Get started ‘On’ March 28: Congress sends JOBS Act to Obama, consumer confidence dips slightly

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

What’s going ‘on’:


Following its easy passage in the House on Tuesday, the JOBS Act is now in President Obama’s hands. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Conservative justices appear skeptical of health-care law: The Supreme Court’s conservative justices appeared deeply skeptical that the Constitution gives Congress the power to compel Americans to either purchase health insurance or pay a penalty, as the court completed two hours of debate Tuesday on the key component of the nation’s health-care overhaul law.

Consumer confidence falls only slightly: The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index dropped to 70.2 last month in the wake of rising gas prices, well below the threshold for a healthy economy. Still, that’s down only slightly from a revised 71.6 in February, which marked the highest level since the same month in 2011.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Democrats throw their own budget into the ring: House Democrats have released a $3.7 trillion budget proposal they say would curb deficits without making major changes to growing entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid. The plan was authored by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and designed to offer an alternative to the spending plan proposed last week by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Big Apple pushing mini MBAs: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a new mini MBA course for small show business companies that’s designed to speed the expansion of local film, television, digital media, music and publishing companies while helping them remain competitive in the new media space.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to respond to a digital security breach (OSB)

How your business can utilize Facebook Timeline (V3)

How to decide if your marketing is outdated (Inc.)

How engagement yields high stock prices (Open Forum)

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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