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Square, the mobile payment company used by many small businesses to process credit card transactions, is looking to help out small businesses in an entirely new way.

The San Francisco company has launched Square Capital, which will advance cash to small businesses who need it.

There's a catch, however.

Colorado unveiled the world's first legal pot banking system on Wednesday, allowing marijuana businesses to move away from a cash-only model.

The pot bank bill, HB 1398, approved by Colorado legislators would allow pot businesses to join "cannabis credit co-ops" as a way to handle their money. The Associated Press reports that Gov. John Hickenlooper supports the bill and is expected to sign it.

Here are five key legal facts about Colorado's pot banking bill:

Kickstarter can be a great way to get your small business on its feet, but it isn't a cure-all for your financial problems.

Avoid legal pitfalls with Kickstarter by following these five legal tips for your small business:

Businesses Add 'Obamacare Fee' to Customer Bills

Some businesses -- mainly restaurants -- "are asking customers to help foot the bill for Obamacare" by adding an Affordable Care Act surcharge on their tabs, CNNMoney reports.

Case in point: At least eight Gator's Dockside restaurants in central Florida are now charging a so-called "Obamacare fee" that amounts to 1 percent of a customer's check.

Should your business include an Obamacare fee or surcharge on customer bills?

Small business owners can now look up their FICO credit scores just like personal consumers, but it won't be free.

With many entrepreneurs relying on small business loans to make their business plans a reality, a FICO score may be the x-factor in landing that crucial funding. So what's your FICO small business score?

Good news for veterans-turned-entrepreneurs looking for small business financing. The federal government has launched a new program to get former service members SBA loans at little cost.

In a press release, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that beginning in 2014, there will be no borrower upfront fee for loans to veterans under the SBA Express Loan program.

How does this fee waiver work, and what other programs are available for veterans looking to start their small business dreams?

SEC Proposes New Crowdfunding Rules

After more than a year of delay, the Securities and Exchange Commission has unanimously approved a proposal of crowdfunding rules to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The 538-page proposal marks a significant step toward regulating businesses that fund their ventures online.

The public has 90 days to comment on the proposed rules. It could be at least another six months before the agency issues final rules.

Here's a summary of the most significant proposed rules:

NFIB's Business Credit Card: Read the Fine Print

The National Federation of Independent Business has unveiled a new business credit card -- but is it a good deal?

The NFIB Business Edition MasterCard, offered by the First National Bank of Omaha, promotes itself as a "business rewards card built for NFIB members by an NFIB member."

Though the NFIB-branded card boasts a number of perks -- namely, attractive rewards points and no interest for the first nine business cycles -- the card lacks basic borrower protections offered to personal cardholders under the CARD Act, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

What Should You Do With Torn, Mangled Money?

Have you ever received torn money and wondered what to do with it? Many people don't realize that you can often take mutilated money to the bank -- er, the U.S. Treasury and the U.S. Mint -- and get reimbursed.

Here's how to trade that mutilated moola and chump change:

Small Business Borrowing Highest Since 2007

Small business borrowing is at the highest it's been in six years, according to the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index. This suggests "[t]here is some optimism returning to small businesses," which "are responding to some demand," PayNet's president tells Reuters.

The index, which measures the volume of financing to small companies, rose 11 percent in July. The level has not been this high since August 2007.

With that said, here are some general tips to consider for small business owners who are looking for financing: