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A much merrier mood on Main Street

Last year, the mood was more “Bah Humbug” than “Joy to the World.” So what changed for small businesses?

OSB HEADLINES

Obamacare’s lingering myths

Obamacare’s lingering myths

More than four years after the law was signed, many business owners still aren’t clear on the rules.

A twist on Small Business Saturday

A twist on Small Business Saturday

She started as an employee at Salt & Sundry. On Saturday, she’ll be back in the shop for a different reason.

Crowdfunding’s crowd keeps waiting

Crowdfunding’s crowd keeps waiting

New rules were supposed to be in place in 2012. Now, it looks like the wait may continue well into 2015.

Can foreign policy spur start-ups?

Can foreign policy spur start-ups?

An ambassador, an entrepreneur and two former State Dept. officials don’t all see eye-to-eye on the answer.

ACA: A blessing and a nightmare

ACA: A blessing and a nightmare

They both own small businesses in Washington. But their experiences with the health law are worlds apart.

SHOP enrollment falls well short

SHOP enrollment falls well short

New insurance marketplaces were expected to draw many employers. In most states, that hasn’t happened.

When we were small: Under Armour

When we were small: Under Armour

Kevin Plank turned an idea on the football field into a basement upstart — then into a multibillion-dollar firm.

  • When we were small: Ben & Jerry’s

SBA loans keep shrinking. Hooray?

SBA loans keep shrinking. Hooray?

Why a third straight year of decline in government-backed loans shouldn’t alarm small businesses.

SMALL BUSINESS ADVICE

The health law’s hidden hurdles

The health law’s hidden hurdles

Some rules for small employers have been discussed over and over. Others are still lurking out of sight.

How to prepare to sell your company

How to prepare to sell your company

An investment expert offers tips to aging business owners, likening the process to a pre-flight checklist.

How to avoid e-commerce blunders

How to avoid e-commerce blunders

A marketing expert explains the likely reasons for Walmart’s “Fat Girl” gaffe and how to avoid similar gaffes.

Small business, big mistake (Ep. 9)

Small business, big mistake (Ep. 9)

Her company specializes in risk management. However, she forgot about the risks facing her own firm.

How to take off after you launch

How to take off after you launch

After selling his start-up to Monster, Kazanjy shares important lessons he learned about sustaining momentum.

What to know (and do) about Ebola

What to know (and do) about Ebola

An attorney suggests five steps employers can take to prepare for a potential infectious disease outbreak.

Help customers answer their Q’s

Help customers answer their Q’s

An entrepreneur shares his secret to helping customers answer their own questions — no call center needed.

How to inspire young entrepreneurs

How to inspire young entrepreneurs

An expert offers several tips to parents hoping to encourage and foster a child’s entrepreneurial spirit.

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.