Get started: Small businesses shy away from Groupon, USPS faces its own fiscal cliff

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

What’s going ‘on’:

Small firms paying lower wages: The wage gap between large employers and small businesses is growing, as is the one between new and old companies, according to a new Kauffman Foundation study.

USPS facing its own fiscal cliff: The U.S. Postal Service suffered a record loss last week of almost $16 billion, and it needs Congress to change one rule quickly in order to stop the bleeding.

Small firms shying away from Groupon: Small businesses are leaving the popular daily deals service out of their holiday sales strategies, as the tactic hasn’t yielded many repeat customers this year.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Businesses pulling back on investments:Shipments of core capital goods, a common measure of business investment, dropped 0.4 percent last month as firms remain hesitant to spend ahead of the fiscal cliff.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to embrace the shift toward BYOD (OSB)

How to better evaluate your employees (Huff Post)

How to make sure you are heard on Twitter (SBT)

How to beat a small business tax audit (Fox Business)

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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