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New Locations Are Being Opened, But By Established Businesses

The fall in new company starts does not necessarily mean that the American economy is less dynamic than it used to be, or that Americans are opening up new establishments at a lower rate than they did in the late 1970s.

SXSW: How a Small Festival Brought Austin Big Business

For the city of Austin, and especially its growing cohort of tech entrepreneurs, South by Southwest has become the little festival that could.

My, SXSW, How You've Changed

As this Austin festival has grown, so has its scope and the expectations of its attendees.

Why Colorado and Washington Were Wise to Legalize Pot

From an economic and health standpoint, policymakers got it right when it came to sales of recreational cannabis.

How Much Blame Do the Jobless Bear for Joblessness?

Business owners have jobs and want to hire, but employers say candidates are unprepared and have the wrong attitude. What gives?

Why Our Job Market Is Dying Before Our Eyes

The latest jobs numbers prove a point: Putting government policy over business interests has been a disastrous failure for the American worker.

Baby, It's Cold Outside, But Your Customers Will Return

Customers tend to stay home in extreme weather conditions like the U.S. is now facing. But data show they are more likely to come back during cold snaps like this one.

Preaching the Morality of Capitalism

This year, bashing the immorality of unfettered markets has been in vogue. It is high time to turn that debate on its head.

The Outrageously Silly Argument Against Uber's Surge Pricing

Uber can charge what it likes, and that has some people muttering that the car-service company is to blame for all our economic ills. Humbug.

What Franchisees Could Lose If the Minimum Wage Is Raised

As fast-food workers prepare to strike in 100 cities this Thursday, franchisees and business owners grapple with the minimum wage question.

Will Obamacare Still Spur Entrepreneurship? Economists Weigh In

Health reform's roll-out has had its problems, but three economists feel it still has a chance to boost small business growth.

Raising the Minimum Wage Isn't a Magic Bullet

The claim that increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 would slash poverty rates in half is overly simplistic.

People Are Leaving the Workforce in Droves: What it Means for Businesses

If current employment trends continue, the number of people out of the labor force will surpass the number of working Americans in about four years.

Startup Entrepreneurs Have Confidence. Duh.

Of all the surveys conducted, the Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index is taking the prize for the most obvious.

Why More People Are Losing Health Coverage Than Enrolling in It

The disparity between those losing coverage and those gaining demonstrates the private sector is, and always will be, better at managing events than the government.

Why Tech Valuations Can't Be Too High or Too Low

The eye-popping price tags of companies such as Fab, Pinterest and Snapchat have raised concerns that valuations have gotten out of whack. The reality is there's no such thing as being overvalued or undervalued.

Why We Don't Need New Policies to Boost Startup Rates

The decline in startup rates might simply represent Americans' realization that earning a living running one's a small business has become more difficult over the past three-and-a-half decades.

Why Milton Friedman Could Love Social Entrepreneurship

Pursuit of profits is still paramount. But getting there with a social element is possible.

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