A look back at some of the biggest small business and start-up stories from the past week, with a focus on Washington.

Obamacare may curb family coverage for workers: Some small business owners are considering dropping health coverage for workers’ families, even though the perk can help them attract talent.

Six weeks until enrollment begins, some of the challenges and benefits of the health law are becoming clearer. (The Washington Post)

A new health care tool for employers: The Obama administration has unveiled a new information site to answer business owners’ questions about Obamacare, part of a broader effort to sell the law to employers and the general public.

Hospitals turning to tech entrepreneurs for help: A number of hospitals are bringing in tech entrepreneurs to help them adapt and comply with new rules under the heath care law.

Big banks approving more small business loans: A series of data released in the past week point to relaxed credit standards and more money flowing for large banks into small companies.

Minority-owned small contractors struggling: Companies owned by minorities are punching far below their weight in terms of the amount of contracting dollars they are awarded each year.

Small business employement exceeds pre-recession levels: New hiring data shows that employment at small firms has fully recovered from the recession, while large businesses are still making up ground.

But will the growth continue? The National Small Business Association’s new semiannual poll shows most small companies plan to grow this year, but not necessarily by adding workers.

A fiscal cliff debate all over again: A new economic plan from the administration has small business lobbyists fighting over the effect certain tax changes would have on small businesses.

Small business interns less likely to stick around: Compared to interns at corporations, those at small businesses are less likely to remain with at the company after their internship, a new study shows.

What are you keeping an eye on this week? Please let us know below.

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