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If you're struggling to save money and survive, you are not alone. Many of the country's small businesses are essentially living month-to-month.

A new study from the JPMorgan Chase Institute showed that the average small business has just 27 days worth of cash reserves. So what is life like for small businesses living on the financial edge?

The Improving Small Business Cyber Security Act of 2016 is aimed at getting aid and resources to small businesses to improve their cybersecurity, and the bill is scheduled to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives today. While its passage is not guaranteed, the bill could have a huge impact on the tools and data available to your small business to keep it safe from hackers, data breaches, and other cybersecurity threats.

Here's a look at the Small Business Cyber Security Act and what it could mean for your company.

If you haven't noticed, marijuana laws in this country are changing rapidly. Four states have already legalized recreational pot possession, and a slew of others now allow medical marijuana for those with a prescription. And for those with an entrepreneurial mind, changes in the law mean business opportunities.

But just because your state has legalized it today, doesn't mean your weed retailer can open its doors tomorrow. Several states have set up significant barriers to entry into the medical marijuana market, and if you ain't got the dough, you may be out of luck.

You've got your big idea, now you just need the space to execute it. And even in today's market of online retail, sales, and social media, the right brick and mortar office or storefront can make all the difference.

So how do you know which is the right spot for you? And more importantly, how do you make sure you're getting the best lease for the space? Here's a handy guide for negotiating a commercial lease:

Peeps Factory Workers Strike to Save Pensions

Last week, news broke out of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, that factory workers at the Just Born candy company's Peeps factory have gone on strike. The men and women who make the delightfully fluffy, sweet, and soft confections walked out after the company proposed eliminating pensions, reducing wage increases, and increasing employee contributions to health plans.

Union officials for the Peeps' workers are pushing for the union's peeps to be treated fairly, receive reasonable wage increases, and the pension they've been promised. The cuts proposed by management come as the company has been making record sales.

When we advise small business owners to consult with a local attorney about their companies, it's for good reason. Many states, cities, and municipalities have some obscure and head-scratching statutes that only someone familiar with the area will know about. And while you might be inclined to write these legal oddities off as unenforced historical outliers, the last thing you want is your small biz grinding to a halt because of an arcane ordinance you overlooked or ignored.

Here are five (or so) of the weirdest state laws that can have a serious impact on your small business:

Going Digital? Don't Forget an Invention Assignment Agreement

In today's modern era of the internet and energy drinks, small businesses come in all shapes, forms, and types of tangibility. Businesses today can exist solely in the digital sphere, selling digital products that people only use in digital worlds. Businesses that don't have a presence in the digital world want in. But before businesses hire that pricey developer to start developing, an Invention Assignment Agreement should be signed.

Developing code is not just a science, it's an art. Like photographers, developers and coders are the copyright holders and owners of their code. So before your business hires on that coder to build the next revolutionary Thneed, make sure you know who owns what from the outset.

What the New Drone Laws Mean for Consumers and Businesses

As of August 29, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration's new regulations on privately operated drones as well as model aircrafts went into effect. The new regulations are actually good news for model airplane aviation hobbyists and businesses that want to utilize drones. Unfortunately, drone hobbyists will not be happy about the new regulations.

Basically, prior to these new regulations, businesses were unable to utilize drones for commercial purposes because the framework to regulate their operation did not exist. With the implementation of FAR 107, this has changed.

Coaches aren't just for athletes anymore. Many of us are turning to non-professional mentors or "life coaches" for help in finding direction, organization, and drive, and entrepreneurs and small business owners are no different.

Enter the online business coach. While it might seem like your small business could use the same sort of perspective and guidance as you do, there are some risks associated with business coaches, especially online.

You don't have to be in the pot business to be a pot-friendly small business. Maybe you're located in one of the few recreationally legal states and you want to offer your employees awesome benefits. Or maybe you're in a medicinal marijuana state and you don't feel like firing a well-regarded, quadriplegic employee who has a prescription to treat his violent muscle spasms.

Either way, if you're considering a pro-pot policy at your small business, you should be aware that you might be wading into some legally murky waters.