Our daily blend of the latest news, trends and tips for the small business community.
What’s going ‘on’:
Google merges its mobile marketplace: The Internet company’s digital marketplace for mobile applications, music, movies and books has unified under a new name — Google Play Store — in an effort to spruce up the shopping experience. The platform will also undergo changes to make it easier for customers to manage content and navigate within the store.
Employment opportunities increase in 30 or 50 top cities: Job openings increased last month in three out of five of the nation’s biggest metro areas, according to a new report from SimplyHired. Overall, employment increased 0.2 percent month-over-month and 5.5 percent year-over-year.
Stanford found guilty in $7 billion Ponzi scheme:Former Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford, whose financial empire once spanned the Americas and made him fabulously wealthy, was convicted in U.S. District Court on Tuesday of bilking his investors out of more than $7 billion through a Ponzi scheme he operated for 20 years.
Keep an eye ‘on’:
House committee marking up small business contracting bills: The House Small Business Committee on Wednesday will conduct a markup of six contracting reform bills, each intended to help small businesses secure more government work. Lawmakers will also review the views and estimates on the Small Business Administration’s budget request.
Executives increasingly seeking work experience from candidates: Nine in 10 chief financial officers interviewed for a new survey by Accountemps said it is important for entry-level accounting and finance professionals to gain practical experience while in college, sending a message to all students: Don’t wait until you’ve graduated to begin building your marketability.
Helpful advice ‘on’:
How to effectively use various social media channels (OSB)
How to gain business through gamification (Entrepreneur)
How to avoid the most common tax mistakes (Open Forum)
How to create a business blog for your company (Digmlm)
How to plan for long-term health care costs (Fox Business)