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Health costs increasing at a slower clip for businesses

Question is, will that continue once the health care law’s new rules for employers take effect?

OSB HEADLINES

Contracting rules not being enforced

Contracting rules not being enforced

A federal investigation reveals that officials don’t ensure small-business set-asides truly benefit small firms.

Business deaths now outpace births

Business deaths now outpace births

During a hearing, experts urged lawmakers to adopt policies that are more friendly to new and young firms.

Should firms get to keep plans?

Should firms get to keep plans?

A House bill would let businesses keep shoddy health plans. But would that raise or lower premiums?

Warm welcome over for SBA head

Warm welcome over for SBA head

Representatives from both parties ripped the agency’s administrator in a hearing before a House panel.

How D.C. became a start-up hotbed

How D.C. became a start-up hotbed

Commentary: A local entrepreneur examines four reasons the city is attracting more young tech firms.

A crash course in start-up investing

A crash course in start-up investing

Kauffman, Angel Capital Association team up on an online tutorial to help would-be investors learn the ropes.

A family business, forged in steel

A family business, forged in steel

Neil and Luke Markey have mixed their father’s metal craftsmanship with the latest technology.

Sneak peek at new Healthcare.gov

Sneak peek at new Healthcare.gov

Companies in these five states will be the first to test out the new and improved health insurance exchange.

THE ROUNDUP

Obamacare app and a lending gap

Obamacare app and a lending gap

Our weekly review of the biggest small-business and start-up news, with a focus on Washington.

SMALL BUSINESS ADVICE

Small business, big mistake (Ep. 7)

Small business, big mistake (Ep. 7)

A local employer gets blindsided by naunces of the employee-contractaor distinction, costing her thousands.

Cybersecurity on a tight budget

Cybersecurity on a tight budget

How your company can prevent the type of data breach that last week claimed UPS as its latest victim.

A 5-step guide to password security

A 5-step guide to password security

It’s your firm’s first line of defense against hackers. But are you taking the necessary precautions?

Don’t make this pitch mistake

Don’t make this pitch mistake

“It makes me want to leave the room,” says real estate mogul and shark investor Barbara Corcoran.

Small business, big mistake (Ep. 6)

Small business, big mistake (Ep. 6)

It was a hit with one client. Naturally, her other clients would want to buy it, too, right? Not so fast.

Making a difference and a profit

Making a difference and a profit

An entrepreneur serves up eight tips to help founders balance their social mission with their profit aspirations.

How to claim the new R&D credit

How to claim the new R&D credit

A tax expert walks business owners through the five steps to saving tons of money on research expenditures.

How to survive rising health costs

How to survive rising health costs

Health insurance premiums for small employes are on the rise. So what can firms do to stay competitive?

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.