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

What’s going ‘on’:

Small businesses embracing tablets: An expanding arsenal of enterprise tools has made the iPad the go-to tool for business owners, according to USA Today. Even when Apple’s app offering come up short, entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to third-party developers.

Entrepreneurial confidence declining with age: Ninety-eight percent of entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 30 believe their businesses will see greater profitability in the coming year, compared to just 83 percent of those between 31 and 40, according to a new poll.

Apple hits all-time highest valuation: The technology giant’s market value reached $624 billion on Monday, the highest value for any company at any time in history. The record had been held by Microsoft since it peaked at $620.58 billion in 1999.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

DC’s start-up engine picking up steam: The city once defined by government and professional services firms has begun embracing a new wave of technology start-ups. Some of their founders sat down with us to explain the transformation and how they are attacking the growth impediments that still exist in Washington.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to turn a profit on your stupid idea (The YEC)

How to improve your pricing strategy (Entrepreneur)

How to learn from both Obama and Romney (Inc.)

How to elicit more online reviews (Open Forum)

How to bootstrap your way to success (Fox Business)