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

What’s going ‘on’:

Retail sales slip on gas price decline:Shoppers spent slightly less in April and May, with sales falling 0.2 percent in both months largely due to a sharp drop in gas prices and slow progress on the job creation front, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The report could lead economists to lower their outlooks for April-June economic growth.

Romney tears into Obama’s business policies: Mitt Romney on Wednesday told an audience of chief executives that the president has employed “the most anti-investment, anti-business, anti-jobs series of policies in modern American history.” Last week, the GOP challenger specifically ripped Obama’s small business record.

Democrats challenge motives of NFIB:A pair of Democratic lawmakers have raised concerns that the National Federation of Independent Business has conservative political interests at heart in its legal battle against the health care reform law, essentially ignoring small business owners’ needs in favor of its corporate donors.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Developers play chief role in smartphone wars: Mobile app offerings may be the deciding factor in the smartphone war as consumers choose between devices that are all starting to look and feel the same. Consequently, the creators of those software programs are now seeing tons of love from the likes of Apple, Google and Microsoft.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to avoid the biggest branding no-no’s (OSB)

How to build a product-driven company(Inc.)

How to sell your long-term vision (Entrepreneur)

How to decide whether to rebrand your firm (Upstart)