA Chief Nominee

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The White House has yet to select a replacement for Karen Mills, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
May 23, 2013 in Business Management

Entrepreneurs, Politicians Join in a Virtual March on Washington for Immigration Reform

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A group of lawmakers and innovators press Congress to pass an immigration overhaul.
May 22, 2013 in Human Resources
Why Internet Sales Tax is Bad Public Policy (Opinion)

Why Internet Sales Tax is Bad Public Policy (Opinion)

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The Marketplace Fairness Act, expected to pass in the Senate on May 6, requires online retailers to charge shoppers their state's sales tax. Is the law a poor political move?
April 30, 2013 in Tax Center

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