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Small businesses in Washington and around the country are rushing to go public. Here’s why.

More than 270 companies made their public debuts last year, the highest in 14 years.

    OSB HEADLINES

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    Moving customers, including military top brass, for up to $100M a year

    Moving customers, including military top brass, for up to $100M a year

    Interstate views moving furniture as a skill to be mastered: “Use the legs, not the back.”

    Daughter’s persistence brings out mom’s entrepreneurial side

    Daughter’s persistence brings out mom’s entrepreneurial side

    A mother and her 8-year-old daughter head into business together.

    On a day of pitches, Case, Durham and ArchiveSocial throw strikes

    On a day of pitches, Case, Durham and ArchiveSocial throw strikes

    A behind-the-scenes look at a stop on the AOL founder’s Rise of the Rest start-up tour.

    Some try to keep work and home separate. For her, it’s all family.

    Some try to keep work and home separate. For her, it’s all family.

    How a Taiwanese immigrant and mother of two built Maryland’s small business of the year.

    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.

    How her small contracting company went from zero to 60

    How her small contracting company went 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.

    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.”

    DAILY ROUNDUP

    Main Street Morning: Fuel shortage rocks Nigeria’s economy

    Main Street Morning: Fuel shortage rocks Nigeria’s economy

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

    ADVICE & OPINION

    Small business advice: How to find the right app-development team

    Small business advice: How to find the right app-development team

    Don’t know an app’s back end from your back end? Here are some tips to help your business find a development team.

    Small business advice: How to make work-from-home work

    Small business advice: How to make work-from-home work

    Here are five tips to help entrepreneurs build a business from their living rooms.

    Small business advice: How health care decisions can increase your company’s value

    Small business advice: How health care decisions can increase your company’s value

    It’s natural to want to cut costs by trimming benefits. One expert says it may cost you.

    Don’t fear debt, embrace risk, and more advice for women business owners

    Don’t fear debt, embrace risk, and more advice for women business owners

    Some of the area’s most successful female entrepreneurs share their secrets to success.

    Small business, big mistake: Pouring my energy into two ideas, rather than one

    Small business, big mistake: Pouring my energy into two ideas, rather than one

    Here’s an important lesson entrepreneurs can learn from stiletto heels.

    Business Rx: How to manage a rapidly growing team

    Business Rx: How to manage a rapidly growing team

    Growth is great. But what happens when one-on-one management and mentorship becomes impossible?

    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.

    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.