Get started: Relief offered to small businesses choked by drought, rival lawmakers working to avoid shutdown

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

What’s going ‘on’:

Congress contemplating shutdown aversion options: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are reportedly working together on a spending agreement that would avert any chance of a government shut down later this year.

Relief offered to businesses hit by drought: Hampered by a drought that has swept across the heart of the country, many small businesses located in declared disaster areas are now eligible for low-rate disaster relief loans from the Small Business Administration.

Small firms warming up to mobile payments: Small businesses are increasingly turning to mobile payment services to skate around the high costs of credit card swipe fees. In Washington, the new alternatives have proved especially popular with food trucks and independent retailers.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Romney’s overseas woes continue: Not a week after insulting Great Britain for its Olympic readiness, Mitt Romney on Monday angered Palestinian leaders by insinuating that Israel’s economic prominence over Palestinian territories stemmed from differences in culture.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to respond to criticism via social media (OSB)

How to build a massive following (Young Entrepreneur)

How to find success by sending direct mail (NFIB)

How to produce better online videos (Fast Company)

How to build a business using Craigslist (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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