New Kind of Financing, Winemaking Robots, Moving Blatt Billiards: Oct. 10

New Kind of Financing, Winemaking Robots, Moving Blatt Billiards: Oct. 10
A daily roundup of the most compelling stories for small business and entrepreneurs (Illustration by Andre?? da Loba)
Illustration by André da Loba

Regulation changes arising from the JOBS Act have given birth to a new kind of venture-financing vehicle called the online syndicate, report Spencer E. Ante and Evelyn M. Rusli. [Wall Street Journal]

Economists would like a better way to gauge the relative strength of small businesses, writes Kevin G. Hall. [McClatchy DC]

For 70 years, Blatt Billiards has manufactured billiards tables in a five-story factory in Manhattan’s East Village, writes Andrea Swalec. Now the company is relocating to New Jersey. [DNAinfo]

Allagash Brewing in Portland, Me., demonstrates how facility tours can be an effective marketing tool for manufacturing companies, according to Anita Hamilton. (The free tastings probably don’t hurt.) [Small Business Trends]

Napa Valley’s Hall Wines shows why the future of winemaking is in high-tech robotics (video). [Bloomberg Television]

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