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Yes, Marijuana Is Still Illegal in the U.S. (And Here's Why)

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Although 25 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana in some form, the federal government still isn't on board

Why Success Shouldn’t Be Defined By Revenue, Shareholders, Or Even You


And unlike traditional taxi services, it elected to move across the state lines that the District of Columbia straddles, providing a one-stop shop for a ride home. Wikipedia is another perfect example of this. Instead, it’s a sign of the times.

Hospitals- The Key to Healthcare Reform [Guest Post]

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Interview with Chip Kahn, CEO of Federation of American Hospitals. US elections are six weeks away and “Obamacare” is the wedge issue of the 2014 campaign. Hospitals represent the largest component (32%) of this spending.

Meet the 'Small Business Person of the Year'

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Meet Victoria Tifft , president and CEO of ClinicalRM , a Hinckley, Ohio-based government-contract medical-research firm. On Monday, Tifft was named "Small Business Person of the Year" at National Small Business Week in Washington, D.C.

Sick Leave for Your Employees: Why it Matters

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Beginning next month businesses in New York City that have 20 or more employees will be required to provide a minimum of 5 paid sick days for those workers every year. 7 Habits of Highly Effective Employees.

Net Neutrality Ruling a Blow to Web Startups

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with comments from Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of The Internet Association. A federal appeals court dealt what could be a fatal blow to net neutrality on Tuesday, potentially forcing businesses to pay more for fast, reliable delivery of their Web content. A D.C.

Hyundai, Kia reach $41.2m settlement with multiple states

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million to 33 states and the District of Columbia to settle an investigation into their fuel economy ratings DETROIT (AP) — South Korean automakers Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. will pay $41.2

Turning the Unemployed Into Entrepreneurs


Self-Employment Assistance (SEA), a provision in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 , legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama in February, allows the states to “ empower unemployed workers to start their own businesses.”.

DC mayor bans city workers from travel to North Carolina

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WASHINGTON — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser has banned city employees from official travel to North Carolina, joining a growing list of governors and mayors who've forbidden trips to the sta

One Crucial Thing You Probably Don't Know About Security Breaches

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A complete PR debacle, of course. Because data security and privacy laws are enacted by state, there is no one single standard of when a company has to notify customers about data loss. Instead, you come under the laws of each and every state in which people have done business with you.

Lending Club vs. Prosper

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Lending Club holds an edge over Prosper but only in terms of volumes. The base line doesn’t suggest an advantage in favour of one. A presumption to severity of the policies is least desired and only cuts down on their options. Investors on the other hand, are always expected to maintain a contingency fund as the defaulters and bad debts are a part of business though they are not usually defined in their return on investment folio. You take it any time of the day.

The Washington Redskins Trademark Fight

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The Trademark Act of 1946 prohibits the registration of trademarks that are immoral, scandalous, or generally offensives to a relevant segment of the population. Years of appeals followed. As such, the case of Blackhorse v.

From Surfing Vacation Dream to $24 Million Business

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Since transforming their business model, Billy Taylor and Brook Harvey-Taylor, founders of eco-conscious fragrance retailer Pacifica, have seen their company experience a five-year run of explosive growth. In 1997, the couple decided to use some of the scents in environmentally-friendly candles. The second runner-up honored was Jeni Merrill, the founder of Merrill, Inc. , state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Best Locations In The US For A Tech Startup


Let’s say you have a great business idea that leverages the power of technology to meet a certain consumer or lifestyle need. As of 2016, the Kauffman Foundation found that certain cities are emerging as the new American tech hubs. The capital city of the U.S.

The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail

To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, use the Order Reprints tool at the bottom of any article or visit Order a reprint of this article now. SIGNIFICANCE PROMINENT. --> The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail. About three-quarters of venture-backed firms in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal reveals its third annual ranking of the top 50 start-ups in the U.S. Facebook.

They're Baaack! Higher Swipe Fees on the Way

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A federal appeals court has handed a defeat to a coalition of retail groups that challenged as too high the Federal Reserve''s cap on how much banks can charge businesses for handling debit card transactions. The fees were typically based on a percentage of the purchase price.

Could You Survive a Cyberattack?

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In December 2011, computer hackers broke into the network of Stratfor, an Austin-based company that provides global intelligence services to individuals and businesses. The attack also destroyed four of the company''s servers. As CEO of Stratfor, I take responsibility.

10 Standouts at Small Business Week

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Ohio's Victoria Tifft was named the 2012 Small Business Person of the Year, but there were 51 other nominees. Here are 10 more stories of great entrepreneurs--and how they did it. Some of the most impressive parts of National Small Business Week in Washington, D.C.,

Meet the Man Funding the Cannabis Industry

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In early 2011, Brenden Kennedy left his post as the COO of SVB Analytics —taking his Yale MBA with him—to found Privateer Holdings , the first private equity firm devoted to cultivating start-ups in the cannabis space. You could consider Kennedy one of these serious players.

What it Takes to Navigate the Marijuana Industry

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In just the first three months since marijuana was legalized, the state has raised $25 million from businesses for taxes, licenses, and fees, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue. In my mind, it''s states'' rights--it''s the crucible of democracy.

Rise & Fall (& Rise) of David Steinberg

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He rose to the top of the Inc. InPhonic, his seller of mobile phones and services, was No. But as Steinberg pounded furiously toward revenue of $400 million, the company started to sway beneath him like a rope bridge on a windy day. We were processing millions of transactions.

What's Next for Net Neutrality? The Ball's in the FCC's Court.

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FCC, gives broadband providers the power to function as a gatekeeper of sorts--offering "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" for content based on what the end-user is willing to pay. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found flawed. "If

Essential Startup Funding Tips from 8 Seasoned Investors

Contact Us Submit News Contact Us Write for Us Spark of Genius Series Mashable | The Social Media Guide Business Mashable on Facebook Join Us! Mashable Mashable reached out to angels, seed stage investors and VC firm partners and asked them to share their wisdom with the rest of us.

7 Ways Businesses Can Dodge Obamacare

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A handful of experts interviewed by The Fiscal Times outlined the following seven tactics for dodging health care reform, including the pros and cons. A lot of people are not aware of the simplest thing." In terms of ethics, that''s egoism.

Could U.S. District Court Banish Obamacare Penaties?

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District Court case could take down Obamacare--along with the penalties for businesses that don''t comply. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Sebelius, a case that opponents of the health care law hope could put a final nail in its coffin. A D.C.

This Federal Contractor Can Survive the Shutdown. Here's Why

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FCi Federal focuses on a type of government contract not affected by the Congressional budget fight. Meet Sharon Virts-Mozer, the founder and CEO of FCi Federal, which provides "back office" services to federal government agencies like the State Department and U.S.

Episode 12: How to Define Your Target Market, Guest Eric Siu, and the #MinimumWage | The Bcast

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Share your point of view on Twitter, or email us to let us know! Competitive Research (with Eric Siu of SingleGrain) – (12:42). For a lot of small businesses, they start to think they’re making some sales, they’ve got a product. I’ve had a ton of fun.

Top Social Media Measurement and Tracking Tools

Social media audiences have effectively become another universe of prospects to tap, which means measurement and tracking is essential to yielding from these visitors both direct and indirect revenue. While Facebook and Twitter offer their own analytics tools, a host of third-party offerings exist to pick up where they leave off. The breakdown: “We get most of our Facebook data by marrying up Facebook Insights data with our Web analytics from Adobe Sitecatalyst.

Best Way to Navigate Online Health Exchanges: Go Offline

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So it turns out that lots of people were eager to shop--or at least window-shop--in the new healthcare marketplaces, which opened yesterday. The Department of Health and Human Services reported that 4.7 The health insurance exchanges finally made their big debut.

FCC Plans to Write New Net Neutrality Rules

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In an encouraging development for Web content companies, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the agency will draft a new set of traffic rules for Internet service providers. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit''s January 14 decision in Verizon v.

What Did You Do On Your Summer Vacation?

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For a group of 120 of the brightest teachers in the country, the answer to that question is lock themselves in an Atlanta hotel for a different kind of hackathon. And in a post announcing the release of the Teachfest content, Bill Gates shared his thoughts on what Learnzillion is up to: This past summer, TeachFest brought together more than 120 teachers in Atlanta for the “ultimate study hall.” The first of 2,000 lessons are going online this fall.

A New Tool for Comparing Health Care plans

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The Department of Health and Human Services is trying to save small businesses time and hopefully, money. Access Insurance Finder by clicking on the blue tab at the top of the page at

5 News Stories Not to Miss This Week

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Travel Report: Expect Delays American Airlines grounded hundreds of flights last week because of a massive computer problem that affected primary and back-up systems for hours. Lufthansa canceled 1,700 flights because of a union strike. Well, sort of.

The SHOP Is Open. Selections May Be Limited

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So far, only 17 states and the District of Columbia are on track to do that. So far, only 17 states and the District of Columbia are on track to do that. Now the first impression of exchanges might not be as positive.”

Barney Frank says: Don't Mess with VCs or Angels

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Barney Frank was crystal clear in his briefing with a group of CEOs that I participated in this afternoon: he is going to make sure that the final Financial Reform bill that gets worked out with the Senate won't mess with the angel or VC communities. He confidently stated that the Senate would pass a bill by Memorial Day and that the reconciliation process would be done such that the President would sign a bill by the 4th of July. .

Why ID Theft is a Myth and How That Hurts Your Business

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The myth of identify theft allows banks to push the costs of effective credit checks on to you and your customers. Banks’ and credit bureau's inability to detect fraudulent credit applications affects all of us in far-reaching ways.

Pssst: The IRS Is Looking for Tax Cheats in These 5 Cities

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Whether you cheat on your taxes is between you and the IRS, but if you live in San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, the District of Columbia, or the suburbs of Los Angeles--Uncle Sam may already have you in his crosshairs.

Two New Legal Challenges Seek to Scuttle Obamacare

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Both cases are working their way through the district courts, and at least one is poised to reach the appellate level soon. Conservatives hope the cases will reach the Supreme Court as a second challenge to the ACA, possibly before the end of the year.

IRS Provides Targeted Relief for FBAR Filers, Including Investors in Foreign Investment Funds

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Nikravesh of Jones Day and Justin MacCarthy (formerly of Jones Day) Introduction. Summary of the New Guidance. and now February 2010 was sparked by considerable criticism of what most perceived to be a novel interpretation of the law. The definition of "U.S.