NEW YORK (
) -- What's happening in small business today?
1. Health care law uncertainty grips small businesses.
Small-business owners are anxiously waiting for regulators to finalize rules that would finally shape the three-year-old Affordable Care Act. Several major pieces of the health care reform, such as the state-run exchanges, have yet to be implemented, while other rules have yet to be written, leaving companies in the dark about what will be required of them, despite enactment set for next year.
"Consequently, the picture remains anything but clear for small-business owners, some of whom have been warned that their premiums may spike and that their current coverage may fall short," according to
In some cases, the unknown changes as a result of the health care law are hampering growth. For example, Jody Manor, owner of Bittersweet Catering, Café and Bakery in Old Town, Alexandria, is contemplating expansion, but with 45 employees already, a second location would make him subject to new minimum requirement rules by the law. Manor is waiting to see the price tag on the mandate before making a decision.
"These changes are less than a year away, and I still have no information about how much our premiums are going to cost," Manor told
The Washington Post
. "It definitely gives me pause when thinking about adding another location."
2. Helping small businesses hire better employees.
have teamed up to present "
," a one-day event on April 27 that will teach business owners how to hire the best employees for the work they need. The free event, held at Intuit's Mountain View, Calif. campus will offer guest speakers, expert advisers and free resources to assist new and growing businesses.
Guest speakers include author and "Apprentice" winner Bill Rancic and
columnist and small business expert Rhonda Abrams.
The companies are offering attendees discounts on products and services to help with hiring, such as three-months free of Intuit Online Payroll and discounts on LinkedIn's "First Hire" package of talent finding sources and job listings, a total value of more than $400.
for the event, which will also be streamed live for those unable to attend in person.
3. The No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make.
Founder of four companies and an investor to dozens more, Michael Lazerow, proclaims that the biggest mistake entrepreneurs can make is focusing on the wrong things.
"Successful entrepreneurs focus exclusively on efforts that matter and are able to tune out the rest. People who focus succeed. It's that simple," the founder of Buddy Media, GOLF.com, U-Wire and Lazerow Ventures writes in a
"Focusing is not a natural exercise for many entrepreneurs. More ideas pop into my brain during my morning shower than many people get in a month," Lazerow says. "So in order to focus, you need to build your 'focus' muscle and train your brain to focus and stay focused."
-- Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.
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