Welcome to our daily blend of the latest news, trends and tips for the small business community.
What’s going ‘on’:
House votes to suspend debt limit: The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to suspend the legal limit on government borrowing until May 18, 2013. The House reached a 285 to 144 vote on the measure.
Global economic growth is slowing, IMF says: The International Monetary Fund forecast a world economic growth rate of 3.5 percent for 2013, which is less than what it projected in October. The IMF projected U.S. growth at 2 percent, about a 10th of a percentage point below its prediction in October.
SBA launches an online marketplace for federal contracts: The Small Business Administration started an online marketplace for government projects, attempting to streamline the search and bidding process for small federal contracts.
Keep an eye ‘on’:
Steve Jobs’ widow petitions for immigration reform: Laurene Powell Jobs launched an online petition in favor of the Dream Act, a bill that would help young undocumented immigrants enrolled in college or the military become citizens.
Helpful advice ‘on’:
How to fail successfully (Entrepreneur)
How to break bad sales habits (Mashable)
How to delegate responsibility to other people (Business Insider)
How to build a more creative marketing team (Forbes)