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Get started: Small business owners think economy is on the wrong track, debt ceiling bill moving forward

Welcome to our daily blend of the latest news, trends and tips for the small business community.

What’s going ‘on’:

House votes to suspend debt limit: The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to suspend the legal limit on government borrowing until May 18, 2013. The House reached a 285 to 144 vote on the measure.

Global economic growth is slowing, IMF says: The International Monetary Fund forecast a world economic growth rate of 3.5 percent for 2013, which is less than what it projected in October. The IMF projected U.S. growth at 2 percent, about a 10th of a percentage point below its prediction in October.

SBA launches an online marketplace for federal contracts: The Small Business Administration started an online marketplace for government projects, attempting to streamline the search and bidding process for small federal contracts.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Steve Jobs’ widow petitions for immigration reform: Laurene Powell Jobs launched an online petition in favor of the Dream Act, a bill that would help young undocumented immigrants enrolled in college or the military become citizens.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to fail successfully (Entrepreneur)

How to break bad sales habits (Mashable)

How to delegate responsibility to other people (Business Insider)

How to build a more creative marketing team (Forbes)



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