Health insurers have been warning brokers that health-care costs for small businesses could increase sharply when much of the Affordable Care Act takes effect next year, according to Anna Wilde Mathews and Louise Radnofsky. [The Wall Street Journal]
An excerpt from David S. Kidder’s book, The Startup Playbook, tells the story of how Spanx founder Sara Blakely went from selling fax machines to running a company with more than $350 million in annual sales. [Quartz]
Jason Daley says franchise owners are often just as committed to their communities as any mom-and-pop business owner, writing in an article about how franchises worked together after Hurricane Sandy. [Entrepreneur]
Clay Hebert says managers should stop pulling their hair out over productivity lost during the NCAA basketball tournament and embrace March Madness as a way to bring employees together. [The Washington Post]
Forty percent of Americans will be freelancers by 2020, Vivian Giang reports, citing a study by Intuit. [Business Insider]
Cornell University President David Skorton discusses the school’s New York City technology campus (video). [Bloomberg Television]
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