Get started ‘On’ Mar. 29: Supreme Court weighs severability of health- care mandate, durable goods rise

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What’s going ‘on’:


Demonstrators from both sides were on hand for the final day of oral arguments over the health-care reform law. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Durable goods increase reflects sustained demand: Orders for durable goods rose in February for a fourth month in the last five, signaling manufacturing will remain a source of strength for the expansion. Bookings increased 2.2 percent, less than projected, after a revised 3.6 percent decline in January, according to the latest data from the Commerce Department.

Report: Facebook halts secondary market trades: Facebook is stopping all trading of its shares on secondary markets, according to a Bloomberg report citing unnamed “people with knowledge of the matter.” The report suggests the company will halt trading by the beginning of April to get a stable shareholder footing and keep prices from fluctuating ahead of its initial public offering.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Entrepreneurs competing to ring the NYSE bell: NYSE Euronext, the Startup America Partnership and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization recently launched the NYSE Big StartUp Competition, in which small business owners and entrepreneurs can enter for a chance to ring the bell on Wall Street. Contestants have until April 15 to submit their stories.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How demanding Facebook logins can spell trouble (OSB)

How to prepare yourself for entre­pre­neur­ship (WSJ)

How to improve text message marketing (Entrepreneur)

How online videos can boost business (Small Business Tech)

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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