Rising Health Care Costs, the Spanx Story, Embracing March Madness: March 25

Illustration by André da Loba

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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