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Feb 6, 2013

Worried About the Economy? Then Pass Immigration Reform – [The Washington Post] The most important piece of economic policy we pass–or don’t pass–in 2013 may be something we don’t think of as economic policy at all: immigration reform.

Five Simple Tips for Keeping Tabs on Your Competitors – [YFS Magazine] As a small business owner, monitoring competitors regularly through social media and subscribing to blogs can help refine your company’s position in the market.

The NLRB's Uncertain State – [Opinion, Politico] In the wake of the three National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recess appointments ruled unconstitutional last week, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue highlights the difficult questions those regulated by the NLRB face and the steps necessary to avoid adding uncertainty and wasting time and money.

Some Social-Media Tips for Business Owners – [The Wall Street Journal] Small business owners can feel the positive effects of social media tools by showing personality, targeting the correct audiences, and not over-promoting on the variety of platforms.

VIDEO: How Much Will the Health Care Law Cost You? [Fox Business] – A family of five will be forced to shell out $20,000 for insurance under Obamacare.

America’s Job-Creating Energy Miracle – [AEI-Ideas] With the expansion of new oil and gas jobs in the United States, employment has increased in the energy industry by more than 26% in the last five years.

The Small Businesses Behind the Big Game – [Inc. Magazine] Small businesses played a large role in this year’s Super Bowl, offering a variety of services including Guber & Schnakenberg’s headset-to-helmet communication system that allowed quarterbacks to hear their coaches more clearly.

IBM, Intel, Microsoft Are Biggest Creators of American Patents – [Fast Company] The five biggest patent creators in the United States between 2007 and 2012 were IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Micron, all of which continue to drive American tech innovation.

Small Business Owners Sounding Off on Government Website – [Fox Business] The House Small Business Committee launched “Small Biz Reg Watch,” a website highlighting proposed federal regulations that could impact small businesses.

Manufacturing Growth Picks up Pace – [The Hill] In January, the manufacturing sector hit its highest level in eight months with increases in new orders, hiring, and inventories.

Entrepreneurs Could Benefit from New Research and Development Tax Credit – [Entrepreneur] The Startup Innovation Credit Act of 2013 is a new bill that would allow qualifying companies to claim the Research and Development Tax Credit against their employment taxes, bringing big savings to startups.

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