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Can I Do Business in Iran?

Just like the recent reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba, business owners are wondering what the new nuclear deal with Iran will mean for commercial opportunities in the country.

While some American companies are already doing business in Iran, certain barriers, both legal and cultural, still remain. So here's what you need to know about setting up shop in post-sanction Iran.

Whether for religious or political reasons, it seems like small business owners are constantly testing the boundaries of their right to refuse service to certain customers. Despite the fact that such discrimination is wrong on moral grounds and that turning away paying customers could hurt your bottom line, it could also get you sued.

So learned Florida Gun Supply, when it was sued after proclaiming itself a Muslim-free zone.

Technology has consistently made our favorite music more mobile. Music streaming sites like Pandora and Spotify allow us to have our own soundtrack everywhere we go. Businesses are also taking advantage of streaming sites. By now we've all seen a bartender or a barista with their phone plugged into the sound system, setting the mood for the establishment.

But is this kosher, legally? Are there different rules for streaming Pandora at a business?

Those who were caught off guard by the Obama Administration's move to resume full diplomatic relations with Cuba might also be surprised by this fact: the U.S. is already the fourth largest exporter of goods to Cuba.

But this doesn't mean Cuba is completely open for business. The country is still subject to a trade embargo, meaning there are heavy restrictions on American exports to Cuba, and the Cuban government still sets the rules on who can do business in the country. So what do you need to know about doing business in Cuba?

With the ubiquity of small businesses on social media, many entrepreneurs are wondering if their business even needs its own dedicated website. Especially when (good) web design is expensive and Facebook is still free.

While there may be benefits to replacing your business website with Facebook, there are also drawbacks.

The Supreme Court may have extended the right to marry to same-sex couples this year, but the fight for equality, benefits, and rights is not over.

Just a month after the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges Walmart is defending itself against a lawsuit that claims gender discrimination when it refused to extend health insurance to same-sex spouses of employees.

Throughout the United States, women, on average, earn only about 77 percent of what men earn for the same work. In some states, the pay gap is even wider, with women as much as 34 percent less than men.

So, it should make sense that women should pay less than men for the same products. Some businesses, in protest of the gender pay gap, are charging women less than men.

Should your business consider adopting a gender-based pricing strategy? Is it legal?

The recent debacle at Reddit over a popular moderator's firing has claimed its casualties.

Site moderators and thousands of Reddit users called for the resignation of Ellen Pao's, Reddit's interim CEO since Victoria Taylor, a well-like employee, was fired. As a result of the fiasco, Ellen Pao has stepped down as interim CEO, although she claims it was for different reasons.

What can small business owners learn from Ellen Pao and Reddit's mistake?

If any small businesses have noticed the meteoric rise in "nerd culture" -- from trivia nights to blockbuster comic book movies to the ever-expanding Comic Con that just completed in San Diego -- they've probably been wondering how to capitalize on this burgeoning market. Nerd marketing is a thing these days, with companies large and small trying to cash in.

So how can your small business appeal to the "nerd" demographic, and do so legally?

Any business that has never had to deal with at least one personal injury case must be the luckiest business in the world. For many businesses, personal injury lawsuits are just another cost of doing business.

So, to help you protect your business, here are five personal injury laws that every small business owner should know about: