While most small contractors were sputtering, hers was going from zero to 60

How one woman built the a National Small Business of the Year contender while others in D.C. were just trying to survive.

    OSB HEADLINES

    He survived a serious scare. Weeks later, his small business did, too.

    He survived a serious scare. Weeks later, his small business did, too.

    Meet Virginia’s Small Business Person of the Year: A retirement home company, without the home part.

    D.C.’s 1776 keeps foot on the throttle, expands reach to Silicon Valley

    D.C.’s 1776 keeps foot on the throttle, expands reach to Silicon Valley

    Two weeks ago, 1776 spread its reach across the Potomac. Now, it has started expanding across the country.

    Betamore making Baltimore a bit more homey for entrepreneurs

    Betamore making Baltimore a bit more homey for entrepreneurs

    Washington is quickly becoming a hotbed for young technology companies — and Baltimore is hot on its heels.

    How tech’s titans are recruiting start-ups as political allies

    How tech’s titans are recruiting start-ups as political allies

    Speaking to a room full of entrepreneurs, the message from Cisco, AT&T and Visa executives was the same: “We’re all in this together.”

    Can tech incubator 1776 cook up its own business?

    Can tech incubator 1776 cook up its own business?

    Acquisition of Disruption gives firm a foothold in Northern Virginia and a potentially lucrative product.

    Tech hubs in D.C. and Arlington combine with 1776 acquisition of Disruption Corp.

    Tech hubs in D.C. and Arlington combine with 1776 acquisition of Disruption Corp.

    The deal gives 1776 ownership of Disruption Corp.’s software products and management of its venture fund.

    These real-world start-up names are even worse than Pied Piper

    These real-world start-up names are even worse than Pied Piper

    The fictional company in HBO’s Silicon Valley references a child-killing rat catcher. If only these start-up names were fake, too.

    What a Hillary Clinton White House could mean for businesses

    What a Hillary Clinton White House could mean for businesses

    An early look at her position on some of the key issues that resonate with employers and entrepreneurs.

    DAILY ROUNDUP

    Main Street Morning: It’s your week

    Main Street Morning: It’s your week

    Our rundown of news affecting start-ups and small businesses.

    ADVICE & OPINION

    Business Rx: Happily-ever-after limits her company’s profit-per-customer

    Business Rx: Happily-ever-after limits her company’s profit-per-customer

    She helps brides change their names. But that presents a problem from a revenue-model standpoint.

    Commentary: Why your employees may be starting to hate you

    Commentary: Why your employees may be starting to hate you

    Washington’s leaders say business leaders are paid too much, while their employees are paid too little. Has that stirred up resentment?

    Small business advice: What you need to know about shadow IT

    Small business advice: What you need to know about shadow IT

    Employers need data security. Employees need productivity tools. How do you walk the line?

    Business Rx: Health-care start-up seeks prescription for wooing investors

    Business Rx: Health-care start-up seeks prescription for wooing investors

    Vheda Health uses mobile phone alerts and health coaches to keep you well.

    Business Rx: Virtual reality firm looks into its future

    Business Rx: Virtual reality firm looks into its future

    Hyattsville start-up Machine Elf seeks advice on how to reach the mass market.

    Business Rx: Magnetic smartphone case seeks to attract attention

    Business Rx: Magnetic smartphone case seeks to attract attention

    It’s not easy differentiating a product in a crowded market.

    Commentary: Why my small business isn’t hiring

    Commentary: Why my small business isn’t hiring

    An entrepreneur identifies four trends holding back employment growth.

    Business Rx: Will this toy maker’s roads lead to an investment?

    Business Rx: Will this toy maker’s roads lead to an investment?

    His company needs capital to keep up with demand for his PlayTape roads for toy cars.

    What to know about Obama’s cybersecurity proposal

    What to know about Obama’s cybersecurity proposal

    Now is the time to start preparing your company for the proposed rules.

    Business Rx: Upstart seeks help sharpening its focus

    Business Rx: Upstart seeks help sharpening its focus

    Dingman Center experts help an event-management company plan its next move.

    OSB MEDIA GALLERIES

    Origins of start-up lingo

    Ever wonder where the word “entrepreneur” comes from?

    America’s innovation hubs

    Where can you find the most high-tech professionals?

    Business tips from movies

    Entrepreneurs explain which lines offer the best advice.

    Businesses to start this year

    These 10 sectors are primed for rapid growth in the near future.

    Best cities for small business

    PHOTOS | See where your hometown ranks in this list of 25.

    Capital Business

    Our fresh take on the local business scene.

    EDITOR'S CHOICE

    When we were small: Samuel Adams

    Jim Koch takes us back to the early years at what has become one of the nation’s largest beer companies.

    A corner cafe, crippled by health-care uncertainty

    Owner Jody Manor has big plans for his cafe and catering company, but looming health-care changes are holding him back.

    Adapting on the fly to new crowdfunding laws

    One crowdfunding platform is keeping close tabs on the latest SEC proposals and adjusting its business plan accordingly.