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

What’s going ‘on’:

Sandy hammers East Coast: Hurricane Sandy is lashing the East Coast from North Carolina to New England, delivering gale-force winds and heavy flooding. Here are a few tips for businesses sitting in her path, and here’s where to find disaster recovery loan information.

Hurricane shakes up campaigns: The storm has thrown a wrench in President Obama and Mitt Romney’s plans to deliver their closing arugments to voters — but they both responded slightly differently.

Small businesses disappointed in candidates: Smallbusiness owners have an especially bleak outlook on the direction of the economy right now, and they are less than thrilled with their options for president.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Biggest culprits of the economic downfall: Sinking residential investments and durable goods sales were the greatest contributors to the economic recession, with falling business investments rounding out thre top three.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to recover if Sandy knocks you out (Entrepreneur)

How to build a better online reputation (USA Today)

How to turn down invites respectfully (The YEC)

How to close sales to other businesses (Open Forum)

J.D. Harrison covers startups, small business and entrepreneurship, with a focus on public policy, and he runs the On Small Business blog.