The Party of Business, How Sausage Is Made, E-Cigarette Shops: Oct. 4

Illustration by André da Loba

As the government shutdown persists, the GOP is alienating traditional supporters, including small business owners, Joshua Green reports. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

Stephanie O’Neill checks in on California’s small-business health insurance exchange. [Kaiser Health News]

Underground Meats, a sausage maker in Madison, Wis., wants to make it easier for artisanal meat producers to craft food safety plans, Deena Prichep reports. [NPR]

As e-cigarettes proliferate, so-called vape shops are popping up to take advantage of attractive margins, Karen E. Klein reports. [Businessweek.com]

“What the ideal consultant really brings to the party is a lack of a sense of the sacred,” writes Venkatesh Rao. [ribbonfarm]

Stephanie Baker talks about regulatory concerns affecting investors who caught the Bitcoin bug (video). [Bloomberg Markets]

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