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    1. The biggest small-business stories of 2014

      The biggest small-business stories of 2014

      This time last year, the country was still picking up the pieces from a government shutdown that rattled the confidence of many small business owners. Go back one year earlier, and we were barreling toward the so-called fiscal cliff, with the nation bracing for a devastating combination of tax hikes and spending cuts. By comparison, this year was something of a reprieve, as federal policymakers, albeit still stuck in gridlock, at least managed to avoid any real brush with disaster.

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    2. Small retailers' big ideas try to cater to holiday shoppers

      Small retailers' big ideas try to cater to holiday shoppers

      Business has been good for this small business, thanks in part to a rebirth of interest in all things local and the fact that it has a unique concept. This SMB keeps no back stock and carries limited runs of each item, receiving shipments of new styles daily to keep the store fresh and to give a sense of exclusivity and urgency, because the item may be gone by tomorrow.

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    3. Will Obama's historic opening to Cuba Help Small Business?

      Will Obama's historic opening to Cuba Help Small Business?

      Impact from Obama’s action is expected to be felt from US farmlands to Cuba’s nascent private sector. US farmers will be able to sell more food more easily to Cuba, while measures will be forthcoming that allow Cuban private restaurants, hair salons, and other small businesses, to purchase supplies “Made in USA.”

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    4. Obama pushes faster payments for small businesses with help of Apple, IBM, FedEx

      Obama pushes faster payments for small businesses with help of Apple, IBM, FedEx

      The White House on Friday (12/19) will announce that dozens of the nation’s largest companies have agreed to more quickly pay their suppliers for parts and services or help those suppliers access less-expensive financing, a move the administration hopes will buoy small businesses.

      Among the 26 corporations that have signed on are technology giants Apple and IBM. Coca-Cola, FedEx, Honda, CVS and Walgreens will also participate in the initiative, which the administration is calling SupplierPay.

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      Mentions: Barack Obama Roys IBM
    5. Covert operation: In defense bill, Congress quietly passes small-business legislation

      Covert operation: In defense bill, Congress quietly passes small-business legislation

      In the only small-business provision not specifically aimed at federal contractors, the military spending bill includes a couple of amendments added to help small businesses learn the ins and outs of exporting and importing — including navigating the Arms Export Control Act, which gives the government authority to regulate the flow of defense goods.

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