Our daily blend of the latest news, trends and tips for the small business community.
What’s going ‘on’:
Startup America outposts launching in District, Virginia and Maryland: This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Startup America Partnership, a national initiative that aims to promote private-sector investment in entrepreneurship. Three regional chapters of the partnership are preparing to lay down roots, with groups in Virginia and the District kicking off their efforts Tuesday and Maryland slated to follow shortly thereafter.
Billions in MF Global funds feared lost: Officials searching for an estimated $1.2 billion in missing customer money from the MF Global collapse believe that much of it might never be recovered, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal citing sources familiar with the investigation. Thus far, the findings suggest that a significant amount of the money may have vaporized as a result of chaotic trading during the week leading up to the company’s October bankruptcy filing.
Keep an eye ‘on’:
Florida’s small exporters securing record loans: The North Florida division of the Small Business Administration guaranteed $30.4 million in export loans during fiscal year 2011, according to new information released by the agency. That’s more than double the $11.3 million in export lending guaranteed last year.
Income, confidence and jobs numbers coming this week: The Commerce Department will release the latest personal income data on Monday with the Consumer Confidence Index coming one day later. Much of the focus, however, will be on the newest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that arrives on Friday.
Helpful advice ‘on’:
How to hone in on your small business goals (NFIB)
How to survive on the brink of business disaster (Inc.)
How to get the most out of your online operations (MSNBC)
How to avoid common marketing mistakes (Fortune Marketing)