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Get started ‘On’ Jan. 23: Start-ups shift the online college landscape, stamp prices rise

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

What’s going ‘on’:

The U.S. Postal Service raised the price of stamps on Sunday for the first time in more than two years. (Andrew Harrer/BLOOMBERG)

Stamp prices rise as labor talks fail: Postage rates jumped Sunday for the first time in two-and-a-half years as the US Postal Service hopes to generate an additional $888 million in annual revenue. The cost of a stamp will rise to 45 cents, according to the US Postal Service, which lost a total of $5.1 billion in 2011.

RIM chief execs stand down: Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, co-chief executives of BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion, have turned over their position to fellow executive Thorsten Heins as part of a broad management shuffle atop of the Canadian company.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Start-ups offering vitually free online college: An emerging group of entrepreneurs with influential backing is seeking to lower the cost of higher education from as much as tens of thousands of dollars a year to nearly nothing. Recently, several have created credentials that graduates can take directly to employers instead of university degrees.

Fed meeting this week: The Federal Reserve holds its first meeting of the year on Tuesday and Wednesday. Most analysts don’t expect the Fed to take new action to stimulate the economy, though some believe the group will take steps later in the year,

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to reach connected consumers (Fast Company)

How to create a project risk-management plan (Entrepreneur)

How to ditch the traditional business cards (Mashable)

How to help new employees hit the ground running (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.


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