Marijuana tax brings in $45M for Washington as nine more states consider legalization (Photos)

Washington's marijuana retailers have sold almost $180 million worth of product since the first retail shop opened in 2014. That means $44.9 million in excise taxes for the state. Soon, several more states may be cashing in on the appetite for weed. Read more »

Startups - Recipe kit struggles

Recipe kit startup bites the dust, as competition becomes too much to handle

by Tessa Love din founders

SAN FRANCISCO — San Mateo-based recipe kit startup Din shut down operations this week, continuing the downward trend of food delivery companies.

"Earlier this year we made some changes to our business model in an effort to get the business profitable and healthy for the long term," Din founders Emily and Rob Olson LaFave wrote in a blog post on the company's website. "Unfortunately we  ...

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13 days: Trump takes campaign side trip to show off D.C. hotel

Trump International Hotel D.C.

Donald Trump had already made one big stop at his new hotel in Washington, D.C. — one where he gave a tour to media that mostly refused to play along — but today he returned to officially open the place and remind voters he's a businessman at his core.

"My theme today is five words: Under budget and ahead of schedule. So important. We don’t hear those words too often in government — but  ...

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Advice - How to: Marketing

The best way to blog if you hate writing

by John Nemo The best way to blog if you hate writing

In today’s marketplace, content is currency.

Creating and sharing valuable content that helps your target audience solve a key problem or overcome a challenge is the price of admission if you want a prospect’s time, attention and interest online.

Here’s the good news: Even if you’re not Stephen King, you can still create (and share) quality blog posts online.

Even better, those  ...

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Advice - How to: Human Resources

​Straight A's don’t exist in work-life balance

by Dana Manciagli Work-life balance

Today’s workplace — and workforce — emphasizes work-life balance.

Company perks like extended parental leave, quarterly off-sites, and paid time off are top priorities for employers and employees alike.

Yet living a balanced lifestyle is no simple task. Men and women at all stages of their careers now manage both a family and a full-time job. In 2015, 60.6 percent of married-couple  ...

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Advice - Expert advice

How to bounce back from anything

by Clifford Jones How to bounce back from anything in your business or your life

Have you ever lost everything?

I have, or at least it seemed that way over a decade ago when I hit the biggest wall, the darkest times of my small business life, ever.

If you’re like me and millions of other entrepreneurs, business builders, risk takers, misfits, and outlier bulldogs, chances are you’ve taken a lot of risks in your business or career. And chances are you’ve hit some tough  ...

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Startups - Arbitration nation

Uber asks judge to toss robo-text lawsuit, citing 'user agreement' defense

by Michael Theis Uber

AUSTIN — Uber Technologies Inc. has asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit over text messages the company sent to users of its app while Austin's contentious debate over ridesharing regulations played out earlier this year.

Citing the terms of its user agreement with customers, Uber asked a federal judge Monday to dismiss an Austin woman's lawsuit that claims the messages were illegally sent as  ...

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Loot - The money hunt

Female CEOs talk challenges of finding capital

by Matthew Kish Ron Wyden

PORTLAND — Sen. Ron Wyden wants to know why female entrepreneurs get such a small slice of business loans.

He's not alone. The Democrat held a roundtable discussion Monday with around a dozen women business owners, including Blue Star Donuts' Katie Poppe, Handful's Jennifer Ferguson and Switchboard's Mara Zapeda. A majority said they had struggled to get bank financing, despite positive cash  ...

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