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What’s going ‘on’:

SBA triples surety bond guarantee: The Small Business Administration revised its surety bond guarantee, changing the eligible contract amount from $2 million to $6.5 million for both public and private contracts.The change is part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

Entrepreneurs’ regulatory concerns begin with crowdfunding rules: After the Securities and Exchange Commission missed several deadlines for issuing crowdfunding regulations, many entrepreneurs fear lawmakers are drafting rules with too many protections for investors, undermining the effort.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Businesses affected by Sandy consider the risk of starting over: In Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath, one business owner in Staten Island, Ny. considers what the costs and risks are of starting over.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to master content marketing ( Forbes )

How to manage older employees (The Daily Muse)

How to work with someone you hate (Business Insider)

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