Get started ‘On’ June 15: Obama and Romney duel on economy, small businesses split on health care law

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

What’s going ‘on’:

Obama, Romney give dueling economic speeches: President Obama and Mitt Romney both traveled to Ohio on Thursday to deliver speeches outlining their (and blasting each others’) plans to ignite the economic recovery. Obama argued his opponent would bring back policies largely responsible for the downturn, while Romney said the president continues to choke the free market’s job creation engine.

Small businesses split on health-care reform: Half of small business owners hope the Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act, according to a new poll released by the Small Business Majority. Two out of three respondents also said they would use or at least consider using their state health insurance exchange.

Unemployment claims rise: Unemployment benefit applications increased by 6,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 386,000, according to the Labor Department, further evidence that the job market remains frozen. The four-week average rose for the third straight week to 382,009, its highest mark in six weeks.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Regulation A reform changing the capital formation game: The JOBS Act conversation has largely centered on crowdfunding, but its expansion of Regulation A may actually have the greatest impact on small and mid-sized business capital formation. The law expands the limit on that particular class of securities from $5 million to $50 million.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to avoid common sales blunders (Open Forum)

How to jumpstart your daily productivity (YEC)

How to market your business online (Fox Business)

How to increase your social media ROI (Huff Post)

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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