Ex-New York Giants linebacker Brandon Short is launching a venture to make loans to small and midsize businesses in the Middle East. [Bloomberg News]
Freelancers Union Executive Director Sara Horowitz says the employment data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday is wrong because it doesn’t correctly count independent workers. [Freelancers Union]
Anita Campbell is hoping that President Obama’s nomination of Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary ends talk of folding the Small Business Administration into the U.S. Commerce Department. [Small Business Trends]
Bryan Fitzgerald reports on a turf war between a Sno Cone Joe franchise and a Mr. Ding-A-Ling ice cream truck in Gloversville, N.Y. (via @danprimack) [Times Union]
Fashion startup Wool&Prince raised more than $290,000 on Kickstarter to make a shirt that has to be washed only once every 100 days, reports Catherine New (video). [Huffington Post]
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