Get started: Consumer confidence surges, but small business hiring and lending remain sluggish

Our daily blend of the latest news, trends and tips for the small business community.

What’s going ‘on’:

Contractors expect sequestration delay: Despite major federal spending cuts looming less than two months away, most contractors are confident elected officials will find a way to at least delay the cuts.

Small business hiring still sluggish: The latest reports from the NFIB and ADP showed small business owners added very few workers in October, while many have openings they’re struggling to fill.

Consumer confidence surges: The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index jumped to 72.2 in October, hitting its highest mark since the first few months of the recession in 2008.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Candidates make final push: On the eve of the election, President Obama and Mitt Romney will be blanketing several of the states that remain up for grabs in a final push for the White House.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to handle politics in the office (OSB)

How to create buzz on a budget (Entrepreneur)

How to avoid the seven start-up sins (Flying Solo)

How to avoid major insurance mistakes (Equities)

J.D. Harrison covers startups, small business and entrepreneurship, with a focus on public policy, and he runs the On Small Business blog.

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