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Franchise Industry Strikes Back at NLRB's 'Joint Employer' Decision

The NLRB's recent ruling has the potential to tear the franchise model apart at the seams. So, franchisors and franchisees are taking action.

Want to Make Equity Crowdfunding Legal? 3 Experts Sound Off.

The government is sitting on a proposed bill that will open up new sources of financing for entrepreneurs everywhere.

White House Hires Ex-Googler to Make Government Websites Suck Less (We Hope)

Uncle Sam: If at first you don’t succeed, hire former Google wizard and HealthCare.gov resurrector Mikey Dickerson to clean up your mess. Again.

Nation's Top Consumer Watchdog Warns of Bitcoin's Dangers

Bitcoin buyer beware. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau cautions consumers about the risks of investing in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

The Feds Don't Want In-Flight Cell Phone Calls, Either

The U.S. Department of Transportation has a hang-up with in-flight calls, perhaps enough to put an official kibosh on them – and soon.

Obama's Student Loan Measure: What You Should Know.

President Obama has signed an executive order to expand eligibility for income-based repayment plans.

Ever Wish You Could Decipher Social-Media Snark? So Does the Secret Service.

The Secret Service is looking for new social-media monitoring tools, to among other things, help determine sarcasm.

GOP Congressman Introduces First Bill to Tax Bitcoin

Everyone's buzzing about Rep. Steve Stockman's plan to submit a bill declaring Bitcoin a currency, but this isn't the first time the politician has whipped up a stir.

IRS Will Tax Bitcoin, Says It's Not Currency

In a historic ruling, the IRS said Bitcoin is property, not currency, and will be taxed as such. Here's what you need to know.

Is Your Business Eligible for a Government Grant?

It just might be. Here's how to win one at a local, state or federal level.

It's All About the Benjamins: A Look at the $100 Bill's New Facelift

The latest U.S. currency denomination to get a redux by the Fed is the $100. Here's a look at what to expect from the new bill.

Obama's Budget: What's In It for Entrepreneurs

The White House released its fiscal year 2014 budget proposal today. Here's a look at what's in it for small-business owners and entrepreneurs.

SBA Budget Whacked $92 Million By Sequestration

The Small Business Administration's budget has to be chopped by 5 percent across the board as a result of forced budget cuts.

How to Set Your Business Up to Bid on Federal Government Contracts

The federal government is the largest buyer of goods or services in the U.S. Here is what you need to do to prepare for doing business with it.

Incentives Needed to Spur Federal Agencies to Meet Small-Business Contracting Goals (Opinion)

The SBA reports that it has tried to increase the share of federal dollars going to small businesses by implementing new contracting provisions. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be working.

Lawmakers OK Small-Business Research Programs

Lawmakers moved to extend and expand two key small business research programs facing expiration this week. See what changes may come down the pike.

What the Dow's Decline Means for Small Businesses

The market's plunge could trip up already hobbled small businesses.

What a U.S. Default Might Mean for Small Businesses

As the political bickering over the nation's debts goes on, business owners may be wondering how a default could affect them.

Small-Biz Loan Money Finally Trickles to Community Banks

The Treasury Department recently opened the spigot on the $30 billion Small Business Loan Fund. But is it too little, too late?

FTC Takes Aim at 'Fake News' Websites

Advertisements framed as newsy websites are starting to draw the ire of the Federal Trade Commission, and with good reason.

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