A review of the biggest small business and startup stories from the past week, with a special focus on Washington.
A more diverse buyers market: An overwhelming majority of small businesses for sale today are currently owned by white entrepreneurs, according to a new survey by BizBuySell.com. However, the makeup of small-business buyers is increasingly diverse. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders represent 12 percent of business buyers, more than double their current share (5.1 percent) of the country’s population. (TBJ)
Outlook brightens for small businesses: Coming off some tough years, small businesses across the country could experience their fastest pace of growth since 2007, according to a new forecast from Washington, D.C.-based Kiplinger. Researchers expect small employers in the construction, home maintenance, energy and health care fields to see the largest bump in sales and profits. (BND)
Northern neighbors just as entrepreneurial: A new study by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor shows that entrepreneurship rates among individuals in Canada are now right in line with those in the United States and significantly higher than in the rest of the G7 nations. However, while more Canadians than Americans see openings in the market, fewer think they have the skills necessary to launch their own business. (GEM)
SBA leader meets with vets: Maria Contreras-Sweet, the new administrator of the Small Business Administration, visited the Pentagon last week to meet with service members enrolled in her agency’s “Boots to Business” program. The SBA, she says, is committed to helping veterans get started in business when they return home. (DOD)
Who’s in charge here? Maryland’s troubled health insurance marketplace, which is now one of only a few in the country without health care exchange for small businesses, has had no discernible leadership from the start, according to an audit released last week by the state’s Department of Legislative Services. (WBJ)
3-D printing for small firms: Office supplies giant Staples and printing company 3D Systems have teamed up to launch a new 3-D printing program for consumers and small businesses. The program will start with several pilot stores in New York and California, with will feature 3-D printing centers and specially trained staff. (ENT)
Small shop owners in federal building worry about future: New renovation plans for the overhaul of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s headquarters in the District appear to leave no room for six small businesses, including a century-old coffee shop, in the first floor of the building. (WE)
Small employers join Virginia’s Medicaid fight: Hundreds of Virginia small-businesses last week sent a letter to Republican state lawmakers urging them to drop their opposition to expanding publicly funded health care to low-income residents. The group faces opposition from the National Federation of Independent Business.(WP)
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