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Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/09/2012

Get started ‘On’ Apr. 9: District’s elderly struggling to land jobs, big firms emerging stronger

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

What’s going ‘on’:

D.C.’s older citizens are having an especially tough time finding jobs. (Justin Sullivan - GETTY IMAGES)
District’s elderly struggle in job market: District Mayor Vincent Gray campaigned on a pledge to reduce the District’s high unemployment rate, however, his targeted programs have struggled to reach older workers, who often lose out to younger workers in a city where the jobless rate is 9.9 percent and competition for work can be stiff.

Big firms emerged from recession even stronger: Last year, the total sales, profits and employment of companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index exceeded those in 2007, before the recession and financial crisis, according to newly published analysis of financial reports conducted and published by The Wall Street Journal.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Natural gas market imploding:An excess in natural gas production has left the country with a swelling surplus and nowhere to store it, according to a new report. Consequently, some of the nation’s biggest natural gas producers, including Chesapeake Energy, ConocoPhillips and Encana Corp., have announced plans to slow down.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How small firms can use infrographics (OSB)

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How to find funding for a start-up (Noobpreneur)

How to find angel investors (Open Forum)

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