Bikesharing: A boon or doom for local bike shops?

Welcome to CapBiz A.M., your morning primer on business news with a focus on Washington.

Battle for bikers: Small bike shops in New York City say they’ve been losing business since the rollout of a new bikesharing system. In Washington, shop owners have described the opposite effect since the rollout of Capital Bikeshare. What gives? (WP)

Losing service? Sterling-based Neustar has for 17 years held an exclusive government contract to provide technology that lets cell phone users to keep their numbers when they switch carriers. The company is now in danger of losing that work. (CAPBIZ)

Another silver lining: Metro officials have hired 460 new people as the transit authority prepares for the launch of Silver Line service this summer. More than 300 will work in maintenance. Two will work in customer service. (WP)

Adding Heritage: Bethesda-based Eagle Bancorp Inc. plans to purchase Virginia Heritage Bank of Tyson’s Corner in a deal worth $182.9 million. The acquisition would give Eagle Bank six more branches in Northern Virginia. (WBJ)

Crystal ball: There has been much speculation about what Tysons Corner will look like as it transforms from a car-centric suburban community to a pedestrian-friendly, urban oasis. Here’s one artists’ take. (WP)

Hotel deal struck: Hilton will be building a Conrad Hotel in the new mixed-use CityCenterDC, with construction set to begin in the middle of next year. The hotel will include 70,000 square feet of “large-format” retail space, as well. (WBJ)

Meat the new owner: Tyson Foods has emerged victorious in the bidding war for Hillshire Brands, offering more than $8 billion for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs. (REUT)

Payment process: Amazon will start managing subscription payments for start-ups and other companies – the latest in a series of quiet moves the e-commerce giant has made into PayPal’s turf over the past year. (WP)

High price crime: Cybercrime costs the United States economy $100 billion every year, more than any other country, according to a new report by McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. (POL)

On Wall Street

Stock edged higher to start the week, with the S&P 500 closing at another record high Monday. (Get the latest updates here)

What’s on tap today

NFIB small business optimism index (7:30 a.m.)

Wholesale trade report (10:00 a.m.)

Northern Virginia Technology Council panel discussion on the Internet of Things (7:30 a.m.)

Georgetown McDonough symposium on Internet / communications regulations (12:00 p.m.)

Speed networking for small business owners and entrepreneurs in Arlington (5:00 p.m.)

Help: How to decide whether to invest in that business idea of yours (KS)

Follow: Neustar

Extra: How to save on that next haircut – if you’re daring enough (WP)

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