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

What’s going ‘on’:

Unemployment falls to 7.8 percent: Unemployment in September was at its lowest since January 2009, the Labor Department said. The rate fell from 8.1 percent in July.

Small business hiring slows further in September:The lastest small business jobs data shows that most small business owners were reluctant to hire last month.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Amazon offering loans to small business merchants:The 18-year old company has invited select merchants — mostly those who sell heavily through Amazon’s Web site — to its lending program, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to hire your first employee (Entrepreneur)

How to market better and cheaper online (Inc)

How to make the best of your dashboard reports (NYT)

Mohana Ravindranath covers IT and small business for the Washington Post and its weekly Capital Business publication.
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