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Survey: Tell us about your Health Care Exchange experience
NASE
On Oct. 1 the individual exchange marketplace opened for business. The NASE is interested in hearing from you about your experience as you evaluate your health care options for 2014. The NASE continues to advocate for affordable and comprehensive health care coverage for the 23 million self-employed, small-business owners and your feedback and experience will help us communicate with lawmakers and stakeholders regarding how to improve the individual exchange marketplace.
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New health care proposal is 'bad policy' and 'short-sighted'
NASE
As President Barack Obama announced new rules allowing insurance companies to extend noncompliant health care plans into 2014, Katie Vlietstra, Director of Government Affairs for The National Association for the Self-Employed, the nation's leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro businesses, has called the Administration's new proposal "bad policy." The announcement by the White House comes a day after officials at the Department of Health and Human Services released enrollment numbers for the first month in the Affordable Care Act's showing a dismal 106,185 enrollees.
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5 steps to take your product from concept to reality
Entrepreneur
Jules Pieri started The Grommet, a product-launch platform, after realizing that contemporary entrepreneurs have ready access to manufacturing technology such as 3-D printing but no easy way to get their products into consumers' hands. Since 2008 The Grommet has brought 1,500 companies and 6,000 products to market through its online store, which produces video reviews and social media campaigns that emphasize the people behind the products. Pieri, who serves as CEO, outlines the steps for taking a product from concept to reality.
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IRS plans to step up small-business audits
Financial Planning
The head of the IRS's small-business unit said his division expects to move from focusing on audits of small corporations to partnerships. During a speech at the American Institute of CPAs' National Tax Conference in Washington, D.C., Faris Fink, the commissioner in charge of the IRS's Small Business/Self-Employed Division reportedly told attendees that his unit would make a top priority of auditing the tax returns of partnerships and other pass-through entities.
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Top 10 best cities for small business
Motley Fool
According to recent findings from the National Federation of Independent Business, small-business growth is up and business owners are more optimistic about the economy. Because most small-business owners open a business near their home, we would expect major U.S. cities to see their fair share of new businesses. NerdWallet Taxes examined the top 20 biggest U.S. cities to find out how welcoming they are to small businesses.
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Survey: Tell us about your Health Care Exchange experience
NASE
On Oct. 1 the individual exchange marketplace opened for business. The NASE is interested in hearing from you about your experience as you evaluate your health care options for 2014. The NASE continues to advocate for affordable and comprehensive health care coverage for the 23 million self-employed, small-business owners and your feedback and experience will help us communicate with lawmakers and stakeholders regarding how to improve the individual exchange marketplace.

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5 simple ways to increase your small-business cash flow
Fox Business
Growing a business is a labor of love. Sometimes there's plenty of cash on hand, and other times … well, there's just not. And often as you're growing, there's trial and error involved as you figure out your cash rhythms. You can't always control your circumstances and planning ahead to have extra cash on hand is of course your best bet. So for those in the "real" world of running a small business with its ups, downs and sleepless nights, here are five ideas to help increase your small-business cash flow ASAP.

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20 best applications for small business
Social Media Today
In today's ever-evolving technological world, more and more small-business owners are adopting the exceptional management tools and applications to run their business from their fingertips. If you are starting up your business, it's no surprise that choosing from thousands of apps can be an overwhelming task. But the MDX team have designed a comprehensive infographic guide called "The best small business apps," in which they've put together 20 top tools including paperwork, sharing communication, security, software and other clever apps to help small business get started.

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12 ways students can help your small business succeed
Business 2 Community
Question: Name one smart way that entrepreneurs can leverage students for their small businesses — as interns, focus groups, etc. 12 entrepreneurs give their take on how this can be accomplished.
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Sales tax solutions for small business
FOX Business
Sales tax laws and calculations have always been a difficult topic for businesses of all sizes. But in these times where brick-and-mortar establishments are becoming outmoded and online stores become more popular, the complexity of sales tax compliance in all 50 states has become something of an insurmountable problem. Recognizing the dilemma, 24 states got together and created the Streamlined Sales Tax that standardized and simplified sales tax law. While this is a step in the right direction, it does not solve the problem of compliance in all 50 states.
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Using Twitter to reach new customers
By Mayur Kisani
Most businesses think of Twitter as a promotional tool, a way to announce new products or to divert traffic to a website/blog. But it can also be used to reach new customers, and thus generate sales leads. The most important first step is to know what you want your tweets to accomplish. If you know your objective and your target audience, Twitter can be as effective for a small company as a large one.
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5 small-business financing options for startup entrepreneurs
Small Biz Trends
Do you know the five most commonly used business financing options for startup companies? It all starts with knowing the best options.
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Small-business owners see glass as half full
Shreveport Times
Many small-business owners are saying they're ready to hire. That's the finding of a survey released recently by Bank of America. Thirty-one percent of the participants said they plan to hire during the next year. They include many owners who are optimistic about prospects for their businesses over the next 12 months — more than half said they want to hire workers to handle an expected increase in sales.
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3 simple steps to avoid burnout when you're self-employed
VividLife.me
VideoBrief So many people go into business for themselves because they want freedom. And owning your own business is one of the best ways to create time and financial freedom. But here's the problem: working for yourself often leads to working ungodly hours, busting your butt to make everything happen and trading hours for dollars. Here are three simple steps you can take to avoid getting burned out when you're self-employed, as well as two business models that are particularly burnout-prone and which you might want to avoid or modify in order to create freedom.
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Receipt-tracking apps for small business
Houston Chronicle
Keeping track of expenses is important for small-business budgeting and tax preparation purposes but remembering to save and enter all of those little receipts can be a challenge. A mobile app may be just the tool you need. Learning about the features and limitations of some popular receipt-tracking applications can help you decide which is the right one for your organization.
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