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October 11, 2012

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

What’s going ‘on’:

Housing revival leading a modest recovery: The United States’ steadily improving housing market drove a moderately paced economic recovery over the past two months, according to the Federal Reserve.

Small businesses in a holding pattern: The NFIB’s latest survey shows small businesses are in “maintenence mode” as owners wait to see the results of the election in November.

Google adds small business credit cards: The company is expanding its initiatives for small and medium-sized firms to include credit cards designed for small firms and entrepreneurs.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Unemployment estimates may be off:Slate’s Matthew Yglesias explains why the jobs tallying process may not necessarily account for positions added by new, small businesses, which means the employment picture way be even brighter than the latest report.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to get started selling your small business (Inc.)

How to deliver a brand message to customers (Fox Business)

How to manage your social media time (Chicago Business)

How to deliver a poor performance review (Entrepreneur)

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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