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

What’s going ‘on’:


PayPal president Scott Thompson will take his new role at Yahoo on Jan. 9. (Paul Sakuma/AP)

SBA launches online tool for Native Americans:The agency on Wednesday announced a new free, online business course for Native American business owners. The program provides an overview of basic business principles and highlights programs and services available from the Small Business Administration.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Manufacturing demand recovering:Orders to American factories rose 1.8 percent in November, marking the greatest increase in four months, according to new data from the Commerce Department. The previous month’s manufacturing estimates were also revised up 0.2 percent, with demand for aircraft, automobiles and metals compensating for a drop in orders for computers and electronics.

Consumer Electronics Show on tap next week: An estimated 14,000 people will descend on Las Vegas next week for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, where all sorts of gizmos and gadgets — from cars to computers to surgical devices — will be on display. This year, tablets and ultrabooks are expected to be the talk of the show.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How jerks can come in handy for early-stage start-ups (Inc.)

How to develop your firm’s charity program (Small Biz Trends)

How to ensure you hire the right assistant (Startup Princess)

How current cultural trends could affect business (Open Forum)

How to look before leaping into entre­pre­neur­ship (Visual Studio)