News and Articles About Washington

From Tattoo Parlors to Coffee Shops, a National Celebration of Small Businesses
National Small Business Week

From Tattoo Parlors to Coffee Shops, a National Celebration of Small Businesses

National Small Business Week runs from May 12 to 16 this year, with events being held in cities from San Francisco to Washington.
Catherine Clifford
Think Seattle's Only Claim to Fame Is Starbucks? Think Again.
Seattle

Think Seattle's Only Claim to Fame Is Starbucks? Think Again.

Besides the success of the huge coffee maker, the Emerald City has other amazing startup stories -- both past and present.
Jason Fell
A Primer on Patents: Who's Getting Them, Where and How Long It's Taking (Infographic)
Patents

A Primer on Patents: Who's Getting Them, Where and How Long It's Taking (Infographic)

As Washington continues to mull new patent legislation, here's a snapshot of the U.S. patent landscape.
Catherine Clifford
Democrats Introduce Legislation to Restore 'Open Internet' Rules
Technology

Democrats Introduce Legislation to Restore 'Open Internet' Rules

Bills introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate would bring back net neutrality laws.
Catherine Clifford
Obama to Bypass Congress, Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contracts on His Own
Growth Strategies

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

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.
Catherine Clifford
Tech Giants Throw More Money Than Ever at Washington Lobbyists
Growth Strategies

Tech Giants Throw More Money Than Ever at Washington Lobbyists

New figures suggest that lobby spending by tech leaders like Google and Facebook amounted to a massive $61 million in 2013.
Geoff Weiss
Japan Proposes 'Super-Maglev' Train Connecting Baltimore to D.C. in 15 Minutes
Growth Strategies

Japan Proposes 'Super-Maglev' Train Connecting Baltimore to D.C. in 15 Minutes

Japan has reportedly offered to partially fund a magnetically levitating train that will slash the commute between Baltimore and Washington D.C. to a mere 15 minutes.
Geoff Weiss
White House Brings On Microsoft Executive to Fix HealthCare.gov
Growth Strategies

White House Brings On Microsoft Executive to Fix HealthCare.gov

Kurt DelBene has been tapped to oversee the continued rollout of the Obamacare enrollment site.
Catherine Clifford
States Charge Ahead With Their Own Crowdfunding Laws
Finance

States Charge Ahead With Their Own Crowdfunding Laws

Michigan is the latest in a series of states to make moves to pass intrastate equity crowdfunding legislation.
Catherine Clifford
With Shutdown and Shootout, Washington D.C. Businesses Report Significant Losses
Technology

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

In Day 4 of the federal government shutdown, many D.C.-area businesses are struggling to cope with reduced sales.
Shayna Meliker
What Really Motivates a Small Business to Hire? (Infographic)
Growth Strategies

What Really Motivates a Small Business to Hire? (Infographic)

Software company Sage surveyed business owners with fewer than 100 employees to find out what motivates them to make that next hire.
Catherine Clifford
Scoring Government Contracts Takes an Increasing Amount of Time and Money
Growth Strategies

Scoring Government Contracts Takes an Increasing Amount of Time and Money

A new report from American Express on small-business owners doing business with the U.S. government shows that active contractors spent almost $129,000 in the past year seeking out those opportunities.
Catherine Clifford
Top 3 Candidates to Lead the U.S. Small Business Administration
Leadership

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

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.
Catherine Clifford
Senate Confirms Richard Cordray to Lead U.S. Consumer Protection Agency
Finance

Senate Confirms Richard Cordray to Lead U.S. Consumer Protection Agency

After a two-year standoff, lawmakers vote to formally install the former Ohio Attorney General at the helm of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Catherine Clifford