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

What’s going ‘on’:


Cash mobs around the country are trying to drive up spending in small, local businesses. (Marvin Joseph/WASHINGTON POST)

D.C. bakery takes cupcake sales nationwide: Homegrown bakery Georgetown Cupcake has been working around the clock this month to bake, frost, package and ship some 20,000 orders around the country, roughly triple the orders the company received last year. See how they’re pulling it off this season.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Economists resting hopes on December spending: Consumer spending ticked barely higher in November, marking the fifth consecutive month of gains but disappointing some economists who had hoped that momentum in holiday shopping would lead to a merrier month. Many are now relying on December to bring the end-of-year growth they have been expecting.

Celebrities cashing in on fragrance business: Celebrity fragrances accounted for $215 million of the $5.3 billion U.S. fragrance industry sales last year, according to market research firm Euromonitor International. Here’s a look at 20 A-listers who have made bank by putting their names on bottled scents.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How good ideas can ruin a good meeting (Fast company)

How to polish and sharpen your brand (Biz Sugar)

How to get started on a business blog (Paul Petch)

How to save on your 2011 tax bill (The Huffington Post)

How to build toward success in 2012 (Newsday)