Welcome to Main Street Morning, The Washington Post’s daily collection of news affecting entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses with a special focus on policy and government.
Here’s what’s affecting my small business, my clients and other entrepreneurs today.
- The Obama Administration steps in to help end the Verizon strike.
- Three states are down to just one Obamacare insurer and Massachusetts’ insurers are suffering red ink because of the legislation.
- Manufacturing employment rose in April after following sharp declines in February and March.
- Trump forecasts a “not very good relationship” with British Prime Minister David Cameron and challenges London’s new mayor to an IQ test.
- Why even if your employee is a skinhead, you cannot be not the judge of his personal beliefs.
- A flight attendant is charged with taking 1,500 mini-bottles of liquor.
- An employment lawyer tackles whether employees should be banned from sending emails after-hours.
- Bossbabe’s Alex Wolf demystifies what Millennials really want.
- An injury impact report details the most frequent workplace accidents.
- Why working at a wastewater treatment facility is as gross as you’d think it would be.
- Why unprecedented overtime expansion is likely to send business leaders into payroll damage control.
- These are the five biggest threats to business right now.
- Warren Buffet makes a massive bet on Apple.
- Tesla is accused of exploiting cheap labor to make its factories.
- These are the business advantages of getting mobile office containers.
- A once homeless business owner gets $5,000 to expand her company.
- Amazon says it will start selling its own private-label groceries, diapers, and more.
- Walmart’s mobile wallet app rolls out to nearly 600 stores in Texas and Arkansas.
- Applebee’s may be playing with fire with its $75 million menu overhaul.
Sales & Marketing
- These are five ways to promote your small business.
- Delta trims its growth in flights as its rivals’ expansion hurts prices.
- This is the huge ghost airport where planes go to sleep.
- What investors should know about the crowdfunding and the JOBS Act (why it’s not so great for most businesses).
- These are a list of crowdfunding platforms and related services to mark the new SEC rules.
- These are four small business lending options for women.
- These are five new travel start-ups making meetings and events smarter for attendees and planners.
- A start-up lets would-be tenants bid for apartments.
- LG is spinning off some of its “out of the box” projects into start-ups.
- Here’s a start-up idea to help older, laid-off engineers.
- Scientists make a see-through wood that’s stronger than glass.
- How AT&T employees are automating repetitive tasks with software bots.
- A new survey highlights a startling erosion of online trust.
- Google Chrome will soon block Flash by default.
- Blockchain open sources its thunder network, paving the way for instant bitcoin transactions.
- Britain’s spy agency “officially” joins Twitter – and promptly follows James Bond.
- Google tries its hand at social again with a launch of a group chat app.
- This is a story of a Maryland baker’s love/hate relationship with Facebook.
- Twitter will stop counting photos and links in its 140-character limit.
On This Day in 1792
- The New York Stock Exchange was founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers.
Around the Country
- Waze is taking on Uber and Lyft in San Francisco with a carpool service.
- Connecticut is expanding its online business registration tool.
- A study concludes that states are losing out on billions of dollars by keeping pot illegal.
- A Boston ride-hailing service is seeking inroads to the Austin market.
- Google is paying Arizonans to drive around.
- AAA’s grip is forcing tow companies in the Bay Area out of business, according to a lawsuit.
- A bagel business opens a “pop-up” in Denver two weeks after a deadly fire.
- The mayor of an Indiana town considers a “shared area” for small business owners.
Around the World
- A rival to Uber in China considers a U.S. IPO.
- Saudi Arabia owns $117 billion of U.S. debt.
- The world’s longest-serving orchestra musician collapses and dies performing “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”
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