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Jan 16, 2013

Debating Unemployment Benefits’ Role in Long-Term Joblessness – [The Wall Street Journal] Some economists are arguing that less generous benefits are now contributing to the decline in long-term unemployment.

In Just a Six-Year Period from 2008-2014, Fracking Will Completely Reverse a 22-Year, 41% Decline in U.S. Oil Output – [AEI-Ideas] The Department of Energy predicts that the United States will produce 8.5 million barrels of oil per day by 2014, largely thanks to fracking and horizontal drilling.

How Google Is Forever Changing the Webinar – [Forbes] Google+ Hangouts On Air will change how webinars are presented, featuring free access, unlimited number of participants, and YouTube partnerships.

What Investors Want to Know Before They Commit – [Inc. Magazine] A seasoned private investor discusses what questions to ask in a potential business deal, starting with understanding the dynamics of the team and the succession plan.

Top Tech Trends From CES 2013 – [Entrepreneur Magazine] The 2013 Consumer Electronic Show highlighted four top tech trends for the upcoming year: enlarged tablets; apps; smarter, brighter, larger, and costlier TVs; and voice-activated products.

What Does the Affordable Care Act Mean for Your Small Business? [Intuit Small Business Blog] Fewer employer-sponsored plans, more costly health premiums, and higher employee pay in lieu of health benefits are three future implications highlighted in Intuit’s “The Cost of Care” infographic.

Study Says Youngest Companies Are Top Job Creators  – [Small Business Trends] According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, young firms under the age of five are the fastest growing companies, accounting for almost 20% of gross job creation.

In-Store Shoppers Likely to Head Online Next Time They Buy: IBM [Reuters] More than 80% of shoppers in a study from the International Business Machines Corp last purchased something in store, but only half said they would go back to a brick-and-mortar retailer next time.

Smaller Paychecks Coming – Bosses Say, Don’t Blame Us [CNNMoney] Everyone’s paycheck is about to take a hit as payroll taxes go back up, forcing business owners to have an uncomfortable talk with employees.

2013 Predictions in Entrepreneurship [Huffington Post] In 2013, crowdfunding will mostly benefit small businesses and it will be the year of startup communities, according to Diana Kander, an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Kauffman Foundation.


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