Get started ‘On’ May 29: Gas prices expected to fall, debt-sans-degree rate rises

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

What’s going ‘on’:

Gas prices expected to slip: Gas prices are expected to continue their recent decline in the coming weeks, and even if they do rise later this summer, they are likely to remain well below the $4 or $5 per gallon that some observers had previously forecasts, according to Gasbuddy.com. The national average has already fallen from its peak of $3.91 per gallon in early April to $3.64 on Memorial Day.

RIM loses another top exec: The already struggling BlackBerry-maker is losing another senior executive as its chief legal officer, Karima Bawa, is leaving the company, according to an announcement on Monday. This most recent in a series of departures comes as RIM is reportedly about to announce a restructuring that could result in thousands of job cuts.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Debt-sans-degree rate rising:Nearly 30 percent of college students who took out loans dropped out of school, up from fewer than 25 percent a decade ago, according to recent analysis of government data by Education Sector. Dropouts are now four times as likely as graduates to default on their loans after leaving school.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How internships translante into job opportunities (OSB)

How to survive in a family business (Entrepreneur)

How small firms can learn from Google (USA Today)

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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