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Here’s what‘s affecting my small business, my clients and other entrepreneurs today.
- The head of the House’s Small Business Committee has a plan to get the government off the backs of this country’s 28 million small businesses.
- President Obama meets with young girls showing space craft at White House science fair.
- Elizabeth Warren pushes a bill to make it easy to do taxes online — and for free.
- High-skilled H-1B visa applications hit a record high.
- The House Financial Services Committee plans to discuss a “Fix Crowdfunding Act” and other bills.
- As the National Restaurant Association kicks off its annual public affairs conference in Washington on Tuesday, labor and union activists are kicking up pressure on the industry amid a continued push to increase wages.
- Apparently, President Obama is going to know what happens to Jon Snow before the rest of us.
- U.S. retail sales fall on weak auto purchases.
- The growth in Hispanic-owned businesses is outpacing total business creation in the U.S.
- Why the U.S. must fix its ballooning deficit — or else.
- The country’s largest coal miner seeks bankruptcy protection.
- An “earnings recession” is expected to end soon.
- U.S. economic activity continued to expand, according to the Fed’s Beige Book.
- A report finds that many U.S corporations pay little in federal income taxes.
- Why some feel that Hillary Clinton is going to raise taxes by a lot.
- Megyn Kelly meets with Donald Trump.
- Twenty-nine former employees sue General Mills, claiming age discrimination.
- Why this CEO gives her employees $1,000 to do almost whatever they want.
- This tech company is giving its employees a half-day vacation so they can sleep-in after “Game of Thrones.”
- A strategic planning expert explains why repositioning is not a new business model.
- How Tesla keeps making the Model S better and better — and pricier.
- This CEO gets a $34 million raise without meeting his goals.
- Nest’s CEO goes to Google’s all-hands meeting to defend his company.
- Sean Parker sets up a $250 million cancer immunotherapy collaboration.
- A 19-year-old entrepreneur skips college and raises $4 million for his start-up.
- Walmart expands its online grocery pickup to eight more cities.
- This is a trend that restaurants could really do without.
Sales & Marketing
- This start-up raised $6 million for a group-calling app that works on cellular networks.
- A start-up is catering to people walking their dogs and buying lunch at food trucks.
- An implantable brain chip helps a quadriplegic play Guitar Hero.
- How Amazon’s Cloud is threatening to become tech’s Walmart.
- The company that brought the world talking Barbie will now help make a chatbot.
- Facebook Messenger’s head of product will chat about chatbots at an upcoming conference.
Around the Country
- North Carolina’s governor struggles to undo damage from the state’s anti-LGBT law.
- Local entrepreneurs in Southwest Virginia compete to win part of $95,000 award.
- The Philadelphia 76ers are set to launch a lab designed to help local start-up companies at their new training complex.
- North Carolina’s governor tweaks its controversial law — just a bit
- Virginia’s governor announced Tuesday a new $1 million program to help businesses with up to 250 employees provide training and credentialing for their workers.
- A handful of small-business owners in New York urged the state’s economic development arm to back off issuing tax credits to big corporations, which they said come at their expense.
Around the World
- Bloomberg launches a joint venture in India to deliver business news.
- More and more of China’s 1 percent are moving to Canada.
- Australian businesses are welcoming the government’s relaxation of drone regulations.
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