Waiting on the SEC, Artisanal Beef Jerky, Shell Bets on Startups: April 1

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With the one-year anniversary of the JOBS Act approaching, Mohana Ravindranath reports on what some would-be crowdfunding middlemen are doing as they wait for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to write the rules they need to operate. [The Washington Post]

Small business owners are exploring ways to replace workers with technology—from iPads to hamburger-flipping robots—because of President Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage, according to Sarah E. Needleman and Angus Loten. [The Wall Street Journal]

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says immigration reform is vital to the Missouri city’s economic growth (video). [Bloomberg Television]

Royal Dutch Shell is doing more investing than ever in energy startups, Yuliya Chernova reports. [The Wall Street Journal]

The artisanal food movement has reached beef jerky, writes Jason Daley, in the form of the Beef Jerky Outlet, a 13-unit franchise based in Tennessee. [Entrepreneur]

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