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)