Small-business owners are as divided as the U.S. Supreme Court was in its landmark ruling yesterday narrowly upholding U.S. President Barak Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
All over the Internet today, you can find small business reaction to the 5-4 decision. On the one hand, reports say, it provides some certainty, for at least a decision has been made. On the other hand, reports go, it creates more uncertainty, for how all the provisions are going to be put into effect, and what they are going to mean to small businesses.
Higher health care premiums or lower ones? A help, or a hindrance, to adding more employees to payroll? Possibly kickstart more entrepreneurs to go into business for themselves, or not? Open up entrepreneurial opportunities in health care? Even worth acting on with a coming election and, depending on the outcome, the potential for repeal?
These are just some of the questions that small businesses are asking and answering, with great division in what they have to say.
For an overview of this one, best to do some Googling yourself. To kickstart your reading, check out a range of reporting, including this piece and this one in The Wall Street Journal; opposing views in this piece and this piece in The Washington Post, this on the Huffington Post; coverage here, here and here on Inc.com and this piece on CBNBC.
Sixty women changing the world
For a little inspirational reading, Fast Company offers its pick of 60 high-achieving women, including some from innovative startups, who are working to change the lives of girls and women around the world, with moves including helping to develop female entrepreneurs.
Domain names on the cheap
They may not be elegant but if you could handle Wrinkliest.com or Buttocked.com or Snotting.com, for instance, you might be able to still get some domains on the cheap, reports BusinessInsider. It went looking for domains still available for $10 to $15. “A few hundred remain,” it reports, “but they’re pretty obscure.”
EVENTS AND KEY DATES
Nominations still open for FuEL awards
Nominations are open for two awards under one application: the FuEL Awards and the CYBF Chairman’s Awards for best business, both of which "celebrate the successes of young Canadian entrepreneurs, identify role models for progressive business management and inspire youth to make entrepreneurship their No. 1 career choice." The application deadline is July 16 and winners will be announced in November. For more information, click here.
Boost your funding chances
Invest Ottawa will hold a couple of seminars to help small and medium-sized businesses learn how best to overcome the challenges of funding their businesses. The seminars take place on July 11. For more information, click here.
EDITOR'S PICKS FROM REPORT ON SMALL BUSINESS
Diversifying beyond music helps MapleCore hit the right notes
Starting with a vision of how musical artists could use the Internet to promote and sell their wares, the company has scored success with a strategic move into other entertainment services.
FROM THE ROSB ARCHIVES
Generate killer ideas with these 20 suggestions
The lightbulb. Bubble wrap. The Post-It. The iPod. The Snuggie. Facebook. Twitter. These inventions, products, and businesses all started with an idea, wrote author, speaker and consultant Jim Kukral, who also offered up 20 suggestions on how to generate killer ideas to jump-start a venture in this September, 2010, piece.
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