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Get started: Franchise financing becoming increasingly elusive, economy posted modest summer growth

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

What’s going ‘on’:

Bernanke hints at action: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke called the rate of economic recovery unsatisfactory during a speech Friday and hinted that the central bank may soon introduce new steps to kick it into a higher gear.

Romney accepts nomination: Mitt Romney officially accepted his party’s nomination for president on Thursday, putting a triumphant close on the Republican Convention. During his speech, Romney touted the importance of small businesses, noting that he planned to push a tax code that helped them create jobs and expand their companies.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

The likely impact of taxmaggedeon on small firms (Forbes)

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to monitor your online marketing (Entrepreneur)

How to retain your young talent (Open Forum)

How to create a powerful start-up culture (Yahoo)

How to hire an independent contractor (Mashable)

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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