Our daily blend of the latest news, trends and tips for the small business community.
What’s going ‘on’:
Pentagon aims to add auditors, crack down on contracting: The Defense Department wants to add as many as 1,612 employees to oversee and audit contracts next year even as it plans for a 5 percent cut in the U.S. military’s budget. Spending on the workers would rise 14 percent, to $1.9 billion, in fiscal 2013, from $1.7 billion a year earlier.
Keep an eye ‘on’:
Apple’s smartphone lead in jeopardy: The global market leader in smartphones is enjoying record profits and sales, but the mobile computing industry it conquered is changing rapidly, and not even Apple’s trend-setting image appears guaranteed. Th company’s main rivals — Samsung, HTC and ZTE — are making smartphones for much less, and the iPhone is becoming ubiquitous, threatening its cachet.
Helpful advice ‘on’:
How to know when to close the business (OSB)
How body language works at work (Capital Business)
How a tablet could boost business (Small Biz Trends)
How to become a great business networker (Business Journals)
How to track a firm’s profits and losses (Entrepreneur)