Get started: Crowdfunding progresses despite delayed regulations, small firm hiring sluggish

What’s going on:

Crowdfunders growing anxious: Despite delays from regulators, some crowdfunding ventures are already finding ways to deliver early-stage capital to start-ups and microbusinesses through online platforms.

Small business hiring remains slow: The NFIB’s latest survey shows that hiring ticked up only slightly as the firms that are trying to find new workers continue to struggle to find qualified applicants.

Export regulations hampering small firms: Unlike large corporations that have teams to handle changes in Washington, small businesses are struggling to keep up with sweeping export reform.

Keep an eye on:

Next fiscal fight begininng: The next big battle in Washington will revolve around the type of spending cuts Republicans will demand and the types of tax loopholes Democrats will try to close.

Helpful advice on:

How to use big data in a small business (OSB)

How to share your comapny’s story (Entrepreneur)

How to master the art of delegation (Mashable)

How to discover happiness at work (Fast Company)

How to make work wore enjoyable (Open Forum)

J.D. Harrison covers startups, small business and entrepreneurship, with a focus on public policy, and he runs the On Small Business blog.

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