Get started: NASA beckons small businesses, U.S.-China trade relationship on the rocks

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

What’s going ‘on’:

Fed blames soaring unemployment on doubt: A new report from the Federal Reserve suggests the unemployment rate would be about 7 percent rather than above 8 percent if American consumers had slightly more confidence in the direction of the economy.

NASA beckons small businesses: NASA has begun seeking proposals for a new round of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants, which are meant to fill specific technology needs of the space program.

U.S.-China trade relationship shows signs of souring: The United States and China have filed trade complaints against on another to the World Trade Organization, shedding doubt over their respecive leaders’ efforts to improve the two nations’ economic cooperation.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Big gap in predictions, preference in presidential race: While President Obama and Mitt Romney are essentially tied in the latest polls (neither receiving 50 percent of the vote), the majority of Americans (59 percent) believe the president will secure a second term.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to recover from a business crisis (Steigman Comm.)

How to identify major cybersecurity threats (Info Week)

How to find small business financing (Bellingham Herald)

How to convert Facebook fans into customers (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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