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

What’s going ‘on’:

Romney takes Round 1: Mitt Romney took the offensive in the first debate on Wednesday, and small business owners in the most cloesly contested states said he delievered a much more convincing message.

Immigrant entre­pre­neur­ship declining: The proportion of new companies founded by foreign-born entrepreneurs has dropped for the first time in decades, especially in Silicon Valley.

Manufacturing recovery sputters:American manufacturing isn’t collapsing, but it’s certainly not growing, either, according to data published Monday. China finds itself in the same boat.

U.S. wealth gap widens: The wealthiest 1 percent of U.S. households saw earnings increase 5.5 percent in 2011, while incomes fell 1.7 percent for those in the bottom 80 percent, according to the Census Bureau.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Who would lead President Obama’s second-term team of financial advisors? Probably one of these policy veterans.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to protect your firm from cyber attacks (OSB)

How to create a remarkable product (Open Forum)

How to demonstrate your idea on stage (Upstart)

How toget started without discloising your idea (Forbes)

How to expand your network quickly (Fast Company)