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Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 11/12/2012

Get started: Black Friday expands into Thursday, Small firms awaiting the fiscal cliff

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

What’s going ‘on’:

Black Friday expands into Black Thursday: Retailers like Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Sears are opening at 8 p.m. on Thursday night to make up for expectations of a mediocre shopping season.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Small businesses divided on how to avoid the fiscal cliff: Some think lawmakers should just let the tax-cuts for higher brackets expire, claiming this would only affect 3 percent of small firms, while others feel the firms affected are the ones with the capital necessary to hire new workers.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to capitalize on Small Business Saturday (OSB)

How to prepare your business for winter weather (SBA)

How to keep seasonal business going year-round (CNBC)

How to know when to fire your accountant (Wise Bread)

How to save on taxes through the end of 2012 (Reuters)

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