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Get started: Obama warns against new debt ceiling battle, D.C. start-ups scooping up LivingSocialers

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

What’s going on:

Obama not up for talks over debt limit: The president is pushing back against the idea that Republicans could agree to eliminate tax hikes for the rich to gain negotiating power over the debt limit next year.

Report shows sluggish small business hiring: Small business employment rose by 19,000 in November, according to ADP’s latest data, a steep drop from the 52,000 jobs added in October.

Washington start-ups scooping up LivingSocialers: The daily deals company’s recently announced layoffs have left some young firms in the region competing over some newly available talent.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Small business revenue falling:Small business sales dipped 0.3 percent last month, according to the latest report from Intuit, marking the eight consecutive month of decline.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to create an employee-friendly workplace (OSB)

How to measure small business success in 2013 (SBL)

How to borrow money from your family (Open Forum)

How to search for your business successor (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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