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Small business, big mistake (Ep. 7)

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

OSB HEADLINES

Growing yet another fitness empire

Growing yet another fitness empire

The former owners of Gold’s Gym, these brothers are steadily building a second health club power player.

Owners aim to unseat incumbents

Owners aim to unseat incumbents

Unhappy with the current state of affairs in Congress, most say they plan to vote for challengers this fall.

Cinemas bracing for new regulations

Cinemas bracing for new regulations

New devices help patrons with vision or hearing problems enjoy the films. But how many should theaters have?

NFIB faces fresh skepticism

NFIB faces fresh skepticism

Group says it defends the interests of small firms without a partisan bias — but there are plenty of skeptics.

Small loan slump a big problem

Small loan slump a big problem

Karen Mills, former head of the Small Business Administration, sounds the alarm on the state of bank lending.

Contracting target actually hit?

Contracting target actually hit?

Officials say they finally delivered on their contracting promise to small firms. Don’t buy it — not yet.

D.C. bike start-up picking up speed

D.C. bike start-up picking up speed

In an old row house in the heart of the District, two young entrepreneurs are reimagining the bicycle.

Report: U.S. hit contracting goal

Report: U.S. hit contracting goal

Small businesses claimed 23 percent of all federal work last year, but their total haul declined, officials say.

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

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?

Where to expand to next?

Where to expand to next?

So, your company is growing. Great. Here’s how to determine which city (or country) you should be in next.

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.