Get started: Sandy slams small businesses, Startup Weekend Next shoots for 10,000 new firms

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

What’s going ‘on’:

Storm still slamming the Northeast: Sandy has weakened but continues to hammer the East Coast, including these businesses. Here are some resources for small businesses that felt the wrath of the storm.

Sandy’s economic toll likely limited: Economic activity will slow in the next few weeks as businesses get back up and running, and damages will be costly — but the storm will also create some jobs.

Startup Weekend Next unveiled: A new partnership between Startup Weekend, Startup America, TechStars and Udacity aims to birth 10,000 new companies during a four-week training program.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Small businesses expecting a holiday sales bump: A number of surveys show small retails are gearing up for a stellar holiday season, with sales expected to jump 4.1 percent over last year.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to limit hurricane damage to your firm (OSB)

How to build a holiday shopping app (Entrepreneur)

How to get the most out of marketing videos (SBT)

How to close sales to other businesses (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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