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

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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